University of Toronto Central Library System
Annual Report of the Theses Committee
January 30, 2004 By Karen Turko,
The Theses Committee met only once in the last year.
At this point, all theses and dissertations that were microfilmed from the beginning
of the National Filming Programme until 1997 have been scanned and included
in Proquest Dissertations. This amounts to 3,807 Masters and 11,388 PhD theses
and dissertations. Since 1978, all theses and dissertations produced at UT
are included in Proquest Dissertations.
UT is very satisfied with the service being offered by Proquest. Turn
around time is excellent and UTL has recently started to use MARC records
supplied by Proquest as part of the service agreement.
The present agreement between Proquest and the Library and Archives of
Canada (LAC) on behalf of the National Theses Programme will be in effect
until 2005. The LAC is investigating a way of handling Canadian theses along
the lines of the National Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, that
is, enabling institutions to digitize and mount their own theses themselves
if they want to do this. At the same time LAC has mounted a National Theses
Portal at http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/thesescanada. At this point 31,271 theses
are available on this portal and there are plans to load another 14,000 soon.
This undertaking at LAC may have implications for the future form that the
National Theses Programme will take, and also for UT's future direction. A
meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Theses is scheduled for early
March and information coming out of this meeting will be disseminated to UTL's
Theses Committee, SGS and other interested parties.
The Chair would like to thank the members of the Committee for their
help and advice. The members are as follows:
Bella Almeida - Resource Sharing
Valerie Downs - OISE/UT
Barbara Edwards - University Archives
Bonnie Horne - Gerstein Library
Carol Jaffray - Bibliographic Processing
Felicity Pickup - General Reference
Christina Tooulias-Santolin - Access and Information
John Toyonaga - Bindery
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