Poster Session

Masters’ Theses on the Increase: A New Look at Accessibility and Preservation

Track: Poster Library – Digital Resource

There is currently a trend in the growth and development of masters’ programs offered by colleges and universities in New Jersey. Many require theses, yet the policies and procedures of the schools vary in terms of the acquisition and storage of these documents. The Internet has provided an avenue to digitize theses with relative ease. This is an excellent venue for graduate students to research their topics and later share with fellow scholars. After considerable study and deliberation, William Paterson University decided to partner with Proquest to insure the accessibility and preservation of students’ theses.

Jane Bambrick
Reference Librarian
Will Paterson University

Bio / Expertise:
Jane Bambrick is a Reference Librarian at William Paterson University and is the Coordinator for the Digitization of Masters’ Theses. She has published articles and presented at National Conferences in the field of Library and Information Science. She has taught as an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University and was a Visiting Professor at the School of Information and Library Science of Pratt Institute in New York.

Presentation Content:
Although there has been significant progress in open access to scholarly work, William Paterson concluded that Proquest provided the best capabilities to highlight our students’ theses. This report will cover the years of our journey from the preliminary investigation to the present.

Presentation examines:
2004: The beginning of the timeline.
The importance of gaining university support
The development of standards, requirements, guidelines and procedures
The completion of an action plan for with a realistic timeline
The Perks of Proquest….. Financial savings, traditional or open access, MARC Records, archives and more.
Expedient and accessible….. a happy marriage of scholars and digitization.

 

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