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Scholarly Communication through e-Theses in Academic Libraries: Case Study from Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS) Library, Sri Lanka
ETDs provide unique content of university-generated information. It saves shelf space, serve more users at the same time, and provide more timely access. It can be built up browsing deep web and according to the subject interest of particular scholarly community. Undergraduates and other researchers can go through ETD repository of the institute before undertaking any new research study. It eventually becomes a part of the institutional repository. It helps them immensely to produce a valuable scholarly piece to the scholarly community in the world. ETDs expand the creative possibilities that are open to users. It empowers them to convey a richer message by permitting video, sound, and color images to be integrated into their work. Submitting and archiving ETDs help users to understand e-publishing issues and provides greater access to their research. When ETDs replace bound volumes, libraries can save shelf space and also serve more users without increasing staff whether addressing new issues or mapping traditional services and resources to digital resources and electronic services, libraries are in a position to more fully participate in the full cycle of information from creation to access. This has been proved in the library of Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Sri Lanka and it maintains a rich collection of MA/MSc and PhD theses related to South Asian security studies and international relations. The research survey in 2015 has proved that the scholarly community of the RCSS has used ETD collection mainly for research and development and education purposes. Most of the users are coming under faculty members and research scholars whom they have used ETDs for research and development while others are postgraduates and undergraduates who used ETDs for educational purposes.
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Regional Centre for Strategic Studies