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Library of Congress and Copyright Office Sign Agreement with UMI

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Library of Congress and Copyright Office Sign Agreement with UMI

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The Library of Congress and the U.S. Copyright Office have announced that they have signed a cooperative agreement with UMI that enables electronic copyright registration and deposit of dissertations with the U.S. Copyright Office. In addition, the agreement designates UMI's ProQuest Digital Dissertations as the official off-site repository for a collection of more than 100,000 dissertations and theses converted to digital form since 1997, as well as those to be produced in the future. The agreement marks the first time that the Library has designated an official off-site repository for digital collections deposited with the Library of Congress.

Winston Tabb, associate librarian for library services at the Library of Congress, said: "For the Library, this is a major step that represents an innovative method for expanding our collection of digital research tools and for improving access, while reducing our costs. UMI's digital dissertations program also will enable us to provide access to the increasing number of newly created dissertations that are available online in electronic form."

ProQuest Digital Dissertations, a comprehensive digital archive of every dissertation submitted to UMI for publication from January 1997, was developed in concert with UMI's dissertation microfilming and publishing venture. Through ProQuest Digital Dissertations, UMI is now registering and depositing copies of dissertations in digital form, using CORDS (Copyright Office Electronic Registration, Recordation, and Deposit System) developed by the U.S. Copyright Office in the Library of Congress. The U.S. Copyright Office is providing UMI with all required software and technical assistance. …

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