USETDA 2014 a Success!

The state of Florida was well represented at the USETDA 2014 Conference held in Orlando, Florida from September 24-26. With 28 participants from universities across the state as well as the Florida Virtual Campus, our state definitely made its presence known!

Conference attendees enjoyed a wonderful keynote address on digital scholarship by Dr. Laurie N. Taylor from the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries.

Additional sessions and posters were presented by representatives from Florida State University, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of North Florida, and University of South Florida.

The abstracts as well as PowerPoint slides for each presentation is available on the USETDA Presentations and Authors page. Just select the Full Text: PDF icon at the bottom of each abstract to view the presentation slides.

We look forward to attending the 2015 USETDA Conference to be held in Austin, Texas and hope to see many of you there!

Annie Glerum's poster "Efficiencies for Quality Control of Repurposed ETD Metadata" was one of the winning entries. We're sure FSU is proud of Annie!

Annie Glerum’s poster “Efficiencies for Quality Control of Repurposed ETD Metadata” was one of the winning entries. We’re sure FSU is proud of Annie!

Kerri Bottorff and Lee Dotson presented a poster entitled "It Doesn't Take a Rocket Scientist: Navigating the Universe of Theses and Dissertations at the University of Central Florida"

Kerri Bottorff (L) and Lee Dotson (R) presented a poster entitled “It Doesn’t Take a Rocket Scientist: Navigating the Universe of Theses and Dissertations at the University of Central Florida”

Nathalia Bauer and Wendy Cartier from UCF working the conference registration table.

Nathalia Bauer (L) and Wendy Cartier (R) from UCF working the conference registration table.

USETDA 2014 Conference in Orlando

The fourth annual conference of the US ETD Association (USETDA) will be held September 24-26 in Orlando Florida at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. The conference theme “Navigating the Universe of ETDs” focuses on new and emerging practices, needs, and approaches while also exploring the present state of ETDs and their future possibilities.

There will also be an opportunity to meet with colleagues from across Florida to discuss goals of the FLETD group, so we hope to see many Florida representatives at the conference!

Welcome to FLETD!

At the May 2011 U.S. Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association meeting in Orlando, a group of Florida ETD representatives heard about the advantages of having a state association and gathered guidance from other states. At the 2013 USETDA meeting we renewed our commitment to organize a FLETD group.

Great news! The next USETDA meeting will be held in Orlando in September 2014, so please make plans to join us to meet with your ETD colleagues from Florida and around the nation.

Read more about this new association in About FLETD.

What’s happening?

  • First, there is a Florida ETD listserv so we can share with each other and learn more about ETD practices. Contact Lee Dotson (lee.dotson@ucf.edu) if you wish to be added to this listserv.
  • Second, of course, there is the FLETD website. Contact Nathalia Bauer(nathalia.bauer@ucf.edu) if you have suggestions for the website.
  • Third, coming soon is a Florida ETD survey, which will be sent to Florida universities and colleges to collect more details about ETD contacts.

Most important … let us know if you wish to join FLETD by completing the survey!

Membership benefits of FLETD include:

Network with others who process ETDs, catalog ETDs, and are involved with international ETD initiatives. FLETD provides an opportunity to develop a strong statewide network of ETD professionals to call upon for assistance in problem solving, in understanding ETD practices, and with developing and implementing new ETD procedures.