USETDA 2016 Conference Program Overview

The USETDA has announced USETDA 2016, the 6th annual conference to be held September 26 – 28 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Columbus, Ohio, hosted by the Ohio ETD Association and OhioLINK. USETDA Conferences are an excellent educational opportunity for ETD professionals from graduate schools, libraries, academic computing and others who work with ETDs.

Keynote Speaker

This year’s program includes keynote speaker Roy Tennant (OCLC Senior Program Officer).

Roy Tennant is the owner of the Web4Lib and XML4Lib electronic discussions, and the creator and editor of Current Cites, a current awareness newsletter published every month since 1990. His books include Technology in Libraries: Essays in Honor of Anne Grodzins Lipow (2008),  Managing the Digital Library (2004), XML in Libraries (2002), Practical HTML: A Self-Paced Tutorial (1996) and Crossing the Internet Threshold: An instructional Handbook (1993). Roy wrote a monthly column on digital libraries for Library Journal (1997–2007) and has written numerous articles in other professional journals. In 2003, he received the American Library Association’s LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Excellence in Communication for Continuing Education.

Roy is a well-known and sought-after speaker on topics such as library research, the future of cataloging and digital libraries and how technology impacts librarianship. In his keynote address "Meta/Data As If Research Depends On It" Tennant will talk about research on datasets and metadata directions for the future. Starting with a brief history of finding information, Tennant will put metadata for data sets in a broader context. Sprinkled with skepticism, gallows humor, and unsubstantiated claims, this talk will take a critical look at the domain of data sets and the metadata required to find them. Included will be a set of principles to guide any attempt to create and manage metadata -- whether for data sets or anything else.

Program Highlights

The full program includes 3 conference workshops, 14 breakout presentations including user group meetings, 2 plenary sessions, a poster presentation session (9 posters), a technology vendor fair as well as a variety of networking opportunities. You will be able to view author/title/abstract information as well as presentations in the Conference Proceedings.

USETDA 2016 Conference at-a-glance

2016 USETDA Program Schedule
Monday 9/26/2016
8:00am - 4:00pmRegistration & Vendor Fair (Pre-function Space) + Breakfast (8:00-9:00am)
9:00am - 12:00pmWorkshop: ETDs for Beginners
Optional tour of Ohio State University's Thompson Library and Research Commons (18th Avenue Library) and/or Self-guided tour / scavenger hunt of OSU campusWorkshop: Preservation and Curation of ETD Research Data amd Complex Digital Objects

12:00 - 1:30pm

Lunch (Fusion)
1:30 - 2:30pmOpening Plenary, Welcome From The Hosts, & "3-Minute Thesis Competition" (Muirfield Ballroom)
Break (Pre-function Space)
RivieraMuirfield CScioto
2:45 - 3:45pmLibrarians Creating Connections: Reactions and Challenges to Open Access, ORCID and the Embargo Option
Now Leaving Limbo: Transitioning from Optional to Mandatory Electronic Submission
Being Creative While Finding a Middle Ground: Handling the Dilemmas Associated with the Creative Writing Thesis Works
4:00 - 5:00pmORCID: Best Practices and Use Cases
Expanding ETD Collection Capture Student Development
Gathering Dust in a Virtual Cloud (A Discussion)
5:00 - 5:30pmBreak (Pre-function Space)
5:30 - 7:30pmWelcome, Announcements, Opening Reception (Fusion)
Tuesday 9/27/2016
8:00am - 4:00pmRegistration & Vendor Fair (Pre-function Space)
8:00am -9:15pmBreakfast and Regional ETD Association Networking (Fusion)
9:15 - 10:45amIntroduction & Keynote (Muirfield Ballroom)
10:45 - 11:00amBreak (Pre-function Space)
RivieraMuirfield CScioto
11:00am - 12:-00pmUnlocking Past & Present Research: Implementing Open access ETDs at the University of Rhode Island
Cleaning Up Legacy Metadata for ETDs: Strategies, Tools, and a Look Into the Future
How to improve the ETD Submission workflow employing user feedback
12:00 - 1:30pmLunch (Fusion)
1:30 - 2:30pm
Remastering Theses @ Ohio State: Large-Scale Retrospective Thesis Scanning at the OSU Libraries
Beyond "Available": Tracking the Impact of Discoverable ETDs
2:30 - 4:00pmVendor Fair and Poster Session (Prefunction Space)
Break service
4:00-5pmETD Administrator User Group Meeting
Vireo Users Group MeetingOhioLINK ETD Center User Group
5:30pmDine Arounds
Wednesday 9/28/2016
8:00 - 9:00amBreakfast (Fusion)
RivieraMuirfield CScioto
9:00am - 12:00pmWorkshop:Developing Enduring Best Practices for ETD Community: the Case of ETD-related Research Data Management
Vireo workshop cancelled
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Lighting Talks: 5-minute talks presenting scripts, software, or other useful tools users have created.
12:00 - 12:30pmClosing Plenary (Muirfield Ballroom)


Notable special interest sessions

Conference Workshops

We are also pleased to offer intensive learning experiences through our conference workshop series. Sessions include

  • ETDs for Beginners
  • Preservation and Curation of ETD Research Data and Complex Digital Objects
  • Developing Enduring Best Practices for ETD Community: the case of ETD-Related Research Data Management

For complete descriptions visit the conference workshops Web page.

User’s Group Meetings

  • OhioLINK Users Group Meeting
  • ProQuest User Group Meeting
  • Vireo Users Group Meeting

Networking Opportunities

You will have the opportunity to participate in a number of structured as well as informal networking opportunities to discuss a variety of ETD topics with colleagues and special interest groups including breakfasts, lunches, user’s group meetings and breakout sessions throughout the conference. The  Welcome Reception to be held on Monday evening will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Tuesday evening includes a “Dine-Around” excursion to visit nearby venues in Columbus.

Poster Session

We will host a Poster Presentation session on the 2nd day of the Conference. Posters will remain available through the duration of the Conference.

Vendor Fair

Participants will have the opportunity to visit with a variety of Conference Sponsors to learn about new and innovative digital library products and services as well as graduate programs at supporting institutions. The Vendor Fair will be an ongoing event held through the duration of the Conference – with a special Vendor Fair session scheduled on Wednesday afternoon.

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This conference is organized by the United States Electronic Theses and Dissertations Association (USETDA). For additional information, please contact us