Theses and Dissertations from Print to ETD: The Nuances of Preserving and Accessing those in Music

Theses and Dissertations from Print to ETD: The Nuances of Preserving and Accessing those in Music

Daniel Gelaw Alemneh (University of North Texas, USA) and Ralph Hartsock (University of North Texas, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4466-3.ch003
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Abstract

Important products in an academic library’s collection are Masters Theses and Doctoral Dissertations since they represent a wealth of scholarly and artistic content created by Masters and Doctoral students in the degree-seeking process. Each has experienced an evolution to a new format, electronic. Many of these are PDF files, using the Adobe Acrobat software. Until very recently, though, those files with accompanying materials were separated. This chapter further discusses several issues inherent in this process. These include access, use, re-use, preservation, storage, integration with other systems, copyrights, and permissions. The successful management of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) requires effort across the entire lifecycle to ensure that ETDs are managed, preserved, and made accessible in a manner that today's users expect. Given the pressure of reading more in less time, today's users demand access to various formats regardless of temporal and spatial restrictions and the types of devices used.

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