Dean's Innovative Grant

The UNT Digital Library is home to thousands of resources, measuring upwards of 38,000 items. The goal of this project was to determine if access and use of these numerous digital library collections would increase by creating and making catalog records available for items within the library.

The Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) released a set of guidelines in October of 2015 concerning the digital imaging of cultural heritage objects. This project’s goal was to investigate these guidelines, bring UNT’s Digital Projects Unit up to federal standards, and promote collaboration across the nation.

Even in today’s technology-based world, people who are known as "digital natives" still prefer print books to e-books. E-books are perceived to be useful in an academic setting, but there are still gaps in this kind of research. This study aimed to understand and collect data on the usefulness of e-books and how students respond to them.

Documentaries offer a wealth of information and are an invaluable source of information for educators and casual viewers alike. UNT has a healthy collection of moving image archives that could prove very useful to documentary filmmakers as they compile their works. The goal of this project was to understand how documentary filmmakers get their information, and what role moving image archives play in their creative process.

As 3D scanning's popularity has increased over the past few years, its various uses span academic, government, and many other settings. This project's goal was to determine the usefulness of 3D scanners in the setting of UNT Libraries, and to investigate whether the Libraries should continue to pursue 3D scanning, and if so, to give undergraduate students hands-on experience with the necessary equipment.

One of UNT Libraries' overarching missions has always been to create an environment where students could learn and study. This project built upon this goal by observing other academic libraries' study spaces and coming up with a recommendations to improve the second floor of Willis Library.

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.

The UNT Media Library has a collection of table top games. These games, when checked out frequently and by many different people, could become damaged through heavy use. This project aimed to find a better way to preserve table top games so they could be enjoyed by more people. In order to figure out the best way of preserving these games, the researchers devised a project that would track the results of various game preservation techniques. ​

MINES is a program that is used for measuring usage of library resources through short, random surveys that ask users about their relation to the institution they're using, their location, and general feedback about the resources. The goal of this project was to use MINES for Libraries to find out the reasons for electronic resource usage and information about the people who utilize them.

Denton sits right in the middle of horse country.This project is a reflection of that and encourage the development of fundraising projects to support horse and ranching photography collections in the UNT Special Collections. It incorporates the horse ranching community already within the area, and developing collections from their history and culture.