Remix the Diss – Digital Platforms and Landscapes 

Digital Book ImageThe semester is not over yet, but each day students are one step closer to submitting dissertations. Much is involved in determining whether one is ready: literature review, sources, meeting with an advisor, chapter breakdowns, citing archival research, and more. Beyond the content, formatting considerations are looming: which citation style to use, how to incorporate electronic aspects of research into the dissertation, and then ultimately, what to make of this concept of completely electronic theses & dissertations (ETDs)?

These questions and more have been under a magnifying glass at the Graduate Center, and heightened since the #remixthediss conversations erupted last month. Yet throughout the world, doctoral and masters students are considering software that could host their work as well as challenge themselves to post-graduate study and access to this work in repositories.

The library is very much aware of these conversations, and together with a team of faculty and staff from the Futures Initiative, HASTAC@CUNY, and JustPublics@365, are sponsoring several events that respond to and expand these looming dissertation and publishing questions. In addition, every week, Futures Initiative Fellows meet to plan upcoming events and research-based initiatives. Some of these meetings will now be open to the public as Open Sessions. Open Sessions and collaborative engagements of various departments have led to the following events open to the public:

Digital Platforms for Multimedia Scholarship: SCALAR

Friday, November 21st, at 1pm
– Featuring a live demo and discussion with Alexei Taylor and Diana Taylor (NYU), moderated by Jessie Daniels (The Graduate Center)

Learn about SCALAR and other digital platforms in this conversation on media-rich online publications. These publications can contain streaming video, audio, interactive maps, graphs, tags, etc., and are already being used for dissertations and being published by university presses. Alexei Taylor, a digital interface designer, has worked with the platform for five years with students, faculty, presses, archives, and museums to explore how online tools can shape the present and pave the way for the future of academic publishing.

A light lunch and coffee will be provided. Livestreaming has been requested and will be available at .

The Evolving Dissertation Landscape: A Conversation with ProQuest

Monday, December 1st, at 1pm
– Featuring Austin McLean, Director, Scholarly Communication and Dissertations Publishing, ProQuest with Polly Thistlethwaite, Chief Librarian, The Graduate Center, CUNY

The format and make-up of dissertations and theses are vastly different than when ProQuest began making them available in 1939. How is ProQuest providing services to universities and authors in the digital age? What value can ProQuest add in an open access world? What happens to dissertations and thesis when ProQuest makes them available? Can ProQuest accept dissertations in non-PDF formats? Please join Austin McLean, Polly Thistlethwaite, and Futures Initiative fellows as we discuss the history of dissertation indexing, what ProQuest does for Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), and how those digital dissertations are going to be catalogued.

Coffee will be provided. This event will be livestreamed here.

Futures Initiative Open session: New Modes of Evaluation

Monday, December 8th, 1pm
– Featuring Dr. Anthony Picciano, Professor and Executive Officer of the PhD program in Urban Education

How do you know if a program is successful, especially if it can’t easily be evaluated by traditional methods? Dr. Anthony Picciano, Professor and Executive Officer of the PhD program in Urban Education will discuss the challenges and opportunities of designing new assessment systems that reinforce the values you want to reinforce and model. Futures Initiative Open Sessions are working sessions that are open to the public. Space is limited, so please RSVP using EventBrite. Coffee will be provided.

About the Author

Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz is an Assistant Professor and Head of Reference at the Graduate Center Library.