Change In Library Policy for Dissertations and Theses

April 1, 2010

The Library is formally changing its holdings policy with regard to TCU dissertations and theses.

· Historically, the library maintained two print copies of each volume, one in the open stacks that circulated, and one in Special Collections that did not circulate.

· The new library policy will continue to maintain two “copies”, both being electronic. Copies are submitted to the library electronically. Once cataloged in the library’s database, a url link to the full text of the document will be freely available through the library catalog. The url link will replace the call number associated with the print volume. The library will honor any individual embargo time frames. There will be a second copy kept digitally for preservation purposes.

· There is a link to a page with binderies for students who want bound copies for themselves on the dissertation/theses submission page along with other information.

· The policy will be retroactive to 2009.

· We will continue to keep print copies of past dissertations and theses already in the library.

· The change with the new policy is that full text will be accessible through the catalog, such that users do not need to come into the building to gain access to the content of the volumes.

Please direct any questions to the Dean.

June Koelker, PhD

Dean, Mary Couts Burnett Library

Texas Christian University, Box 298400

Fort Worth, Texas 76129

817-257-7114(v) 817-257-7282 (f)