Workshop on ETDs for Beginners

Title: Workshop on ETDs for Beginners

Course Description:
The successful implementation of electronic thesis and dissertation programs on campus can appear to be a daunting task. This NDLTD primer will prove extremely helpful in assisting you through this process. Armed with a team of experts, the “ETDs for Beginners” session will introduce you to concepts such as the myriad of free resources available through the NDLTD. Topics will include ETD implementation and political strategies, discussion of various models of homegrown ETD systems versus pre-packaged open source and commercial repository systems, ETD office automation strategies, the role of University libraries and graduate school in ETD program implementation and archiving, intellectual property issues as well as explore the usefulness of and approaches to consortia and networking to build ETD programs. This 3.5-hour workshop is open to newcomers as well as veterans who would like a refresher on latest basic ETD concepts and resources. Get more out of attending the ETD Symposium by attending this free session.

Skill Level: Entry

Resource Person:

Austin McLean
Director, Scholarly Communication and Dissertation Publishing
ProQuest, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Austin McLean is the Director of Scholarly Communication and Dissertation Publishing for ProQuest, Ann Arbor, Michigan. He oversees staff that develops and manages Dissertations and Master’s Theses publishing and products in all formats (digital, print, and microfilm). Austin also works in areas of scholarly communication and digital preservation at ProQuest. Austin is a frequent speaker at library conferences, having presented at Coalition of Networked Information (CNI), Online Information, ALA, ETD 2014, and USETDA 2014. He serves at Treasurer of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), a non-profit group dedicated to sharing knowledge and best practices for Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs). Austin holds a Master’s Degree, Certificate in Telecommunications Economics Policy and Science from Northwestern Universityand a Bachelor’s Degree from DePauw University.