Scholarly Communications Award

New modes of Scholarly Communication increase the visibility and impact of research in advancing knowledge. Libraries play a vital role in developing effective models that provide better ways to disseminate scholarly information.

The Texas Digital Library (TDL) Scholarly Communications Award will honor 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 communications and/or in developing innovative solutions to address the current academic publishing systems.

Outstanding contributions can include but are not limited to:

  • Advocacy for the adoption of Open Access publishing and other new models of scholarly communications

  • Promotion of institutional repositories as a new model of scholarly communications

  • Research that helps illuminate the scholarly communications landscape

  • Implementation of policies that promote new scholarly communication models

  • Outreach to university administration and faculty to promote new models of Scholarly Communication such as open access publishing, electronic theses and dissertations, and institutional repositories

Nominations are open to individuals or groups from Texas academic libraries as well as institutions or groups in partnerships with Texas academic libraries. Individuals nominated for this award must have been employed by an academic library at the time the work was created. Self-nominations are accepted.

Award recipients will receive one complimentary registration per group/awardee for the 2017 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL) in Austin, May 23-25, and be honored at the TCDL Conference Reception.

Review Criteria

The 2016 TDL Awards Committee will review nominations for the Scholarly Communications Award based on the following three areas:

  • Significance and outcome
  • Innovation
  • Clarity and organization of application

Nomination Instructions

Nominations should be between 500 – 1,500 words, not including any supporting documentation.

Nominations for the 2017 TDL Awards are now closed. If you have any questions, please contact the TDL (