My university currently archives all our graduate dissertations as bound volumes in the library. We are considering dropping this practice and archiving them electronically only.
How common is this practice among respected research universities? Is there any data?
(Some of my colleagues feel that having paper dissertations on the shelves is an important mark of a serious research university, and that dropping them will harm our institutional reputation. So it would be helpful to have data to indicate whether such a policy would be "mainstream" or "fringe".)