The Texas Digital Library (TDL) provides services to TDL member institutions and the faculty at these institutions. Each of the services supports the TDL’s goal of broadening access to the scholarly output of Texas colleges and universities.
For access to presentations and publications further describing TDL services, please visit the Member Resources page and the TDL Publications and Presentations page. You may also visit the TDL Wiki for additional user documentation about TDL services.
The TDL provides repository hosting for member institutions. This service includes provision of hardware and storage and basic management of the repository software DSpace. With this service, all member institutions have the means to offer a repository service for their affiliates, improving the dissemination of institutional work. For a list of TDL Institutional Repositories, click here.
With Vireo, the TDL’s electronic thesis and dissertation (ETD) submission and management system, students at member institutions can submit digital theses and dissertations via a simple online interface, while graduate offices can manage the ETD submission and approval process behind the scenes. The system deposits the ETDs in institutional repositories where they are readily available to other researchers. The ETDs also become available through the federated TDL Repository via metadata harvesting.
The TDL Repository provides a central access point for scholarly information created across the state of Texas. By aggregating resources from the many TDL member institutions, the TDL Repository presents a broad cross-section of academic publications, course materials, and research data, and makes it available to researchers around the world for browsing and download. Among its other collections, the federated TDL Repository contains records of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) submitted by participating member institutions, making these otherwise hard-to-find scholarly works available to a much wider audience.
Faculty Communication Services
Support for publishing fully online, peer-reviewed journals is offered by the TDL. This service includes a complete workflow system for article submission, peer review, and editing that is fully web-based and designed to facilitate the de-centralized collaboration of the peer review process. This less expensive alternative to traditional publishing provides additional opportunities for information-sharing, particularly within specialized disciplines and emerging fields of study. TDL journals are open access, viewable by the public at no cost. TDL member faculty and staff can request a new journal HERE or by emailing the TDL Helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TDL institution faculty may share their work, latest news in their fields, excerpts from writing in progress, and other information through a scholarly blog. The TDL blog service focuses on disseminating information about research and scholarship produced by and impacting institutions of higher education in Texas. TDL member faculty and staff can request a new blog HERE or by emailing the TDL Helpdesk at email@example.com.
While WordPress software may be best known as a blogging tool, it can also be used to create full-featured websites. With TDL Sites, members can create a WordPress website, hosted by TDL, that provides information about a research project, communicates with a project group, or serves any other scholarly purpose members can dream up. TDL member faculty and staff can request a new site HERE or by emailing the TDL Helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those needing a tool to share information among groups such as project teams or discipline specialists, the TDL offers a wiki service. With shared editing capability and an easy-to-use interface, wikis provide a quick way to publish information to the group or to the world. TDL member faculty and staff can request a new wiki HERE or by emailing the TDL Helpdesk at email@example.com.
The TDL makes conference organizing and management easier and more efficient with Online Conference Management tools that help conference organizers create a complete Web presence and handle the clerical and managerial tasks associated with running an academic conference. TDL Online Conference Management uses Open Conference Systems, an open-source Web publishing tool developed by the Public Knowledge Project. TDL member faculty and staff can request a new conference Web site HERE or by emailing the TDL Helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
User documentation and other helpful materials related to TDL services can be found in the TDL Wiki.
The TDL offers training courses on all its services for faculty and staff at TDL member institutions. Visit the training section of the website for more information.
Users can get peer-to-peer support through TDL User Groups and Working Groups.