ETDs for Rookies - Newcomer’s Pre-Conference Tutorial

The successful implementation of electronic thesis and dissertation programs on campus can at first, seem to be a daunting task. The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations consortium will prove extremely helpful in assisting you through this process. Armed with a team of experts, the “Tutorial” session will introduce you to concepts such as the myriad of free resources available through the NDLTD.  Topics include ETD implementation and political strategies, discussion of various models of homegrown ETD systems and pre-packaged open source and commercial systems, the role of University libraries in ETD program implementation and archiving, as well as the usefulness of and approaches to consortia and networking to build ETD programs.

Make the most of your ETD conference experience!  This tutorial is free and is open to all ETD 2011 delegates who want a primer on everything you need to know about ETDs.

- Tuesday, September 13th from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- Location:  The Pavilion Conference Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
- Session Organizer:  John Hagen, West Virginia University


09:00 – 09:30 Introduction to NDLTD and Brief History of the ETD Movement Ed Fox, Director, NDLTD, Virginia Tech
09:30 – 10:30

ETD Implementation Overview

Includes campus promotion and politics, campus collaborations with graduate  school, libraries and information technology divisions, providing resources and  technical support for students, ETD system options, inter-campus collaborations

John Hagen, West Virginia University
10:30 – 11:00 Break  
11:00 – 12:00

National and Consortium Perspectives

Africa, USA and Latin America


Felix Ubogu, University of the Witwatersrand (Africa)
Laura Hammons, Texas A&M University / USETDA (USA)
Ana Pavani, Pontifical Roman Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (Latin America)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch  
13:00 – 13:20 UMI ETD Administrator System Austin McLean, Director, ProQuest/UMI Scholarly Communication and  Dissertations Publishing
13:00 – 13:40 Other ETD Systems: ETD-db, the Short Story Ed Fox, Virginia Tech
13:40 – 14:00 NDTLD Preservation Strategies – MetaArchives Project John Hagen (for Gail McMillan, Virginia Tech University Libraries)
14:00 – 14:20 Metadata Standards – ETD-MS, Dublin Core, MARC, NDLTD Union Catalog Hussein Suleman, University of Cape Town
14:20 – 14:40 ETD Implementation – Lessons Learned Elsabé Olivier, University of Pretoria
14:40 – 15:00 Discussion / Wrap Up