2017 TCDL Call for Proposals

Help to build the program for the 2017 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries!

The 2017 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries will be held May 23 – 25 at the Commons Learning Center on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus in Austin, Texas. The Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL) is the premiere gathering of digital library and information professionals across Texas and beyond. This is your opportunity to be part of the program.


Submit a Proposal for 2017!


TCDL addresses a wide range of topics including creation, promotion, preservation, and management of digital projects and assets, as well as the software and applications that drive the digital library world. Through a blend of interactive presentations, engaging speakers, and informative workshops, TCDL 2017 will be a great place to network and experience the latest in all things digital.

What kind of broad areas would we hope to see covered at TCDL 2017? Here are some ideas:

  • Unexpected finds: present new ways to use existing technology or demonstrate a new piece of software that’s really made an impact on your workflow. Show off a new digital collection or project, or present novel uses of your institution’s collection material.
  • Unexplained gaps: present ways the larger digital library community can work together to solve problems; initiate dialogues to answer difficult questions that have faced your institution and to suggest solutions you’d like to see offered at a state or national level.
  • Unexplored collaborations: discover ways to partner together to address an unmet collecting need, or novel partnerships that produce interesting results or ideas for greater exposure for collaborative collections.

Whatever you choose to submit, topics explored can include project management, intellectual property issues, deep explorations of software applications… the sky’s the limit! Need more inspiration? Check out last year’s successful programs to get your creative juices flowing.

How can you make your mark on TCDL 2017? Simple: submit a session proposal today. Sessions can take a number of forms, including:

  • Presentations: General presentations on practical work, theoretical or speculative issues, or ongoing or completed research.
  • Panels: Panel sessions should address a single topic from multiple perspectives. We encourage panels to be organized to represent a range of professional backgrounds and experience.
  • 24×7 Presentations: 7-minute presentations comprising no more than 24 slides.
  • Posters: Posters will be featured at the conference reception and through a “Minute Madness” session, during which presenters will give a 60-second summary of each poster.
  • Workshops, Tutorials, Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions: These events provide venues for in-depth instruction in important areas of digital library practice (workshops), demonstrations of new or useful tools and technologies (tutorials), and gatherings of interested attendees to engage in discussion about a particular topic (birds-of-a-feather sessions). Events in this category can range from 1 to 4 hours.

More information on the 2017 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries and how to submit a proposal is available on the conference website.

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