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  • 2013 NDLTD Survey of ETD Practices 

    McMillan, Gail; Stark, Shannon; Halbert, Martin (2013)
    Our intention with this survey was to overcome the lack of baseline data about ETDs. Surprisingly, while ETDs have been available for over 15 years, no one has systematically collected general data about ETDs or the graduate ...
  • ABC's of Feeding Preschoolers 

    Hertzler, Ann A. (Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, 1995)
  • Adapting to Symptoms of Global Warming Rather Than Addressing the Cause 

    Cairns, John (Virginia Tech, 2014-01-22)
    In recent years, global warming has been ignored and scientists producing evidence supporting this hypothesis have been denigrated and even investigated. However, as irrefutable evidence showing that global warming was a ...
  • Altmetrics 

    McMillan, Gail (2013-08-07)
    This is a brief introduction to the topic of "alternative metrics" for University Libraries.
  • Archiving the Relaxed Consistency Web 

    Xie, Zhiwu; Van de Sompel, Herbert; Liu, Jinyang; van Reenen, Johann; Jordan, Ramiro (ACM, 2013)
    The historical, cultural, and intellectual importance of archiving the web has been widely recognized. Today, all countries with high Internet penetration rate have established high-profile archiving initiatives to crawl ...
  • Are Humans too Numerous to Become Extinct? 

    Cairns, John (Virginia Tech, 2014-01-22)
    Some claim that humans are too numerous to become extinct. However, passenger pigeon, once the most numerous birds on the planet, are now extinct. For years, humankind has been damaging its habitat, discharging toxic ...
  • Are We Asking the Right Questions to Guide Our Descent From the 2007 Oil Peak? 

    Cairns, John (Virginia Tech, 2014-01-22)
    Peak oil may have been reached in 2007, if so; a new source of energy will be needed. Coal would be a poor substitute as it produces twice as many greenhouse gas emissions when burnt, and biofuels have huge drawbacks, as ...
  • THE ART OF PROBLEM DISCOVERY: Adaptive Thinking for Innovation and Growth 

    Mathews, Brian (Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), 2013-04-02)
    What challenges do students face in the classroom? What issues do faculty encounter when applying for grants? How does the Writing Center plan to help students abroad? What keeps senior administrators up at night? We invest ...
  • Assessing Student Needs Through Discovery 

    Hall, Monena; Lancaster, Charla; Mathews, Brian (2013-04-23)
    Discovery Teams were created to boost the Library’s R&D effort. Annually, University Libraries at Virginia Tech will collectively explore a theme through hands-on experience. For Spring 2012 the topic was: The Learning ...
  • Assessing the One-Shot Instruction Session: Leveraging Technology for Optimum Results 

    Nardine, Jennifer; Meier, Carolyn (Virginia Libraries, 2010-07)
    A case study of Virginia Tech University Libraries' transition from paper-based assessment of information literacy session outcomes to online assessment.
  • Assimilative Capacity Revisited 

    Cairns, John (Asian Journal of Experimental Sciences, 2014-01-22)
    Assimilative capacity is the ability of natural systems to assimilate humankind's wastes. Wastes (output) of some species in natural systems are the resources (input) of other species. Before the Industrial Revolution, ...
  • Batch Editing, Loading, and Authority Control 

    Finn, Mary; Doyle, Jana; Reece, Terry (Innovative Users Group Conference 2011, 2007)
  • Batch-Load Authority Control Cleanup Using MarcEdit and LTI 

    Finn, Mary (Routledge, 2009-01)
    Vendor sets of bibliographic records are readily available and must be loaded into our catalogs to provide patron access to the items used most. However, batch-load authority control can be an arduous process because ...
  • Beyond Ecocentrism 

    Cairns, John (EcoRes Forum, 2014-01-22)
    In order to avoid further damage to the ecosystems, we must promote ecological health as the primary goal, which will require at least two steps beyond ecocentrism. First, one must regard the relationship between humankind ...
  • The Biosphere Life Support System: A Unifying Concept for Ecotoxicologists and Ecologists 

    Cairns, John (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 2014-01-22)
    The biospheric life support system, consisting of natural capital and the ecosystem services it provides, has maintained favorable condition for humankind. Therefore, maintaining the health and integrity of the biospheric ...
  • Biospheric Changes are Threat Multipliers 

    Cairns, John (National Academy of Sciences, 2014-01-22)
    A threat multiplier is defined as another agent that impacts a current situation, creating an additional set of problems while also making existing problems worse. Sometimes a seemingly innocent change in the biosphere can ...
  • Biospheric Feedback Loops and Rapid Global Climate Change 

    Cairns, John (National Academy of Sciences, 2014-01-22)
    A positive feedback loop makes an existing process speed up while a negative feedback loop decreases the impact of an existing process. A source emits carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases while a sink retain and stores. ...
  • Biospheric Health and Integrity: The Top Priority for Humankind 

    Cairns, John (National Academy of Sciences, 2014-01-22)
    All life on Earth depends on the biospheric life support system to provide both natural capital, or resources, and ecosystem services. Why, then, is the human economy, a subset of the biosphere, given the highest priority ...
  • Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat 

    Cairns, John (Asian Journal of Experimental Sciences, 2014-01-22)
    Some people alive in 1940 may remember a portion of the famous speech given on 13 May 1940 by Sir Winston Churchill to the British public. The speech was given during the dark days of World War II for the British when all ...