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ETDs Grant, ISU Librarian role

Posted by isulib on October 3, 2011

Grant Awarded

University of North Texas Libraries – Denton, TX
Grant Category: Advancing Digital
Award Amount: $268,458; Matching Amount: $271,911

Contact: Martin Halbert
Dean of Libraries and Associate Professor
940-565-3025; martin.halbert@unt.edu

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 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 the University of Arizona 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.

Xiaocan “Lucy” Wang, who serves as the Digital Repository Librarian at the ISU Library and who is in charge of the university’s ETDs, will represent ISU as a participant in the grant. National Leadership Grants are highly competitive. This award gives name recognition and prestige to the university as the deliverables will have international consequences in the realm of ETDs.

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