A completed ETD paradigm: The workflow from submission to preservation at Texas Tech University
Barba, Shelley E.
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This paper discusses a complete ETD paradigm that has been developed at Texas Tech University over the past nine years, which includes the submission, publication, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations. The paper describes the collaboration process we have fostered among academic departments, graduate school, and the library that provides the foundation for our complete ETD paradigm. The paper also describes a developed submission system, Vireo, which allows a seamless submission-to-publication workflow, and the implementation of metadata in our repository system, DSpace, which guarantees consistency and interoperability. In addition, the paper presents an integrated preservation strategy we have applied to handle ETDs and variety of digital resources. The strategy includes a digital filing system, advantageous use of administrative and preservation metadata, and consistent technical storage maintenance. This paper addresses the technical issues associated with ETD curation, integration of ETDs with institutions’ missions and objectives, and the best practice for beginners with limited resources.