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Museum Assessment Program Evaluation Report June 2017

Description: The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) is a cooperative agreement between IMLS and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Since its inception in 1981, MAP has helped more than 5,000 small and mid-sized museums of all types strengthen operations, plan for the future, and meet standards. In the spring of 2017, AAM commissioned an evaluation of the program. The final report includes an executive summary, background and methodology, data analysis, and case studies.
Date: June 2017
Creator: Ocello, Claudia B.
Partner: UNT Libraries

State Library Administrative Agencies Survey: Fiscal Year 2016

Description: The State Library Administrative Agencies Survey: Fiscal Year 2016 report provides highlights of the Fiscal Year 2016 State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAA) Survey, which collects financial, staffing, and service information from every SLAA in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Date: October 2017
Creator: Institute of Museum and Library Services (U.S.)
Partner: UNT Libraries

Web Archiving in the United States: A 2017 Survey

Description: From October 2 to November 20, 2017, a working group of individuals representing multiple NDSA member institutions and interest groups conducted a survey of organizations in the United States actively involved in, or planning to start, programs to archive content from the Web. This effort builds upon and extends a broader effort begun in three earlier surveys, which the NDSA Web Archiving Survey working group has conducted since 2011.The goal of these surveys is to better understand the landscape of Web archiving activities in the United States by investigating the organizations involved; the history and scope of their Web archiving programs; the types of Web content being preserved; the tools and services being used; access and discovery services being offered; and overall policies related to Web archiving programs. The responses from this survey document the current state of U.S. Web archiving initiatives and the comparison with the results of the 2011, 2013, and 2016 surveys enables an analysis of emerging trends. This report describes the current state of the field, tracks the evolution of the field over the last few years, and points to future opportunities and developments.
Date: October 2018
Creator: Farrell, Matthew; McCain, Edward; Praetzellis, Maria; Thomas, Grace & Walker, Paige
Partner: UNT Libraries

Environmental Scan of Government Information and Data Preservation Efforts and Challenges

Description: This report is an output of the "Preserving Electronic Government Information (PEGI)" project.and it describes the landscape of initiatives within and outside of the federal government that aim to disseminate and preserve government information. It first describes government-led initiatives, from dissemination through official agency websites to publication on third-party platforms. Next, it considers the range of initiatives that have emerged in recent years outside of government to address perceived gaps and vulnerabilities in the federal government’s curation initiatives and to add value to publicly available information and datasets. It briefly touches upon initiatives that focus on advocacy, awareness, or education, rather than on directly providing preservation and access. The report goes on to address the policies and infrastructures undergirding both government-led and non-government initiatives. It concludes with a brief summary of gaps and recommendations for collective action. Each section contains representative examples, but does not contain an exhaustive list of initiatives relevant to federal government information.
Date: 2018
Creator: Lippincott, Sarah K.
Partner: UNT Libraries

National Digital Infrastructures and Initiatives: A Report on the 2017 National Digital Platform at Three Forum

Description: The report provides details on IMLS digital library funding since 2015 and explains three focal areas identified within the digital library infrastructures and initiatives portfolio of the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.
Date: June 2018
Creator: Rudersdorf, Amy; Reynolds, Emily; Sands, Ashley E.; Neal, James & Mayeau, Stephen
Partner: UNT Libraries

[Library Preservation Staff 1981-1982]

Description: Series of seven photographs of staff members in the UNT Libraries preservation department, mounted on a board with a green edging, stamped "1981-1982" at the bottom. The center image is a group portrait of all six staff members posing together in the office; each of the other photographs shows one of the staff members at work in his/her own space.
Date: [1981..1982]
Creator: University of North Texas
Partner: UNT Libraries

[NTSC Bookbindery Staff]

Description: Series of portraits organized around text in the center that says, "25th anniversary, Library Bookbindery n. t. s. c. 1928-1953." There are fourteen total images, most of which are individual portraits of staff members; images in the center of the top and bottom rows show staff working in the bookbindery office.
Date: 1953~
Creator: North Texas State College
Partner: UNT Libraries

Making+ Learning in Museums and Libraries A Practitionaer's Guide and Framework

Description: Many libraries and museums have recently invesetd resources to implement maker programs or makerspaces. This project defines “making” as building or adapting objects using real tools and real materials and engaging learners in the process of using these tools and materials. While these programs and spaces serve a variety of goals, they overwhelmingly serve as sites of ambitious learning. As the maker movement grows by leaps and bounds, the field itself knows relatively little about how to support learning within these spaces. This report introduces a framework to support learning in library and museum makerspaces. There are three elements to the framework: purpose; people; and pieces and parts. Through a description of the framework, as well as case studies on how making and makerspaces are being implemented around the country, this document aims to share ways that we can nurture and grow conditions for learning within making experiences.
Date: 2016
Creator: Institute of Museum and Library Services (U.S.)
Partner: UNT Libraries

Strengthening Networks, Sparking Change: Museums and Libraries as Community Catalysts

Description: This document brings together the preliminary literature and practice survey with the experiences and vision of those working to spur change in their communities every day. It catalogs how these efforts are initiated and sustained; the tools and methods available to assess community need and evaluate impact; and the skills and competencies required to implement and sustain new efforts successfully. It also uses the concepts of social wellbeing and collective impact to situate museums and libraries as critical sites within broader institutional and interpersonal networks of community resources. These are complementary conceptual frameworks to help museums and libraries contextualize and tailor their efforts to catalyze positive change. Together. The document is divided into the following sections: • The Introduction traces the increasing importance of anchor institutions (typically universities and hospitals) to contextualize the evolving efforts of museums and libraries and the broad content areas in which they are expanding their activities. It also presents the social wellbeing and collective impact frameworks that are referenced throughout the document. • The Continuum of Museum and Library Community Initiatives describes the types of efforts that can improve social wellbeing for residents. This section catalogs key considerations for museums and libraries as they design community-focused efforts. • Understanding Assets and Challenges, and Evaluating Impact summarizes effective methods for assessing community assets, needs, and approaches to evaluating the impact of museum and library efforts to promote the wellbeing of their communities. • Building Capacity to Support and Spark Change reviews the requisite skills and competencies required of community-centered institutions and provides considerations for obtaining them through staff development, hiring practices, or partnership. • The Conclusion summarizes key themes from each section to highlight opportunities for museums and libraries to catalyze change in their communities going forward.
Date: January 2017
Creator: Institute of Museum and Library Services (U.S.)
Partner: UNT Libraries

2016 Performance and Accountability Report

Description: The FY 2016 Performance and Accountability Report for the Institute of Museum and Library Services comes as IMLS begins a yearlong celebration marking its 20th Anniversary. In the last 20 years, IMLS has worked to benefit libraries of all types: public, research, academic and tribal; and museums of all disciplines: history, botanic gardens, aquariums, science and technology centers, children’s museums and zoos. With the help of a range of partners, IMLS has inspired libraries and museums to advance innovation, learning and civic engagement. That work will continue into the coming years as libraries and museums are urged abd encouraged to “Reimagine the Future” and how they can best serve the communities in which they reside. Those goals are reflected in this year’s report: to continue to focus on creating a nation of learners by preserving and providing broad public access to collections and content; and promoting policies that ensure robust library, museum, and information services for all Americans. IMLS continues to be an outstanding steward of federal funds and will continue to look for ways to achieve even greater impact on library and museum services throughout the United States.
Date: 2016
Creator: Institute of Museum and Library Services (U.S.)
Partner: UNT Libraries

Open Digital Preservation Training and Professional Development Opportunities

Description: Interest in digital preservation training and professional development opportunities is extensive, however, a common understanding of the open materials – ones that are freely available for use online – and how they might be used most effectively is still limited. The digital preservation community, those who shepherd digital collections through the lifecycle for a variety of organizations, would benefit from a common understanding of freely available open training materials. Digital preservation continuing education is valuable to a number of organization types, from small to large, as well as a wide range of practitioners at various points in their careers. Museums, libraries, and archives of all sizes benefit greatly from freely available continuing educational materials on digital preservation topics, as do many other organizations with an interest in preserving digital content for future use. Frequently, learners new to the profession are uncertain as to where to acquire specific digital preservation knowledge, issues, and skills. Similarly, working professionals may need to expand their roles or desire to broaden their knowledge and skill-set. Training to meet these needs necessarily occurs outside of formal educational settings, relying on the learner’s ability to locate resources that are relevant to their goals. It is the purpose of this report to begin establishing a common understanding of the types of open digital preservation training materials available, to identify topics around which additional materials should be developed, and recommend ways to increase the effectiveness, use, and reuse of open training materials.
Date: October 2017
Creator: Institute of Museum and Library Services (U.S.)
Partner: UNT Libraries

Public Libraries in the United States Fiscal Year 2014

Description: The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s approximately 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums and related organizations. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. As part of its mission, IMLS conducts policy research, analysis, and data collection to extend and improve the nation’s museum, library, and information services. IMLS research activities are conducted in ongoing collaboration with state library administrative agencies; national, state, and regional library and museum organizations; and other relevant agencies and organizations. IMLS research activities are designed to provide consistent, reliable, complete, and accurate indicators of the status and trends in library and museum services and to report timely, useful, and high-quality data to Congress, the states, other policy-makers, practitioners, data users, and the general public. Accordingly, IMLS is responsible for providing policymakers, researchers, and the general public with information about public libraries in the United States. Public libraries have a long tradition of serving as community anchors—providing a wide array of services and resources in communities. The Public Libraries Survey (PLS), under the Museum and Library Services Act of 2010 administered by IMLS, collects annual data about the ways in which public libraries serve their communities. Since 1989, the PLS has documented the ways that modern public libraries have responded to an increasingly diverse public with broader information needs. This information not only helps to identify areas of activity and community engagement but also can uncover opportunities for further services and reach. The PLS is a national census that collects information from public libraries in 50 states, the District of Columbia, ...
Date: August 2017
Creator: Institute of Museum and Library Services (U.S.)
Partner: UNT Libraries

NDP at Three

Description: The NDP at Three report describes grants and explores themes which emerged from the first three years of grant-making under the national digital platform (NDP) funding area in the IMLS Office of Library Services.
Date: September 2017
Creator: Owens, T.; Sands, A.E.; Reynolds, E.; Neal J. & Mayeaux, S.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Performance and Accountability Report Fiscal Year 2017

Description: The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is an independent grant making agency and the primary source of federal support for the nation’s approximately 120,000 libraries and 35,000 museums and related organizations. IMLS helps ensure that all Americans have access to museum, library, and information services. The agency supports innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement, enabling museums and libraries from geographically and economically diverse areas to deliver essential services that make it possible for individuals and communities to thrive. The agency’s mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, learning, and civic engagement and to provide leadership through research, policy development, and grant making.Those goals are reflected in this year’s report as IMLS continues to be an outstanding steward of federal funds. IMLS will continue to look for ways to achieve even greater impact on library and museum services throughout the United States.
Date: November 15, 2017
Creator: Institute of Museum and Library Services (U.S.)
Partner: UNT Libraries

Stepping Up to the ConnectED Library Challenge: A Call to Action

Description: In April 2015, President Obama launched the ConnectED Library Challenge to ensure that all school children have access to the learning resources available in public libraries. The report highlights the responses of communities across the nation to answer the White House’s challenge to public librarians, superintendents, and public officials to collaborate so that every student has access to the many learning resources of their local library. The report outlines the conditions gleaned from these responses that point to indicators of successful partnerships and some of the many different forms these collaborations are taking.
Date: 2016
Creator: Institute of Museum and Library Services (U.S.)
Partner: UNT Libraries

National Cyber Strategy of the United States of America

Description: With the release of this National Cyber Strategy, the United States now has its first fully articulated cyber strategy in 15 years. This strategy explains how the US will: Defend the homeland by protecting networks, systems, functions, and data; Promote American prosperity by nurturing a secure, thriving digital economy and fostering strong domestic innovation; Preserve peace and security by strengthening the ability of the United States — in concert with allies and partners — to deter and, if necessary, punish those who use cyber tools for malicious purposes; and Expand American influence abroad to extend the key tenets of an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure Internet. The new U.S. cyber strategy seeks to allay some of those concerns by promoting responsible behavior in cyberspace, urging nations to adhere to a set of norms, both through international law and voluntary standards. It also calls for specific measures to harden U.S. government networks from attacks, like the June 2015 intrusion into the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which compromised the records of about 4.2 million current and former government employees. And the strategy calls for the U.S. to continue to name and shame bad cyber actors, calling them out publicly for attacks when possible, along with the use of economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure.
Date: September 2018
Creator: White House
Partner: UNT Libraries

Corpus of News on the Web (NOW) - June 2018

Description: Dataset of words collected from newspapers and magazines from twenty different countries; the individual files include concordance information, parts-of-speech, and other arrangements of the data.
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Date: unknown
Creator: Davies, Mark
Partner: UNT Libraries

Corpus of News on the Web (NOW) - March 2018

Description: Dataset of words collected from newspapers and magazines from twenty different countries; the individual files include concordance information, parts-of-speech, and other arrangements of the data.
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Date: March 2018
Creator: Davies, Mark
Partner: UNT Libraries

Corpus of News on the Web (NOW) - April 2018

Description: Dataset of words collected from newspapers and magazines from twenty different countries; the individual files include concordance information, parts-of-speech, and other arrangements of the data.
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Date: April 2018
Creator: Davies, Mark
Partner: UNT Libraries

Corpus of News on the Web (NOW) - May 2018

Description: Dataset of words collected from newspapers and magazines from twenty different countries; the individual files include concordance information, parts-of-speech, and other arrangements of the data.
Access: This item is restricted to UNT Community Members. Login required if off-campus.
Date: unknown
Creator: Davies, Mark
Partner: UNT Libraries