Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Breakout session 1A: Platforms/Demos

Sophie Bogdanski (pictured) from the Marshall University Library presented with the Robert Gordon University Library's Susan Copeland on special issues facing small and medium size institutions planning, implementing, and managing institutional repositories containing ETDs. The presenters consider the results of recent studies including the findings of parallel surveys undertaken in the US and in the UK in 2007 and the JISC funded ‘EMBED’ project in the UK which concludes in 2009.

This breakout session also featured Kathy Fletcher from the University of West Virginia presenting their expansion of online training materials for their ETD training program to include demonstrations and simulation exercises on how to create and modify Adobe PDF files, Gordon Ernst presented the WVU migration from its homegrown eIDR ETD system to a new ExLibris DigiTool system named WVU Scholar, and Michael Kaplan of Ex Libris presenting the dynamic growth of their DigiTool product by showcasing ETD sites making use of their productivity platform.

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