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Electronic Theses & Dissertations (ETDs)

Theses and dissertations are now created exclusively in the digital environment, and they may be the most important digital content produced by students in their educational careers. The experience of becoming an online author can create opportunities for exploration of innovative technologies, discussion of standards and metadata, conversations about digital preservation, and understanding of intellectual property issues. In addition, ETDs have often been the first collection of critical mass in an institution’s institutional repository program.

CNI works with the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) and Proquest to facilitate the move to ETD programs within institutions.

Recent Publications/Reports/Presentations by CNI Staff

“ETDs and Graduate Education: Programs and Prospects” (June '10)

Authors: Clifford A. Lynch and Joan K. Lippincott

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“Institutional Strategies and Policies for ETDs” (June '06)

Author: Joan K. Lippincott

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Recent Project Briefings & Plenary Sessions from CNI Meetings

Developments in Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) (November '13)

Martin Halbert, University of North Texas
Gail McMillan, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Matt Schultz, Educopia Institute, MetaArchive Cooperative
Austin McLean, ProQuest

 

Debunking Myths and Establishing Guidelines for the ETD Lifecycle (December '12)

Martin Halbert, University of North Texas
Katherine Skinner, Educopia Institute, MetaArchive Cooperative
Matt Schultz, Educopia Institute, MetaArchive Cooperative
Gail McMillan, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

 

ETDs as Prior Publications: The 2011 NDLTD Publishers’ Survey (December '11)

Gail McMillan, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

 

Reinventing Dissertation and Thesis Publishing: Driving Efficiency and Lower Costs by Harnessing Innovation (December '10)

Austin McLean, ProQuest

 

The ASERL LOCKSS-ETD Initiative: Developing Preservation Strategies for Libraries that Publish E-Scholarship (December '05)

Robert H. McDonald, Florida State University
Jody Combs, Vanderbilt University
John Burger, Association of Southeastern Research Libraries
Thomas Stuart Robertson, Stanford University