Suzie Allard new Executive Director of NDLTD

posted Jan 4, 2022, 3:55 PM by NDLTD Admin

Suzie Allard
On Jan. 1st, 2022, Prof. Suzie Allard succeeded Prof. Ed Fox as Executive Director of NDLTD. Prof. Fox will remain as Chair of the Board of Directors. These actions were approved at the most recent Board of Directors meeting on Nov. 22nd, 2021.

Upon his stepping down as Executive Director, Prof. Fox wrote: "With the new year comes a change for the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD). Please welcome Suzie Allard as the Executive Director of NDLTD! Her service to the ETD community has been extraordinary; we are most fortunate that it continues into this new role where, with your assistance, her leadership and communication skills should strongly advance the ETD initiative."

Dr. Suzie Allard is Associate Dean for Research, Chancellor's Professor & Board of Visitor's Professor, and the Director of Center for Information & Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has been on the NDLTD Board since 2003.

As she started her tenure as Executive Director, she thanked Prof. Fox, noting that: "The organization you conceived and built has been a leader in demonstrating the power of thoughtful technologies that augment and shape scholarship, in creating pathways for those technologies to be stalwarts of the scholarly journey for students who use the skills gained for public service, academe and industry well-after graduation and, very importantly, for building a scholarly record that is more accessible to the world. Your vision and energy is inspiring and irreplaceable."

She also thanked the ETD community for welcoming her and "for providing support and enthusiasm as we guide NDLTD forward sustaining the legacy we have built and innovating as we continue to provide leadership in the realm of expanding and enhancing scholarly training and communication through accessible and usable technologies."

Sharon Reeves

posted Dec 23, 2021, 4:00 PM by NDLTD Admin   [ updated Dec 27, 2021, 4:06 PM ]

With great sadness, we report that Sharon Reeves, former NDLTD Board Member and Secretary of the Board, passed away on Dec. 21st, 2021, at her home in Vancouver Island.

Sharon was many things to many people. At NDLTD, we knew her as an active board member, who also served several years as secretary of the board. We knew her as an Open Access activist and advocate for the digitization of theses through the Theses Canada program. 

Sharon was also a committed activist for many environmental and social justice causes and devoted much time and energy advocating for a fairer voting system. Here, you can see how she promoted one fair voting initiative. 

She was a volunteer, a campaigner, a sign waver, a marcher, a dog lover, a gardener, a nature lover, a feminist, a Plan International foster parent, and a generous giver to charities. She was a dancer, a music and movie fan, an empathetic ear to a friend or colleague looking for counsel, the tidiest of organizers of all manner of “stuff”, an independent thinker, a “Unitarian with Buddhist tendencies” and a seeker of inner peace and grounding through daily meditation. An avid reader and lover of books, Sharon became a successful career librarian with Library and Archives Canada. 

Sharon is survived by her daughter Andrea and her husband Tony Turner. 

Participate in Major ETD Survey!

posted Aug 31, 2021, 1:02 PM by NDLTD Admin

We are requesting participation in an international survey of Electronic Theses and Dissertations--ETDs. While ETDs have been part of academia for over 20 years, this is only the third survey that attempts to collect data on the general practices of academic institutions around the world regarding ETDs. For the purpose of this survey, an ETD is a born-digital document that represents the research/writing of a student completed at the culmination of a degree program, e.g., masters or undergraduate honors thesis, doctoral dissertations, scholarly project, etc.

Please take about 15 minutes to complete this anonymous survey by pasting the URL below into your Internet browser.

Information from the 2021 International Survey of ETDs will be summarized and shared broadly through publications, presentations and in easily accessible public repositories.

Thank you very much for participating in this important effort.

Gail McMillan
Director, Scholarly Communication
Professor, Virginia Tech Libraries
Board of Directors, Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) 540-231-9252

Teresa Green
Director of Graduate Academic and Student Affairs
College of Graduate Studies
The University of Toledo
Board of Directors, Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)

Dr. Shantashree Sengupta
Librarian (Associate Professor Grade)
Progressive Education Society’s Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce (Autonomous),
Shivajinagar, Pune-411005. Maharashtra. India

EDT 2021: NDLTD 2021 Award Nominations Due September1st, 2021

posted Jul 14, 2021, 10:17 AM by NDLTD Admin

New Submission Date!
All institutions may nominate, not only NDLTD members!

ETD 2021 - UAEU Conference Update, June 30th 2021

posted Jun 30, 2021, 11:25 AM by NDLTD Admin

UAEU Libraries at the United Arab Emirates University will again host the international ETD (Electronic Theses and Dissertations) Conference in
2021, the 24th conference in the NDLTD series.


  • The virtual conference will take place on November 16th and 17th, 2021 with pre- and post-conference workshops on November 15th, 18th, and 20th.
  • The conference Registration – will be Free!!
  • There will be online networking sessions in a variety of time zones to suit your region: the Americas, Europe, Africa and Middle East, and Asia Pacific.


The Call for Papers for ETD2021 UAE will be extended to allow your participation:
  • 1 August: Submit an Expression of Interest
    • Provide name, affiliation, and contact details including your location.
    • Provide topic or field of interest.
    • Send this as an electronic mail message with Subject “ETD2021 Interest” to
  • 15th August: Submit abstract for peer review (700-1,000 words, plus references)
  • 22nd August: Review returned, and when appropriate, an invitation to submit a full conference paper
  • 30th September: Submission of full Conference Paper

CONFERENCE THEME FOR ETD 2021: ‘Open scholarship in a post-pandemic world’

ETD 2021 is an opportunity to re-ignite global open scholarship after the period of the pandemic lockdowns and travel restrictions.

We invite papers and presentations, especially on the following topics:
  • open scholarship - advocacy and uptake;
  • global discoverability of research findings in an increasingly virtual world;
  • identifying and aggregating digital repositories of theses and dissertations;
  • technical and policy issues for electronic theses and dissertations.

Conference Registration – will be Free!!

Link to conference website for more information:

ETD2021 Conference - United Arab Emirates University

posted May 17, 2021, 6:02 PM by NDLTD Admin

Dear Colleagues,

We are Libraries Department of the United Arab Emirates University. This year we are embracing ETD2021 Conference. we communicate with you to invite you to attend or participate in our upcoming ETD2021 (Electronic Theses and Dissertations) conference in November 2021. Our theme is ‘Open scholarship in a post-pandemic world’ addresses the enhanced need for discoverability of research findings in a virtual world. The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) has contributed to research over time and collaboration by identifying and aggregating digital repositories of theses and dissertations as a previously fugitive class of research resources. The deadlines;

  • Call for Papers, May 1st 2021
  • Deadline for Abstract Submission, July 1st, 2021
  • Acceptance of Abstracts, July 15th, 2021
  • Deadline for Full-Length Papers, Sept 15th, 2021.
  • Acceptance of Papers, Oct 15th, 2021.

Would you please help us to disseminate our call paper by ETD 2021 official Email: . If possible please post to any relevant listserv at your institution or within your organization.

Looking forward to welcoming you to Al Ain in the U.A.E in November!! For more information visit conference website :

ETD Conference Committee
UAEU Libraries
United Arab Emirates

NDLTD Launches Scholarly Journal

posted Apr 8, 2021, 9:17 AM by NDLTD Admin

J-ETD Logo
We are proud to announce the launch of the Journal of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (J-ETD or a new scholarly journal which focuses on an important part of the knowledge creation cycle - electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs).

J-ETD is an open access, peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) and hosted at the Scholarworks@UAEU repository of the University of the United Arab Emirates (UAEU). NDLTD already supports the Global ETD Search (

Each year many thousands of students prepare electronic theses and dissertations as they earn their degrees allowing them to share their scholarship and to master the tools for sharing research results. We invite you to read the journal to learn more about the theory and practice of producing, hosting, and indexing student scholarship that exists in digital format in the institutional repositories of universities,and to gain insights on the metadata that is indexed across many public sources. J-ETD welcomes articles by contributors from all areas of the globe related to all aspects of the creation, publication, distribution, cataloging, and indexing of original student digitized theses and dissertations.

We also invite you to become a journal contributor. We are interested in a wide range of topics ( ) and look forward to a community of authors that represent the world and provide rich insights into the creation, publication, distribution, cataloging, and indexing of ETDs. Submissions covering both theoretical and practical applications are welcomed. Significant conference papers presented at the annual ETD symposium sponsored by NDLTD will also be considered for publication in J-ETD.

Charles J. Greenberg
Managing Editor, J-ETD

Save the Date: ETD 2021 in Abu Dhabi on Nov. 16-17, 2021

posted Feb 25, 2021, 10:18 AM by NDLTD Admin

ETD2021 will be hosted by the United Arab Emirates University in Abu Dhabi, UAE on November 16th to 17th November 2021 with pre and post conference sessions on Monday 15th, Thursday 17th and Saturday 19th November.

The conference is likely to be a hybrid virtual conference with the expectation that we will be able to welcome on-site visitors to the UAE including Dubai during the EXPO 2020, which was deferred from 2020 due to the global travel restrictions necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are re-convening the ETD Conference Committee soon and if you would like to be involved, contact:

Janette Wright, Conference Committee Chair, UAEU

EDT 2020: NDLTD 2020 Award Nominations Due July 15th

posted Jul 1, 2020, 9:59 AM by NDLTD Admin

NDLTD 2020 Award Program Announced! Submit nominations by July 15th, 2020.

For details, click here.

ETD 2020: Register Now!

posted Feb 27, 2020, 9:58 AM by NDLTD Admin

ETD 2020 Logo
16 - 18 November 2020

Join us for the ETD 2020 Annual Conference!
November 16 - 18 in Al Ain, UAE at the United Arab Emirate University

Register Today

Register by 30th June 2020 to receive the early registration rate.

If you have any questions about the ETD 2020 Annual Conference,
please contact

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