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TDL Awards: Call for Applications

January 9th, 2014

The Texas Digital Library Awards Committee invites nominations for the 2014 Texas Digital Library (TDL) Awards.

TDL Awards acknowledge outstanding digital library work at academic libraries across Texas. The TDL Awards Committee encourages individuals to nominate themselves, as well as other individuals and groups as appropriate, for recognition of the innovative and important work happening across the state in digital libraries,

Awards will be given in six categories:

  • 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.
  • 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 communications and/or in developing innovative solutions to address current academic publishing systems.
  • TDL Service Award: Honors a TDL 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.
  • Trailblazer Award: Honors 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.
  • Leadership in Digital Libraries Award: Honors an individual who has made significant contributions and improvements related to digital libraries.
  • Excellence in Digital Libraries Award: Honors an institution, group, or project that has demonstrated overall excellence in one or more areas of digital library practice.

Successful applications will be honored at the 2014 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries in Austin, April 28-29. With the exception of the TDL Service Award, all awards are open to nominations from any academic institution in Texas, regardless of affiliation with the TDL.


  • February 14, 2014: Deadline for submission
  • March 14, 2014: Notification of award recipients
  • April 28-29, 2014: Dates for the 2014 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries, at which awards will be distributed. (Attendance at the conference is not necessary to receive an award

For more information about the criteria and processes for selection and to submit an application, please visit: http://tdl.org/awards/

Questions about TDL Awards can be directed to the TDL Awards Committee Chair, Shelley Barba, at shelley.barba@ttu.edu.


- Shelley Barba (Texas Tech University) – Chair
- Cindy Boeke (Southern Methodist University)
- Susan Elkins (Angelo State University)
- Kate Krause (Houston Academy of Medicine – Texas Medical Center Library)
- Stephanie Larrison (Texas State University)
- Darryl Stuhr (Baylor University)
- Santi Thompson (University of Houston)
- Kristi Park (Texas Digital Library)
- Douglas Ferrier (Texas A&M International University) – Board Sponsor

DSpace and Vireo training offered this fall

July 24th, 2014

The Texas Digital Library is pleased to announce two training opportunities on DSpace and Vireo this coming fall.

The TDL will hold introductory DSpace training on September 4 at the University of Houston Clear Lake campus in Houston, Texas. Introductory Vireo training will be held on September 16 on the UT Austin campus.

The TDL welcomes faculty and staff from all TDL member institutions to register for the courses, which are offered free of charge. Details are below.

Introduction to DSpace

September 4, 2014  | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM | University of Houston Clear Lake

This course provides beginner-level DSpace users with an overview of the use and management of DSpace repositories. Students will gain hands-on experience with DSpace and the use of the DSpace administrative interface.

Topics covered in this course include: creating communities and collections in DSpace; ingesting items using the repository workflow; adjusting access options for users and items in DSpace; and editing items in DSpace.


  • Date and Time: September 4, 2014 from 9am-1pm
  • Location: Library Classroom of the Alfred R. Neumann Library, UH Clear Lake | Directions and library map | Parking (Lot R)
  • Cost: Free for TDL members. Registration is required.
  • Instructor: Kristi Park, Marketing Manager, TDL; Laura McElfresh, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Texas A&M at Galveston


ETD Management with Vireo

September 16, 2014 | 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM | University of Texas at Austin

In this course, students receive an overview of Vireo, the system created by the Texas Digital Library for handling the online submission and management of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). Students will gain hands-on experience using Vireo to shepherd a thesis or dissertation through the entire ETD workflow, from submission to publication.



Please contact the Texas Digital Library with any questions at info@tdl.org.



Registration open for DC-2014!

July 16th, 2014

dc2014 logo small 240x160 Registration open for DC 2014!Online registration for the 2014 International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications (DC-2014) is now open. Discounted early registration rates are available through September 6.

The Texas Digital Library is pleased to serve as the local conference host for DC-2014, which will take place 8-11 October in Austin, Texas, at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center.

Every year the DCMI community gathers for both its Annual Meeting and its International Conference on Dublin Core & Metadata Applications. The work agenda of the DCMI community is broad and inclusive of all aspects of innovation in metadata design, implementation and best practices. In addition to the peer reviewed papers, project reports and posters, a growing array of exciting Tutorials, Workshops & Special Sessions are under development to engage metadata researchers and practitioners in the latest innovations in modeling, design, technologies and best practices.

This year’s theme is “Metadata Intersections: Bridging the Archipelago of Cultural Memory.” Metadata is fundamental in enabling ubiquitous access to cultural and scientific resources through galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM). While fundamental, GLAM traditions in documentation and organization lead to significant differences in both their languages of description and domain practices. DC-2014 will explore the role of metadata in spanning the archipelago of siloed cultural memory in an emerging context of linked access to data repositories as well as repositories of cultural artifacts.

More information about the conference can be found on the conference website. If you have questions about DC-2014, please contact the TDL at info@tdl.org.

Open Journal Systems (OJS) webinars scheduled for July

June 23rd, 2014

Are you interested in learning more about hosting an Open Access Journal with the Texas Digital Library?

Join us for one of two free online webinars in July that will demonstrate the capabilities of the Open Journal Systems software, an open-source journal management and publishing system that assists with every stage of the refereed publishing process.

TDL Marketing Manager Kristi Park will lead the online demonstrations, showcasing the application’s capabilities for managing and customizing an online academic journal, managing the peer review and editorial workflows, and publishing indexed content on the web.

OJS was developed by the Public Knowledge Project and is hosted by the TDL for faculty and staff of TDL member institutions.

Open Journal Systems Webinar Dates and Times:

Who should attend?

  • Librarians interested in promoting this service to faculty and staff at their institutions
  • Journal managers or editors who want to know more about OJS and how it works
  • Anyone interested in this hosting service offered by the Texas Digital Library

How do I attend?

  • To join the webinar, you will dial in to a conference phone line (for audio) and log in to an Adobe Connect web session to view the presentation and demo.  Upon registering, you will receive an email with specific instructions for attending the event.

Who do I contact with questions?

  • Please contact the Texas Digital Library at info@tdl.org or 512-495-4417.

New TDL working groups form to tackle metadata, preservation, DSpace issues

June 17th, 2014

Several TDL working groups are forming over the summer to take on projects on behalf of the Texas Digital Library consortium. These include:

ETD Metadata Working Group

Chair: Sarah Potvin, TAMU

Members: Kara Long, Baylor; Colleen Lyon, UT Austin; Monica Rivero, Rice; Santi Thompson, University of Houston

Charge: The TDL ETD Metadata Working Group will provide guidance to TDL member institutions and other ETD practitioners on metadata for electronic theses and dissertations, with a particular focus on works published through the Vireo ETD submission and management application.

DSpace 4 Task Force

Chair: Kristi Park, TDL

Members: Cameron Kainerstorfer (UT Southwestern); Laura McElfresh (TAMU Galveston); Chris Starcher (Texas Tech University); Andrew Weidner (University of Houston)

In preparation for upgrades to TDL-hosted DSpace installations, the TDL DSpace 4 Task Force will compare  the current hosted version of DSpace (DSpace 1.7) with  the latest version (DSpace 4.x) and provide guidance to the TDL DSpace community about changes in the new version.

DuraCloud for Preservation Working Group

Chair: Ryan Steans, TDL

Members: Darryl Stuhr (Baylor); Rob Spragg and Annie Wu (UH); Heidi Winkler (TTU); Todd Peters (Texas State); Ladd Hanson (UT Austin); representatives from TAMU and Trinity University

The TDL DuraCloud for Preservation Working Group will test the TDL DuraCloud infrastructure and assist TDL staff in refining DuraCloud as a preservation service, in preparation for offering DuraCloud as a consortial service to TDL members.

Questions or comments about these new groups can be directed to TDL Marketing Manager Kristi Park at kristi.park@austin.utexas.edu. More information about TDL Groups can be found at http://www.tdl.org/groups.

Workshop Opportunity: Towards Breaking the Big Data Iceberg

June 17th, 2014

The following training opportunity on Big Data, intended for librarians, archivists, and others interested in data management, will be offered by  experts from the Texas Advanced Computing Center as part of the 2014 IEEE Big Data Conference in Washington, DC.

First Hands-On Workshop on Leveraging High Performance Computing Resources for Managing Large Datasets

Workshop Theme: Towards Breaking the Big Data Iceberg

A one-day hands-on workshop on leveraging High Performance Computing (HPC) resources for Big Data management will be held between October 27 to October 30, 2014 in Washington D.C. This workshop is collocated with the 2014 IEEE Big Data conference. The target audience includes, but is not limited to, archivists, librarians, data curators, researchers, educators and students.

No prior HPC experience is required. During this hands-on workshop, the participants will:

  • Get acquainted with the Big Data management challenges and learn about some of the solution strategies to mitigate those challenges using HPC
  • Get an introduction to the national CyberInfrastructure called XSEDE, and the high-end storage and computing environment at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC)
  • Get access to the TACC computing and storage resources for participating in the hands-on sessions
  • Develop practical skills for defining Big Data management workflows on HPC resources

For detailed information about the workshop and the agenda: https://www.tacc.utexas.edu/news/events/2014/ieee/managing-large-datasets

Key Information

Location of the Workshop: Hyatt Regency Bethesda, Bethesda, Maryland 20814, USA

Dates for the 2014 IEEE Big Data Conference: October 27 to October 30, 2014

Schedule of the Workshop: The precise date is not known yet, but it will take place 8:30 AM to 6 PM between October 27 to the 30, 2014

Total Conference Registration Fees for non-IEEE members: $780, if registered by October 5, $996 after October 5

One-day conference registration fees (if only attending the workshop): $300

To register for the conference, click here.




Annual TDL Awards announced at TCDL 2014

May 8th, 2014

The Texas Digital Library (TDL) recently honored four examples of outstanding digital library work within Texas academic libraries as part of the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries, held April 28-29, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Among those receiving recognition were Dr. Martin Halbert, Dean of the University of North Texas Libraries; Dr. Christine Shupala, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; the Blocker History of Medicine Collections at UT Medical Branch at Galveston; and a collaborative team at Texas A&M University that worked to publish an important agricultural collection to the HathiTrust Digital Library.

Shelley Barba, Metadata Librarian at Texas Tech University Libraries and Chair of the TDL Awards Committee, announced the awards at an evening reception at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on April 28.

This set of honorees represent exceptional efforts — across a range of institutions both large and small — to increase access to and meaningful use of the intellectual riches of Texas colleges and universities. They are:

  • Scholarly Communications Award: Dr. Martin Halbert (Dean, University of North Texas Libraries) was honored for his significant and far-reaching contributions to the landscape of scholarly communication and Open Access publishing, both in Texas and beyond its borders.
  • Award for Excellence in Digital Libraries: The Texas A&M Libraries and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension were honored for their work to develop a novel workflow to prepare and ingest the Bulletin of the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station into the HathiTrust Digital Library. The project team included: Dr. Robert McGeachin, Michael Bolton, Violeta Ilik, Sarah Potvin, Jeannette Ho, Lisa Furubotten, Stephanie Elmquist, Dr. Bruce Herbert, and Dr. Holly Jarvis.
  • Trailblazer Award: The team behind the Truman G. Blocker, Jr. History of Medicine Collections in the Moody Medical Library at UT Medical Branch Galveston were recognized for their outstanding work to increase accessibility to its previously underutilized Louis Pasteur Collection, which contains original handwritten letters from Pasteur in addition to other unique and rare items. The project team included Bobby Marlin, Mira Greene, Lisa Reyna-Guerrero, and Kelly Caldwell.
  • TDL Service Award: Dr. Christine Shupala (Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi) was honored for her dedicated service to the Texas Digital Library Governing Board and her effective promotion of the TDL and its services on her own campus and at other institutions across the state of Texas.

The TDL Awards acknowledge outstanding digital library work at academic libraries across Texas. Nominations are accepted annually in six categories. Additional information is available on the Texas Digital Library website at http://www.tdl.org/awards.

Thank you for a great TCDL 2014!

May 1st, 2014

pageHeaderTitleImage en US 1 Thank you for a great TCDL 2014!Thank you to all speakers, presenters, and attendees who made the 2014 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries a great event!

TCDL 2014 took place April 28-29 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. The conference covers topics relevant to the creation, promotion and preservation of research, scholarship and cultural heritage digital materials and focused this year on the theme “Engaging Outliers: Context, Collections & Community.”

Through the conference presentations and events, attendees explored the full range of projects, workflows, use cases and ideas-in-the-making related to digital library work — with a special emphasis on those projects that lie outside of the ordinary. TCDL 2014 featured two exciting keynote speakers: Dan Cohen, Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA),  discussed DPLA’s ambitious endeavor to make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available to all; and Karen Coyle, a recognized expert on digital libraries with over 30 years of experience with library technology, addressed emerging trends related to Linked Data.

For more information about TCDL 2014, please visit the conference website, where you can find:

Special thanks go to the Texas Digital Library Conference  Committee for their work on conference programming:
  • Billie Peterson-Lugo, Baylor University (Conference Committee Chair)
  • Elizabeth Gushee, University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center (Conference Committee Vice-Chair)
  • Jim Brewer, Texas Tech University
  • Cameron J. Kainerstorfer, UT Southwestern Medical Center Library
  • Nerissa Lindsey, Texas A&M International University
  • Kristi Park, Texas Digital Library
  • Mark E. Phillips, University of North Texas
  • Rachel Vacek, University of Houston Libraries

Register now for Advanced DSpace training, June 3-6

April 11th, 2014

Registration has closed for this event.

To add your name to the waitlist for this course, go here and enter your contact information.

If open spots become available, the Texas Digital Library will contact those on the waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are contacted about an open slot, you will have 48 hours to claim it before the TDL contacts the next person on the list.

Registration for the Advanced DSpace course to be held June 3-6 in Austin, Texas, is now open to both TDL members and non-members.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE COURSE. (Registration has closed for this event.)

Details about the course are below, and additional information is available on the TDSpace logo horiz color cropped Register now for Advanced DSpace training, June 3 6DL website.

DATES: June 3-6 (four full days)
LOCATION: Perry-Castañeda Library, Room 1.202 (on the UT Austin campus)
COST: $600 (Non-members)
$425 (TDL members)

Questions or comments can be directed to  info@tdl.org.

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TDL and OpenSSL security bug

April 10th, 2014

The Texas Digital Library (TDL)  is working to resolve all issues associated with the OpenSSL “Heartbleed” bug currently affecting the security of many computing systems worldwide.  While TDL systems use OpenSSL, its extensive monitoring has not detected any breaches in security or evidence that any data or systems have been exposed.  We are working to resolve this issue immediately.

Please be aware that some TDL systems may experience brief outages as staff update and patch portions of the systems that may have been vulnerable.  Anyone experiencing any unusual activity or any outages, please contact the TDL at:  http://tdl.org/support or support@tdl.org.