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FGCU Professor Contributes to New Textbook on Electronic Publication of Theses, Dissertations

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University legal studies program coordinator and assistant professor Robert N. Diotalevi helped author a new textbook from New York publisher Marcel Dekker Inc. to help students, educators and librarians with electronic publication of theses and dissertations to enhance graduate education.

"The purpose of the work is to aid researchers and scholars in higher education concerned with how new electronic technologies will affect the composition, storage and dissemination of intellectual information," Diotalevi said.

"Electronic Theses and Dissertations: A Sourcebook for Educators, Students and Librarians" explains the "composition, evaluation, dissemination and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) - providing a conceptual framework for the development of effective ETD programs and identifying the main technical concerns related to the adoption of ETD initiatives," according to

Diotalevi wrote the book's copyright law material. He was joined by several internationally known professors to author the text. The book was released this month.

"Many universities and libraries throughout the world are already making digitized versions of theses and dissertations available online. Some schools are even requiring graduate students to submit work in electronic formats. As this newest form of scholarship emerges, graduate students, educators and researchers will need a source to help de-mystify both the theoretical and technical underpinnings of electronic theses and dissertations, or ETDs," Diotalevi said.

The 352-page book is available in hard cover and retails for $79.75. The book addresses topics such as motivation for ETDs, the National Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, guidelines for writing and designing ETDs, technologies, and campus, library and international perspectives on ETDs.

"This book will be a great resource to educators and those interested in ETDs. I am honored to be a contributor to such a fine text," he said.

For more information, contact Diotalevi at (239) 590-7817.

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