Guidance Documents for Lifecycle Management of ETDs

Published: 
March 2014

Colleges and universities are steadily transitioning from traditional paper and microfilm to digital formats for the submission and dissemination of graduate theses and dissertations. While this move from print-based to electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) greatly enhances the accessibility and sharing of graduate student research, it also presents significant challenges for the academic libraries that must preserve this digital content.

To promote best practices and to increase the capacity of academic libraries to reliably preserve ETDs, the University of North Texas Libraries, together with the Educopia Institute, the MetaArchive Cooperative, the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, and the libraries of Virginia Tech, Rice University, Boston College, Indiana State University, Pennsylvania State University, and University of Arizona are pleased to make available the Guidance Documents for Lifecycle Management of ETDs. These documents will be valuable to a range of ETD program stakeholders, including students, university administrators, graduate schools, libraries, campus technical services, and service providers. The documents cover a range of relevant and timely topics:

Table of Contents

Introduction: Guidance Documents for the Lifecycle Management of ETDs
Guidelines for Implementing ETD Programs – Roles and Responsibilities
Guide to Access Levels and Embargoes of ETDs
Briefing on Copyright and Fair Use Issues in ETDs
Guidelines for Collecting Usage Metrics and Demonstrations of Value for ETD Programs
Managing the Lifecycle of ETDs: Curatorial Decisions & Practices
Metadata for ETD Lifecycle Management
Guide to ETD Program Planning and Cost Estimation
Guide to Options for ETD Programs