1) it is optional, not required (the ProQuest deposit is required); and
2) it will be available to everyone on the Internet; there is no embargo for dissertations in the UNL DigitalCommons.
Master's candidates: Deposit of your thesis is required. If an embargo is necessary, you may deposit the thesis at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/embargotheses/ with the prior approval of your department and the Graduate Office (contact Terri Eastin).
Artists: Please include examples of your artwork. It can be inserted into the Word file that contains your abstract, or put in a separate Word (or PDF) file that can be added as a "supplemental" or "additional" file. Or individual files (jpg, tif, gif, mpg, wmv, etc.) can be added as "additionals". There is a box to check on the submission form, and the system comes back and asks you to upload as many as you need.
All depositors: We try to observe a 24-hour "cooling off" period to give you opportunity to correct those "oops" issues that seem to emerge just after deposit.
Upon deposit, you will immediately receive an email that your submission has been received (and this is what you need to show the Graduate Office).
However, you can still log back in and select Revise and upload a new version with your advisor's name spelled right, or your mother thanked in the Acknowledgments, or whatever you're stressing about.
After about a day, your submission will be "published" or "posted", making it available to the Internet; you will get another email to that effect, and your submission can no longer be changed--by you.
If further changes are needed, these can be made by sending a revised file to the administrator < firstname.lastname@example.org > requesting replacement of the current online version. DO NOT RESUBMIT YOUR THESIS / DISSERTATION. That creates duplicate records, confusion, wasted effort, frustration, sadness, tears, and causes kittens to get sick.
Finally: Congratulations; you are almost there. Click the "Submit your paper or article" link at the bottom of the gray box at left. Follow the instructions. You should be able to copy (Ctrl-C) and paste (Ctrl-V) most fields.
You are the sole author; your advisor is not considered a co-author.
Your institution is "University of Nebraska-Lincoln" (not "at Lincoln" or ", Lincoln"). Do not leave it blank; then the administrator has to fill it in, and he is tempted to make it something silly.
You do not need to repeat your name and title in the Abstract field; just the body of the abstract.
When you reach the question "Was this submission previously published in a journal?", just skip that part.
Be sure to click the "Submit" button at the bottom. Files upload at the rate of about 5 Mb per minute, so if you have an ungodly large file, it may take a bit of time.
If your file exceeds 40 Mb, think about reducing its size--there are many ways; Google "reduce pdf file size" to find some.
Okay, get started. That thesis is not going to submit itself.
Carrying Water: A M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition by Aaron Sober, Aaron M. Sober
Your Turn, Samuel J. Berner
Half True - All Real, Matthew G. Blache
PATH - LOSS, Gregory S. Cook
A Relationship of Parts, Jacob Francois
Threshold, Alexandria Knipe
Constructions, Sean Ryan Larson
When the World Went Quiet, Megan E. McLeay
Geographies of Story, Emma Nishimura
Dream State , Audrey L. Stommes
Someone/No One, Jamie L. Fritz
You Are Some Other Thing, Victoria Hoyt
Transcendent Materiality, Lauren E. Mabry
Media Revolution: Early Prints from the Sheldon Museum of Art, Gregory Nosan and Alison G. Stewart
A TRANSFORMATIONAL BOND, Nettie L. Rogers
All That We See(m), Alison H. VanVolkenburgh
Zoomorphic Penannular Brooches in 6th and 7th Century Ireland, Esther G. Ward
Scenes from a Crash, Byron J. Anway
Measured Chance, Brian R. Kluge
Rising Tides and Color Revolutions, Charles Mitchell
Basic Space, Sean P. Morrissey
Closely Observed, Meghan C. Sullivan
Told, Retold, and Repo'd, Jason Tanner T. Young
Uova, Elisa N. Di Feo
CUT, Bryan Drew
the logic of objects, David B. Eichelberger
Black, White, Brown, Aisha S. Harrison
Lost Channels, Joshua P. Johnson
Breathe... Keep Breathing., Shaun C. Kiel
Abstention and Opposition, Ryan D. LaBar
Once-Removed (And Other Familiar Relations), Emily Newman
Am I Here?, Carla M. Potter
I've fallen in love with every one of you..., Kayleigh L. Speck
Maelstrom, Gertrude L. Teijink
From Baa to Eye: Language as Images, yinghua zhu