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From: Joan K. Lippincott <>
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Subject: ETD2017 - Call for proposals
Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2016 14:14:59 -0500
Dear cni-announce subscribers:
This year the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) is partnering with the US ETD Association to hold a joint conference in Washington, DC. CNI's Cliff Lynch will be one of the keynote speakers at the conference. Please consider submitting a proposal for a session at the meeting if you are doing innovative work with electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) at your institution.
--Joan Lippincott, CNI and member of the board of the NDLTD

ETD2017 Call for Proposals

Proposals for papers. presentations, panel sessions and posters are invited for the ETD2017 Symposium to be held in Washington, DC August 7-9, 2017.

Deadline: Proposals should be submitted on or before February 28, 2017 to be considered.

About the Conference

ETD2017, the 20th international symposium on electronic theses and dissertations will be held August 7 9, 2017  at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Washington, D.C. The conference will be hosted by George Mason University with additional support from the Washington Research Library Consortium and co-organized by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) and the United States Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association (USETDA).

ETD2017 will provide excellent educational opportunities for professionals from graduate schools, libraries, academic computing and others who work with electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs), institutional repositories, graduate students and scholarly communications. Our goal is to offer relevant, practice-oriented content to support ETD productivity improvement, ETD professionals, advance ETD operations and encourage the formation of regional ETD associations and networking communities as well as to provide useful and innovative resources, standards, and technology for the development and support of ETD programs.

Conference Theme:

The conference theme "EXPLORING GLOBAL CONNECTIONS" focuses on the impact and implications of connecting scholars and research from across the country and around the world. We examine the present use and availability of ETDs and related initiatives while also exploring new and emerging ETD practices, needs, and influences. Presentation proposals should reflect one or more of the following three subtopics. Presenters are encouraged to use the examples under the subtopics as inspiration, but are not limited to these ideas and can expand upon them or generate new ones based on the subtopic themes.

I. Research Practices

  1. Data Management Practices - surveys of current practices and case studies

  2. Integrating repositories with the Web and external systems - case studies in IR integration with CRIS and Research information Management Systems

  3. From dissertation to first book or article

  4. Creative Writing and ETDs

  5. History and ETDs

II. Streamlining ETD Processing

  1. ETD and data preservation best practices - surveys and case studies

  2. Collaboration between digital scholarship and technical services librarians

  3. Rethinking repositories

  4. OAI-PMH validation of ETD-MS repository records

  5. Graduate School perspective - review process, assistance resources, deadlines, formatting guidelines, and graduation requirements

  6. Embargoes and copyright

  7. ETD Support Group

  8. Handling supplementary materials (submissions, preservation, cataloging)

III. The Global Impact of ETDs

  1. Resources Description and Access

  2. Artificial Intelligence Integration - repository tools for enhanced publishing and discovery

  3. Supporting open scholarship

  4. Outreach to students/faculty on ETD issues

  5. Open Source solutions to ETD processes


The ETD2017 Organizing Committee welcomes the following types of submissions:

Poster sessions - peer reviewed

Posters introduce late-breaking results, work in progress, or research that is best communicated in an interactive or graphical format. Two types of posters are encouraged:

  • research posters presenting new and promising work or preliminary results of ongoing projects

  • "best practices" posters presenting the practical implementations of an organization's practices or innovations

The content of the poster should clearly point out how the research or best practice contributes to innovative thought or design within the field, and how it addresses key challenges, as well as the potential impact on the participant's organization and/or practices in the field.

Joint submissions from students, librarians, graduate school administrators and other professionals demonstrating different perspectives on a single issue are particularly encouraged. Posters are expected to foster discussion in a personal and less formal setting. Poster presenters should submit an abstract of 500 words or less for consideration.

Single-session presentations and panels - peer reviewed

Single session presentations and panels are invited on topics that focus on the themes of the conference.

For single-session presentations, please submit a proposal of up to 500 words, providing a summary of the presentation topic and the qualifications of the speaker.

Panels must have a cohesive theme and promote lively interaction between panelists and audience members. Please submit a panel proposal up to 500 words, providing an overview of the issues to be discussed by the panel and brief bios of each of the panelists. Proposals should only list panelists who have agreed to participate and shall indicate the qualifications and contribution that each panelist will offer.

Presentation format options include:

  • 1-hour single speaker or panel format (intended for more in-depth breakout presentations on a single topic)

  • 15-minutes per speaker format (1-hour breakout session with 3 speakers intended for case studies on a similar topic)

Conference workshops - peer reviewed

Conference workshops are invited on important topics that focus on the themes of the conference that need to be addressed in-depth. Workshops should provide participants with opportunities to engage with study materials, the presenter(s) and workshop participants through discussions in order to broaden and deepen understanding in a particular area. Workshops range from 2 to 3 hours in length.

Please submit a proposal of up to 500 words, providing a summary of the workshop topic and the qualifications of the speaker.


Conference Presentation Selection Rubric

Poster Session Resource Page

Proposal Submission


Complete information about the ETD2017 Symposium


United States Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association (USETDA)
PO Box 97
Collinsville, OH 45004

Phone: (304) 290-2516

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