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Promoting Positive Family Interactions: Evaluating A Free Early Childhood Book Distribution Program, Simon P. Funge, Dana Sullivan, Kirsten Tarter Jan 2016

Promoting Positive Family Interactions: Evaluating A Free Early Childhood Book Distribution Program, Simon P. Funge, Dana Sullivan, Kirsten Tarter

Social Work Faculty Publications

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) program encourages reading among families of preschool children by mailing age-appropriate books, once per month, until the age of five. An evaluation of a DPIL program in a southern state in the U.S. was conducted to assess the impact on enrolled children. Focus groups were conducted and a survey was administered to over 100 parents of children in the program to determine parents’ satisfaction with – and assessment of – the program relative to its activities and stated outcomes. To what extent the program promoted reading in the family, and children’s enjoyment of reading ...


Understanding Colombian Violence Through Geographic Information Systems And Statistical Approaches, Brandon Fowler May 2013

Understanding Colombian Violence Through Geographic Information Systems And Statistical Approaches, Brandon Fowler

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

In 2002, Colombia had the highest homicide rate of any Latin American country(Berkman, 2007). The origins of this violence, however, are complex and difficult to identify. It would be sensible to argue that it cannot be explained by any one particular factor, but rather an assortment of many factors that wholly represent the social, economic, and political conditions of Colombia. By better understanding the origins of Colombian violence, policy makers can more effectively address and alleviate this prolonged issue. This study examines the geographic nature of municipal homicide rates for Colombia in 2005. The purpose of this study is ...


Bosnian Immigrants: An Analysis Of The Bosnian Community's Influence On The Cultural Landscape Of Bowling Green, Ky, Nathan Jess Cary May 2013

Bosnian Immigrants: An Analysis Of The Bosnian Community's Influence On The Cultural Landscape Of Bowling Green, Ky, Nathan Jess Cary

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

Diasporas have been occurring for thousands of years, and today globalization has facilitated the quick rate at which diasporas occur on a global scale. Diasporas entail the mass movement of refugees across international borders, and diasporic peoples today now find themselves journeying across oceans and continents to the safety of host cities in a matter of weeks or days. My research analyzes the effects that Bosnian immigrants have had on the cultural landscape of Bowling Green, Kentucky. When people move, they bring their cultures with them, and this type of cultural diffusion impacts the landscape of the host cities. As ...


A Further Look At The 1858 Wallace-Darwin Mail Delivery Question, Charles H. Smith Jan 2013

A Further Look At The 1858 Wallace-Darwin Mail Delivery Question, Charles H. Smith

DLPS Faculty Publications

Recent investigations have led to a conclusion that Alfred Russel Wallace probably mailed his ‘Ternate’ paper on natural selection to Darwin a month later than some have thought, thus freeing Darwin from possible accusations of plagiarism. Further examination of the question suggests this conclusion is premature, as the evidence in favor of the later mailing date appears to be shakier than first thought.


2012kvaaannualreport.Docx, Patricia Desrosiers, Erica Thompson Sep 2012

2012kvaaannualreport.Docx, Patricia Desrosiers, Erica Thompson

Social Work Faculty Publications

The first year of the Kentucky State Victim’s Assistance Academy is nearing its end. We set out with several goals in mind including developing a Steering Committee for oversight of the process, completing a Needs Assessment to guide our plan, and forming subcommittees to begin planning the actual inaugural academy. This Annual Report documents the activities of the past year in detail.


Palliative Commitments, Leo Buser May 2012

Palliative Commitments, Leo Buser

Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

This project is a speculative fiction novel. The focus of my project is a futuristic palliative care treatment. The intended use if for terminal patients, and it can also be considered an alternative to terminal sedation. The theme of this project mainly came from Biomedical Ethics. This project is also influenced by economics and dreaming supplements. A section explaining the academic influences to the story is provided.


Kvaa Finalneeds Assessment.Pdf, Patricia Desrosiers, Lynde Revert Apr 2012

Kvaa Finalneeds Assessment.Pdf, Patricia Desrosiers, Lynde Revert

Social Work Faculty Publications

The Grants Management Branch of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet received funding from theOffice of Victims of Crime to explore establishment of a Victim Assistance Academy in Kentucky.Victim Assistance Academies are comprised of education and skill-based classroom training for thosewho assist victims of crime. The Kentucky Victim Assistance Academy will be developed through apartnership between Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, Kentucky Crime Victims CompensationBoard, Western Kentucky University, and a practitioners’ Steering Committee. The first Academy isanticipated in mid-2013, with details to be disseminated in early-2013.In order to build the foundation of instructor curriculum and workshops offered ...


Alfred Russel Wallace Notes 4: Contributions To The Garden, 1875-1912, Charles H. Smith Oct 2011

Alfred Russel Wallace Notes 4: Contributions To The Garden, 1875-1912, Charles H. Smith

DLPS Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Alfred Russel Wallace Notes 3: Two Early Publications, Charles H. Smith Oct 2011

Alfred Russel Wallace Notes 3: Two Early Publications, Charles H. Smith

DLPS Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Access To Business Research Resources Through Academic Library Web Sites: A Survey, John C. Gottfried Jan 2011

Access To Business Research Resources Through Academic Library Web Sites: A Survey, John C. Gottfried

DLPS Faculty Publications

This study is an examination of access to business research resources through academic library Web sites, including research databases, catalog services, research guides, and business librarians. The Web sites of 114 academic libraries serving top business programs in the United States were studied. Results reveal a wide range of access to business research databases among the schools studied (anywhere from 11 to 100 business databases available). Over 95% of the schools provided business research guides, and nearly all schools provided at least some contact information for business librarians.


Profiles In Science For Science Librarians: "What Lives Where, And Why": Alfred Russel Wallace, And The Field Of Biogeography, Charles H. Smith Jan 2011

Profiles In Science For Science Librarians: "What Lives Where, And Why": Alfred Russel Wallace, And The Field Of Biogeography, Charles H. Smith

DLPS Faculty Publications

Biogeography, the study of animal and plant distribution, has a history extending back to at least the eighteenth century. But it was not until the work of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace in the mid-nineteenth century that it really came into its own as a science. Darwin’s importance notwithstanding, it was really Wallace who put the field on the map, and many of today’s research threads can be traced back to his influence. This article provides a summary review of Wallace’s life and work and biogeography as a field of study, including Wallace’s role in ...


Alzheimer’S Disease, Carol Watwood Jan 2011

Alzheimer’S Disease, Carol Watwood

DLPS Faculty Publications

Alzheimer’s disease is a common health issue mostly found in elderly persons. An overview of the disease and a list of reliable Web-based information sources suitable for a general audience are presented.


Geographic Factors Of Residential Burglaries - A Case Study In Nashville, Tennessee, Jonathan A. Hall Nov 2010

Geographic Factors Of Residential Burglaries - A Case Study In Nashville, Tennessee, Jonathan A. Hall

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

This study examines geographic patterns and geographic factors of residential burglary at the Nashville, TN area for a twenty year period at five year interval starting in 1988. The purpose of this study is to identify what geographic factors have impacted on residential burglary rates, and if there were changes in the geographic patterns of residential burglary over the study period. Several criminological theories guide this study, with the most prominent being Social Disorganization Theory and Routine Activities Theory. Both of these theories focus on the relationships of place and crime. A number of spatial analysis methods are hence adopted ...


Legally Speaking--Legal Implications Of Reference Books For Publishers And Consumers, Bryan M. Carson Dec 2009

Legally Speaking--Legal Implications Of Reference Books For Publishers And Consumers, Bryan M. Carson

DLPS Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


New Learning Approach, Paul N. Markham, Aurelia Spaulding Jun 2009

New Learning Approach, Paul N. Markham, Aurelia Spaulding

ALIVE Center Publications

No abstract provided.


Lin Daiyu--An Unyielding Girl In A Stifling Society, Haiwang Yuan Sep 2008

Lin Daiyu--An Unyielding Girl In A Stifling Society, Haiwang Yuan

DLPS Faculty Publications

Lin Daiyu is a famous Chinese young woman created by one of the four classic Chinese novels titled A Dream of the Red Mansions. The loss of her love and life was the result of a society where human choices were suppressed. Her story shows that in a society full of intrigues and corruption, a girl as pure and naive as her could never survive.


Ding Ling, Haiwang Yuan Sep 2008

Ding Ling, Haiwang Yuan

DLPS Faculty Publications

Ding Ling is one of the most controversial women of intellect in contemporary Chinese history. A writer, activist, and a CPC member, her life, legendary as it was, reflected the ups and downs of the modern and contemporary Chinese history.


Monkey King, Haiwang Yuan Sep 2008

Monkey King, Haiwang Yuan

DLPS Faculty Publications

Journey to the West creates a monkey hero known as the Monkey King. The classic Chinese novel is epitomizes various aspects of the Chinese civilization, particularly in terms of its religions, its indigenous popular beliefs in particular.


Chinese Fireworks, Haiwang Yuan Sep 2008

Chinese Fireworks, Haiwang Yuan

DLPS Faculty Publications

This article introduces the history of fireworks in China, including its recorded and legendary origins. It also discusses the production of and market for the fireworks. Current challenges and innovations are also mentioned.


Chinese Ethnicities And Their Culture: An Overview, Haiwang Yuan Aug 2008

Chinese Ethnicities And Their Culture: An Overview, Haiwang Yuan

DLPS Faculty Publications

China, the most populous country in the world, is also a nation of great diversity. In addition to the majority population of Han Chinese, there are some 55 officially recognized national minorities--including Tibetan, Mongol, Manchu, Zhuang, Dai, and Gaoshan. The folklore of these minorities is often obscure and difficult to find in the English-speaking world, as is information about the people, their cultural histories, and their traditional customs. This book fills a gap by offering more than 50 representative folktales from China's minorities, as well as background information on each of the ethnic groups.


The Importance Of Intellectual Property Licensing In 21st Century Libraries, Bryan M. Carson Sep 2007

The Importance Of Intellectual Property Licensing In 21st Century Libraries, Bryan M. Carson

DLPS Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Electronic Reserves And The Failed Confu Guidelines: A Place To Start Negotiations, Bryan M. Carson Sep 2007

Electronic Reserves And The Failed Confu Guidelines: A Place To Start Negotiations, Bryan M. Carson

DLPS Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Digital Object Identifiers And Their Use In Libraries, Jue Wang Sep 2007

Digital Object Identifiers And Their Use In Libraries, Jue Wang

DLPS Faculty Publications

Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) are persistent identifications that are assigned to any entity in order to manage intellectual content on digital networks. The DOI system has been managed by an open membership consortium, the International DOI Foundation (IDF), founded in 1998. Usage of the DOI system is cross-industry beyond academic publishing. This article provides an overview of what a DOI is; the structure of DOI; DOI Registration Agencies (RA); metadata associated with DOIs, and advantages for libraries.


Volunteering Comes Alive, Paul N. Markham, Aurelia Spaulding Jun 2007

Volunteering Comes Alive, Paul N. Markham, Aurelia Spaulding

ALIVE Center Publications

No abstract provided.


Legally Speaking — Drama In The Library: Always Seek Permission To Publicly Peform Scripts, Even When The Library Owns Them, Bryan M. Carson Apr 2007

Legally Speaking — Drama In The Library: Always Seek Permission To Publicly Peform Scripts, Even When The Library Owns Them, Bryan M. Carson

DLPS Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Volunteerism Comes Alive, Paul N. Markham, Aurelia Spaulding, Cheryl Kirby-Stokes Mar 2007

Volunteerism Comes Alive, Paul N. Markham, Aurelia Spaulding, Cheryl Kirby-Stokes

ALIVE Center Publications

No abstract provided.


Security At Western Kentucky University Libraries: A Case Study And Overview, Dan Forrest Jan 2007

Security At Western Kentucky University Libraries: A Case Study And Overview, Dan Forrest

DLPS Faculty Publications

Using an actual incident from the spring of 2006, this article provides an overview of the security arrangements at WKU libraries. They include a Library Security Officer, student patrollers, security gates and strips in books and other materials in the library, as well as a networked system of security cameras. The article includes conclusions drawn from the discussed incident and recommendations for other libraries.


Major Chinese Full-Text Electronic Information Resources For Researchers And Scholars, Jue Wang Sep 2006

Major Chinese Full-Text Electronic Information Resources For Researchers And Scholars, Jue Wang

DLPS Faculty Publications

China’s electronic publishing industry has developed very rapidly over the past decade. China has become one of the electronic publishing centers in Asia and will continue to flourish in the future. Chinese electronic databases provide the most efficient way for scholars, researchers and students to perform searches as well as to provide information for businesses and governments. In this article, the author gives a brief overview of selected databases which represent a small portion of the Chinese electronic resources and hopes it will serve as a reference to Chinese scholars world-wide.


Legally Speaking--John Doe And The Patriot Act, Bryan M. Carson Sep 2006

Legally Speaking--John Doe And The Patriot Act, Bryan M. Carson

DLPS Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Better Health Sciences Collections With Oclc’S Worldcat, Carol Watwood Jan 2006

Better Health Sciences Collections With Oclc’S Worldcat, Carol Watwood

DLPS Faculty Publications

As the world's largest bibliographic database. OCLC's WorldCat has unique value in identifying materials for building a high-quality health sciences collection. WorldCat on FirstSearch is a valuable addition to the librarian's collection development toolbox to help compensate for the cessation of the Brandon/Hill lists. The database's large size, powerful keyword search feature, currency, and the ability to highlight important information through its interface all contribute to its usefulness in collection development. Several pilot projects and ongoing research in open access, "work-based" record design hold much promise for increased versatility.