The University of North Texas Libraries' Dean's Innovation Grant, formerly known as the Green Light To Greatness Award, provides funding to research and projects within the UNT Libraries that promote scholarship and contribute to the gathering of knowledge that helps improve our libraries, our university, and the community.


Dean's Innovation Grant 2015 Awardees

Douglas Burns, Robbie Sittel

Project Title

Historic UNT Webmap

Project Description 

UNT’s history is a rich tapestry made up of many interwoven threads of people, events, and culture. This project’s goal was to compile this history into an interactive webmap, where students and Denton residents alike could watch the city’s transformation before their eyes and expose them to library collections.

To create the webmap, the project team members used a combination of resources from UNT and the greater Denton community. These resources include historic maps, aerial photographs, GIS software, and regular photographs to truly paint a picture of the change the community has experienced through the passage of time. 

Contributor Biographies

Douglas Burns is the Geographic Information Systems Librarian in the Government Information Connection.

Robbie Sittel is the Department Head for the Government Information Connection. She has a Master of Library Science from UNT.