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IMLS ETD Lifecycle Management Project Wiki

Beginning in September 2011 the University of North Texas Libraries, together with the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, the Educopia Institute/MetaArchive Cooperative, and the libraries of Virginia Tech, Rice University, Boston College, Indiana State University, Pennsylvania State University, and University of Arizona announced that they had received $268,458 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to study the life-cycle data management needs of ETDs.

Colleges and universities are steadily transitioning from traditional paper and microfilm formats for 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 trying to preserve digital content.

To promote best practices and to increase the capacity of academic libraries to reliably preserve ETDs, the project participants will develop and share a toolkit of guidelines, educational materials, and a set of software tools for life-cycle data management and preservation of ETDs.

Grant Submission Materials

Meeting Notes

2012 Meetings

2013 Meetings

Grant Deliverables

The IMLS ETD project has three major research and development outcomes that require timely and thorough evaluation: the Guidance Documents, the Education Materials/Workshop, and Lifecycle Management Tools. Workspaces for draft documents and links to any future software tools will be available on the pages listed below:

Grant Research Resources

Project Staff

  1. Principal Investigator: Dr. Martin Halbert (UNT Dean of Libraries and Associate Professor)
  2. Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Katherine Skinner (Educopia/MetaArchive Executive Director)
  3. Project Manager: Matt Schultz (MetaArchive Program Manager)
  4. Assistant Coordinator: Shannon Stark (UNT Strategic Projects Librarian)
  5. Project Programmer: Stephen Eisenhauer (UNT Programmer Analyst II)

Project Steering Committee

  1. Dr. Martin Halbert (UNT Dean of Libraries and Associate Professor)
  2. Gail McMillan (VA Tech Director, Digital Library and Archives)
  3. Geneva Henry (Rice University Executive Director, Center for Digital Scholarship)
  4. Dr. Bill Donovan (Boston College Digital Preservation Manager & ETD Administrator)
  5. Xiaocan (Lucy) Wang (Indiana State University Digital Repository Librarian)
  6. Dr. Patricia Hswe (Penn State University Digital Collections Curator)
  7. Yan Han (University of Arizona Associate Librarian for Research Services)
  8. Dr. Daniel Alemneh (UNT Metadata Librarian)


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