Beyond the PDF: Planning for the Future of the Dissertation

Thursday, 15 March 2018

A one-day mini-conference offered by the University of Iowa Graduate College & Libraries, and sponsored by ProQuest

8:00 a.m.       Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m.       Welcome

  • Dean John Keller, University of Iowa Graduate College
  • Associate University Librarian Paul Soderdahl, University of Iowa Libraries ProQuest

9:00 a.m.       Plenary Session: The NextGen PhD

10:00 a.m.     Morning Workshop:  Traversing the Digital Submission Landscape 

Part I

At Iowa, we’ve fielded several requests from campus to support new, innovative forms of scholarship.  During this session presenters will share several case studies and invite participate discussion related to:

  • What types of innovative scholarship are we seeing?
  • How are the library and graduate college working together?
  • What about the partnerships works well? What challenges have we encountered?
  • To what ideals do we aspire?

Part II

What role do university libraries and graduate colleges play in leading and/or responding to innovation in scholarship?  What are the push/ pull factors that drive this work?  What impact do shifts in the composition of the dissertation have our work?  During this session presenters will facilitate a conversation about the practice implications of:

  • How do Graduate Colleges and University Libraries work together to support scholarship innovations in non-monographic file types?
  • What information should we provide to students and faculty to inform the development of innovative scholarship? E.g., scholarly communication, the publishing process, open access, changes to standards and guidelines for examination, deadlines, copyright, ADA, long-term preservation limitation.
  • What additional campus partners must we engage to support innovative scholarship?
  • What information can University Libraries and Graduate Colleges contribute to conversations about innovative dissertation forms?
  • How can we support the disciplines as they explore their particular needs?

11:15 a.m.     Session I:  Student Work:  Digital Theses Case Study(ies)

12:00 p.m.     Lunch

12:30 p.m.     Session II:  Data Curation and Public Access

1:15 p.m.       Afternoon Workshop:  Technical Considerations Moving Forward

What are the technical and theoretical implications of archiving, preserving, and making available non-traditional theses and dissertations, such as websites, multimedia installations, software code, mapping, collaborative research and projects which continue after graduation? This session considers the following questions.

  • Can we reliably collect works not in pdf form?  Or, should we simply require students to produce a pdf version of their work?
  • What models do we have for dealing with creative works?
  • As departments design better pedagogical continuity for more of their graduate programs, we see an increase in student work which starts at the outset of their program and carries through to the end—and beyond—graduation.  What part of their work is the dissertation? (E.g., website 1.0)  How can we link to the evolving work?  Should we?
  • What issues are raised with proprietary software?
  • Do departments expect digital work to be preserved in perpetuity?
  • What are the data transfer questions we need to be asking?

2:30 p.m.       Session III:  ProQuest ETD Administrator 2.0 Update

3:30 p.m.       Closing Thoughts:  Next Steps

4:00 p.m.       Snack-to-Go or enjoy as you mingle