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Pilot Program for Electronic Theses and Dissertations

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As part of its mission to support the learning, research, dissemination and preservation activities of the University, the Sheridan Libraries proposes to assist with an evaluation of the policies, and lead the development of the processes, software and systems to support electronic theses and dissertations (ETD).

The Libraries already provide submission, dissemination and preservation services for the University’s print theses and dissertations. Many institutions have implemented ETD programs and noted that this has increased discovery and use of graduate students’ research. Additionally, ETDs offer an opportunity to include content such as datasets, simulations, hypertext links, audio, animations, and video.

With approval from the Graduate Board, the Sheridan Libraries, in collaboration with academic departments, wishes to conduct a pilot program in ETDs in Fall 2005 through Spring 2007. By working with a diverse set of departments, it will be possible to explore the range of issues including the following:

  • How can such a program support dissemination of and access to students’ theses and dissertations?
  • What types of content, fonts, media, etc. will we need to support for ETDs?
  • What are the training needs for ETDs?
  • What software or systems, including the institutional repository, best support the students’ needs?

Students from all schools and departments may participate, however, this does not replace the obligation to submit a paper copy of the thesis for graduation. The electronic submission will be in addition to the paper copy. Please note: while we plan to develop a full-scale, production service, this specific prototype system may not be used in the long-term; thus we cannot guarantee long-term digital access for this particular phase of ETD development. We will accept any file formats, and as much accompanying bibliographic information as you wish to submit.


If you are interested in participating in this Pilot, please complete the information below.

Print and submit this form to the Sheridan Libraries, Preservation Department, Commercial Binding Office, Eisenhower Library-A level. You may also download and print this page as a Word document. This information will be forwarded to the Library Digital Programs (LDP) who will contact you directly on the processes and procedures for participation. If you have any questions, or wish to submit your electronic thesis or dissertation, please email

I am interested in participating in the Pilot Program for ETD and have provided my name and contact information below.

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