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Preserving History By Building Access: The Texas Digital Newspaper Program

Description: Presentation on how to build digital newspaper collections via the Texas Digital Newspaper Program (TDNP) on The Portal to Texas History. It highlights grant opportunities that are available to support libraries in building access to their newspapers and demonstrates how to use the digital newspaper collections. It was presented at the Texas Library Association District 9 Fall 2020 meeting held virtually on October 29, 2020.
Date: October 29, 2020
Creator: Krahmer, Ana
Partner: UNT Libraries

Investigation of Descriptive Richness of Free-Text Metadata in Language Archives

Description: This presentation introduces language archives and analyzes item‐level metadata in three of them by focusing on free‐text metadata: the Endangered Language Archive, Pacific Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures, and the Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America. The study identified categories of information included in Description metadata fields and the relative distribution of these categories.
Date: October 26, 2020
Creator: Burke, Mary & Zavalina, Oksana
Partner: UNT College of Information

[Lindsey Witt's calendar page]

Description: Photograph of Lindsey Witt's weekly calendar page with a row containing the title, "The Week Of:." The majority of the page has six columns with a heading for each day of the week, except Saturday and Sunday which is grouped together to state, "Weekend." The bottom of the page has a row with the subtitle, "Notes." Witt has handwritten the date span on the top of the page, "October 26-November 1." Each day and the "Notes" section also has handwritten bullet point notes in pen pertaining to classwork due dates and Zoom meetings, as well as personal duties and obligations.
Date: 2020-10-26/2020-09-01
Creator: Witt, Lindsey
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Amplifying Community Voices in Language Archives Through Participatory Archiving

Description: Presentation from a panel, "Considering Individual and Community Contexts Within Information Pedagogy, Scholarship, and Practice," that was held virtually for the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). This portion of the panel focuses on the author's research into community-based language research (CBLR) and the Lamkang language.
Date: October 25, 2020
Creator: Burke, Mary
Partner: UNT College of Information
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100th Anniversary of Women Winning the Vote: Reflections on the 2020 Centennial

Description: Conversation among members of the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission discussing the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment and reflecting on the work of the Commission during 2020.
Date: October 22, 2020
Duration: 51 minutes 27 seconds
Creator: Wall, Debra Steidel; Mikulski, Barbara; James, Kay Coles; Shogan, Colleen & Combs, Susan
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Descriptive richness of free-text metadata: a comparative analysis of three language archives

Description: This article analyzes item‐level metadata in three language archives by focusing on free‐text metadata: the Endangered Language Archive, Pacific Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures, and the Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America. The study identified categories of information included in Description metadata fields and the relative distribution of these categories.
This item is restricted from view until October 22, 2021.
Date: October 22, 2020
Creator: Burke, Mary & Zavalina, Oksana
Partner: UNT College of Information

Skill-Building in Online Graduate-Level Metadata Instruction through the Prism of Quality Evaluation of Student-Created Metadata

Description: Presentation addressing the need for effective training in metadata creation for library and information science students through an overview of the metadata creation skill-building content of the online introductory graduate metadata course at the University of North Texas, results of the analysis of quality in student-created metadata records, and discussion of how the observed common metadata quality issues might inform curriculum development.
Date: October 21, 2020
Creator: Zavalina, Oksana & Burke, Mary
Partner: UNT College of Information
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MINES for Libraries© @ UNT Libraries: Final Report

Description: This report summarizes the University of North Texas Libraries' results from the MINES for Libraries© survey protocol from January 2015 to December 2019. The intention of the survey was to learn more about the usage of the Library's online resources, and the resulting data is robust and useful for longitudinal trends.
Date: October 20, 2020
Creator: Harker, Karen
Partner: UNT Libraries

[Todd Moye with COVID-19 signage and "STAY WOKE" graffiti]

Description: Selfie of Todd Moye taken in a bathroom mirror in Willis Library. Moye is wearing a cloth face mask. On the mirror is signage regarding hand washing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and graffitied on the wall behind Moye are the words "STAY WOKE" which are readable in the reflection in the mirror.
Date: October 20, 2020
Creator: Moye, Todd
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Scouting with the Buffalo Soldiers: Lieutenant Powhatan Clarke, Frederic Remington, and the Tenth U.S. Cavalry in the Southwest

Description: On a hot summer’s day in Montana, a daring frontier cavalry officer, Powhatan Henry Clarke, died at the height of his promising career. A member of the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 1884, Clarke graduated dead last, and while short on academic application, he was long on charm and bravado. Clarke obtained a commission with the black troops of the Tenth Cavalry, earning his spurs with these “Buffalo Soldiers.” He evolved into a fearless field commander at the troop level, gaining glory and first-hand knowledge of what it took to campaign in the West. During his brief, action-packed career, Clarke saved a black trooper’s life while under Apache fire and was awarded the Medal of Honor. A chance meeting brought Clarke together with artist Frederic Remington, who brought national attention to Clarke when he illustrated the exploit for an 1886 Harper’s Weekly. The officer and artist became friends, and Clarke served as a model and consultant for future artwork by Remington. Remington’s many depictions of Clarke added greatly to the cavalryman’s luster. In turn, the artist gained fame and fortune in part from drawing on Clarke as his muse. The story of these two unlikely comrades tells much about the final stages of the Wild West and the United States’ emergence on the international scene. Along the way Geronimo, The Apache Kid, “Texas” John Slaughter, and others played their roles in Clarke’s brief, but compelling drama.
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Date: October 15, 2020
Creator: Langellier, John P. (John Phillip)
Partner: UNT Press

Tall Walls and High Fences: Officers and Offenders, the Texas Prison Story

Description: Texas has one of the world’s largest prison systems, in operation for more than 170 years and currently employing more than 28,000 people. Hundreds of thousands of people have been involved in the prison business in Texas: inmates, correctional officers, public officials, private industry representatives, and volunteers have all entered the secure facilities and experienced a different world. Previous books on Texas prisons have focused either on records and data of the prisons, personal memoirs by both inmates and correctional officers, or accounts of prison breaks. Tall Walls and High Fences is the first comprehensive history of Texas prisons, written by a former law enforcement officer and an officer of the Texas prisons. Bob Alexander and Richard K. Alford chronicle the significant events and transformation of the Texas prison system from its earliest times to the present day, paying special attention to the human side of the story. Incarceration policy evolved from isolation to hard labor to rodeo and educational opportunities, with reform measures becoming an ever-evolving quest. The complex job of the correctional officer has evolved as well—they must ensure custody and control over the inmate population at all times, in order to provide a proper environment conducive to safety and positive change. Alexander and Alford focus especially on the men and women who work with diligence and dedication at their jobs “inside the walls,” risking their lives and—in too many instances—giving their lives in a peculiar line of duty most would find unpalatable. Within these pages are stories of prison breaks, bloodhounds chasing escapees, and gunfights. Inside the walls are deadly confrontations, human trafficking, rape, clandestine consensual trysts, and tricks turned against correctional officers. Famous people and episodes in Texas prison history receive their due, from Texas Rangers apprehending and placing outlaws in prison to the famed gunfighter …
Access: Restricted to UNT Community Members. Login required if off-campus.
Date: October 15, 2020
Creator: Alexander, Bob & Alford, Richard K.
Partner: UNT Press

Step Up Your Game with Genre Terms for Tabletop Games

Description: This poster introduces the controlled vocabulary of genre terms used by the UNT Libraries to enhance user access to a large collection of tabletop games. It was presented at the Online Audiovisual Catalogers (OLAC) 2020 conference which was held virtually.
Date: October 13, 2020
Creator: Robson, Diane; Sassen, Catherine & Yanowski, Kevin
Partner: UNT Libraries

[Healthcare worker discount signage at Michaels store]

Description: Photograph of a sign in a Michaels store advertising a discount for first responders and frontline healthcare workers. The sign reads: "COVID-19 Heroes Appreciation Campaign. 10% off for all services for First responders & Frontline Healthcare Workers. Just present your uniform, badge, or hospital ID. Thank you for your service!"
Date: October 10, 2020
Creator: Cortez, Taylor
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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