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Managerial Style and the Use of Statistical Data in Techincal Services Units in Selected Academic Libraries

Description: The primary purpose of this study was to test the following hypothesis: The internal use (use within the technical services unit for decision making and planning) of statistical data will be significantly higher for managers scoring in the Sensing-Thinking (ST) scale of the self-assessment instrument Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. A Technical Services Statistics Survey Form was developed in order to collect statistical data from the technical services managers participating in the study. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator was utilized to record managers' personal management style. Thirty-two managers participated in the two-part study. The hypothesis of the study was not supported because no significant differences in the predicted direction were found to exist between the use of the technical services statistics and management style groups as measured by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. (A Mann-Whitney U Test was used due to the small, uneven sample size.) There were significant differences between Sensing-Thinking (ST) and Intuitive-Feeling (NF) types, but not in the direction predicted by the hypothesis. Possible explanations for this unexpected finding include the very small sample size, the larger percentage of male respondents in the NF type, and the larger percentage of respondents from smaller institutions in the NF type. (Gender and institutional size were not analyzed in this study.) A sharp contrast existed in the number and guality of comments provided by Sensing-Thinking (ST) and Intuitive-Thinking (NT) types, both of whom tended to write lengthy detailed comments elaborating on each statistic. Sensing-Feeling (SF) and Intuitive-Feeling (NF) types provided little or no comment on the Technical Services Statistics Form. The results of this research have implications for examining the technical services statistics collected in technical services units: the frequency of analysis; their importance for planning; the use of these statistics; and the level at which the statistic is used for decision making. Other …
Date: December 1992
Creator: Karpuk, Deborah J.
Partner: UNT Libraries

The Digital Squeeze: Libraries at the Crossroads: the Library Resource Guide Benchmark Study on 2012 Library Spending Plans

Description: The second annual benchmark study of library spending plans from Library Resource Guide explores the wide range of spending and priorities decision-making taking place in 2012 budgets for public, academic and special libraries. Includes year-to-year comparative data. Learn where peer institutions are focusing their scarce investments, based on a study of over 700 participating North American institutions.
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Date: April 2012
Creator: McKendrick, Joseph
Partner: UNT Libraries
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Formalization of Collection Development in Selected Medium-Sized Academic Libraries

Description: The degree of formalization of collection development(the dependent variable) in selected medium-sized academic libraries and six independent variables believed to be related to the dependent variable were examined. The formalization of collection development was measured by an index of five dimensions. The six independent variables examined were age of the library, number of graduate degrees offered by the parent institution, estimated years of growth potential in terms of available shelf space, attitude of the library director toward cooperation, number of memberships held by the library in cooperative endeavors, and percentage of increase in the materials budget, from 1972 to 1982. The findings of this study fail to support hypotheses one, three, four, and six. The relationship between the number of memberships in cooperative endeavors (hypothesis five) is weak, but significant. Hypothesis two is not supported when the total group is considered, but it is supported only when publicly-supported libraries are considered. A positive relationship between size of collection and level of collection development formalization was found to be significant, as was the relationship between number of graduate degrees and size of collection.
Date: December 1984
Creator: Harvill, Melba S.
Partner: UNT Libraries
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Mixed-Methods Assessment of a Mentoring Program

Description: This article describes how a large academic library's continuous cycle of mixed-methods assessment contributes to the success of their mentoring program. Assessment instruments include the Mentoring Competencies Assessment, the Fear of Negative Evaluation Scale, a satisfaction survey and a focus group.
Date: September 16, 2019
Creator: Harker, Karen; O'Toole, Erin; Keshmiripour, Setareh; McIntosh, Marcia & Sassen, Catherine
Partner: UNT Libraries
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Enhancing Bibliographic Access to Dissertations

Description: This article discusses a study of dissertation cataloging practices of Association of Research Libraries academic libraries to discern how the libraries provide access to subjects as well as to names of academic departments and advisors.
Date: December 12, 2016
Creator: Sassen, Catherine
Partner: UNT Libraries

It Starts at the Top: Developing a Motivational Leadership Style That Moves Mountains

Description: This presentation describes a variety of successful changes within the University of North Texas Libraries' Access Services such as re-organizing the structure of the department, establishing new services, and accomplishing projects. Stages of change from idea to implementation and the facilitation of communication throughout the process will be discussed.
Date: November 17, 2016
Creator: Keshmiripour, Setareh & Venner, Mary Ann
Partner: UNT Libraries

Transforming Liaison Services at the UNT Libraries

Description: Presentation for the 2018 Cross Timbers Library Collaborative annual conference. This presentation reviews the process used to revamp the the University of North Texas Libraries philosophy for supporting subject librarians as they provide library services to the university community.
Date: August 10, 2018
Creator: Condrey, Coby & Leuzinger, Julie
Partner: UNT Libraries

The Engaged Subject Librarian

Description: Presentation for the UNT Libraries Subject Librarian Workgroup August 2018 Meeting. This presentation recaps the presentation "Transforming Liaison Services at the UNT Libraries: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Library Liaisonship" from the 2018 Cross Timbers Library Collaborative annual conference for an internal audience.
Date: August 30, 2018
Creator: Condrey, Coby & Leuzinger, Julie
Partner: UNT Libraries

Why Did You Publish That? How University Presses and Library Publishers Choose Their Projects [Panel]

Description: Video recording of a panel session for the 2016 Library Publishing Forum. This panel combines librarians and university-press publishers to discuss project selection and strategic use of resources. This session also includes an announcement of scholarship winners.
Date: May 18, 2016
Duration: 1 hour 7 minutes 19 seconds
Creator: DeVinney, Karen; Bjork, Karen; Krissoff, Derek; Avery, Margy; Conrad, Kathryn & Froehlich, Peter
Partner: UNT Libraries
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Out of the Oven and into the (Reusable) Bag: Sous-Vide Book Delivery

Description: This is a section of The Sustainable Library's Cookbook, which is a collection of sustainable activities for academic libraries. This particular section explores sustainable practices in the Access Services Department at the University of North Texas.
Date: November 18, 2019
Creator: Brand, Rebecca; Cornell, Emily; Cunningham, Chris; Johnston, Pamela & Keshmiripour, Setareh
Partner: UNT Libraries
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