Navigating the Rough Waters of Change : The New OhioLINK ETD Service

A session at USETDA 2013

Thursday 25th July, 2013

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

Kravis Center 102

Teri Green, Thesis and Dissertation Services Specialist, College of Graduate Studies, University of Toledo

Lou Haines, Assistant to the Dean of the Graduate School, Miami University

Zoe Stewart-Marshall, Assistant Director of User Services, OhioLINK

Emily A. Hicks, Associate Professor and Director of Information Acquisition & Organization, University Libraries, University of Dayton

In January 2013, the OhioLINK Electronic Theses & Dissertations (ETD) Center went down for emergency maintenance triggering a tidal wave of changes that ultimately resulted in a complete system rebuild. Panel participants will discuss the situation from their perspectives as OhioLINK ETD stakeholders and active participants in the rebuild process. Implementing a new consortial system is a tricky undertaking even with adequate time to plan for the development. What additional pressures come into play when an emergency necessitates rapid development and implementation? Communication is vitally important during times of transition. What successes and/or failures of communication can be identified in hindsight? How would the situation be different if the Ohio ETD community had not gathered in the summer of 2012 to discuss their needs and desires for a better system that provided a foundation for functional requirements? What are these new functions and how are they working so far? What future enhancements are on the horizon for the new system? The panelists will discuss these and other issues in a session designed for active audience participation.

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Time 1:30pm2:30pm PST

Date Thu 25th July 2013


Kravis Center, The Claremont Colleges

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