2010 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries invites proposals for participation

The Texas Digital Library is pleased to invite proposals for participation at the 4th annual Texas Conference on Digital Libraries, to be held May 17-18, 2010, in Austin, Texas. The conference will take place at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center located on the UT Austin campus.

This year’s theme is Collaboration, and presentations will focus on issues of partnership and cooperation in the service of advancing scholarly communications. We are developing a program packed with expert speakers from around the country, and we are excited about providing a rich and informative experience for those who attend.

The general conference program on Monday and Tuesday will feature invited speakers who will present on the conference theme. However, attendees are invited to submit proposals for the following alternative venues for participation:

Poster Presentations

For the first time ever, TCDL 2010 invites participation in a poster session to take place at a reception on the evening of May 17. The goal of the poster session is to provide participants with the opportunity to share the vital work they are doing at their institutions and to engage in discussion that might lead to new ideas and insights.

Participants may present on any project or topic related to digital libraries and scholarly communications, whether tied to the conference theme or not. The poster session will be preceded by a “Minute Madness” presentation, where participants will have one minute to describe their project and invite attendees to visit their posters.

If you are interested in presenting a poster at TCDL 2010, please submit a 200-300 word abstract that includes the following information:

  • Title of poster presentation
  • Author(s), including institutional or corporate identity
  • Summary of content to be included in presentation

Poster presentations will be reviewed and selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the areas of digital libraries and scholarly communications
  • Significance of content
  • Helpfulness/interest to conference attendees
  • Originality and freshness of concept

Presenters should prepare a 3’ X 4’ poster. Easels will be available at the conference site; however, TCDL will not provide power for multimedia displays.

Workshops and Forums

On the afternoon of May 18, TCDL has several meeting rooms available in the AT&T Conference Center to provide opportunities for TDL members to hold forums and workshops in which they can discuss issues and share practical information on topics relevant to digital libraries and scholarly communications.

If you would like to reserve one of these rooms to hold a workshop or forum, please submit an abstract using the online submission system that includes the following information:

  • Title of forum or workshop
  • Names of workshop leaders
  • Type of forum or workshop (see list below)
  • Description of forum or workshop, including purpose, proposed agenda, duration, and intended audience

Types of forums and workshops:

Birds of a Feather Session – These sessions should bring together a group of members with similar interests. These forums allow members to discuss challenges in a specific area, share solutions, and enable for collaborative problem solving.

Best Practices Presentation – These sessions allow expert users to share guidelines, standards, and tips that ensure quality outcomes in digital library and scholarly communications efforts. Topics might include metadata creation, project management, digitization processes and procedures, and best practices for preservation.

How-To Session – These sessions offer step-by-step training on topics and technologies related to digital libraries and scholarly communications.

Workshops and forums will be selected based on their relevance and usefulness to conference attendees and, because space is limited, the promptness of submission.

Dates and Procedures

Presenters should submit their abstracts via the online submission system on the TCDL 2010 web site. (Instructions for submission follow.) If you have questions or difficulties in using the online submission system, please contact the TDL Helpdesk at support@tdl.org.

Abstract submissions will be accepted beginning February 3 and until March 29, 2010.


To use the online submission system, go the TCDL 2010 web site and select the Proposal Submission link. You will be required to log into the system to submit a proposal.

Log in to the conference website:

After clicking on Proposal Submission, you will be taken to a login page listing a number of TDL institutions. If you are a member of one of the listed institutions, click on your icon and use your university electronic ID and password to log in. If you are NOT a member of one of the listed institutions, you should sign in with your Texas Digital Library credentials, or create those credentials by clicking “Sign up for a new account.” For detailed information about creating and using a TDL account, please visit the TDL Wiki at http://wikis.tdl.org/tdl/Authentication.

Submit an abstract:

Upon logging in, you should be taken directly to the Submission section. (If not, go to USER HOME in the top navigation bar and select your role as “Author” under the TCDL 2010 conference.)

Click on the link under “Start here to submit a paper to this conference” and follow the instructions provided. Be sure to indicate the conference track (posters or workshops) you are submitting a proposal for.

Any questions about TCDL 2010 can be directed to the TDL Program Coordinator at info@tdl.org.

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