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State Library Administrative Agencies Survey: Fiscal Year 2014

Description: The State Library Administrative Agencies Survey: Fiscal Year 2014 report provides a view of the condition of state library administrative agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for Fiscal Year 2014. The data includes state library agency identification, governance, public service hours, service outlets, collections, library service transactions, library development transactions, services to other libraries in the state, allied operations, staff, income, expenditures, and electronic services and information. State libraries administer federal funds through the IMLS Grants to States program and play a crucial role in helping libraries within their state meet the demand for content and services by establishing statewide plans for library services, investing in technology and content, and providing support for local programming. While the state libraries continued to offer a wide array of library services in 2014, the study results showed a multi-year pattern of decreases in revenues, expenditures, and staffing that coincided with the Great Recession of 2007-2009. The revenue from federal, state, and other sources to state library agencies totaled $1.1 billion in FY 2014, a 17 percent decrease in revenue from FY 2004.The report is useful to Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), policymakers in the executive and legislative branches of federal and state governments, government and library administrators at the federal, state, and local levels, the American Library Association and its members or customers, library and public policy researchers, the public, journalists, and others.
Date: August 2016
Creator: Institute of Museum and Library Services (U.S.)

Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: Abilene

Description: Dataset of OCR text from The Portal to Texas History and the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. This dataset includes titles from Abilene Texas from the years 1888 to 1923. Titles included in this dataset include: Abilene Daily Reporter, Abilene Morning Reporter, Abilene Semi-Weekly Farm Reporter, Abilene Semi-Weekly Reporter, Abilene Weekly Reporter, The Abilene Reporter, The Abilene Semi-Weekly Reporter, and the Abilene Weekly Reporter. In all there are 7,208 issues comprised of 62,871 pages of text.
Date: November 12, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward

Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: Brenham

Description: Dataset of OCR text from The Portal to Texas History and the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. This dataset includes titles from Brenham Texas from the years 1876 to 1923. Titles included in this dataset include: Brenham Banner, Brenham Daily Banner, Brenham Daily Banner-Press, Brenham Evening Press, Brenham Weekly Banner, Brenham WEekly Banner-Press, and The Daily Banner. In all there are 10,720 issues comprised of 50,368 pages of text.
Date: November 12, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward

Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: Bryan

Description: Dataset of OCR text from The Portal to Texas History and the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. This dataset includes titles from Bryan Texas from the years 1883 to 1922. Titles included in this dataset include: Bryan Daily Eagle, Bryan Daily Eagle and Pilot, Bryan Morning Eagle, Bryan Morning Eagle and Pilot, The Brazos Weekly Pilot, The Bryan Daily Eagle, The Bryan Eagle, and The Bryan Weekly Eagle and Pilot . In all there are 5,843 issues comprised of 27,360 pages of text.
Date: November 12, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward

Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: Denton

Description: Dataset of OCR text from The Portal to Texas History and the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. This dataset includes titles from Denton Texas from the years 1892 to 1911. Titles included in this dataset include: Denton County News, Denton County Record and Chronicle, Denton Evening News, Legal Tender, Record and Chronicle, The Denton County Record, and The Denton Monitor. In all there are 690 issues comprised of 4,686 pages of text.
Date: November 12, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward

Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: El Paso

Description: Dataset of OCR text from The Portal to Texas History and the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. This dataset includes titles from El Paso Texas from the years 1881 to 1921. Titles included in this dataset include: El Paso Daily Herald, El Paso Daily Times, El Paso Herald, El Paso International Daily Times, El Paso Morning Times, El Paso Sunday Times, El Paso Times, The El Paso Daily Times, and The El Paso Time. In all there are 17,104 issues comprised of 177,640 pages of text.
Date: November 12, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward

Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: Fort Worth

Description: Dataset of OCR text from The Portal to Texas History and the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. This dataset includes titles from Fort Worth Texas from the years 1883 to 1896. Titles included in this dataset include: Fort Worth Daily Gazette, Fort Worth Gazette, and Fort Worth Weekly Gazette. In all there are 4,146 issues comprised of 36,199 pages of text.
Date: November 12, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward

Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: Gainesville

Description: Dataset of OCR text from The Portal to Texas History and the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. This dataset includes titles from Gainesville Texas from the years 1888 to 1897. Titles included in this dataset include: The Daily Hesperian, and The Gainesville Daily Hesperian. In all there are 2,286 issues comprised of 9,359 pages of text.
Date: November 12, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward

Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: Galveston

Description: Dataset of OCR text from The Portal to Texas History and the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. This dataset includes titles from Galveston Texas from the years 1849 to 1897. Titles included in this dataset include: Galveston Weekly News, and The Galveston Daily News. In all there are 8,136 issues comprised of 56,953 pages of text.
Date: November 12, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward

Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: Houston

Description: Dataset of OCR text from The Portal to Texas History and the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. This dataset includes titles from Houston, Texas from the years 1893 to 1924. Titles included in this dataset include: The Houston Daily Post and The Houston Post. In all there are 9,855 issues comprised of 184,900 pages of text.
Date: November 12, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward

Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: McKinney

Description: Dataset of OCR text from The Portal to Texas History and the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. This dataset includes titles from McKinney Texas from the years 1880 to 1936. Titles included in this dataset include: Collin County Mercury, McKinney Weekly Democrat-Gazette, The Daily Courier, The Daily Gazette, The Democrat, The Democrat-Gazette, The Lion Roar, The McKinney Advocate, The McKinney Examiner, The McKinney Gazette, The Semi-Weekly Courier, The Southern Jerseyite, and The Weekly Democrat-Gazette. In all there are 1,568 issues comprised of 12,975 pages of text.
Date: November 12, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward

Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: San Antonio

Description: Dataset of OCR text from The Portal to Texas History and the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. This dataset includes titles from San Antonio Texas from the years 1874 to 1920. Titles included in this dataset include: San Antonio Daily Express, San Antonio Daily Light, San Antonio Express, The Daily Express, and The San Antonio Light. In all there are 6,866 issues comprised of 130,726 pages of text.
Date: November 12, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward

Back on the Home Front: Demand/Withdraw Communication and Relationship Adjustment Among Student Veterans

Description: Today’s military encompasses a wide variety of families who are affected by deployments in multiple and complex ways. Following deployments, families must reconnect in their relationships and reestablish their way of life. Appropriate and effective communication during this time is critical, yet many military couples struggle with this process. Moreover, student service members/veterans and their families are in a unique position. In addition to coping with changes in their marital relationship, student veterans may feel isolated or unsupported on college campuses, often experiencing anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress, or suicidality. The current study seeks to bridge the gap between the military family literature and the student service member/veteran literature by examining how deployment experiences, mental health issues, and communication patterns influence post-deployment relationship adjustment among student veterans. Analyses tested whether communication style and/or current mental health concerns mediate associations between combat experiences and couples’ relationship adjustment, as well as between experiences in the aftermath of battle and relationship adjustment. Results suggest that although posttraumatic stress is significantly related to deployment experiences among student veterans, participants report no significant negative effects of deployment on relationship adjustment. Communication style, however, was significantly associated with relationship adjustment, and a lack of positive communication was found to correlate with PTSD diagnosis. Research and clinical implications are discussed.
Date: August 2015
Creator: Carver, Kellye Diane Schiffner

Community Gardening: a Novel Intervention for Bhutanese Refugees Living in the USA

Description: Since 2008, the United States (USA) has resettled thousands of Bhutanese refugees, providing brief financial support and pathways to citizenship. Despite the efforts of governing bodies and voluntary agencies which facilitate resettlement, many refugees struggle with adapting to the vastly different lifestyle, economy, language and social structures. In particular, effectively addressing psychological needs of this population is a challenge for service providers operating within an expensive health care system based on Western constructs of mental health. In response to this challenge, refugee resettlement agencies throughout the country use community gardens to promote psychological healing, self-sufficiency, community engagement, and a return of human dignity. Though success of these programs is being shared in the media, there has yet to be empirical data examining their impact. The current study tested whether Bhutanese refugee engagement in a community garden impacts symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD and somatic complaints. The study also investigated whether community gardening is associated with perceptions of social support and adjustment to life in the United States. Quantitative and qualitative data was collected from 50 adult Bhutanese refugees in Fort Worth, Texas. Gardening was significantly related to increased social support overall, a key factor in overall functionality within communal cultures; and specifically perceived tangible support was increased. A significant effect of gardening was also found for adjustment. Although a significant effect was not found for psychological and somatic symptoms, there is still evidence of effects on somatic complaints. Varying results from quantitative and qualitative data warrant further investigation into the nuanced work of clinical research and advocacy with refugee populations.
Date: August 2015
Creator: Gerber, Monica M.

A Critical Medical Anthropology Approach to Advocating for Social Justice and Policy Change in Pesticide Use and Practice to Reduce Health Risks Among Hispanic/Latinos in Central California

Description: This mixed methods research was conducted in the fall of 2014 to understand the perceptions and experiences of health risks and health outcomes due to pesticide exposure among community members (n=13) - concerned community members, agriculture workers and teachers- that live in the Central California agriculture counties of Monterey, Santa Cruz, Tulare, Fresno and Madera. This research explored: 1) The crops growing in participants’ communities, and how exposure to pesticides used in these crops pose potential health risks to participants and their communities 2) How pesticide exposure is impacting Hispanic/Latino communities in Central California, particularly those that are most vulnerable including school children, agriculture workers, and community members 3) The major public health concerns of impacted communities 4) Feelings of empowered to advocate for community health and environment and 5) What impacted communities wish to see on behalf of government and agribusiness to protect public health from pesticide exposure and toxins.
Date: August 2015
Creator: Romero, Mariel Sintora

Does an Online Post-baccalaureate Secondary Teacher Certification Program Produce Certified Teachers Who Remain in the Field?

Description: Given issues in education concerning teacher shortages, the omnipresence of alternative certification programs and the growth of online programs in higher education, this study investigated teacher retention for 77 secondary education teachers who completed an online teacher preparation program in Texas. Teacher retention was examined from 2003-2013 and investigated the influence of factors such personal characteristics, working conditions and school setting characteristics on teacher retention. Data was collected electronically utilizing a survey instrument designed by two teacher education experts and I. A total of 21 variables and two open-ended questions were investigated using the survey instrument. Exploratory factor and hierarchical multiple regression analyses were conducted to identify a multi-factor model for teacher retention utilizing the participants' survey responses. These analyses yielded evidence of the program's effectiveness in preparing teachers for long careers. Specifically, the areas of program support, field experience, and classroom management were statistically significant factors that contributed positively to teacher retention. Additionally, variables outside the program, were examined. These factors included personal characteristics, working conditions, and school setting factors. The predictor model accounted for 56% of the variance; F (17, 54) = 3.015; p = < 0.001. In particular, working conditions contributed to 41% of the variance associated with the teacher retention model. A qualitative analysis of open-ended survey questions was used to further examine decisions to remain in teaching. Support of administration, colleagues, staff, and parents was shown to influence teacher retention.
Date: August 2015
Creator: Brooks, Kanini Wanjira Ward