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For years, the University Library served as a literal “storage room” for the latest ten years of printed senior design or capstone theses. Both the receiving and cataloging of student undergraduate work were at best “spotty,” and incomplete. By working with the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and departmental administrative assistants, the library and the School of Engineering developed a new process for electronic submission of these documents, and this in turn resulted in the creation of the University Library’s institutional repository called “Scholar Commons.” The first collection within Scholar Commons will showcase the senior design theses. To inform students of the new process and assist them with their senior design projects, the engineering librarian collaborated with the technical writing faculty, held instruction sessions for all senior engineering students, and created a research guide to give them step-by-step assistance through the process.


Poster presentation.



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