Dean's Innovative Grant

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.

Using a combination of web analytics and user surveys, the researchers planned to analyze the current usage of electronic finding aids at UNT within the context of the larger ecosystem of discovery tools available to researchers. 

Satellite libraries with specialized collections pose a problem in terms of collection use and awareness. This project sought to assess current use and awareness of Eagle Commons Library facilities and collections, to optimize use of the collections housed at the ECL through targeted programming in partnership with the Digital Scholarship Co-Operative, and to facilitate coordinated use of all Libraries facilities in Sycamore Hall. 

The proposed project sought to test a novel method for the rapid digitization of archival materials.