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While increasing numbers of Texas universities require students to submit electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs), technology and workflow processes for ETD management and publication haven’t kept up with demand. Born-digital ETDs are primary candidates for deposit in institutional repositories, which in turn give graduate work greater visibility in the scholarly world. But without sufficient tools for managing their submission and publication, graduate school offices and libraries can feel overwhelmed. To meet the needs of both libraries and grad schools, the TDL has created Vireo.
What is Vireo?
Vireo is part of the TDL’s ETD solution for Texas universities that addresses all steps of the ETD process, from submission to publication to preservation. With Vireo, students submit their digital theses and dissertations via a simple online interface, while graduate offices can manage the ETD submission and approval process behind the scenes. Institutions can also use Vireo to publish the ETDs in their TDL Institutional Repositories and the TDL Statewide ETD Repository, where they are readily available to other researchers.
Online Student Submission
Vireo provides a simple and intuitive interface through which students can submit their theses and dissertations online.
The submission interface features:
- An easy five-step process.
- Autofill capability for personal information to reduce typos.
- Embargo options for any document.
- Ability to send ETDs to UMI Dissertation Publishing.
Workflow Management for Graduate Schools and Libraries
Vireo’s expert interface lets graduate school staff and librarians shepherd theses and dissertations through the entire ETD workflow, from submission to approval to publication in an institutional repository.
The workflow management interface provides useful tools for:
- Tracking and managing the manuscript review process
- Creating flexible workflows using customizable filters.
- Exporting documents and metadata.
- Managing communications with all participants, including students, faculty advisers, and staff.
How do I start using Vireo?
Vireo is freely available for download as open-source software.
The TDL hosts Vireo for its consortial members and continues active development on the software. To find out more about membership opportunities, please see the Membership section of our Web site.
If you are a member of the Texas Digital Library and want to deploy Vireo at your institution, please contact the TDL staff to get started.
Want to know more about Vireo?
For an introduction to Vireo, please download this brief presentation with screen shots of the Vireo system: Introduction to Vireo.
Vireo was developed with grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Find out more about the grant here.