May 20, 2022

Report: University of Alberta Libraries is Digitizing More Than 14,000 Master’s and PhD Thesis (in Partnership with Internet Archive)

From Folio (U. of Alberta):

The University of Alberta Libraries is digitizing more than 14,000 master’s and PhD theses produced at the university since its establishment in 1908, part of a program that aims to digitize as much of the libraries’ print collection as possible and make it accessible to everyone.

U of A Libraries partnered with the Internet Archive, a San Francisco-based non-profit digital library that works to digitize the world’s knowledge and make it freely available, in 2008.

So far, 102,759 of the libraries’ items have been digitized with Internet Archive, including more than 2,200 theses.


“Unlike lots of items in our collection—which are published works, so you could go to a bookstore or to another university library in Canada and probably find another copy—these are materials that are unique to our university,” explained Sonya Betz, head of library publishing and digital production services at the U of A.

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