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  • Reuse and Remix: Creating and Adapting Open Educational Tutorials for Information Literacy

    Mery, Yvonne; Vieger, Rayne; Zeidman-Karpinski, Annie; University of Arizona Libraries (Project MUSE, 2022-07)
    This article explores how one large university library created, with minimal resources, a suite of openly licensed tutorials on information literacy. The article also describes how another academic library adapted the tutorials for its own goals to fill a need during the crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors hope that this model shows potential for others to follow, and they call on the library community to develop more openly licensed resources using intuitive and affordable technology. They encourage libraries creating content, as well as those updating material, to share, adapt, and customize open educational resources to meet their local instruction goals and student needs for information literacy.
  • Perceptions of water shortages among Tucson residents

    Apanovich, Nataliya; Barajas, Marisa; College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (The University of Arizona., 2023-05)
    Arizona has been experiencing water shortages due to climate change and population growth. This has led the City of Tucson to increase water prices for the residential sector. By surveying and interviewing 14 residents of Tucson, this study looked at people’s perceptions of this new policy change to determine attitudes toward and awareness of the water crisis in Tucson. The study found that there is a relationship between the number of years people have lived in Tucson and the level of awareness of the water crisis. It also showed that people's perceptions of the impact of increased water prices are short-termed. This indicates a need for increased water awareness among the residential sector. Additionally, future studies need to look at the difference in perceptions of water crises among different age groups. This will provide a better understanding on what information should be made available to different age groups.
  • Housing, Transit, and Gentrification: What’s the Link?

    Avila, Ashley; College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture; Apanovich, Nataliya; Bernal, Sandra; Wong, Kenny (The University of Arizona., 2023-05)
    Studying the causes and effects of gentrification on communities is vital as the United States faces severe housing challenges, demographic changes, and new rural-urban-suburban dynamics. By using two surveys and American Community Survey data, this study explores gentrification risk, factors that contribute to gentrification, and possible mitigations towards gentrification in the Menlo Park neighborhood of Tucson, Arizona. In Menlo Park, 66% of surveyed residents show strong levels of concern regarding housing prices. While most residents mentioned the role of the streetcar in increasing housing prices, all residents surveyed would support similar transit implementations in other areas. Finally, 64% of respondents in Tucson who are familiar with gentrification show support towards Cottage Court housing in their neighborhoods, with similar levels of support for other middle density housing types. These findings can help inform future transit implementations in Tucson and provide support towards zoning reform, which would allow for more middle density housing to be created in Tucson. In addition, this study provides an overview of how transit implementation affected a historic barrio community in Tucson, while acknowledging possible ways to mitigate displacement threats.
  • Annotated Question Bank for Reproductive Health Needs Assessments

    Alvarez, Alexander; Turk, Rosemarie; Hall, Christine; Mintz, Gabrielle; Morales, Efreim Joseph; Marcus, Brooke; Larez, Raymond; Manjon, Iliana; Armin, Julie S.; Cramton, Rachel; et al. (2023-05)
  • How do streetcar transit users and streetcar decision-makers perceive heat risk?

    Sami, Ida; Keith, Ladd; School of Landscape Architecture and Planning (Elsevier, 2023-05)
    The thermal comfort perceptions of transit users at streetcar stops are critical to their overall ridership experience and health. Extreme heat is increasing due to climate change and the urban heat island effect, exposing transit users to greater heat stress. Through a survey of streetcar users and interviews with streetcar decision-makers, we explored the outdoor thermal comfort perceptions and transit stop design preferences of the Sun Link streetcar in Tucson, Arizona. Perceptions of heat among streetcar users varied by stop, with survey data revealing that 82.4 % of users reported feeling hot at the stops. Additionally, 56.08 % of users surveyed reported that more shade and trees would improve their thermal comfort. Heat risk is recognized by most decision-makers at Sun Link streetcar, primarily for their employees but also for users. Decision-makers reported needing additional resources to address transit user heat risk. We recommend increased awareness about extreme heat and heat resilience strategies at the stops, such as more shade and more frequent service, to help improve users’ thermal experience. Other transit systems facing increasing heat should also consider increasing heat risks and the thermal comfort perceptions of their users.

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