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Presentation Date


Conference or Event Name

Annual Conference

Conference Location

Orlando, FL


Learning Objectives for a Shared Interest Audience:

  1. Identify one or more benefits to a partnership between the Graduate School and the University Libraries to market and deliver ETD processes and procedures online.
  2. Recognize how LibGuides can be used to effectively deliver information about writing and submitting electronic theses and dissertations to graduate students.


When the University of Dayton implemented electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) in 2008, the Graduate School and University Libraries already had a long history of collaboration on format checking and commercial binding of theses and dissertations. The furthering of this partnership was instrumental to the successful implementation of ETDs at UD. As a founding member of the Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK), the Libraries were well-positioned to lead the university’s participation in the OhioLINK ETD Center, a statewide online repository of electronic theses and dissertations. Coincidentally, the University Libraries had recently implemented LibGuides, a hosted Web 2.0 content management and publishing system with pages that were easy to create, customize, update, and access. The Theses and Dissertations Guide was developed incorporating the information a student would need to write and submit a manuscript, including graduation deadlines, graduation checklist, writing guidelines, sample pages, copyright considerations, submission guidelines, FAQs, Graduate School contact information, and links to the OhioLINK ETD Center. The Guide was marketed to the university community as a “one-stop shop” for information about theses and dissertations and quickly became one of the most frequently accessed LibGuides at the University of Dayton. The Graduate School and the Libraries continue to collaborate to educate students, faculty and staff about the ETD process. The Guide is updated frequently based on feedback from the university community.