Member Stories

The following stories highlight the exciting work that TDL member institutions are doing — both in collaboration with the Texas Digital Library and on their own — in the area of digital libraries and digital scholarly communication.

Click on the images or titles below to read more about on-going projects at TDL member institutions. And for more information about how members use TDL services, review these Usage Scenarios.

UNT Libraries TRAC Self-Audit

UNT Libraries TRAC Self-Audit

The UNT Libraries’ Digital Collections recently completed a self-audit of their digital repository policies, documentation, and infrastructure in accordance with the Trustworthy Repositories Audit & Certification: Criteria and Checklist (TRAC). The goal of this audit was to formalize processes and create documentation necessary for the operation of a trusted digital repository. All documentation related to the process is available on the Digital Libraries Division’s Trusted Digital Repository web page. (More…)

Moody Medical Library

UTMB Digital Repository highlights medical history collections

The Moody Medical Library at University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston features a set of medical history collections in its TDL-hosted DSpace repository. These collections feature digitized photographs, journals, historical postcards, and other materials that are part of the Moody Library’s Blocker History of Medicine Collections. (More…)

Texas A&M Libraries - Open Access CafeTexas A&M Libraries promotes Open Access to research

Why support Open Access through the digital repositories, journals, and other scholarly communication tools TDL provides? Texas A&M University Libraries helped its faculty and students answer this question during Open Access Week 2011 with activities that were designed to raise awareness about the benefits of free and immediate access to research. (More…)

image of stacked books within monitorThe CEA Forum on the TDL Electronic Press features scholarship on college pedagogy

How can the TDL Electronic Press enhance the visibility and professionalism of a journal? The College English Association (CEA) leveraged the resources available through TDL to take its journal on the teaching of college English to the next level. (More…)

View of the Colorado RiverTexas Water Journal launches on the TDL Electronic Press

Why host an online academic journal on the TDL Electronic Press? For the Texas Water Journal, the technical resources and stability afforded by the Texas Digital Library played key roles in its choice. (More…)

Galveston Bay BibliographyTDL-hosted Galveston Bay Bibliography disseminates essential information for researchers

How can vital information about one of the state’s essential natural resources be made most accessible to the people who need it? Texas A&M Galveston is using its TDL-hosted DSpace repository to disseminate and safeguard a bibliographic collection related to Galveston Bay. (More…)

Texas A&M Libraries chronicles African American farm life in DSpace collection

How did one TDL member school develop new repository technology that brings into focus the complex history of African American farmers in Texas? Read about Texas A&M’s work to develop image viewing technology that enhances scholars experience of an important digital collection. (Image courtesy of Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, Texas A&M University, (More…)

image of doctor at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Photo courtesy of UT Southwestern Medical Center Library.UT Southwestern Medical Center Library digitizes History of Medicine photographs

How does a TDL membership help to secure grant funding? UT Southwestern Medical Center Library leveraged TDL preservation tools in its successful grant application to digitize hundreds of medical history photographs. (Image courtesy of UT Southwestern Medical Center Library.) (More…)


an image from the Luiz Marquez Photographs collection at the UH Digital LibraryUniversity of Houston Digital Library

What is one TDL member doing to preserve primary materials that enrich scholarly understanding of local histories? Read about how the University of Houston is building its digital collections from the ground up. (More…)

image of Arabic language keyboardTexas A&M Qatar developing Arabic repository interface

How is one TDL member institution making its TDL institutional repository more relevant to its users? Texas A&M Qatar is focusing on local users by offering an Arabic-language interface within DSpace. (More…)

Texas A&M maroon logoTexas A&M and the TDL provide data management support for researchers

How can libraries help faculty researchers complete new grant-funding requirements for data management and sharing? TDL member Texas A&M Libraries shares how they are working with faculty and the TDL to provide answers. (More…)

keyboard with mortarboard imageUT Southwestern Medical Center Library moves ETDs to DSpace

How can libraries give greater exposure to theses and dissertations, which are vital scholarly assets but too often go unseen? UT Southwestern Medical Center Library is using its TDL-hosted institutional repository to raise the profile of its graduate student scholarship. (More…)

Album cover from the Royce-Darden Gospel Music CollectionBaylor Electronic Library’s Gospel Music Collection

How can digital collections aid in the preservation of rare and fragile cultural materials? Find out how the Baylor Electronic Library is safeguarding an important part of the American musical tradition through digitization. (More…)

image of sign near the U.S.-Mexico borderBorder Studies Resource Center at UTB/TSC

How is Texas southernmost university at the center of efforts to inform policymaking and scholarly work on the US-Mexico border region? UT Brownsville’s Border Studies Resource Center, which includes a TDL-hosted digital repository, hopes to bring much-needed insight about a sometimes misunderstood region. (More…)

Journal of Virtual Worlds Research at UT Austin

How can a TDL Electronic Journal make scholarship dealing with a niche subject area widely accessible at no cost for hosting or software support? The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research publishes peer-reviewed scholarship on gaming and other computer simulations as part of the TDL Electronic Press. (More…)

detail from Baylor's Open Access posterBaylor Libraries plans for Open Access Week

How can Open Access Week provide opportunities to reach out to faculty about TDL scholarly publication services? TDL member Baylor University learned lessons from its efforts during OA Week 2009. (More…)

State of TexasJournal of Texas Women Writers at Angelo State

Do journal managers and editors have to be technical experts to start and manage an online journal on the TDL Electronic Press? Angelo State University’s Dr. Linda Kornasky, founder of the Journal of Texas Women Writers, says no. (More…)