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Featured on the ETD 2010 Blog: The State of ETDs in the Lone Star State

The State of ETDs in the Lone Star State: A Survey of Thesis and Dissertation Granting Institutions in Texas, a poster displayed at the recent 13th International Symposium on Theses and Dissertation and created by Stephanie Larrison and Ginger Dickens, was recently highlighted on the ETD 2010 blog. Stephanie and Ginger coordinated the survey in late fall 2009 in order to provide a point of reference on the status of ETDs at Texas institutions and to guide program planning for the newly formed Texas Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association (TxETDA). The abstract of the presentation is available at the ETD 2010 conference website. Although the poster has not yet been made available through the ETD 2010 proceedings, you may access it from the following link.

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Michigan Tech ETD Resources

Here’s another great set of resources for consideration. Michigan Tech’s Graduate School has a whole series of professional workshops for students to assist with the preparation of their thesis/dissertation, including use of Microsoft Office, copyright issues, etc . I found the seminar on understanding and creating PDF files particularly informative. I’m constantly amazed by the resources institutions are making available to their students to education and support ETD preparation and submission.

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TDL has announced their summer 2010 schedule for training. The Vireo course will be available on July 28, 2010 while a DSpace course will be available on July 29, 2010. Visit TDL Training for more information and all upcoming training.

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TCDL 2010 workshops explore metadata, ETDs, and born-digital materials

From the TDL Blog:

The 2010 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries has an exciting program of speakers, presentations, and workshops planned for Texas Digital Library members and other attendees. The conference will be held May 17-18 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin.

The TDL encourages attendees to stay through Tuesday afternoon to participate in the Special Workshops and Forums led by TDL members from institutions across the state. In these afternoon sessions, attendees will have  opportunities for learning, discussing, and sharing around issues like ETDs, metadata, and born-digital publications. (Registration for TCDL 2010 covers the workshop sessions.)

TCDL 2010 Special Forums and Workshops include the ETD forum, Collaborating to develop a digital solution to a digital acquisitions problem, TDL Metadata Working Group, and Hot topics in metadata. To see the full conference lineup, visit the TCDL 2010 website or download a PDF version of the full conference program that includes venue maps and information about Austin dining, transportation, and other activities.

And don’t forget to join us for the Vireo Users Group Meeting, a post-conference event on the morning of May 19. Attendees should RSVP for the event by contacting info@tdl.org.