Electronic theses and dissertations are often a natural starting point and a great fit for institutional repositories. In this joint presentation, Meghan Banach, Metadata Catalog Librarian at University of Massachusetts – Amherst, addresses the benefits and challenges of managing ETDs through the repository, and best practices the library has developed over time. Her discussion includes a consideration of workflows, access controls, and metadata collection, as well as partnerships between the Graduate School and the library. Courtney Smith, director of Outreach and Scholarly Communications at bepress, discusses how Digital Commons can meet the needs of graduate programs across campus.
For more resources on ETDs, please see the ETD toolkit here: http://digitalcommons.bepress.com/toolkits/2/