Summer Conference Roundup: TDL attends USETDA and OR2012

USETDA Conference

TDL Program Coordinator Ryan Steans

TDL Program Coordinator Ryan Steans

TDL Program Coordinator Ryan Steans represented the Texas Digital Library at the US ETD Association Conference, held in Boston June 13-15. The conference welcomed professionals from graduate schools, libraries, and other academic units working with electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs).

The theme of the conference was “USETDA 2012: A revolution in scholarship – A commonwealth of knowledge.”

He co-presented with Caitlin Nelson from the Florida Center for Library Automation on “Statewide Collaboration in ETDs.” Steans’ portion of the presentation focused on TDL collaboration around Vireo, the open-source ETD submission and management software developed by TDL, and the TDL Federated ETD Collection. That collaboration, which takes place largely through the TDL-sponsored Vireo Users Group, is an integral part of TDL’s collaborative and consortial nature, Steans said.

”Vireo continues to be a leader in the area of ETD tools,” Steans said, “and the USETDA Conference provided great opportunities for making connections that might grow the Vireo community.”

Open Repositories 2012

OR2012 took place in Edinburgh, Scotland.

This month, TDL Director of Information Technology Ladd Hanson attended the 7th International Conference on Open Repositories (OR2012), which took place in Edinburgh, Scotland on July 9-13.

The annual conference aims to bring together those responsible for the development, implementation and management of digital repositories with stakeholders to address a range of issues, from digital content management to long-term preservation and archiving. The theme for the 2012 conference was “Open Services for Open Content: Local in for Global Out.”

For more information about OR2012, please visit the conference website.

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