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Friday, November 4 • 11:10am - 12:00pm
Establishing an Electronic Thesis Repository Using Digital Commons

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Has your institution mandated an Institutional Repository for electronic theses? Do you feel intimidated with setting up an institutional repository? The presenters share their success and experience of working with the graduate school at two small universities in rural Kansas to establish an electronic thesis program.


The repository serves as an Open Access solution to globally share. Both Pittsburg State University (PSU) and Fort Hays State University (FHSU) currently use CONTENTdm (CDM) as their primary digital repository. In 2015, both PSU and FHSU purchased and launched BePress Digital Commons (DC), a more robust repository. If you see global discoverability, unlimited storage, efficient technical support, and the ability to share a wide range of file formats in one interface, then Digital Commons by BePress is the most reliable.


The presenters discuss the experiences and challenges of adapting and implementing the IR at PSU and FHSU, comparing and contrasting advantages and disadvantages of the two platforms. Finally, they’ll share the challenges associated with IR initiatives at PSU and FHSU including marketing, workflows, and collection development. 

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Jessica Vest

Archivist, Northwest Missouri State University

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Yumi Ohira

Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Deborah White

Digital Resources and Initiatives Manager, Pittsburg State University

Friday November 4, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm CDT
J.W. Jones Student Union, Room B

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