The Texas Digital Library (TDL) is a consortium of higher education institutions in Texas that provides shared services in support of research and teaching.
The TDL 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. (Find out more about our members.)
The mission of the TDL is to enable each of its member libraries to advance a program of digital initiatives in support of research, scholarship, and learning in Texas.
- Provide open access to the scholarly assets of member institutions
- Enable long-term preservation of digital collections
- Provide a platform for shaping 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
What Services Does the TDL Provide?
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.
- Scholarly Blogs – Faculty members at TDL institutions can set up blogs quickly and easily for use in information sharing, commentary, and dialogue.
- Sites – Using the same WordPress software as TDL Scholarly Blogs, TDL members can create full-featured websites for their research projects, events, or other scholarly endeavors.
- Research Wikis – Information-sharing among project members and with the world is made fast and easy through a wiki interface.
- Online Conference Management – Conference organizers can create a Web presence for their conferences and manage the peer review process for conference submissions.
For additional information about the Texas Digital Library, please visit the Projects page for current and past development efforts, the Members page for a list of member institutions and information about joining the TDL, and the Organization and Staffing page for details about the TDL’s structure.
Additionally, the Member Resources page includes brochures, presentations, and other documentation about the Texas Digital Library and its services.
If you have questions or would like other information, please contact the TDL team.