Technology has long since removed the need for paper copies of theses and dissertations in the library. The latest strategy for receiving, reviewing, and archiving graduate student scholarship is the institutional repository (IR). An IR will allow online submission by a student from anywhere in the world, increasing convenience for local students and increasing global diversity.

The University of Kentucky Graduate School and the University of Kentucky Libraries have teamed to create an online submission process for all graduate student scholarship. UKnowledge, the University's IR, is now home to all digitally born graduate student scholarship. To make the student experience a success, clear and efficient communications between the library, academic departments, the graduate school, and the student is imperative. Using the Digital Commons software, the graduate school and the library organize and streamline a collaborative workflow amenable to all. Join us as we share our experience from initial concept to implementation.

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Presented at the Joint Spring Conference for Academic and Special Sections of the Kentucky Library Association and the Kentucky Chapter of the Special Library Association, held at Barren River Lake State Resort Park in Lucas, Kentucky. March 20, 2013.