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Historic ETD Guide 1998 - 2008 (PDF)




  • What are the key concerns and their resolution?
  • Assessment and Measurement


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The Future

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Improving Education and Understanding of NDLTD Paper and data submitted to ETD Symposium '07 by the digital library curriculum development group.


To understand ETDs, what NDLTD is, how it works, and the benefits of NDLTD, it is necessary to educate those involved, such as students who will create and submit their ETDs, as well as the library staff members who will be participating in NDLTD and administering their local system. To help educators prepare digital library (DL) courses supportive of their goals, our DL curriculum group has been developing educational modules and conducting field analyses since January 2006. This paper is a follow-up to our previous study of the subject distribution of ACM DL papers, JCDL papers, and D-Lib Magazine articles. In this paper, we focus on the selected DL modules that might help scholars conduct their research and share their knowledge. The contents are:

  • Revised DL educational module framework: Based on our analysis of hundreds of DL papers, we identified 10 core topical areas, and 43 sub-areas. A detailed diagram is provided.
  • After discussion, our team selected several DL modules which might be the most relevant to scholars’ research endeavors. Especially, those modules are important to fully utilize ETDs. The module numbers and their descriptions are presented.
  • To help scholars navigate and study the corresponding ETD Guide ( sections, we mapped the selected DL modules into the Guide sections. The section numbers, titles and starting page numbers are also provided.
  • In our previous study, we’ve collected DL course syllabi in the computer science (CS) and the library and information science (LIS) areas. Then the readings were retrieved from the syllabi collections. These readings were classified into the selected DL modules. They are presented here; the complete data can be accessed from our project web site.

Increased understanding about DLs might improve scholars’ research efficiency and effective-ness as well as universities’ participation in NDLTD. We invite the ETD community to assist with module development and evaluation so students, scholars, and staff will know more about DLs.


Current Version of The Guide for Electronic Theses and Dissertations (PDF)

Historic Version of The Guide for Electronic Theses and Dissertations Guide (1998 - 2008) (PDF)

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