December 10. 1998
Chair, Karen Turko
Following on from the contract signed by the National Library of
Canada with University Microfilms International to provide
microfilming, database and copy distribution services for Canadian
theses, the U of T backlog of theses, which comprised all theses
accepted since March 1997, was sent out to be processed. As of this
reporting almost all of the originals are filmed and the fiche
returned to the Library. Electronic access to our own theses, which
comes to each participating Library as part of the agr ment, has not
yet been implemented. The receipt of these files is awaiting the
outcome of a consultation effort on the part of the National Library
with the various schools of graduate studies in the country. Also
part of the agreement with UMI is the provision of catalogue records
for the theses, and arrangements have been made to have these
records transmitted to us by ftp.
Early last Spring the Theses Committee and interested others had a
meeting with a representative from the NLC to discuss the impact of
this new agreement with UMI on various aspects of library service at
U of T. In light of the many issues to be resolved, the National
Library has made arrangements with U of T Library to hire a
librarian from Preservation Services on a contractual basis for a
period of six months to work on resolving these issues country wide.
The staff member in question began work on this project on November
Other than the above, the issues which arose during the last year
were minor in nature and dealt mainly with work flow of theses.
Once the full extent of the new agreement with UMI has been
implemented and all services promised are being provided, the Chair
will seek the Committee's help in looking at the implications for
work flow here in the Library and for advice for the School of
Graduate Studies in the area of electronic theses. This process
should be taking place soon.
The Chair would again like to take this opportunity to thank the
members of the Committee for advice and help.
U of T Library Theses Coordinator
Chair, Theses Committee
4 January 1999