Paper dissertations are not like published books that exist in hundreds or thousands of copies benefiting from the LOCKSS principle. You know who they are, and so will most readers of the final product. Australia registers all accepted dissertations, giving it a good sense of the denominator, or the number of dissertations eligible for OA.
In the world of faculty, the best rationale for an OA mandate is to get the attention of authors. Their authors lose no revenue by consenting to OA. I typed it on an Olivetti typewriter and, when my committee accepted it, I paid the department secretary a dollar a page to retype it according to the formatting specs of the university.
A merged repository will have more content than either one alone and therefore will attract more users, traffic, links, citations, indexing robots, and impact. The low-hanging fruit --in the words of the BOAI-- is the literature that "scholars give to the world without expectation of payment".
It will improve performance. The effect is amplified if they are writing for the public. Students who would like to use the articles in their dissertations should retain the right of OA archiving.
We can also work together on specific goals that would help both groups. First, I only support mandates that are conditions on voluntary contracts. Without OA, there is almost no access, visibility, or indexing for dissertations.
Universities could require students to seek permission to reproduce the copyrighted material rather than to give up without trying. The drawback of course is that it would change the rules for students who are already enrolled. The solution is straightforward. Here we can use the solution to the Ingelfinger problem with a few tweaks.
The OA repositories themselves give a good sense of the numerator, or the number that are actually OA at a given time. It even had a card in the card catalog. Moreover, your name is rarely associated with the published or rejected work, and rarely known to the authors or readers.
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Timing; Resources; Services; Membership; Rules & Regulations; Library Committee. Open access to electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #99 July 2, by Peter Suber I finished my dissertation inbefore the web, before the internet, and even before personal computers.
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