David T. Palmer
Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies & Technical Services
University of Hong Kong Libraries, Hong Kong
David Palmer is an Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies & Technical Services and Principal Investigator for The HKU Scholars Hub at The University of Hong Kong, where his career spans over 21 years. Palmer's achievements include responsibility for a 2001 ETD mandate covering all HKU thesis producing graduate degrees, as well as a retrospective conversion policy and process. HKU was the first institution in Asia to have its entire thesis collection online. Now numbering some 20,000 ETDs, HKU is among select institutions worldwide with the highest number of ETDs that are full text, fully catalogued, and available as open access. David's work on HKU ETDs was the spearhead for the 2006 creation of the HKU institutional repository, The HKU Scholars Hub. David suggested digitizing retrospective theses in 2005 to the Chinese American Digital Associative Library (CADAL).Palmer works with the HKU Office of Knowledge Exchange to gain grant funding to further digitization efforts as well as open access and institutional repository implementation throughout Hong Kong as well as facilitating collaboration on digitization among Asian universities.
Librarian David Palmer receives his ETD Leadership Award.
Felix N. Ubogu
University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
Felix is responsible for the strategic management of the university libraries and the provision of high-level library and information services for all of the University’s students, academic staff and other employees.
For over a decade, Felix’s landmark achievements include having made Rhodes theses and dissertations available on the web (the first library in Africa to do so) in 1998; having served as Project Manager of a UNESCO pilot project to improve the management of and access to theses and dissertations prepared at universities in two of UNESCO's Member States in Africa – Ethiopia and South Africa, 2003-2004; and having served as Chair for the Advisory Committee of the Database of African Theses and Dissertations (DATAD) Pilot Project, July 2000 to February 2005.
Felix’s dedication to digital library developments and open access in scholarly communications has put the South African national and African continental ETD programs in many nations on the global map.
Director for the Thesis Office
Texas A&M University, U.S.A.
Laura is the Director for the Thesis Office at Texas A&M University (TAMU) serving a graduate student population of over 9,000 graduate students. Laura and her staff are responsible for providing effective guidance to students in the preparation of a thesis/dissertation through conducting pre-submittal conferences for each thesis/dissertation and reviewing final manuscripts to ensure compliance with TAMU thesis/dissertation requirements.
Laura has led efforts state of Texas for the Vireo User’s Group, which facilitates communications regarding the state-wide repository system for Texas Digital Library Consortium. Additionally Laura was the founder of the Texas ETD Association (TXETDA), which provides a network of support for ETD professionals in the state of Texas. Most recently Laura has been an integral founding member of the United States ETD Association (USETDA), which provides information on best practices, develops and disseminates information on ETD initiatives, supports the development of state-wide ETD associations and provides networking opportunities to support ETD program faculty and staff throughout the United States.
Assistant Director, Office of the Registrar
University of Texas, Austin, U.S.A.
Tim has been involved with the NDLTD for the past decade and has provided leadership to implement the ETD program at the University of Texas at Austin, one of the largest graduate schools in the U.S. His many presentations on ETD implementation at UT-Austin and the launch of the original ETD Administrator pilot with ProQuest/UMI have always captivated audiences as he shared lessons learned. He also assisted with migration of the ETD process to the new state-wide consortium Texas Digital Libraries repository system. His unique perspectives gained from his work in the graduate school as well as the information technology sector have helped provide critical and respected guidance for many institutions around the world on ETD matters.
Assistant Director for Open Scholarship and Quality Assurance for the University Libraries
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Monica has been involved with ETDs at the University of Pretoria, South Africa for the past decade where she has also contributed to the international development of digital repositories in the African continent and around the world.
Technical Services Librarian
University of Victoria, Canada
Nancy has been a long-time supporter of digital collections and ETDs at University of Victoria, Canada where she was instrumental in implementing their ETD program and repository program as well as assisting with the development of the national Theses Canada portal.
Assistant Director, Library Systems, Client/Server
OhioLink, Columbus, OH, U.S.A.
Thomas has led the way in the adoption of electronic theses and dissertations in Ohio by creating and managing OhioLINK’s Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center, a consortium of 88 universities and colleges. OhioLink serves as a model for digital library consortia networks, and is the first ETD consortium established in the world. The OhioLink Web site is available at http://www.ohiolink.edu/etd/
John H. Hagen
Manager, Institutional Repository Programs and Coordinator, Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Program
West Virginia University (WVU) Libraries, Morgantown, WV, U.S.A.
Over the past decade, John’s commitment to ETDs at WVU has resulted in a program that serves as a model for many other universities. John has led regional and international workshops for the NDLTD, and he has hosted many visitors who come to WVU to learn about the ETD program. John has become recognized internationally for his ETD implementation and open access advocacy. More information about John is available at http://www.libraries.wvu.edu/theses/index_JH.htm
Senior Information Adviser (Research)
Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland (UK).
Dr. Copeland is largely responsible for ETD developments in the United Kingdom and the European Union. She has also worked extensively on international projects with the NDLTD and the American Library Association.
Marian E. Bate
University Librarian (retired)
The University of New South Wales, Australia
Project Leader Emeritus, Australian Digital Theses Program
Information Systems Support Specialist for the College of Graduate Studies
Montana State University, Bozeman, U.S.A.
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies
University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, U.S.A.