Texas Digital Library Awards

Each year, the Texas Digital Library (TDL) Awards honor individuals and groups that have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of digital libraries. Awards will be given in seven broad categories. This year we have a new category to recognize a graduate student, the TDL Graduate Student Excellence Award.

Nominations will be accepted through January 31, 2017. Winners will be selected by the 2017 TDL Awards Committee and will be notified by March 10th. Award recipients will receive one complimentary registration per group/awardee for the 2017 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries , May 23 – 25th in Austin, and will be honored at the TCDL Conference Reception.

Please review the full set of criteria for each award before submitting. For questions about the criteria or processes for awards selection, please email: info@tdl.org.


  • Nerissa Lindsey (Chair), Texas A&M International
  • Louise Kidder, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Sian Brannon, University of North Texas
  • Sarah Potvin, Texas A&M University
  • Aaron Choate, University of Texas at Austin
  • Laura Waugh, Texas Digital Library

Past TDL Award Committee Members


You may nominate yourself or someone else for these awards. Nominations should be between 500 – 1,500 words, not including any optional supporting documentation.

You can submit your nomination through an online form. Each award has its own nomination form. Please fill out the information fields provided in the form and attach any supporting documents (optional) to the form. Then simply click “Submit” at the bottom of the form.


  • January 31, 2017: Deadline for TDL Award Nominations
  • March 10, 2017: Notification to Awardees
  • May 23-25, 2017: Dates for the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL), at which awards will be distributed. (Attendance at the conference is not required to receive an award.)


*New* Graduate Student Excellence Award

  • Honors an individual graduate student that has demonstrated overall excellence and contributions to digital library practice.

Excellence in Digital Libraries Award

  • Honors an institution, group, or specific project that has demonstrated overall excellence in one or more areas of digital library practice.

Innovative Outreach Award

  • Honors an individual or team that demonstrates a creative and successful approach to reaching new users and building awareness of an organization’s digital library.

Leadership in Digital Libraries Award

  • Honors an individual who has made significant contributions and improvements related to digital libraries.

Scholarly Communications Award

  • Honors the work of an individual or group in a Texas academic library who has made significant advances in our understanding of the issues surrounding scholarly communication and/or in developing innovative solutions to address the current academic publishing systems.

Trailblazer Award

  • Honors the work of an individual or group within a Texas academic library who has used limited resources in innovative ways to create, maintain, or support digital collections. Applications from libraries just beginning on digital projects or staff whose job duties often fall outside the area of digital collections are especially encouraged.

TDL Service Award

  • Honors a Texas Digital Library member (individual or group) who has made significant contributions to the TDL consortium and/or a member who has used TDL services to their fullest potential.

Excellence in Digital Libraries
Project Team: LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections and the University of Texas at Austin Libraries

Leadership in Digital Libraries
Cathy Hartman, Former Associate Dean, University of North Texas Libraries

TDL Service Award
Santi Thompson, Head of Digital Repository Services, University of Houston

Trailblazer Award
Project Team: University of North Texas Libraries' Portal to Texas History and the San Antonio Central Public Library's Texana/Genealogy Department

Scholarly Communications Award
Sarah Potvin, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Texas A&M University

Innovative Outreach Award
Project Team: Baylor University Libraries Digital Projects Group

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