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Automated Creation of Analytic Catalog Records for Born-Digital Journal Articles (open access)

Automated Creation of Analytic Catalog Records for Born-Digital Journal Articles

Article summarizing the approach to bibliographic metadata development at the University of Michigan Library for journal articles published and archived in HathiTrust.
Date: May 19, 2015
Creator: Hawkins, Kevin S.
Object Type: Article
System: The UNT Digital Library
Economics: From the Dismal Science to the Moral Science: The Moral Economics of Kendall P. Cochran (open access)

Economics: From the Dismal Science to the Moral Science: The Moral Economics of Kendall P. Cochran

Adam Smith published The Theory of Moral Sentiments in 1759 and established the ethical foundation for The Wealth of Nations (1776) as well as the important role played by custom and fashion in shaping behaviors and outcomes. Kendall P. Cochran believed in Smith’s emphasis on value-driven analysis and seeking solutions to major problems of the day. Cochran believed that economists moved too far in the direction of analysis free of words like ought and should and devoted his career to establishing that economics is a moral science. A recent study by two Harvard professors, Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff, Growth in a Time of Debt (2010), asserted that healthy economic growth and high levels of government debt are incompatible. These conclusions are associated with the austerity movement, which calls for policymakers to reduce government spending in order to reduce the government’s debt and improve long-term growth prospects. The austerity movement has been used to justify the sharp decline in public sector employment that has restrained job growth since the recession of 2007. In 2013, a graduate student named Thomas Herndon discovered an error in the calculations of Reinhart and Rogoff, publishing his findings in a paper co-authored by his professors, …
Date: January 2015
Creator: Cochran, Kendall P.
Object Type: Book
System: The UNT Digital Library
UNT Libraries: TRAC Conformance Document (open access)

UNT Libraries: TRAC Conformance Document

The UNT Libraries: TRAC Conformance Document is designed to supplement and provide extended reference to the UNT Libraries’ TRAC Audit Checklist (Appendix A), which outlines the requirements of a Trusted Digital Repository. The self assessment of the UNT Libraries and its Digital Collections encompasses an evaluation of its associated policies, procedures, workflows, modelling, and technical infrastructure in the TRAC audit process.
Date: October 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward; Alemneh, Daniel Gelaw; Krahmer, Ana; Tarver, Hannah & Waugh, Laura
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library

UNT Scholarly Works Record Discoveries Dataset

Dataset containing four tab-delimited data files and associated code for analysis of data. Dataset represents record discoveries identified from Apache log files created by the UNT Digital Library platform. Record discoveries are for the UNT Scholarly Works Repository from May 2014 to January 2015.
Date: January 24, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward
Object Type: Dataset
System: The UNT Digital Library

A For-Fee Scholarly Publishing Service Based in the Library

Slides from a presentation to the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Scholarly Communications Interest Group at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting. This presentation discusses a for-fee scholarly publishing service based in the library.
Date: January 31, 2015
Creator: Hawkins, Kevin S.
Object Type: Presentation
System: The UNT Digital Library
Literature Review: Assessment of Cataloging Services in an Academic Library (open access)

Literature Review: Assessment of Cataloging Services in an Academic Library

Paper discussing a literature review on the assessment of cataloging services in an academic library. This paper is part of a Cataloging Survey Project at the University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries.
Date: February 18, 2015
Creator: Welch, Rebecca
Object Type: Paper
System: The UNT Digital Library

Building an Online Academic Profile

Presentation for the Toulouse Graduate School spring workshop series. This presentation discusses building an online academic profile.
Date: March 6, 2015
Creator: Waugh, Laura & Phillips, Mark Edward
Object Type: Presentation
System: The UNT Digital Library
The Evolution of Publishing Agreements at the University of Michigan Library (open access)

The Evolution of Publishing Agreements at the University of Michigan Library

Book chapter on the evolution of publishing agreements at the University of Michigan Library. Taking as an example an open-access journal with a single editor, this chapter discusses the various configurations of rights agreements used by the University of Michigan Library throughout the evolution of its publishing operation, the advantages of the various models, and the reasons for moving from one to another.
Date: March 2015
Creator: Hawkins, Kevin S.
Object Type: Book Chapter
System: The UNT Digital Library
Using Students in Cataloging (open access)

Using Students in Cataloging

Presentation notes presented as part of a panel, "Utilizing Student Employees in the Cataloging Workflow," at the Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG) Annual Convention
Date: February 24, 2015
Creator: Harden, Jean, 1948-
Object Type: Text
System: The UNT Digital Library

Web-Archiving: Collecting and Preserving Important Web-based National Resources

Presentation for the National Archives and Library of Ethiopia on web-archiving and collecting and preserving important web-based national resources.
Date: February 18, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward & Alemneh, Daniel Gelaw
Object Type: Presentation
System: The UNT Digital Library

I Learned All That I Know About Digital Preservation From Trading Concert Recordings

Presentation for the Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) 2015 Meeting. This presentation discusses digital preservation and learning from trading live concert recordings.
Date: March 11, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward
Object Type: Presentation
System: The UNT Digital Library

Leveraging the UNT Digital Library Infrastructure to Support our Extended Communities

Presentation for the Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) 2015 Meeting. This presentation discusses leveraging the University of North Texas (UNT) Library infrastructure to support extended communities.
Date: March 12, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward
Object Type: Presentation
System: The UNT Digital Library

The Status of Research Data Management in the United States

Presentation for the first Open Data Hackathon at UNT, organized as part of International Open Data Day. This presentation discusses the status of research data management in the United States and the challenges, opportunities, and emerging trends.
Date: February 21, 2015
Creator: Halbert, Martin
Object Type: Presentation
System: The UNT Digital Library
Enhancing Access to E-books (open access)

Enhancing Access to E-books

Article on a study of enhancing access to e-books.
Date: September 30, 2014
Creator: Harker, Karen & Sassen, Catherine
Object Type: Article
System: The UNT Digital Library

Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, Volume 46, Number 1, Spring 2015

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Official, quarterly journal of the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association (NRCA) containing articles, opinions, and research in professional rehabilitation counseling regarding the needs of individuals employed in a wide variety of work settings and with wide-ranging professional interests.
Date: Spring 2015
Creator: National Rehabilitation Counseling Association (U.S.)
Object Type: Journal/Magazine/Newsletter
System: The UNT Digital Library
Comparison of Full-text Versus Metadata Searching in an Institutional Repository: Case Study of the UNT Scholarly Works (open access)

Comparison of Full-text Versus Metadata Searching in an Institutional Repository: Case Study of the UNT Scholarly Works

This paper discusses a case study comparing full-text versus metadata searching in the University of North Texas (UNT) Scholarly Works institutional repository.
Date: February 8, 2015
Creator: Waugh, Laura; Tarver, Hannah; Phillips, Mark Edward & Alemneh, Daniel Gelaw
Object Type: Paper
System: The UNT Digital Library
Extended Date/Time Format (EDTF) in the Digital Public Library of America's Metadata: Exploratory Analysis (open access)

Extended Date/Time Format (EDTF) in the Digital Public Library of America's Metadata: Exploratory Analysis

This paper presents results of an exploratory analysis of representation of dates in over 8 million metadata records from the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), and compares it to Extended Date/Time Format (EDTF) specifications.
Date: November 6, 2015
Creator: Zavalina, Oksana; Phillips, Mark Edward; Alemneh, Daniel Gelaw; Tarver, Hannah & Kizhakkethil, Priya
Object Type: Paper
System: The UNT Digital Library
Sociological Applications of Topic Extraction Techniques: Two Case Studies (open access)

Sociological Applications of Topic Extraction Techniques: Two Case Studies

Limited research has been conducted with regards to the applicability of topic extraction techniques in Sociology. Addressing the modern methodological opportunities, and responding to the skepticism with regards to the absence of theoretical foundations supporting the use of text analytics, I argue that Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA), complemented by other text analysis techniques and multivariate techniques, can constitute a unique hybrid method that can facilitate the sociological interpretations of web-based textual data. To illustrate the applicability of the hybrid technique, I developed two case studies. My first case study is associated with the Sociology of media. It focuses on the topic extraction and sentiment polarization among partisan texts posted on two major news sites. I find evidence of highly polarized opinions on comments posted on the Huffington Post and the Daily Caller. The highest polarizing topic was associated with a commentator’s reference on Hoodies in the context of the Trayvon Martin’s incident. My findings support contemporary research suggesting that media pundits frequently use tactics of outrage to provoke polarization of public opinion. My second case study contributes to the research domain of the Sociology of knowledge. The hybrid method revealed evidence of topical divides and topical “bridges” in the intellectual …
Date: August 2015
Creator: Zougris, Konstantinos
Object Type: Thesis or Dissertation
System: The UNT Digital Library
Animated Autoethnographies: Using Stop Motion Animation As a Catalyst for Self-acceptance in the Art Classroom (open access)

Animated Autoethnographies: Using Stop Motion Animation As a Catalyst for Self-acceptance in the Art Classroom

As a doctoral student, I was asked to teach a course based on emerging technologies and postmodern methods of inquiry in the field of art education. The course was titled Issues and Applications of Technology in Art Education and I developed a method of inquiry called animated autoethnography for pre-service art educators while teaching this course. Through this dissertation, I describe, analyze, interrogate, value, contextualize, reflect on, and artistically react to the autoethnographic animated processes of five pre-service art educators who were enrolled in the course. I interviewed the five participants before and after the creation of their animated autoethnographies and incorporated actor-network theory within the theoretical analysis to study how the insights of my students’ autoethnographies related to my own animations and life narratives. The study also examines animated autoethnography as a method of inquiry that may develop or enhance future teaching practices and encourage empathic connections through researching the self. These selected students created animations that accessed significant life moments, personal struggles, and triumphs, and they exhibited unique representations of self. Pre-service art educators can use self-research to create narrative-based short animations and also use socio-emotional learning to encourage the development of empathy within the classroom. I show …
Date: August 2015
Creator: Blair, Jeremy Michael
Object Type: Thesis or Dissertation
System: The UNT Digital Library
Intensive Short-term Child Centered Play Therapy and Externalizing Behaviors in Children (open access)

Intensive Short-term Child Centered Play Therapy and Externalizing Behaviors in Children

Play therapists use children’s natural symbolic play as a method of mental health treatment (Landreth, 2012). Meta-analysis research has demonstrated the effectiveness of treating children with play therapy (Bratton, Ray, Rhine, & Jones, 2005), and child-centered play therapy (CCPT) has proven to be an effective treatment for children with externalizing behaviors such as aggression and other disruptive behavior (Bratton & Ray, 2000; Bratton et al., 2005). Some studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of brief and short-term CCPT, such as twice weekly within two to three months (Blanco & Ray, 2011; Shen, 2002) and when delivered in an intensive format, conducting 12 sessions within three weeks (Jones & Landreth, 2002). In this current study, I sought to determine the effectiveness of intensive CCPT with children identified as having externalizing problem behaviors. Participants were recruited from public schools in the urban area of Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia area. A total of 24 participants completed the study: 18 boys and 6 girls aged 6 to 9 years old (M = 7); 17 Australian Caucasians, 1 English (UK) Caucasian, 1 Asian, 3 Hispanic/Latino, and 2 Biracial. Participants were randomly assigned: 12 to the experimental group and 12 to the wait-list control group. Children in …
Date: August 2015
Creator: Ritzi, Rochelle M.
Object Type: Thesis or Dissertation
System: The UNT Digital Library
Collaborative Crossover: Identifying Classical Vocal Collaborative Piano Practices in Jazz Vocal Accompanying (open access)

Collaborative Crossover: Identifying Classical Vocal Collaborative Piano Practices in Jazz Vocal Accompanying

Classical vocal collaborative piano and jazz vocal accompaniment are well-established fields with long-standing performance traditions. Classical collaborative performance practices have been researched and codified, but jazz accompanying practices largely remain in the domain of aural tradition. Both classical and jazz accompaniment share associated practices, such as rubato, transposition, and attention to lyric diction and inflection, but there is little previous investigation into the idea that classical collaborative practices might apply to jazz accompanying. This research examines jazz piano accompanying practices in sung verses of standard tunes to demonstrate how accomplished jazz pianists intuitively use many of the same techniques as classical collaborative pianists to create balance with singers. Through application of expressive microtiming analysis to graphical displays of transcribed recorded performances, a strong correlation is established between the classical and jazz vocal accompanying traditions. Linking classical practices to jazz potentially creates a foundation for jazz accompanying pedagogy.
Date: August 2015
Creator: Morgenroth, David Jonathan
Object Type: Thesis or Dissertation
System: The UNT Digital Library
An Empirical Study of Software Debugging Games with Introductory Students (open access)

An Empirical Study of Software Debugging Games with Introductory Students

Bug Fixer is a web-based application that complements lectures with hands-on exercises that encourage students to think about the logic in programs. Bug Fixer presents students with code that has several bugs that they must fix. The process of fixing the bugs forces students to conceptually think about the code and reinforces their understanding of the logic behind algorithms. In this work, we conducted a study using Bug Fixer with undergraduate students in the CSCE1040 course at University of North Texas to evaluate whether the system increases their conceptual understanding of the algorithms and improves their Software Testing skills. Students participated in weekly activities to fix bugs in code. Most students enjoyed Bug Fixer and recommend the system for future use. Students typically reported a better understanding of the algorithms used in class. We observed a slight increase of passing grades for students who participated in our study compared to students in other sections of the course with the same instructor who did not participate in our study. The students who did not report a positive experience provide comments for future improvements that we plan to address in future work.
Date: August 2015
Creator: Reynolds, Lisa Marie
Object Type: Thesis or Dissertation
System: The UNT Digital Library
Early Second-career Faculty: a Phenomenological Study of Their Transition Into a New Profession (open access)

Early Second-career Faculty: a Phenomenological Study of Their Transition Into a New Profession

In this phenomenological study I investigated the experiences of early second-career, tenure-track faculty members who entered academe after working in a position outside of higher education for at least five years. The purpose of this study was to learn about experiences and factors that contributed or impeded to the success of second-career faculty members. Eight early second-career faculty members, from a four-year university located in the Dallas Metroplex area, were interviewed. Participants demographics were ages 34 to 68 with the average age being 45; 50% male and 50% female; and one African American, six Caucasian, and one Hispanic and/or Latino. Participants’ previous professional experience was a benefit in teaching and relating to students, in understanding the complex university bureaucracy, and in setting goals. The participants reported that mentoring, whether formally assigned by the institution or through informal means such as departmental colleagues or professional organizations, was a benefit to all of the participants. A primary area of concern for the participants was collaboration and collegiality with other faculty members. Participants stated that traditional faculty members lack the skills and training to collaborate effectively in researching and in joint teaching endeavors. Participants reported that they had to monitor and restrain their …
Date: August 2015
Creator: Assaad, Elizabeth A.
Object Type: Thesis or Dissertation
System: The UNT Digital Library
Teachers’ Concerns and Uses of iPads in the Classroom with the Concerns-based Adoption Model (open access)

Teachers’ Concerns and Uses of iPads in the Classroom with the Concerns-based Adoption Model

The purpose of this study was to examine the role of high school teachers’ concerns, willingness, aptitude, and use of iPads in the classroom during the adoption of a new technology. The design of this case study included a sample of eight teachers from the English, math, science, and history departments who were surveyed, observed, and interviewed using the Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM). This study is guided by three research questions: (1) What are teachers’ concerns about using iPads in the high school English, math, science, and history classrooms? (2) What are teachers’ levels of iPad use in the English, math, science, and history classrooms? (3) What are teachers’ pedagogical practices as they use iPads in the English, math, science, and history classrooms? To research these questions, the study measured teacher concerns with the triangulation of three diagnostic instruments from the Concerns-Based Adoption Model: the Stages of Concern Questionnaire (SoCQ), the Innovation Configurations Map (IC Map), and the Levels of Use (LoU) matrix. The CBAM model was used to address the scarcity of literature regarding iPad use in content-area classrooms. The findings from the research show that the impact of introducing a new technology is more multifaceted than previously assumed. …
Date: August 2015
Creator: Stewart, Gail
Object Type: Thesis or Dissertation
System: The UNT Digital Library