Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Does your library need a digital humanities center? Essay from OCLC Research

Digital Humanities: Options for research libraries covered in new essay

The digital humanities (DH) are attracting considerable attention and funding at the same time that this nascent field strives for an identity. Some research libraries are committing significant resources to creating DH centers. But questions about whether such an investment is warranted persist across the cultural heritage community. More »

Friday, February 7, 2014

Mythbuster: U.S. Digital dissertations not required for Library of Congress under Mandatory Deposit rules

[Reprinted from posting to ETD-L discussion group on January 31, 2014]

The question of mandatory deposit for U.S. dissertations seems to cause confusion because there are various myths percolating about (1) whether dissertations MUST go to the Library of Congress to comply with the Mandatory Deposit rule in US Copyright law and (2) How to get dissertations to the Library of Congress. With the aim of dispelling myths, an analysis of the question was posted to this blog at http://sites.tdl.org/fuse/?cat=13.

The upshot is that the all-digital dissertations do not need to go to the Library of Congress at this time. That is because their rules specifically exempt dissertations that exist only in digital format.