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Wednesday, November 6 • 10:45am - 11:25am
Intriguing New Model for Improved Visibility of and Access to Theses and Dissertations

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The Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida (UF) are participating in an innovative program to explore whether making theses and dissertations available in print through online retail sites can have positive impacts for graduates, the University and the general public. These works have substantial scholarly value and represent unique intellectual contributions that the University would like to make more visible. Digitization efforts and work with Access Innovations to enhance the metadata has vastly improved discoverability and ease of access for those searching University collections. However, through this project we will expose this research to audiences beyond academe—practitioners, corporate researchers, independent scholars and international readers. This session will describe how UF has worked with our corporate partner, Bibliolabs, to leverage online retailers’ discovery engines to promote print editions of this research and alert readers to the free digital versions available from our institutional repository, IR@UF. The Libraries are monitoring referred traffic to the IR and sales data and will report on how this initiative is affecting access to this scholarly output from UF graduates. The presentation will also share how alumni, current graduate students and other campus stakeholders have responded to this new opt-in service from the Libraries. Many UF graduates have embraced this program, believing that sharing research widely can lead to new opportunities for employment, funding and collaboration in a highly competitive environment. As the guest authors stated in the Scholarly Kitchen on April 17, 2019 (https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2019/04/17/challenges-and-opportunities-in-pre-published-research/?informz=1), “We’re seeing a generational shift as the world becomes increasingly fast-paced and digital, and early-career researchers are leading the charge in adopting (and expecting) a more open research approach.” UF is the first university to contribute content to this effort, but we expect others to follow suit if the data supports the expectations of the University, Libraries and graduates.

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Judith Russell

Dean of Libraries, University of Florida
Judith C. Russell has served as the Dean of University Libraries at the University of Florida since 2007. She was the Managing Director, Information Dissemination and Superintendent of Documents at the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), now the Government Publishing Office, from... Read More →

Wednesday November 6, 2019 10:45am - 11:25am EST
Rutledge Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401