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Title: etd @ Mason: A Collaborative Approach Using DSpace
Authors: Sarah Patton
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: In Fall 2007 George Mason University began an optional ETD program. This venture involves librarians from three different areas within the library. The University Dissertation and Thesis (UDTS) Coordinator who is part of Special Collections and Archives, the Digital Repository Services Librarian who is part of the Systems Office, and a Special Formats Cataloger who is part of Technical Services. Our institutional repository known as MARS (Mason Archival Repository Service) which uses DSpace was already in existence when this project began. The Digital Repository Services Librarian worked in conjunction with the UDTS Coordinator to determine the aesthetics of the etd @ Mason collection and what information would need to be gathered from students. The UDTS Coordinator submits all dissertations and theses to MARS along with all of the metadata. Once completed the link to the MARS record is placed on the shared drive for the Special Formats Cataloger to harvest the Dublin Core record from the DSpace repository using OAI-PMH protocols. There are several steps before the record is uploaded to OCLC and exported to our local catalog. Together these three different units have worked to build the optional ETD program and we now have 61% of students opting to have their dissertation or thesis open access instead of on the library shelf. Many areas of this project still need improvement. One of which is the continuing education of both students and faculty in regards to the pros of open access. Additional policies and procedures need to be finalized in regards to embargoes. There should also be more conversations regarding a controlled vocabulary for use in MARS to exclude vague or general words that already appear in their title or abstract. In the future, we hope to allow students to deposit their dissertation or thesis into MARS and input all of the metadata with the UDTS Coordinator approving the submissions.
URI: http://conferences.library.pitt.edu/ocs/viewabstract.php?id=726&cf=7
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