Progress Toward Providing the ETDs of Today for the Researchers of Tomorrow (Halbert, McMillan, Schultz):
This presentation will report findings from the first comprehensive survey of electronic theses and dissertation (ETD) practices undertaken by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), present best practices in ETD lifecycle management as documented by an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)-funded project, and then present a dean’s perspective on continuing to grow an ETD program over time. It will also include the results of the 2013 Comprehensive Study of National ETD Practices, as well as a report on the IMLS-funded Lifecycle Management of ETDs project deliverables, including guidance documents for the lifecycle management of ETDs and the associated ETD Lifecycle Curation Workshop. Strategies for growing an ETD program on the campus level will be discussed.
Comparative Metrics for Dissertations: A New Frontier (McLean):
ProQuest is developing a tool based on data extracted from its dissertation database that will shed light on productivity and usage of dissertations. The tool will answer questions such as:
- How does our department’s dissertation usage and productivity compare to our peer universities?
- Which universities across the globe are most heavily using the dissertations created at our university?
- Are faculty advising a greater or fewer number of students compared to our peer universities?
What will be the ramifications of universities having access to these types of metrics? Which additional metrics are of interest to the community? This presentation will explore these questions and others.