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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

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

An investigation of differences in public library usage patterns between gifted adults and members of the general public

Description: This study has a threefold purpose. First, to determine the effect of the variable of superior intelligence or giftedness on public library use; second, to determine whether this variable can be used as a predictor of library use; and third, to develop a model of the gifted adult as information seeker.
Date: December 1989
Creator: Foudray, Rita Catherine Schoch
Partner: UNT Libraries

Public Libraries and Democratization in Three Developing Countries: Exploring the Role of Social Capital

Description: This article explores the role of social capital. The authors develop a theoretical framework intended to facilitate systematic investigation of the contributions public libraries may make to democratization.
Date: March 2012
Creator: Ignatow, Gabriel; Webb, Sarah M.; Poulin, Michelle; Parajuli, Ramesh; Fleming, Peter; Batra, Shika et al.
Partner: UNT College of Public Affairs and Community Service

Knowledge wins : public library books are free.

Description: A soldier climbs rocks to find stacked books that lead to a shining city in the distance. A rifle and military gear lie on the rocks near his feet. The titles on the spines of the books include: "Farming", "Drafting", "Citizenship", "Building", "Machine Shop Work", "Business", "Seamanship", "Engineering", "Law", "Foreign Trade", "Shipbuilding". The city skyline features tall buildings and smokestacks.
Date: unknown
Creator: Smith, Dan, 1865-1934.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

CTR-NT: A Survey of Local Cataloging Tool and Resource Utilization

Description: This presentation discusses a grant project on Cataloging Tools and Resource: North Texas (CTR-NT). The study aimed to discover the extent and utilization of cataloging tools and resources within technical service departments in the public libraries of the North Texas Regional Library System (NTRLS) and the North East Texas Library System (NETLS).
Date: June 28, 2008
Creator: Miksa, Shawne D., 1969-
Partner: UNT College of Information

The transformative library: A narrative inquiry into the outcomes of information use.

Description: This qualitative study uses narrative analysis to explore the outcomes of information seeking and use among public library users. Twelve women between the ages of 51 and 72, all residents of Fayetteville, Arkansas who self-identified as regular library users, were interviewed to gather their life stories and their experiences using the public library. The participants in this study used information to enable learning and, often, a change in their affective state. The participants used the new information they encountered constructively, to engage with the knowledge and experience they possessed; this use of information always involved reflection, dialogue, or both. The outcomes from these actions are the creation of new knowledge, a change in the participants' meaning schemes, and/or an affective change. In addition, the narratives strongly suggest that information seeking and use by adults in public libraries can sometimes facilitate or, on its own, precipitate a perspective transformation and the adoption of new meanings. Overall, the findings support Mezirow's theory of transformative learning as a model for understanding information use and outcomes among users of the public library. The major implications of this study are two-fold. One, it introduces to information science Mezirow's theory of transformative learning which could provide greater understanding of how adults use information, and the outcomes that arise from this use. Two, it provides library professionals with information about the library in the lives of their users and concrete information about how libraries can enable transformative learning.
Date: December 2008
Creator: Kenney, Brian
Partner: UNT Libraries

Are Online Catalogs for Children Giving Them What They Need? Children's Cognitive Development and Information Seeking and Their Impact on Design

Description: Research shows children in an online environment often search by browsing, which relies heavily on recognition and content knowledge, so catalog systems for children must use effective symbols or pictorial representations, which correspond with children's own cognitive schema and level of recognition knowledge. This study was designed to look at the success of young children (ages 5 to 8) in searching 3 online public library catalogs designed for them, and it focused specifically on the pictorial representations and text descriptors used in the systems' browsing hierarchy. The research sought answer whether young children (ages 5 to 8) are really poor searchers because of cognitive development and lack of technology skills or if system design is the major reason for poor search results; i.e., Do current children's online catalog designs function in a manner that is compatible with information seeking by children? Although these results can not be generalized, this study indicates that there was a disconnect between the cognitive abilities of young users and catalog design. The study looked at search success on the 3 catalogs in relation to the catalog characteristics and individual user characteristics and makes 3 significant contributions to the field of library and information science. The first contribution is the modification of an existing model posed by Cooper and O'Connor and modified by Abbas (2002). The second significant contribution is the proposal of a new model, Creel's second best choice (SBC) model, that addresses the cognitive gap and design flaws that impact the choices participants made. The third significant contribution is that this study addresses and fills a gap in the literature.
Date: August 2007
Creator: Creel, Stacy
Partner: UNT Libraries

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
Creator: Keralis, Spencer D. C.; Lowman, Sara & el-Dahdah, Farès
Partner: UNT Libraries

[News Clip: FTW Libraries]

Description: Video footage from the KXAS-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story. This story aired at 5 P.M.
Date: May 13, 1981
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Clip: City council]

Description: Video footage from the KXAS-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story by reporter Vernell Jessie about a city council meeting about public library funding and improvement issues. City Council members mentioned includes Louis Zapata and Woodie Woods. Discusses the Southwest Branch library and overcrowding issues. This story aired at 5:00 P.M.
Date: December 19, 1977
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections