Electronic Theses and Dissertations: Developing Standards and Changing Practices

Electronic Theses and Dissertations: Developing Standards and Changing Practices


Edited by Jr. Robert E. Wolverton, Edited by Gary M. Pitkin, Edited by Robert Fowler, Edited by Susan Hall, Edited by Lona Hoover

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  • Publisher: Routledge Member of the Taylor and Francis Group
  • Format: Paperback | 152 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 10mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 20 February 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0789031760
  • ISBN 13: 9780789031761
  • Edition: 1, Annotated
  • Edition statement: New.

Product description

As open access initiatives, electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) provide Internet access to graduate student research documents from hundreds of academic institutions, thus furthering international scholarly communication. The last decade has seen change and collaboration among colleagues of varied disciplines and across institutional boundaries. There is a need for practical information for academics, database managers and library catalogers in dealing with the complexities of developing ETD programs and workflow. The authors present a comprehensive treatise on ETDs, drawing on many years of collective experience within this specialization. This book was published as a special issue of Technical Services Quarterly.

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Author information

Robert E. (Bob) Wolverton, Jr. is Associate Professor/Database Maintenance/Authority Control Librarian at the Mississippi State University (MSU) Libraries. He is Liaison to the NACO program from the MSU Libraries and regularly contributes name and series authority records to the LC/NACO Authority File. In addition, he provides leadership to MSU Libraries Cataloging faculty and staff on authority control policies, procedures and training initiatives. Wolverton also serves as Library Liaison to the MSU Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education. Lona Hoover is Associate Professor/Monographic Cataloger at Mississippi State University Libraries (MSU). She catalogs materials in various formats with a major focus on creation of full-level bibliographic records for print and electronic theses and dissertations. Susan Hall is Associate Professor and branch head of the College of Architecture, Art and Design Library at Mississippi State University. She is a member of the Special Libraries Association, the Association of Architecture School Librarians, and the American Association of University Women. Robert Fowler is an Assistant Professor/Monographic Cataloger at Mississippi State University (MSU) Libraries. He carries out original cataloging on a variety of formats with a main focus on print and electronic theses and dissertations, as well as music and media.

Table of contents

1. Authors' Preface 2. ETDs: From the Beginning 3. The Development and Assessment of ETD Initiatives 4. Historical Perspectives on the Treatment and Cataloging of Print Theses and Dissertations 5. Cataloging and Treatment of ETDs 6. Issues of Name Authority Control in the Cataloging of Theses and Dissertations 7. Theses/Dissertations and ETD Cataloging: An Annotated Bibliography