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Information-Seeking Behavior Of Social Sciences And Humanities Researchers In The Internet Age, Xuemei Ge Dec 2005

Information-Seeking Behavior Of Social Sciences And Humanities Researchers In The Internet Age, Xuemei Ge

Masters Theses

This study focuses on how Internet technology influences and contributes to the information-seeking process in the social sciences and humanities. The study examines the information-seeking behavior of faculty and doctoral students in these fields and observes and extends Ellis’s model of information-seeking behavior for social scientists, which includes six characteristics: starting, chaining, browsing, differentiating, monitoring, and extracting.

The study was conducted at Tennessee State University. Thirty active social sciences and humanities faculty and doctoral students were interviewed about their use of Internet resources, their perception of electronic and print materials, and their opinions concerning the Ellis model and how it …


Pautas Generales De Accesibilidad Física Para Disminuir Barreras Arquitectónicas En Edificios De Bibliotecas Universitarias. Estudio De Caso, César Augusto Casas Velandia Nov 2005

Pautas Generales De Accesibilidad Física Para Disminuir Barreras Arquitectónicas En Edificios De Bibliotecas Universitarias. Estudio De Caso, César Augusto Casas Velandia

Sistemas de Información, Bibliotecología y Archivística

No abstract provided.


Identifying Successful Competitive Intelligence Practices Used In Nonprofits: A Survey Of Competitive Intelligence Strategies Used By Professional Fundraisers To Enhance Fundraising Success, Heidi H. Gillis Aug 2005

Identifying Successful Competitive Intelligence Practices Used In Nonprofits: A Survey Of Competitive Intelligence Strategies Used By Professional Fundraisers To Enhance Fundraising Success, Heidi H. Gillis

Masters Theses

Competitive intelligence is a popular technique used to gain a competitive advantage in for-profit businesses. This research examines the use of competitive intelligence in nonprofits, particularly how competitive intelligence is used or can be used to enhance fundraising success. A web based survey polled members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals on their uses of specific competitive intelligence strategies, particularly environmental scanning, use of focus groups and database research. It was found that non-profits are using some competitive intelligence methods, but find a lack of time, lack of funds, and lack of staff are prohibiting factors in implementing a full-scale …


Directional, Identification, And Orientation Signage In Eight Southern New Jersey Public Libraries, Rachel Simmons May 2005

Directional, Identification, And Orientation Signage In Eight Southern New Jersey Public Libraries, Rachel Simmons

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to unobtrusively observe eight Southern New Jersey public libraries in eight different counties to discover if they were practicing the principles of good signage for the benefit of their patrons. A checklist of good signage criteria and ADA requirements was created and used to assess the libraries' signs. Principles of good signage and ADA signage came from prior studies. Using SPSS, frequency tables were generated for each question to show the signage percentages for the libraries in the study. The eight public libraries in the study rated well in the areas of signage design …


Effects Of Teachers' Active Role In Accelerated Reader With Elementary Students, Sarah L. Lenko May 2005

Effects Of Teachers' Active Role In Accelerated Reader With Elementary Students, Sarah L. Lenko

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study, which took place in an elementary school and included seven first grade classes, eight second grade classes, and one autistic class as the sample (n = 16), was to determine the success of the Accelerated Reader (AR) program by examining the way in which teachers implemented the program and studying the relationship between that implementation and student success, as measured by the percent of student quizzes passed and the average book level read by the students in the class. Three variables were researched and compared: the kind and amount of each participant's training with …


Planning Procedures For School Media Centers, Heather A. Deitch May 2005

Planning Procedures For School Media Centers, Heather A. Deitch

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine if media specialists were using effective planning processes in renovating school libraries or building new school library facilities. A second purpose was to propose recommendations for improving planning processes to make them more effective and efficient in creating the best possible school library facility. A researcher devised checklist was created through a literature search and was presented on two electronic listservs. Thirty responses were used from two email electronic listservs. Those who responded did use some or all of the outlined planning procedures that were provided in the electronic survey. The results …


Scheduling Methods For Effective School Library Media Centers In K-8 School Districts, Rose F. Hagar May 2005

Scheduling Methods For Effective School Library Media Centers In K-8 School Districts, Rose F. Hagar

Theses and Dissertations

School library media centers should have a program that serves all students in the community, as well as meet the needs of a diverse population. In order to develop information literacy skills and create a life-long enjoyment of reading, students must have open access to the LMC. It is the role of the library media specialist to make sure that these needs are being met. The purpose of this study was to examine the library media programming methods used in K-8 school districts throughout the state of New Jersey. The results of this study were used to develop a library …


A Study Of Culturally Diverse Materials In Elementary School Media Centers, Marie E. Mawson May 2005

A Study Of Culturally Diverse Materials In Elementary School Media Centers, Marie E. Mawson

Theses and Dissertations

Our country is more culturally diverse today than at any other time in its history, therefore there is a need for greater understanding among people and awareness of other cultures. A prime time to develop this understanding and awareness is during the elementary school years. School library media specialists can be foremost in providing materials that facilitate learning about all cultures. This study examined the multicultural collections of four elementary school media centers within the Pleasantville School District. The study was conducted by examining the Online Public Access Catalog for the identified variables and then by conducting a visual search …


An Experimental Study In Promoting Collaborative Instructional Activities, Kathleen Galarza May 2005

An Experimental Study In Promoting Collaborative Instructional Activities, Kathleen Galarza

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this experimental study was to determine which public relations methods would best inform the first through fifth grade classroom teaching staff at Holly Heights School about the work of the library media center, the roles of the library media specialist, and the research that states how important collaborative educational activities are for students, so that teaching staff members would choose to participate in some type of collaborative instructional activities with the library media specialist to benefit the students. This study was conducted with 18 first through fifth grade teaching staff members at Holly Heights Elementary School in …


A School Library Collection Analysis Focused On Resources Available For Fifth Grade Research Topics, Carol A. Moroz May 2005

A School Library Collection Analysis Focused On Resources Available For Fifth Grade Research Topics, Carol A. Moroz

Theses and Dissertations

The purposes of this study were'to determine (a) the areas of study fifth grade students at Lakehurst Elementary School were asked to research, (b) whether the current library print collection was sufficient to meet the students' needs in terms of both quantity and quality, (c) the additional print resources which would be necessary to create a useful set of print resources, and (d) the cost of these additional print resources. Current print resources and resources considered for purchase were assigned a rating from zero to four on a Usefulness Rating Scale designed by the researcher, with a zero indicating a …


Reaching Out @ Your Library™: Communication Practices Of New Jersey High School Library Media Specialists, Lisa B. Mutter May 2005

Reaching Out @ Your Library™: Communication Practices Of New Jersey High School Library Media Specialists, Lisa B. Mutter

Theses and Dissertations

This paper presents the methodology and results from surveys of New Jersey school library media specialists at 88 public secondary schools. The study examined how LMS reached out administratively to their learning community. Specifically, it addressed the following research questions: 1. HOW did the library media specialists promote the importance of the media center and its resources and services? 2. WHAT did library media specialists communicate to the learning community? 3. WHO did library media specialists communicate with in their learning community? 4. Were the library media specialists taking advantage of the American Library Association advocacy tools to help them …


Techniques Used By Elementary Library Media Specialists To Teach Authors And Illustrators, Carol A. Sabol May 2005

Techniques Used By Elementary Library Media Specialists To Teach Authors And Illustrators, Carol A. Sabol

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine elementary school library media specialists' perceptions of the role of author and illustrator studies in the library curriculum. The study was conducted to measure the uses of author/illustrator studies and which techniques that teach authors and illustrators were considered most effective by elementary school library media specialists. Of the 46 respondents to the mail survey, 55% replied that author/illustrator studies were very important, 36% replied that they were important, and 9% replied that they were somewhat important. The majority of library media specialists responded that storytelling with brief biographies of authors/illustrators and …


The Effects Of The Accelerated Reader Program On The Reading Habits And Reading Frequencies Of Fourth Grade Students, Kathleen Wendt May 2005

The Effects Of The Accelerated Reader Program On The Reading Habits And Reading Frequencies Of Fourth Grade Students, Kathleen Wendt

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine if participation in the Accelerated Reader program affected the reading habits and reading frequency of fourth grade students. This study focused on two fourth grade classes at Folsom School. The two fourth grade classes had used the Accelerated Reader (AR), as part of their reading program in the library, since the beginning of the 2002-2003 school year.

A total of 38 students participated in this survey. The students were encouraged by the researcher to read and take quizzes on books supported by the Accelerated Reader program. All 38 students took both the …


A Study Of The Services, Materials And Policies Provided For Homeschooling Families By New Jersey Public Libraries, Patricia A. Collins May 2005

A Study Of The Services, Materials And Policies Provided For Homeschooling Families By New Jersey Public Libraries, Patricia A. Collins

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine if homeschoolers were being adequately served by the county public library systems of New Jersey. This was done by identifying and tabulating the materials, services, and policies available to homeschooling families served by twenty county library systems of New Jersey. The Website and online catalog of each system was searched using checklists developed by the researcher. A questionnaire developed by the researcher was completed by a representative of eighteen of the selected libraries. Most of the libraries surveyed had services and policies that were available to the general public rather than specifically …


Evaluating The Web Sites Of County Public Libraries In New Jersey For Hispanic Accessibility, Geraldine Paolini May 2005

Evaluating The Web Sites Of County Public Libraries In New Jersey For Hispanic Accessibility, Geraldine Paolini

Theses and Dissertations

A library's web site can be an important outreach service for Hispanic patrons. Many county libraries in New Jersey, however, may not have web sites that are easily accessible to Hispanics. The purpose of this study was to evaluate New Jersey county public library web sites to determine if selected access criteria were present. Using a researcher designed criteria checklist, content, language, organization & navigation and services were examined. The existence of these criteria were used to determine if public library web sites provided adequate access for Hispanic patrons. The sample and population consisted of 20 county library, or their …


Evaluation Of High School Reading Motivational Programs, Jeffrey A. Dilks May 2005

Evaluation Of High School Reading Motivational Programs, Jeffrey A. Dilks

Theses and Dissertations

Purposes of this study were to identify 1) what were some of the reading incentive or reading motivational programs used in grades 9-12 throughout the country; 2) and which programs were deemed successful by library media specialists and on what basis. In order to achieve this goal, high school library media specialists throughout the country were surveyed via LM_Net listserv to see what reading incentive programs they were using, if any at all, and if they determined the programs were successful, how they measured the success of the programs. There were a total of 21 respondents. Results demonstrated that there …


School Library Media Specialists Who Provide In-Service Training For Teachers, Stephanie S. Gaughan May 2005

School Library Media Specialists Who Provide In-Service Training For Teachers, Stephanie S. Gaughan

Theses and Dissertations

By taking a leadership role in the development and implementation of in-service training for teachers, school library media specialists increase their influence, strengthen their school library media programs, and in turn help increase student achievement. The purpose of this study was to determine how school library media specialists perceived the role of designing and implementing in-service training for teachers in an effort to determine why some school library media specialists did in fact practice this important role. Research was conducted to determine the characteristics of school library media specialists who provided in-service training opportunities for teachers. A link to an …


Glbtq Characterization In Young Adult Novels, 1998-2004, Debra I. Lecates May 2005

Glbtq Characterization In Young Adult Novels, 1998-2004, Debra I. Lecates

Theses and Dissertations

Since the first young adult (YA) novel with gay content appeared in 1969, the number of gay-themed novels available for teens has increased significantly. However, research has shown that the long-awaited movement away from stereotyped characters and conservative storylines and into more realistic portrayals has been slow in materializing. This study utilized a content analysis of 22 YA novels with homosexual content to investigate whether changes have occurred in the portrayal of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) characters and themes between earlier studies and 1998-2004. A total of 26 characterization and plot elements in each novel were analyzed …


Barriers To Young Adult Patronage Of Public Libraries: A Survey Of New Jersey Librarians, Deborah A. Swierk May 2005

Barriers To Young Adult Patronage Of Public Libraries: A Survey Of New Jersey Librarians, Deborah A. Swierk

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to investigate how public librarians in New Jersey responded to the external and internal barriers to young adult patronage as identified by the 1995 National Center for Educational Statistics study and the 1999 Public Libraries as Partners in Youth Development initiative. The researcher conducted a purposive online survey of New Jersey public librarians who were members of the New Jersey Young Adult and Children's (NJYAC) Iistserv and served young adults. Responses to the online survey totaled 77 or 16%. Percentages were used to analyze the data and Microsoft Excel was used to generate charts …


Computer Based Technology Used By Faculty Members At Vineland High School South, Diane C. Stokes May 2005

Computer Based Technology Used By Faculty Members At Vineland High School South, Diane C. Stokes

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to evaluate teacher use of computer based technology for personal use and for professional use at Vineland High School South. This study also sought to identify factors that contributed to faculty use or non-use of computer based technology in the classroom. Professional use of computer based technology by teachers was examined within specific categories, including: class preparation, delivery of information, in-class student use, special education accommodation, e-mail communications, and recording of grades. The teachers of Vineland High School South indicated the ways in which they acquired their computer knowledge and what sources were most …


Historical Development Of Technology In The Robert W. Woodruff Library 1982- 2003, Stephanie R. Bernard May 2005

Historical Development Of Technology In The Robert W. Woodruff Library 1982- 2003, Stephanie R. Bernard

ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library

No abstract provided.


Art In The Archives: A Survey Of Artists' Papers In Tennessee, Celia S. Walker May 2005

Art In The Archives: A Survey Of Artists' Papers In Tennessee, Celia S. Walker

Masters Theses

This study is the first known survey of visual art materials housed in Tennessee's repositories. Little has been written about the arts materials in the state's repositories and no overview exists for art scholars. The purpose of the study was to create a profile of collecting in Tennessee of visual art materials in relation to policies, funding levels, and collection accessibility. It was determined that almost one-half of responding repositories in Tennessee maintain some visual art primary resources in their vertical files. The presence of collection policies and missions that speak directly to the need to collect art resources was …


An Eleven Year Retrospective Of The Acquisition Review Journal, Mitchell J. Elder Mar 2005

An Eleven Year Retrospective Of The Acquisition Review Journal, Mitchell J. Elder

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this research was to examine the evolution of the Acquisition Review Journal (ARJ) through its first 11 years of publication. Researchers assessed the Defense Acquisition community through a review of ARJ articles. They considered what areas academics and practitioners have explored, and how they have explored them. This review documents such characteristics as areas of study, methods of study, and contributors. Trends are identified and conclusions are drawn as to the contribution of the ARJ to the Defense Acquisition community of practice.


Meaningful, Motivating Library Lessons That Matter To Students In Grade Four, Karen Louise-Bjorling Felch Jan 2005

Meaningful, Motivating Library Lessons That Matter To Students In Grade Four, Karen Louise-Bjorling Felch

All Graduate Projects

The purpose of this project was to develop a meaningful, motivating library curriculum to increase student learning in literacy for students in grade four. Current literature and research on the roles of the teacher-librarian, information literacy instruction, reading advocacy, specifically literature guidance and appreciation, and motivation were explored. A yearlong library curriculum map was created addressing topics and methods found to be effective in the review of current research. The library curriculum was aligned with the Marysville School District Elementary Library Curriculum Guide for Grade Four, the Washington State Grade Level Expectations in Reading, the Washington State Essential Learnings in …


"Make It Real": A Guide To Implementing And Connecting State Madated Classroom-Based Assessments With The National History Day Curriculum At The Middle School Level, Richard Reuther Jan 2005

"Make It Real": A Guide To Implementing And Connecting State Madated Classroom-Based Assessments With The National History Day Curriculum At The Middle School Level, Richard Reuther

All Graduate Projects

This manuscript is intended to provide a framework for teachers to use the National History Day curriculum as a qualifying classroom-based assessment which will be required for all Washington State gth Grade Social Studies classes in 2008. A review of the literature of National History Day as well as classroom-based assessments is included. A plan for a preliminary assessment of available resources is explored, as well as a sequential topic-bytopic plan for implementing National History Day. Possible variations of student-centered activities are included; student roles in the research process and self-assessment are discussed. Alignment with Washington State Essential Academic Learning …