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Presidential Libraries: The Federal System and Related Legislation

Description: Through the National Archives and Records Administration, the federal government currently manages and maintains 12 presidential libraries. Inaugurated with the Presidential Libraries Act of 1955, these entities are privately constructed on behalf of former Presidents and, upon completion, are deeded to the federal government. This report provides a brief overview of the federal presidential libraries system and tracks the progress of related legislation.
Date: November 26, 2008
Creator: Relyea, Harold C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

A Needs Assessment Study of Texas Academic, Public, and School Libraries

Description: This is the project website for the Needs Assessment Study of Texas Academic, Public, and School Libraries, funded by a grant from the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board. It contains information on project documentation and their Final Report.
Date: January 2002
Creator: Moen, William E.; Simpson, Carol; Mason, Florence & Wetherbee, Louella
Partner: UNT College of Information
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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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A Survey of Public School Library Resources in Arkansas

Description: The purpose of this study was an examination of elementary- and secondary-school libraries in Arkansas to determine the adequacy of their resources as compared with the 1960 and the 1969 national school library standards. The findings served as a base for establishing goals and recommendations for improved school library programs in Arkansas.
Date: August 1972
Creator: Guise, Benjamin R.
Partner: UNT Libraries

The Library of the Future, How the heart of campus is transforming

Description: This report discusses the future of academic libraries which serve as an essential gateway to knowledge. It discusses how libraries, as one of the largest facilities on campus, have become vibrant hubs for diverse purposes while retaining flexibility for future needs. How librarians have been steering discussions about open-source journals and courseware, which has profound implications for student access and success, and institutional budgets. Why libraries are leveraging special collections to carve out niches for their institutions and bolster connections with students and the local community. What librarians are saying about how varied their jobs have become, and how the profession is – and isn’t – diversifying. How librarians have adapted to automation to learn new technical, legal, and interpersonal skills.
Access: Restricted to the UNT Community Members at a UNT Libraries Location.
Date: February 2022
Creator: Carlson, Scott
Partner: UNT Libraries
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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
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New Roles for New Times: Digital Curation for Preservation

Description: The report looks at how libraries are developing new roles and services in the arena of digital curation for preservation. The authors consider a "promising set of new roles that libraries are currently carving out in the digital arena," describing emerging strategies for libraries and librarians and highlighting collaborative approaches through a series of case studies of key programs and projects. They also provide helpful definitions and offer recommendations for libraries considering how best to make or expand their investments in digital curation. Issues and developments within and across the sciences and humanities are considered.
Date: March 2011
Creator: Walters, Tyler & Skinner, Katherine
Partner: UNT Libraries
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Needs Assessment Study of Texas Academic, Public, and School Libraries: Final Report

Description: This document is the final report with the summary of the findings, conclusions, and recommendations for consideration by the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board (TIFB) Library Working Group as part of the Needs Assessment Study of Texas Academic, Public and School Libraries. The report is the work of the Needs Assessment Study Team, Texas Center for Digital Knowledge at the University of North Texas. The study was conducted during the period of February through September 15, 2002. Funding for the study was provided by Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board
Date: October 2002
Creator: Moen, William E.; Simpson, Carol; Mason, Florence & Wetherbee, Louella
Partner: UNT College of Information
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What Libraries Learned from the War.

Description: Pamphlet containing lessons learned by librarians during their service in World War I. Topics covered include how men were not influenced by books or libraries, that libraries must be organized, and that libraries could be used to foster the understanding of world problems.
Date: January 1922
Creator: Milam, Carl Hastings, 1884-1963
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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An Investigation of Differences in Public Library Usage Patterns Between Gifted Adults and Members of the General Public

Description: The purpose of this research was to isolate the variable giftedness in a pipulation and determine whether that variable could be used as a predictor of public library use. The analysis of data indicated that public library use was higher for the general public than for the gifted adults. There was less variation among the factors of age, level of education, and public library use for the gifted adults than for the general public. Books as a resource for information were mentioned by the general adults public more frequently than by the gifted adults. Friends were listed more often as an information resource by the gifted population than by the public. Gifted adults both read and owned more books than did the general public. There was no correlation between amount of reading and number of library visits in either sample. 35 of the general public has a Library Usage Index Value of less than 4, 97 of the gifted adults did. There was almost no difference between the first ten information sources listen by both samples.
Date: December 1989
Creator: Foudray, Rita Catherine Schoch
Partner: UNT Libraries

[Library rules sign]

Description: Photograph of a sign that was made to look like a stone tablet from a tour of the Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church library in Dallas during the 2015 Church and Synagogue Library Association conference. The sign reads "Thou shalt not remove library materials, save that thou hast checked them out. 2 Librarians 4:2".
Date: July 28, 2015
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Advancing Art Libraries and Curated Web Archives

Description: Presentation for the 2019 International Internet Preservation Consortium General Assembly and Web Archiving Conference. This presentation describes the Archive-It and New York Art Resources Consortium effort to build community capacity for web archiving among art and museum libraries.
Date: June 7, 2019
Creator: Donovan, Lori & Duncan, Sumitra
Partner: International Internet Preservation Consortium

Welcome Address

Description: Welcome address for the 2016 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference by the Conference Director, Spencer Keralis, and Host Welcome Addresses from Rice University by Vice Provost Sara Lowman and the Humanities Research Center Director, Farès el-Dahdah.
Date: September 22, 2016
Duration: 35 minutes 05 seconds
Creator: Keralis, Spencer D. C.; Lowman, Sara & el-Dahdah, Farès
Partner: UNT Libraries
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Smoothing the information seeking path: Removing representational obstacles in the middle-school digital library.

Description: Middle school student's interaction within a digital library is explored. Issues of interface features used, obstacles encountered, search strategies and search techniques used, and representation obstacles are examined. A mechanism for evaluating user's descriptors is tested and effects of augmenting the system's resource descriptions with these descriptors on retrieval is explored. Transaction log data analysis (TLA) was used, with external corroborating achievement data provided by teachers. Analysis was conducted using quantitative and qualitative methods. Coding schemes for the failure analysis, search strategies and techniques analysis, as well as extent of match analysis between terms in student's questions and their search terms, and extent of match analysis between search terms and controlled vocabulary were developed. There are five chapters with twelve supporting appendixes. Chapter One presents an introduction to the problem and reviews the pilot study. Chapter Two presents the literature review and theoretical basis for the study. Chapter Three describes the research questions, hypotheses and methods. Chapter Four presents findings. Chapter Five presents a summary of the findings and their support of the hypotheses. Unanticipated findings, limitations, speculations, and areas of further research are indicated. Findings indicate that middle school users interact with the system in various sequences of patterns. User groups' interactions and scaffold use are influenced by the teacher's objectives for using the ADL. Users preferred to use single word searches over Boolean, phrase or natural language searches. Users tended to use a strategy of repeating the same exact search, instead of using the advanced scaffolds. A high percent of users attempted at least one search that included spelling or typographical errors, punctuation, or sequentially repeated searches. Search terms matched the DQ's in some instantiation 54% of all searches. Terms used by the system to represent the resources do not adequately represent the user groups' information needs, however, …
Date: May 2002
Creator: Abbas, June M.
Partner: UNT Libraries

[Library at the Church of the Good Samaritan, 2]

Description: Photograph of the library at the Good Samaritan taken during the 40th anniversary Church and Synagogue Library Association conference that was held at the Inn at Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Guests attending the conference can be seen walking around the library shelves.
Date: 2007-07-12~
Creator: Olson, Mark
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Conference guests seated in library at Or Shalom Synagogue]

Description: Photograph of guests seated at a long table and reviewing documents as they are in the library of Or Shalom Synagogue. Taken during the 40th anniversary Church and Synagogue Library Association conference that was held at the Inn at Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
Date: 2007-07-12~
Creator: Olson, Mark
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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Library Service in Kuwait: A Survey and Analysis, with Recommendations for Public Library Development

Description: The purpose of this study is to review the development of library service in Kuwait, to survey the current status and problems of the principal types of libraries, and to consider recommendations for the improvement of public libraries since they are relatively less developed and their problems manifest greater immediate needs than other types of libraries. While limited collections, poor services, inadequate staffing and financing are clearly at the root of many library problems in Kuwait, their cause in turn is clearly not lack of money, since the country's per capita income exceeds that of many advanced countries. This study concludes that the recent dynamic changes in the Kuwaiti society are a warrant for new approaches to meet the growing needs of the people for improved and adequate library service.
Date: May 1975
Creator: Zehery, Mohamed H.
Partner: UNT Libraries

[Library at the Church of the Good Samaritan, 3]

Description: Photograph of the library at the Good Samaritan taken during the 40th anniversary Church and Synagogue Library Association conference that was held at the Inn at Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Guests attending the conference can be seen walking around the library shelves.
Date: 2007-07-12~
Creator: Olson, Mark
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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