Beginning in 2015, the Frances Willson Thompson Library has taken steps to preserve and make more accessible UM-Flint’s graduate theses and dissertations.
Since our last update we have continued to work on the project by adding theses to Deep Blue as students graduate and by reaching out to the remaining authors. We have now contacted all the authors for whom we were able to find contact information. In the end, we sent out over 700 letters asking for authors’ permission to allow the full text of their work to be made available to a larger audience than the three UM campuses.
We have also continued to track how many times the theses have been downloaded from Deep Blue, the University of Michigan’s institutional repository.
Deep Blue by the Numbers
- 411 theses have been added to Deep Blue between July 2015 and June 2017; the bulk of the theses (375) were added in May 2016.
- 239 theses (58% of the 411) have been downloaded at least once.
- 10,901 downloads have occurred since July 2015 when the first few theses were added.
- 184 of the 411 theses (45%) are designated as open access, meaning they are freely available to anyone on the internet through Deep Blue and search engines, like Google Scholar.
- 179 of the 184 openly accessible theses (97%) have been downloaded at least once.
- 60 of the 227 theses (26%) that are only accessible on UM campuses have been downloaded at least once; only 4 of these theses have been downloaded more than five times.
- 10,772 of the 10,901 total downloads (99%) were for the openly accessible theses.
- 129 of the 10,901 total downloads (1%) were for the theses only accessible on UM campuses.
Charting Deep Blue
Top 10 Downloaded Theses (as of June 2017)
In the coming months we are digitizing the remaining 270 theses with Proquest and adding them to Deep Blue.
If you have any questions about this project, please contact Liz Svoboda at firstname.lastname@example.org.