Mailing List Message #113913
From: Joan K. Lippincott <>
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Subject: Guidance Documents for ETDs Available for Review
Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2013 23:45:20 -0400
Dear cni-announce subscribers:

Institutions that are developing ETD programs often have a need for information on a wide range of issues, from access and embargo issues (currently in the news due to the American Historical Association statement) to curatorial practices in the digital environment.  A group of experts has written a set of materials addressing many aspects of ETD lifecycle management.  The editors are requesting that interested parties review the documents and send comments to improve the content.  I have already contributed comments and encourage all of you, whether you have existing ETD programs or are in the formative stages, to give some feedback to the editors.
--Joan Lippincott, CNI

The ETD Lifecycle Management project ( releases for public review the draft Guidance Documents for Lifecycle Management of ETDs. Funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and led by the University of North Texas, in partnership with the NDLTD and Educopia Institute, the ETD Lifecycle Management project is promoting best practices and improving the capacity of academic libraries to preserve ETDs for future researchers. 

About the ETD Guidance Documents
Written by ETD program experts from several established and well-respected academic institutions (see below), the Guidance Documents are geared towards the full range of stakeholders in ETD programs from administrators to graduate schools to librarians to vendors. As indicated by the Table of Contents below, the Guidance Documents cover a range of curation topics that span the lifecycle for ETDs.

Table of Contents
  1. Guidance Documents for the Lifecycle Management of ETDs
  2. Guidelines for Implementing ETD Programs Roles & Responsibilities
  3. Guide to Access Levels & Embargoes of ETDs
  4. Briefing on Copyright & Fair Use Issues in ETDs
  5. Guidelines for Collecting Usage Metrics & Demonstrations of Value for ETD Programs
  6. Managing the Lifecycle of ETDs: Curatorial Decisions & Practices
  7. Metadata for ETD Lifecycle Management
  8. Guide to ETD Program Planning & Cost Estimation
  9. Guide to Options for ETD Programs   
Review the Guidance Documents
Interested ETD stakeholders can register to receive a copy of the Guidance Documents at the following website, By requesting the documents, reviewers are voluntarily agreeing to provide our project with feedback to help improve the documents. Reviewers may provide feedback on all of the documents or just the document(s) that prove most relevant to their areas of interest. Our project staff will follow up with reviewers individually one month from the date they receive the documents, and will incorporate their suggestions into the final draft. The review period will close on December 31st, 2013.

About the Document Authors & Editors
The Guidance Document for Lifecycle Management of ETDs have been authored by ETD program experts from the University of North Texas, Virginia Tech, Rice University, Boston College, Indiana State University, Pennsylvania State University, and University of Arizona. The documents were edited by representatives from the Educopia Institute, the MetaArchive Cooperative, and the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations. Special thanks to Joan Lippencott from the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) for early reviews of the draft documents.

Gail McMillan
Director, Center for Digital Research & Scholarship 
Services (formerly Digital Library & Archives)
Professor, University Libraries
Virginia Tech   540-231-9252

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