Preliminary Findings from a Comprehensive Study of National ETD Programs and Practices

A session at USETDA 2013

Wednesday 24th July, 2013

1:30pm to 2:30pm (PST)

Kravis Center Lower Court 62

Revealed for the first time: data about ETD programs and practices at academic institutions nationwide.

Presented by: Gail McMillan, Director, Center for Digital Research and Scholarship Services; Professor, University Libraries, Virginia Tech

Shannon Stark, Strategic Projects Librarian, University of North Texas

Dr. Martin Halbert, Dean of Libraries, Associate Professor, College of Information, University of North Texas

While ETD programs are now longstanding and well accepted in academia, there has not been a comprehensive baseline or ongoing survey of ETD programs. The leadership of the NDLTD (the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations), Virginia Tech, and the University of North Texas partnered to conduct a broad study of programs and practices at academic institutions nationwide regarding ETDs. This study supplements prior surveys that have not been as comprehensive in studying ETD trends and issues. The authors created a survey that document current programs, practices, and problem areas reported by institutions, whether they are building a new ETD initiative or have established programs. This is the first year of what is intended to be a longitudinal study that will recurrently document the progress of ETD programs. It is our goal to repeat this survey every two years and to post the results widely in easily accessible open access repositories such as that of the NDTLD. This presentation will provide the first public look at comparative information for all ETD stakeholders in the form of more comprehensive information regarding ETD issues in the field. This survey is an outgrowth of a two-year grant funded by the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Science.

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Time 1:30pm2:30pm PST

Date Wed 24th July 2013


Kravis Center, The Claremont Colleges

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