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Publishing student scholarship: exploring the ETD initiative at a medium-sized institution

Xiaocan (Lucy) Wang (Cunningham Memorial Library, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana, USA)
Natalie Bulick (Cunningham Memorial Library, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana, USA)
Valentine Muyumba (Cunningham Memorial Library, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana, USA)

OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives

ISSN: 1065-075X

Article publication date: 10 November 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe the Electronic Theses and Dissertations program implemented and managed by the Indiana State University since 2009. The paper illustrates issues relating to the background, policies, platform, workflow and cataloging, as well as the publication and preservation of graduate scholarship.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors examined many aspects of the Electronic Theses and Dissertations program and addressed issues dealt before, during and after the publication of the electronic theses and dissertations collection. The approaches the authors utilized are literature review and personal management experience from working on the program.

Findings

Implementing an Electronic Theses and Dissertations program involves providing a series of management services. These services include developing relevant policies, implementing an archiving and publication platform and creating submission and publishing workflows, as well as cataloging, disseminating and preserving the student collection. Openly publishing the collection through a range of access points significantly increases its visibility and accessibility. Adopting several archival and preservation strategies ensures the long-term readiness of the collection.

Originality/value

This paper will provide useful practices for implementing an ETD program to those institutions new to the ETD initiative process. It also contributes to the current body of literature and to the overall improvement of ETD programs globally.

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Citation

Wang, X.(L)., Bulick, N. and Muyumba, V. (2014), "Publishing student scholarship: exploring the ETD initiative at a medium-sized institution", OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives, Vol. 30 No. 4, pp. 232-248. https://doi.org/10.1108/OCLC-02-2014-0008

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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