Managing Electronic Theses and Dissertations

November 15 and 16, 2011
Hosted by Holly Mercer and Jennifer Roper

Electronic theses and dissertations (ETD) have existed for more than a decade, yet many institutions are still just beginning to work with this format. Even those with an established program can struggle with policies and workflows. Communication is a key component to a successful ETD program, and the library, graduate office, and academic departments must work together to establish procedures for managing ETDs. Whether using a system based on ProQuest, DSpace, Fedora or any of a number of other vendor or homegrown solutions, it can be difficult to tackle issues for a workflow that truly does represent the intersection of scholarship, university policies and library collecting.

Topics to be covered include:

  • ETD systems selection and use
  • Policy setting and enforcement
  • Student training and copyright education and guidance
  • Metadata and cataloging decision-making and workflows
  • Embargoes and open access policies
  • Possible efficiencies and cost savings (or inefficiencies and expenditures) introduced by an ETD program
  • Digitization of legacy print theses and dissertations

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Who Should Attend

Anyone with an interest in the topic can benefit from this session and is welcome to participate.

Course Level & Prerequisites

none

Hosts

Holly Mercer is Head of Digital Services and Scholarly Communication at Texas A&M University Libraries. She is responsible for the efforts of a small team that promotes and provides support for the Texas A&M Digital Repository and services of the Texas Digital Library, including Vireo, the ETD submission and workflow management system. The unit works to inform the Texas A&M research community about changes in scholarly publishing, copyright, and the benefits of open access to research.

Jennifer Roper is Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at the University of Virginia, and is currently leading a project to implement an ETD workflow that results in theses and dissertations being deposited in the library-managed institutional repository. In her previous position at the University of Maryland, she worked on a team administering ETDs in a DSpace environment.

Dates

November 15-16, 2011

Credits

none

Fee

Free

Technical Requirements

Email account with an Internet connection.

Registration

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