Light on ETDs: Out from the Shadows

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Electronic theses and dissertations are beginning to replace the traditional print format with a number of benefits. Stored in the university’s institutional repository, these treasured resources are no longer hidden from view, taking up space on archival shelves. Researchers everywhere can instantly access the ETDs, whose content is easily enriched through a multitude of electronic file types. At the University of Iowa Libraries new collaborations are emerging between digital librarians and catalogers in their efforts to streamline processing. Candidate-supplied metadata gets massaged, enriched, cross-walked and recycled to appear in various guises on a multitude of platforms. Walls break down as dialogues emerge from new workflows, opening new possibilities to leverage skill sets between departments and develop new forms of cooperation.