Post-Holiday ProQuest

Vertical ProquestThe city is ablaze with political response to Ferguson, the weather is surprisingly warm, possibly the calm before the storm, and many are experiencing festivities for the next few days with family and friends and extended dinners.

At the city’s center, it is a true challenge to reserve scholarship as priority when we are busy containing the emotional landscape of our personal, political, and temperate lives. Yet, we are lucky. CUNY doctoral and masters students are equipped with scholarship that will sustain us. Whether a focus in Mathematics, Urban Education, Theater, or Social Work, our work is the groundbreaking path to the future. If change needs to occur, let us have it our way, through our insistent imprint into the body of true knowledge, ideas, evolutionary concepts, and an impact toward social justice.

The Futures Initiative, JustPublics@365, and the Graduate Center Library would like to embark on the discussion of our evolving digital landscapes. After the weekend, join us on Monday with Austin McLean to discuss the history and future of our impacting knowledge.

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


About the Author

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