About the Texas Digital Library

The Texas Digital Library (TDL) is a consortium of higher education institutions in Texas that provides shared services in support of research, teaching, and the advancement of scholarship. TDL provides a range of services and engagement opportunities to members including shared software hosting, technical support, professional development opportunities, and collaborative engagement.

History

The Texas Digital Library began in 2005 as a partnership between four of the state’s largest Association of Research Libraries (ARL) universities: Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, the University of Houston, and the University of Texas at Austin. It has extended membership in the consortium to any of the state’s institutions of higher learning and now represents large and small institutions from every region of the state.

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Mission

The Texas Digital Library is a consortium of libraries that work together to support greater access to the riches of Texas academic institutions and enable each of its member libraries to advance a program of digital initiatives in support of research, scholarship, and learning in Texas.

Goals

The goal of the Texas Digital Library is to enable each of its member libraries to advance a program of digital initiatives through collaborative software hosting, training, professional development, and community engagement.

Strategic Goals:

  • Provide open access to research and scholarship at member institutions
  • Enable long-term preservation of digital collections and res
  • Support platforms that shape the evolution of scholarly communication in the 21st century
  • Foster scholarly communities while promoting the research of Texas scholars
  • Reduce cost burdens through the sharing of monetary and technical resources across multiple institutions
  • Create a competitive advantage for seeking gifts and grants by serving as a testbed for research

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Services

The Texas Digital Library (TDL) provides services to TDL member institutions, faculty at those institutions, and the general public, including:

  • Digital Repositories – A centralized storage, management, and publication system which accepts any digital asset and makes it available in an online environment.
  • ETD submission and management – With Vireo, the TDL’s electronic thesis and dissertation submission and management system, graduate schools, libraries, and students can easily handle the ETD process via a customizable interface.
  • Electronic Journals – Equal parts online publisher and distributed workflow mechanism, the TDL’s journal application allows members to create and manage peer-reviewed online journals through an efficient Web interface.
  • Digital Preservation Storage – DuraCloud™ @TDL  provides members of the Texas Digital Library with a cost-effective and easy-to-use solution for digital preservation. By storing and managing content in multiple geographic locations and with multiple storage options available, members can control their costs, enjoy predictability for service, and rely on known, durable technologies and best practices for ensuring the integrity of the riches of their digital collections.
  • Training – TDL offers classes, webinars, and documentation along with other services in support of research, scholarship, and learning in Texas.

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More Information

If you are interested in collaborating with the Texas Digital Library or would like additional information about our services or joining our member consortium, please contact: info@tdl.org

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