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Faraway Flix: Connecting To International Students Through Film, Laura Bohuski Jan 2019

Faraway Flix: Connecting To International Students Through Film, Laura Bohuski

DLTS Faculty Publications

WKU has, at any given time, about 20,000 students enrolled in university programs across four campuses. WKU is a campus that is actively engaged in making international connections, so much so that its current vision statement asserts that WKU is “a leading American university with international reach.”1 Western’s drive to establish and maintain international connections has been successful: of the 20,000 students currently attending WKU, 1,300 are international students from 70 seventy different countries.2 With such a diverse student population, many of the departments at Western are actively engaged in developing programs to help ...


Topscholar® Brochure, Connie Foster, Jennifer Wilson Aug 2015

Topscholar® Brochure, Connie Foster, Jennifer Wilson

TopSCHOLAR® Presentations and Reports

An updated brochure that gives basic points, contacts, and guidelines for TopSCHOLAR, the research and creative activity database of Western Kentucky University, launched May 1, 2007


Talking To Ourselves: Internal Communication Strategies For Reference Services, John Gottfried, Laura Delancey, Amanda Hardin Apr 2015

Talking To Ourselves: Internal Communication Strategies For Reference Services, John Gottfried, Laura Delancey, Amanda Hardin

DLTS Faculty Publications

At many academic libraries, spiral notebooks and three ring binders have given way to blogs and wikis as a means of facilitating communication at the reference desk. Western Kentucky University Libraries opted instead to create a custom internal website to log reference transactions, highlight current issues, and manage scheduling changes. This solution incorporated numerous platforms and technologies, including LibGuides, Facebook, and Google Calendar. It avoided some of the pitfalls described in the literature, such as relying too heavily on user-generated content, and has been successful largely because it is embedded in the reference workspace and contains features that librarians will ...


Virtual Conference And Meeting Systems: Resources For Online Connections, John Gottfried, Laura Delancey, Carol L. Watwood, Amanda Hardin Feb 2015

Virtual Conference And Meeting Systems: Resources For Online Connections, John Gottfried, Laura Delancey, Carol L. Watwood, Amanda Hardin

DLTS Faculty Publications

Librarians have always tried to stretch the limits of applicable technologies to create effective connections among researchers and resources. We thrive on the tools and tactics that help us do this, and we are always on the prowl for newer, better alternatives. This is one of the best ways we have of keeping high service standards in the face of shrinking budgets and skeletal staffing. Fortunately, there have never been so many technologies to choose from, and there have never been so many challenges calling out for technological intervention.

Hosting online instruction sessions is, for example, an excellent opportunity for ...


Java City: Developing A Successful Cultural Center, Jack G. Montgomery Jr. Jan 2014

Java City: Developing A Successful Cultural Center, Jack G. Montgomery Jr.

DLTS Faculty Publications

Introduction:

Western Kentucky University Library had a large two-level, but largely unused lobby that had once been the library’s entrance but had been closed as a new entrance was created. By 2002, it sat empty and all but devoid of human traffic just outside our Reference area. Also, in 2002, Reference statistics were down, as was Circulation and library usage in general. Dean Binder believed that with the renovation and development of this former lobby, the library would realize an increase in campus visibility and library usage would increase.


Resource Discovery Tools: Supporting Serendipity, Tammera M. Race Jan 2012

Resource Discovery Tools: Supporting Serendipity, Tammera M. Race

DLTS Faculty Publications

Serendipity, the accidental discovery of something useful, plays an important role in discovery and the acquisition of new knowledge. The process and role of serendipity varies across disciplines. As library collections have become increasingly digital faculty lament the loss of serendipity of browsing library stacks. Resource discovery tools may have features that support serendipity as part of information seeking. A comparison of four commercial Web-scale discovery tools, Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) WorldCat® Local1, Serials Solution2® Summon3™, ExLibris4® Primo Central5™, and EBSCO Discovery Services (EDS)6™, links product features to characteristics that support serendipitous discovery. However, having such features is ...


Topscholar®, Creating Opportunities [Brochure], Connie Foster, Jennifer Wilson Apr 2011

Topscholar®, Creating Opportunities [Brochure], Connie Foster, Jennifer Wilson

TopSCHOLAR® Presentations and Reports

No abstract provided.


Topscholar® Creating Opportunities [2011 Brochure], Connie Foster, Jennifer Wilson Mar 2011

Topscholar® Creating Opportunities [2011 Brochure], Connie Foster, Jennifer Wilson

TopSCHOLAR® Presentations and Reports

No abstract provided.


The Role Of Public Libraries And Their Future, Uma Devi Doraiswamy Apr 2010

The Role Of Public Libraries And Their Future, Uma Devi Doraiswamy

DLTS Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Topscholar®: Creating Opportunities, Connie Foster, Jennifer Wilson Oct 2009

Topscholar®: Creating Opportunities, Connie Foster, Jennifer Wilson

TopSCHOLAR® Presentations and Reports

No abstract provided.


Where In The World Is Library Technical Services? Finding Ourselves In Fun, Learning, And Food, Connie Foster Feb 2009

Where In The World Is Library Technical Services? Finding Ourselves In Fun, Learning, And Food, Connie Foster

DLTS Faculty Publications

Public libraries do it, historical societies are a natural, especially in Boston; media centers incorporate them into special events; the British started it. The “it” or “them” represents a tea party. But why in academic libraries? Why in Library Technical Services?


Random Thoughts About Volume 34, 2008, And Some Insights Into Journal Production, Connie Foster Oct 2008

Random Thoughts About Volume 34, 2008, And Some Insights Into Journal Production, Connie Foster

DLTS Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Ored Quarterly Newsletter, Sadiq Shah Sep 2008

Ored Quarterly Newsletter, Sadiq Shah

ORED Quarterly Newsletter

Connecting Knowledge with Businesses and Society to Promote Economic Growth and to Enhance the Quality of Life


Ored Quarterly Newsletter, Sadiq Shah Jul 2008

Ored Quarterly Newsletter, Sadiq Shah

ORED Quarterly Newsletter

Connecting Knowledge with Businesses and Society to Promote Economic Growth and to Enhance the Quality of Life


Institutional Repositories—Strategies For The Present And Future, Connie Foster Jun 2008

Institutional Repositories—Strategies For The Present And Future, Connie Foster

DLTS Faculty Publications

Institutional repositories can create exciting possibilities for scholarly communication with access, discovery, and permanency for the intellectual capital of a university. Digital research repositories capture student and faculty research and allow publishing opportunities for electronic journals in an open access environment. Western Kentucky University launched TopSCHOLARtm in May 2007 and is reaping benefits from the decision to contract with an established publishing platform, bepress' Digital Commons.

Institutional Repositories are intended to create an alternative publishing model, enhance scholarly communication, showcase an institution's intellectual output, and preserve and provide access to an institution's digital assets. What are strategies and ...


Reminiscences: Impact Of Textiles And Apparel Technology On Our Lives, Ann Beth Presley, Martha C. Jenkins Apr 2008

Reminiscences: Impact Of Textiles And Apparel Technology On Our Lives, Ann Beth Presley, Martha C. Jenkins

Family and Consumer Sciences Faculty Publications

Women's perceptions of technological changes in textiles and apparel and how the changes have affected daily life were examined using the transmissive reminiscence technique. Technological advances do contribute to use of less time and effort and offer a greater variety of products, but the products often have a shorter life expectancy or are kept in inventory for a shorter time because it is more expedient to replace rather than repair or recycle textile and clothing items. Care must be taken to cultivate cohesive relationships within the family and teach values that were once inherent in textiles/ apparel tasks. Otherwise ...


Ored Quarterly Newsletter, Sadiq Shah Apr 2008

Ored Quarterly Newsletter, Sadiq Shah

ORED Quarterly Newsletter

Connecting Knowledge with Businesses and Society to Promote Economic Growth and to Enhance the Quality of Life


Chapter One: Beneath The Spanish Moss: The World Of The Root Doctor, Jack G. Montgomery Jr. Mar 2008

Chapter One: Beneath The Spanish Moss: The World Of The Root Doctor, Jack G. Montgomery Jr.

DLTS Faculty Publications

The spiritual practice of the Shaman is most likely the oldest spiritual tradition on Earth. Shamanism is a way in which humanity has sought a psychic connection to the world of healing, life and death, as well as a sense of social and individual balance. It is a complex psychological grammar that allows the Shaman to function in both the conventional and an alternative "spirit" view of reality. Shamanisn has been a part of American culture since the colonial settlement and continues today despite technology and modern scientific rationalism. This chapter is a brief social history of the African-American shamanic ...


Ored Quarterly Newsletter, Sadiq Shah Jan 2008

Ored Quarterly Newsletter, Sadiq Shah

ORED Quarterly Newsletter

Connecting Knowledge with Businesses and Society to Promote Economic Growth and to Enhance the Quality of Life


Topscholar™ Revised Brochure, Cindy Troutman, Connie Foster Nov 2007

Topscholar™ Revised Brochure, Cindy Troutman, Connie Foster

TopSCHOLAR® Presentations and Reports

A revised brochure that gives basic points, contacts, and guidelines for TopSCHOLAR™, the research and creative activity database of Western Kentucky University, launched May 1, 2007.


Practicing Librarianship Around The World, Deana Groves Oct 2007

Practicing Librarianship Around The World, Deana Groves

DLTS Faculty Publications

More and more librarians are sharing their knowledge with colleagues around the world. This paper examines several examples of the type of international work conducted by librarians and also explores the various opportunities available worldwide. A general list of suggested travel tips is also included.


Ored Quarterly Newsletter, Sadiq Shah Oct 2007

Ored Quarterly Newsletter, Sadiq Shah

ORED Quarterly Newsletter

Connecting Knowledge with Businesses and Society to Promote Economic Growth and to Enhance the Quality of Life


Engaging The Spirit 2007: Topscholar™: Creating Information Possibilities, Connie Foster Aug 2007

Engaging The Spirit 2007: Topscholar™: Creating Information Possibilities, Connie Foster

TopSCHOLAR® Presentations and Reports

TopSCHOLAR™ is “The Database of Research and Creative Activity of Western Kentucky University.” It offers permanency, durability, and accessibility for discovering and storing content, such as articles, theses, conference papers, working papers, creative writing, and many other intellectual efforts of the University. TopSCHOLAR™ is indexed by Google Scholar and other metadata indexers. Each “deposit” has a permanent URL TopSCHOLAR™ supplements and complements existing information resources, and offers a publishing and archival opportunity where none existed before at one central web site.


Editorial: Serials Review, A Changing World, You And I, Connie Foster Jun 2007

Editorial: Serials Review, A Changing World, You And I, Connie Foster

DLTS Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Topscholar™ Brochure, Cindy Troutman, Connie Foster May 2007

Topscholar™ Brochure, Cindy Troutman, Connie Foster

TopSCHOLAR® Presentations and Reports

A brochure that gives basic points, contacts, and guidelines for TopSCHOLAR™, the research and creative activity database of Western Kentucky University, launched May 1, 2007.


Topscholar Digital Research Repository@Wku, Mike Binder Feb 2007

Topscholar Digital Research Repository@Wku, Mike Binder

TopSCHOLAR® Presentations and Reports

This PowerPoint presentation was given at the Western Kentucky University’s Council of Academic Deans Research Retreat to familiarize the group with the concept of Institutional Repositories and to begin the first steps towards establishing one at WKU, to be called TopSCHOLAR™. Definitions, benefits, values, guarantees for success, and examples of content are included.


Institutional Repository Task Force Report, Connie Foster, Rose Davis, Jack Montgomery, Nelda Sims Dec 2006

Institutional Repository Task Force Report, Connie Foster, Rose Davis, Jack Montgomery, Nelda Sims

TopSCHOLAR® Presentations and Reports

A report of the University Libraries Institutional Repository Task Force, Western Kentucky University, with considerations and recommendations to the dean of University Libraries for launching a digital research repository that captures the scholarly and creative output of the University's faculty, staff, and students, who have faculty sponsors.


Editorial: The Serials Information Chain, Connie Foster Mar 2006

Editorial: The Serials Information Chain, Connie Foster

DLTS Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Lessons Learned As Author And Editor, Connie Foster Jan 2006

Lessons Learned As Author And Editor, Connie Foster

DLTS Faculty Publications

Writing and editing are dynamic, creative processes. At some point both author and editor must release the finished product and submit to the production process (more copy editing, proofing and queries). To offer the best manuscript possible, some tips are presented.


The Role Of Organizational Culture In Effective Team Development, Jack G. Montgomery Jr. Jan 2006

The Role Of Organizational Culture In Effective Team Development, Jack G. Montgomery Jr.

DLTS Faculty Publications

The concepts surrounding team management and organizational culture may seen unrelated when initially considering the implementation of some form of team management however in fact both concepts are intimately connected. The success of any team management effort may depend on the successful identification, understanding and management of that wide variety of social and procedural elements collectively known as the organizational culture. This paper examines the role of organizational culture and how it impacts a manager or administrator introducing and implementing team management concepts to their workplace. The author will examine the definition of organizational culture, the various types of cultures ...