Lifecycle Management for Electronic Theses and Dissertations

November 2011 to October 2014
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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 Lifecycle Management of ETDs project 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.

Project Partners:

  • University of North Texas Libraries
  • Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
  • MetaArchive Cooperative
  • Virginia Tech
  • Rice University
  • Boston College
  • Indiana State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Arizona

Deliverables & Resources

All resources created during this project and related projects can be found on the Electronic Theses and Dissertations page.


This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.