Trailblazer Award

Many libraries do not have full-time staff dedicated to digital projects but find creative ways to develop a digital presence. The Texas Digital Library Trailblazer Award will honor the work of individuals or groups within Texas academic libraries who have used limited resources in innovative ways to create, maintain or support digital collections.

Outstanding contributions can include, but are not limited to, using limited staff and/or resources to develop:

  • New collections

  • Innovative uses of  technology

  • Publicity, outreach, or promotion

  • Digitization projects

  • Effective working relationships with other people, departments, or organizations

  • Metadata and cataloging processes

  • Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) programs

  • Integration of digital collections into Information Literacy campaigns

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. We especially encourage applications from libraries just beginning on digital projects or staff whose job duties often fall outside the area of digital collections. Self-nominations are accepted.

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

Review Criteria

The 2017 TDL Awards Committee will review nominations for the TDL Trailblazer 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 (