May 26, 2011 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) – Library and Archives Canada (LAC), the source of enduring knowledge for the government of Canada, its people, and institutions, has signed a new three-year agreement with ProQuest for dissertations and theses processing for the more than sixty universities that participate in its national Theses Canada program. The agreement includes ProQuest’s new cost-saving ETD Administration tool, developed specifically for Canada, which allows universities an option to submit their works electronically at no charge.
“This is foundational work between LAC and ProQuest in creating a complete solution that supports migration of scholarly works from print to digital formats,” said Rod Gauvin, ProQuest Senior Vice-President, Publishing. “Further, it’s an important step in ensuring Canada’s scholarly record will remain complete and accessible to scholars and researchers around the world.”
Through the new agreement, graduate students at institutions that submit theses and dissertations to LAC will have the option to submit their dissertation or thesis in print for a small fee (part of which is subsidized by LAC) or to submit it at no cost using ETD Administrator Canada. About 60% of all dissertations are now submitted to ProQuest electronically, eliminating the packing and shipping of these substantial works and streamlining their processing.
The contract also offers a variety of cost savings for LAC. ProQuest will manage invoicing of individual universities for their dissertation services and will also provide an e-copy of each submitted work as soon as its processed. ProQuest will continue to ensure long-term preservation by creating and storing microfilm copies of all submitted works at its secure, Pennsylvania-based vaults.
ProQuest’s dissertation program is renowned for its ability to surface the research of emerging scholars and researchers around the world, building the reputations of the authors, as well as their schools. Submitted works are added to ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database (PQDT), the world’s most consulted resource devoted to graduate works. The database saw record use in 2010, supporting 200 million searches.