Networked Digital Library
of Theses and Dissertations
ETD Workshop @ Virginia Tech
Graduate School and Faculty Issues Session
May 17, 1999
Gail McMillan's notes; John Eaton, session leader
JEaton: report on result survey of VT alumni
TMinsker PSU: Is there a URL if cited that required authorization?
AMortara: 75% disappears every 4 years
- Must cut/paste into your document to ensure that it is preserved.
JEaton: McGraw Hill permissions: older one's granted, more recent one denied.
?: No email traffic. If there are so many questions, why isnt there more traffic?
- Connor: WVU has listlerv that is very busy.
- Laval has listserv for ETDs
GBabin: Stability of URLs? Give last time visited the site.
- University website is expected to be more stable or to have redirect function.
JHeddesheimer: Has quality improved due to online access?
- PConnor: yes
- RLutz: yes
- LPainter: At 1992 DC meeting some emphasis on masters' theses.
- GBabin: Post comments of reviewers without their names.
- JMoxley: Real concern about having comments online with dialogue. Record of comments became more formal and recorded as opposed to in-class, informal comments.
- TMinzer: Plagerism policing itself due to easier exposure online.
AMortara: Students works at home on large docs that arent easily portable.
- LBrown: from 20 to 50Mb per student for disk space on university server.
Bob: Access restrictions vs. open: pros and cons
Survey students who restricted access and ask them if theyve published from their ETDs.
Has ILL dropped?
- 154 restricted: 119 masters upgraded to WWW (at Virginia Tech in 1998)
- Dissertation.com: Will help you do research?
Multimediaunlimited options for students to use?
- WVU lists standard formats; for other formats, authors must submit means to read the work.
- GBabin: provides stylesheet; formats still a question.
?: Training issues
- JEaton: Information literacy should be a graduate student requirement early in their careers, not just an exit requirement.
- Commercial web tutorials: William & Mary using? Penn St. using.
July 2, 1999 (GMc)