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February 1, 2010

Electronic Deposit of Dissertations and Theses a Success!

As many of you know, the U of Illinois Graduate College, in collaboration with IDEALS, offered optional Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) deposit to the entire campus for December graduation. IDEALS implemented a system called Vireo that was developed by the Texas Digital Library to manage this process.

This pilot was a enormous success - of the 262 total deposits, 223 were through the ETD system - 85%!

Students had three access options:
- 62% chose to make their dissertation or thesis openly available immediately;
- 22% chose to limit access to the University of Illinois for two years; and
- 16% chose to limit access completely for two years.

We're happy to announce that all electronic theses and dissertations deposited during this period are available now in IDEALS. All ETD's (except those under a patent hold) can be found in the Dissertations and Theses community within IDEALS:

Due to electronic deposit we have been able to make available the December deposits before the August and October deposits (which are all in paper) have even been processed!

Each dissertation or thesis is also mapped to a Department or College level collection. For example:

- Education -
- History -
- Animal Sciences -
- Civil and Environmental Engineering -

Our next steps are to work to get these into our Online Catalog, and to send the dissertations on to ProQuest Digital Dissertations.

Within the next month or so, we will also be releasing an update to IDEALS that will allow you to search by department or adviser (or other committee member).

Please let me know if you have any questions. Special thanks go to Tim Donohue, Bill Ingram, Nicholas Riley (our technical GA), Steve McCauley (the IDEALS GA), Merinda Hensley, and, of course, our colleagues at the Graduate College - Rebecca Bryant and Mark Zulauf - for making this a smooth and straightforward process.

Sarah L. Shreeves
IDEALS Coordinator
Scholarly Commons Coordinator
University Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Posted by Katie Newman at 11:56 AM