Tuesday, April 29, 2008
The first article will be published in the Chronicle of Higher Education in the coming week or so on the topic of ETDs, creative writing and publishing issues. The Chronicle published an article back in March about faculty and students at University of Iowa ready to revolt against a campus-wide mandate for open access ETDs. We brought into the discussion some rationality, hard data from case studies and success stories regarding open access ETDs, creative works and policy implications. I think you will all be very pleasantly surprised at the results. I don't know if we've won this battle but we surely made some good points.
The second article will be published in Information World Review in June, just in time to coincide with ETD 2008. The topic will be on the history of ETDs and the NDLTD, the importance of ETDs in scholarly communications and the significance of sponsored programs like the "ETD Awards Powered by Scirus". Nothing really controversial here, but the coverage for the ETD movement will be phenomenal - IWR is the leading information science related journal published out of the UK. Many thanks to the folks at Reed Elsevier for lining this up!
- John Hagen
NDLTD Board of Directors
Sunday, April 20, 2008
The conference organisers would like to remind delegates that accommodation in Aberdeen ('The oil capital of Europe') can be in strong demand. Those intending to book hotel rooms are encouraged to take advantage of the arrangements in place for the conference - details of which are available at http://www.rgu.ac.uk/etd/accommodation/page.cfm?pge=44852 These rooms will only be held specifically for conference attendees for another couple of weeks.
Information about rooms in RGU student flats is available at http://www.rgu.ac.uk/etd/accommodation/page.cfm?pge=44842
ETD 2008 Conference Co-Chair