USETDA Annual Conference

26 September 2016 to 28 September 2016
Crowne Plaza Hote Columbus , OH

The US Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association (USETDA) will hold their 6th annual conference September 26 – 28 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Columbus, Ohio, hosted by the Ohio ETD Association and OhioLINK. USETDA Conferences are an excellent educational opportunity for professionals from graduate schools, libraries, academic computing and others who work with electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs), graduate students and scholarly communications.

Registration is now open for the USETDA 2016 Conference. The Early-bird member rate is only $169 (extended through August 31st) and the hotel conference rate is $149 per night. Complete registration information is available online.

This year’s program includes keynote speaker Roy Tennant (OCLC Senior Program Officer). Roy Tennant is the owner of the Web4Lib and XML4Lib electronic discussions, and the creator and editor of Current Cites, a current awareness newsletter published every month since 1990. His books include Technology in Libraries: Essays in Honor of Anne Grodzins Lipow (2008), Managing the Digital Library (2004), XML in Libraries (2002), Practical HTML: A Self-Paced Tutorial (1996) and Crossing the Internet Threshold: An instructional Handbook (1993).

Roy is a well-known and sought-after speaker on topics such as library research, the future of cataloging and digital libraries and how technology impacts librarianship. In his keynote address Mr. Tennant will talk about research on datasets and metadata directions for the future.

Program Highlights

The full program includes 3 conference workshops, 14 breakout presentations including user group meetings, 2 plenary sessions, a poster presentation session (9 posters), a technology vendor fair as well as a variety of networking opportunities. You will be able to view author/title/abstract information as well as presentations in the Conference Proceedings. For an overview of the activities visit our Conference Schedule at-a-glance.

The Educopia Institute will host the workshop "Preservation and Curation of ETD Research Data and Complex Digital Objects". Presented by Sam Meister – Preservation Communities Manager at the Educopia Institute.

Colleges and universities and the programs responsible for managing the submission, archiving, and dissemination of electronic theses & dissertations (ETDs) increasingly are concerned about administering and making available the research datasets and complex digital objects (multimedia files, software, etc.) that often accompany these scholarly works. These assets represent a rich source of information that can help to substantiate the thesis or dissertation and provide assurance that the foundation for replicable research is available for future researchers. These datasets and complex digital objects are also of great value and interest to libraries seeking to advance their missions in the digital age. ETD datasets and complex digital objects however, do posecuration and preservation challenges for institutions in terms of the viability of formats, file sizes, accessibility rights, dissemination pathways, and change-management issues.

With built-in interactive exercises and hands-on demonstrations, this three-module training workshop will equip librarians and curators involved with ETD programs and Institutional Repositories (IRs) with new tools and guides they can use to promote the preservation and curation of research data and complex digital objects in their own institutional environments.

Attendees will explore the relationship between ETDs and “supplemental files” (e.g., data and complex digital objects that may be part of a thesis or dissertation package). In the process, attendees will gain a deep understanding of the organizational and technical challenges both students and ETD repository managers face in the creation, submission, curation, and longevity of non-pdf ETD files. Through a mix of presentations and discussions, attendees will learn about the institutional value of non-pdf ETD components and discover how a range of institutions currently handle their submission and curation. They will then work with the workshop instructors in guided activities to learn how to use new tools and guidance documentation produced by the IMLS-funded “ETDplus” project regarding the management of supplementary files.

The workshop agenda consists of three modules:

1) A presentation and discussion forum in which attendees will learn and share their experiences with non-pdf ETD files, ultimately mapping a spectrum of activity and placing their own institutional practices along this continuum;

2) A set of guided activities through which attendees will explore a set of six guidance briefs that institutions can use to inform and teach students how to prepare relevant non-pdf content (e.g., datasets or GIS maps) for submission as part of an ETD package; and

3) A demonstration of new Hydra-Sufia curation tools and documentation produced by the project team that will help institutions to package a range of ETD files for long-term curation and preservation.

At the close of the workshop, attendees will engage in an open discussion of additional tools and documents that would be useful to incorporate into local ETD and data management training support for graduate students. We hope you will join us for this important workshop offered free of charge to USETDA 2016 Conference attendees.

Before, during and after the conference you can enjoy and experience the many sides of Columbus.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to learn more and share your experiences with colleagues at USETDA 2016! To register visit our registration information Web page.