2012 NDLTD Leadership Awards

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David T. Palmer

Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies & Technical Services

University of Hong Kong Libraries, Hong Kong

David Palmer is an Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies & Technical Services and Principal Investigator for The HKU Scholars Hub at The University of Hong Kong, where his career spans over 21 years. Palmer’s achievements include responsibility for a 2001 ETD mandate covering all HKU thesis producing graduate degrees, as well as a retrospective conversion policy and process. HKU was the first institution in Asia to have its entire thesis collection online. Now numbering some 20,000 ETDs, HKU is among select institutions worldwide with the highest number of ETDs that are full text, fully catalogued, and available as open access. David’s work on HKU ETDs was the spearhead for the 2006 creation of the HKU institutional repository, The HKU Scholars Hub. David suggested digitizing retrospective theses in 2005 to the Chinese American Digital Associative Library (CADAL).Palmer works with the HKU Office of Knowledge Exchange to gain grant funding to further digitization efforts as well as open access and institutional repository implementation throughout Hong Kong as well as facilitating collaboration on digitization among Asian universities.

Librarian David Palmer receives his ETD Leadership Award.

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