Clemson University hosts an institutional repository, TigerPrints, which makes the University’s scholarship openly available to anyone with an internet connection. One of the most popular collections in TigerPrints, with 1.36 million downloads, contains our theses and dissertations. While scholars around the world benefit from from these, the collection only dates back to about 2006. Clemson has a rich history of fine graduate work, so the Libraries embarked on a multiyear process to make all 12,000+ theses and dissertations produced at Clemson openly available online. While the project is successfully underway, if you authored a thesis or dissertation while at Clemson, we need your help to make it openly available online.

In 2015, the Libraries began scanning theses and dissertations that were housed in our offsite storage facility. Many of these were single copies that were not held by any other library in the world, so we have insured their long term preservation in both print and electronic forms. We began scanning theses and dissertations in a then-cramped Gunnin Architecture Library, and are now scanning theses and dissertations housed in Cooper. The digitization process results in the removal of the circulating copies from Cooper and Gunnin, the creation of an electronic copy that is accessible anywhere on campus, and one non-circulating physical copy, which we preserve in off-site storage. By the end of the project, we expect to free over 700 feet of shelving space in the Libraries!

This massive project could not be successful without the hard work and cooperation of faculty, staff, and students across the Libraries. However, current students grant the university permission to share theses and dissertations online, but we do not have permission for those created prior to 2006.

So, if you are a Clemson author and would like to see your work openly available to the world, granting us permission to do so is as easy as completing this quick web form!

ETD Readership Distribution, TigerPrints

ETD Readership Distribution, TigerPrints