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|Title: ||e-Everything (ETD, EUG, EMA) in the IR: DigiTool² Everywhere|
|Authors: ||Michael Kaplan|
|Issue Date: ||30-Mar-2010 |
|Publisher: ||University of Pittsburgh, University Library System, Pittsburgh, PA, USA http://conferences.library.pitt.edu/ocs/|
|Citation: ||In Proceedings of Twelfth Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations|
|Abstract: ||ETDs were for many years a unique type of scholarly document, representing the first scholarly work of an aspiring academic/researcher. Indeed they were unique, constituting a peculiar category of published/non-published materials, accessible until 10 or 15 years ago largely only through meticulous combing of Dissertation Abstracts. Online databases and the ETD movement changed that, interestingly enough at the same time as ETDs began to become a true multi-media phenomenon.
Academic institutions are still moving toward requiring universal electronic submission and dealing with issues of open vs. restricted access. At the same time, though, ETDs represent a vanguard of a much larger area of "grey scholarship", with institutions now "publishing" both undergraduate honors theses and master's theses, all now being united under the big tent of an Institutional Repository (IR).
A large and growing number of institutions have chosen to do so using the Ex Libris DigiTool platform, with impressive results: theses stored in DigiTool now total more than 27,000 (a very partial count), and with larger numbers of faculty papers and several thousand undergraduate honors papers being represented as well. It is now clear that ETDs are now an integral part of a larger body of mainstreamed institutional research. At the same time, they are also searchable and therefore deliverable on the basis of full-text, with access controls as deemed appropriate institutionally, and also optionally open to Google (etc.) for harvesting and discovery. In the bigger picture ETDs are moving from a small silo to a big universe.
Come join us as we take a tour a number of important DigiTool ETD sites, including Boston College, Colorado State University, Florida State University, McGill University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Melbourne, University of Porto, University of South Florida, and (possibly) West Virginia University.|
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