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Evaluación De La Colección Del Área De Ciencias De La Información En La Biblioteca De La Universidad De La Salle Frente Al Cambio De Currículo De La Facultad, Dora Alexy Lancheros Benitez Nov 2008

Evaluación De La Colección Del Área De Ciencias De La Información En La Biblioteca De La Universidad De La Salle Frente Al Cambio De Currículo De La Facultad, Dora Alexy Lancheros Benitez

Sistemas de Información, Bibliotecología y Archivística

No abstract provided.


Factors Affecting The Use Of Appalachian Children’S Literature Titles In Libraries Located In The Central Appalachian Region, As Offered By Librarians In The Central Appalachian Region, Jamie Lynn Osborn Aug 2008

Factors Affecting The Use Of Appalachian Children’S Literature Titles In Libraries Located In The Central Appalachian Region, As Offered By Librarians In The Central Appalachian Region, Jamie Lynn Osborn

Masters Theses

The purpose of this research is to describe, with the aid of a survey, the factors Library and Information Science professionals working in the Central Appalachian region believe influence the use of Appalachian Children’s Literature titles in Central Appalachian libraries. Primarily, what do librarians in the region feel affects the use of these titles to their library patrons? To thoroughly examine this issue the following research questions will be explored: Specifically, at what point in their lives, if at all, were librarians in this study exposed to Appalachian Children’s Literature? Did this exposure take place in a K-12 setting or …


The Effectiveness Of Information Literacy Instruction At St. Cloud State University: A Lesson In Situated Cognition, Jennifer C. Hill Jul 2008

The Effectiveness Of Information Literacy Instruction At St. Cloud State University: A Lesson In Situated Cognition, Jennifer C. Hill

Culminating Projects in Information Media

In 2006 The Chronicle of Higher Education published an article describing a study completed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). ETS estimated that only 13% of incoming freshman students were information literate. Studies by Mittermeyer (2005), Wassman (2000), and the Intersegmenatl Committee of the Academic Senates of the California Community Colleges (2002) confirm this diagnosis. Information literacy speaks to the skills of finding, evaluating, and presenting information. Indeed, these skills are crucial in the information age. This paper sought to discover if the for-credit undergraduate information literacy courses (Information Media [IM] 104 and 204) at St. Cloud State University (SCSU) …


A Relationship Between Library Skills Instruction And Njla Test Scores, Anita K. Deangelis May 2008

A Relationship Between Library Skills Instruction And Njla Test Scores, Anita K. Deangelis

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine the level of academic success of fourth grade students who experience regularly scheduled library instruction as measured by the language arts test scores on the annual New Jersey state achievement tests. After extensive research was completed, several articles from such authors as K. C. Lance and L. Starr were chosen as part of this study. In addition, Scholastic's research paper entitled School Libraries Work which contained many additional studies on the chosen topic was read and summarized in this proposal. Following the above research, three research questions were developed along with a …


By Any Other Name: A Study Of Library User Comprehension Of Subject Headings, Elizabeth Campbell May 2008

By Any Other Name: A Study Of Library User Comprehension Of Subject Headings, Elizabeth Campbell

Theses and Dissertations

The current research examined library users and their use of subject headings in library catalog searches. It also examined how effective library catalog searches were for users. A survey was designed to give the researcher an idea of what search terms the public used to search library catalogs. Those survey results were then compared to the actual subject headings found in the library catalog.

The overall results indicated that very few public search terms matched the vocabulary used in the catalog. This showed a disconnection between what was being offered to the public as a search tool and how the …


A Look At Computer Classes Offered At Selected South Jersey Public Libraries, David Crespy May 2008

A Look At Computer Classes Offered At Selected South Jersey Public Libraries, David Crespy

Theses and Dissertations

No abstract available.


An Analysis Of How Birth Control Is Presented In Young Adult Novels, Corey L. Mason May 2008

An Analysis Of How Birth Control Is Presented In Young Adult Novels, Corey L. Mason

Theses and Dissertations

Young adult literature can be a safe method of receiving correct and vital information about birth control in novels that contain sexual activity. It is important that birth control in young adult novels is dealt with accurately, honestly, thoroughly, and in an unbiased way. There has been little research done on how birth control is presented in YA novels and how it may have changed over time. To study this topic, ten YA novels were read and analyzed. Five of the novels were written prior to 1990 and the other five were written after 1990. Each novel was analyzed for …


30 Years Of Judy Blume Novels... Are We Still Censoring?, Nina Amidon May 2008

30 Years Of Judy Blume Novels... Are We Still Censoring?, Nina Amidon

Theses and Dissertations

Judy Blume has been a target of censors since she started writing novels in the 1970s. Her books have been removed from shelves in school media centers all over the country by either the school board, or even the media specialist. Many studies have been done in the past about censorship and Judy Blume's books were always a popular target.

A survey was sent out to 53 middle and high school media centers in Morris County, New Jersey. Survey Monkey.com was used to create the questionnaire and interpret the results. An email message was created and a link to the …


User-Generated Tagging And The Public Library Online Public Access Catalog, Andrea C. Mcdonald May 2008

User-Generated Tagging And The Public Library Online Public Access Catalog, Andrea C. Mcdonald

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to survey southern New Jersey public librarians' attitudes towards the feasibility of including user-generated tagging in the public library online public access catalog (OPAC). The research questions of the thesis concerned the advantages and disadvantages of user-generated tagging, the co-existence of user-generated tagging and controlled subject headings, the future of user-generated tagging, and what the librarians thought about user-generated tagging in the OPAC.

The methodology of the study was applied research. Nineteen southern New Jersey public librarians completed an attitudinal survey on user-generated tagging. Responses were tallied and placed into a spreadsheet and graphic …


Information Commons Service Model And Community Colleges In New Jersey, Mary E. Moody May 2008

Information Commons Service Model And Community Colleges In New Jersey, Mary E. Moody

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine if characteristics of the information commons model were being adopted by community college libraries in New Jersey. The study examined how closely these characteristics matched the models represented in the current four-year college and university literature. Email questionnaires were sent to library directors of community college libraries in New Jersey. The intention of the survey was to ascertain the library structure, budget, and staffing of community college libraries in New Jersey. Community college directors were asked to report on services their libraries provided and to rate library services commonly associated with an …


Public Libraries' Commitment To Gay Youth, Kimberle Madden May 2008

Public Libraries' Commitment To Gay Youth, Kimberle Madden

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine if selected New Jersey public libraries in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties were committed to the GLBTQ youth in their communities by providing free and equal access to lesbigay literature and/or offering programs and outreach to this group of young adults. Most previous research looked at school libraries in the United States and libraries in Canada. This study investigated selected public libraries in southern New Jersey to determine if they were striving towards that commitment.

Using the State of New Jersey's District Factor Group (DFG) students were selected based on similar socioeconomic …


School Library Web Sites As Public Relations Tools, Melissa Meserall May 2008

School Library Web Sites As Public Relations Tools, Melissa Meserall

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to analyze school library home pages for their use as public relations tools. Two target audiences were teachers and parents. Using a checklist, each selected home page was analyzed for its inclusion of information relating to teachers, information relating to parents, and design considerations. The research question investigated was "How~successful were school library Web sites as public relations tools"? A total of 22 school library Web sites linked from the New Jersey Association of School Librarians Web site were analyzed. It was found that 41% of Web sites (nine sites) met at least 50% …


New Jersey Public Library Services For Homeschoolers, Beth Buchhofer May 2008

New Jersey Public Library Services For Homeschoolers, Beth Buchhofer

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine if public libraries in New Jersey were effectively serving the needs of homeschoolers. This was done by researching the suggestions of experts in the field of homeschooling and public libraries. The researcher then created a survey using SurveyMonkey to evaluate the materials, programs, and services that public libraries were offering. The survey was completed by fifteen representatives from the New Jersey county public libraries. Many of the libraries reported having programs for homeschoolers, unfortunately many of the materials, programs, and services were not designed specifically for this population. In conclusion, a small …


Keeping The Faith: The Public Library's Commitment To Adult Education, 1950-2006, Brenda Weeks Coleman May 2008

Keeping The Faith: The Public Library's Commitment To Adult Education, 1950-2006, Brenda Weeks Coleman

Dissertations

This study examines the extent to which the conception and implementation of the public library's educational commitment to adults changed between 1950 and 2006 within the context of the institutional development of the public library and the influences exerted by internal and external forces such as philanthropic organizations, the federal government, the American Library Association, research, the public library planning process, the nontraditional education movement, and changes in public library ideology. Philanthropic organizations such as the Carnegie Corporation and the Ford Foundation's Fund for Adult Education played pivotal roles in the development of the library's liberal adult education programming in …


Perspectives Of Rural Library Managers/Directors Regarding Professional Education: A Qualitative Study In Northwest Georgia, Christina E. Tracy May 2008

Perspectives Of Rural Library Managers/Directors Regarding Professional Education: A Qualitative Study In Northwest Georgia, Christina E. Tracy

Masters Theses

Attempts have been made by several organizations, including the American Library Association (ALA), to provide greater access to professional education for library managers/directors; however, the rural environment presents unique challenges to education not addressed by many of the policies and programs currently in place. This study examined the perspectives of library managers/directors in rural Northwest Georgia about the factors that impede or facilitate professional degree attainment. Participants included twelve library managers/directors serving in rural communities. Qualitative interviews with the library managers/directors identified their experiences and issues including challenges and incentives to professional degree attainment. The principal findings include: the difference …


Library Media Specialists Are Not Ready To "Radically Change:" The Use Of Radical Change Children's Books In New Jersey School Media Centers, Elena Brown May 2008

Library Media Specialists Are Not Ready To "Radically Change:" The Use Of Radical Change Children's Books In New Jersey School Media Centers, Elena Brown

Theses and Dissertations

The purposes of this study were to (a) determine if LMSs were using titles from a suggested list of titles found in Radical Change with kindergarten to third grade students, (b) determine how LMSs were using books with Radical Change characteristics; and (c) determine if LMSs were not using books with Radical Change characteristics, what were the reasons why they were not using or did not own the books. From the results of the questionnaire, the majority of the respondents had not heard of Dr. Eliza Dresang and her theory of Radical Change. It was also determined that many of …


Self-Censorship By Middle School Librarians, Candace V. Johnson May 2008

Self-Censorship By Middle School Librarians, Candace V. Johnson

Theses and Dissertations

Middle school librarians are faced with difficult decisions when choosing books for the middle school library collection because of the students' ages, and involvement from the administration, staff, parents and special interest groups who want to protect children from certain material. Middle school librarians may willingly or unwillingly participate in self-censorship to avoid confrontation. Middle school librarians in New Jersey were surveyed to investigate self-censorship practices. They were asked to share information about their library collection, their library policies and procedures and their thought processes during book selection. Based on the results of the study it was concluded that middle …


A Multiple Case Study Analysis Of Digital Preservation Techniques Across Government, Private, And Public Service Organizations, David P. Gough Mar 2008

A Multiple Case Study Analysis Of Digital Preservation Techniques Across Government, Private, And Public Service Organizations, David P. Gough

Theses and Dissertations

The process of record keeping has evolved through time. As our technology advances, so does our ability to manage information. We have progressed from paper-based records to new digital techniques and formats to store records. However, digital storage is not the "Holy Grail" answer to preservation and storage problems. Digital storage is confounded by multiple problems, also. Some of these problems are, but not limited to, lack of standardization and legal guidance, proprietary formats, and the fragility of the digital medium. This research examines several organizations that are deeply involved in digital preservation and tries to identify common practices and …


Bibliometrically Mapping Team Cognition Literature: A Co-Citation Analysis, Ryan A. Howell Mar 2008

Bibliometrically Mapping Team Cognition Literature: A Co-Citation Analysis, Ryan A. Howell

Theses and Dissertations

Researchers investigating team cognition must source and review a challenging set of relevant, mature literature from a diverse array of academic disciplines. Such disciplines may include psychology, management, information science, military science, anthropology, and nursing science, etc. This thesis summarizes an effort to bibliometrically map team cognition literature using an author co-citation analysis methodology. The work began with a traditional literature review that identified key authors who were published in peer-reviewed journals. These authors were contacted and asked to provide their own listings of key researchers in the field, which were used in conjunction with the Social Sciences Citation Index …


Propuesta De Políticas De Desarrollo De Colecciones Para Bibliotecas Escolares Distritales De Bogotá D.C, Paola Andrea Fonseca Zamora Feb 2008

Propuesta De Políticas De Desarrollo De Colecciones Para Bibliotecas Escolares Distritales De Bogotá D.C, Paola Andrea Fonseca Zamora

Sistemas de Información, Bibliotecología y Archivística

No abstract provided.


A Case Study Of A Rural Iowa School Preparing To Meet New State Guidelines For School Libraries, Karla Steege Krueger Jan 2008

A Case Study Of A Rural Iowa School Preparing To Meet New State Guidelines For School Libraries, Karla Steege Krueger

Dissertations and Theses @ UNI

The national school library guidelines place the greatest emphasis upon the teaching and learning component of school library programs led by professional school librarians. Despite findings linking school library programming, including instruction by professional school librarians, to increased student achievement on standardized tests and improved content learning through student inquiry using library resources, the importance of the instructional role of the school librarian remains largely unrecognized by administrators and teachers.

A qualitative case study of one rural Iowa elementary school provided insight into the issue of small schools without library programs as they are preparing to meet the Iowa reinstatement …


Expert System Design Guide For Lower Classification Roads Over High Pi Clays, Yaqi Wanyan Jan 2008

Expert System Design Guide For Lower Classification Roads Over High Pi Clays, Yaqi Wanyan

Open Access Theses & Dissertations

This research was focused on low-volume roads over expansive clayey soils in Texas. In spite of the redundant pavement designs recommended and widely used in Texas for roads in high PI clay areas, these pavements often fail prematurely. This failure occurs primarily because of the highly variable properties of the clayey subgrade throughout the year due to moisture fluctuations. The problematic nature of high PI clays, despite the fact that volumetric changes such as heaving are sometime considered in the design, is of concern since they contribute to roughness and longitudinal shrinkage cracking of the road, and as such the …


A Study Of West Virginia Secondary Public School Library Media Centers And Library Media Specialists And Their Use Of 21st Century Technology Tools, Kimberly Ann Bickel Sigman Jan 2008

A Study Of West Virginia Secondary Public School Library Media Centers And Library Media Specialists And Their Use Of 21st Century Technology Tools, Kimberly Ann Bickel Sigman

Theses, Dissertations and Capstones

Twenty-first century learning, learning that teaches global and wellness awareness, and civic and business literacy, is essential for students to become vital, contributing members of society. In order for students to participate in an environment of 21st century learning, the attainment of 21st century skills is essential. Twenty-first century skills encourage students to collaborate, communicate, critically think, and reflect. Such skills involve the use of technology tools – 21stcentury tools – which include computers, Internet, production software, and communication processes. Literature establishes school library media centers as sites where students find many types of 21st century tools. Staffed by school …


Rediscovering The Private Libary: The National Trust Of Great Britain And The Campaign To Expand The Role Of Library Collections In Historic House Museums, Heidi Hutchins Stokes Jan 2008

Rediscovering The Private Libary: The National Trust Of Great Britain And The Campaign To Expand The Role Of Library Collections In Historic House Museums, Heidi Hutchins Stokes

Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs)

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Survey Of Open Source Integrated Library Systems, Linda M. Riewe Jan 2008

Survey Of Open Source Integrated Library Systems, Linda M. Riewe

Master's Theses

No abstract provided.


An Introduction To Ambiguity And Instability: New Merit Criteria For Evaluating Classification Performance, Wei Liang Jan 2008

An Introduction To Ambiguity And Instability: New Merit Criteria For Evaluating Classification Performance, Wei Liang

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Forever Young: Educating Today's Youth About The Nature And Uses Of Records Of Enduring Value, Rozlind Koester Jan 2008

Forever Young: Educating Today's Youth About The Nature And Uses Of Records Of Enduring Value, Rozlind Koester

WWU Graduate School Collection

This thesis identifies an urgent need for new archival outreach methods that encourage younger audiences to use archival materials at all stages of their lives. In Chapter One, the author argues that traditional archival outreach methods fail to produce an adult population that is "archives literate" regarding the nature and myriad uses of archival materials. As a result, archives lack the social and cultural place that is enjoyed by their sister institutions: libraries and museums. This suggests that new outreach methods are needed, and Chapter Two explores some innovative, existing programs that target young people by getting them to use …