December 2020 @ TDL

Special Events | Recurring Events | Open Meetings | Opportunities | Coming Up

All events are online, in Central Standard Time (CST), and require a Zoom account to register and attend. Click here to create a free Zoom account.


Dec 10 @ 11am | Webinar: Oral History Metadata Standards
Texas Digital Library is excited to partner with the Texas Oral History Association (TOHA) to bring you a new webinar series starting Fall 2020. This webinar will be presented by Steven Sielaff, Senior Editor & Collections Manager, Institute for Oral History, Baylor University.
Registration required. Click here to register

Dec 17 @ 11am | Office Hours: OER Grant Support
Are you writing your proposal for the THECB GEER grant? Join Texas Digital Library for office hours and bring your questions. We’d love to help you write a successful proposal.
Registration required. Click here to register.


Dec 9 @ 1pm | TDL Hangouts
Join Texas Digital Library staff and fellow TDL members for a bi-weekly hangout session. No agenda and no registration or RSVP required. Come as you are! Pets and family members are welcome to stop by.
Download recurring calendar invites for the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays.

Dec 16 @ 10:30am | TDL Member Forum
Texas Digital Library invites members to attend the TDL Forum, a monthly meeting in which members can hear a brief presentation about the activities of the TDL staff and participate in a question-and-answer period.
Download a recurring calendar invite here.


Digital Preservation Interest Group

No meeting in December 2020

This meeting is open to anyone interested in TDL’s and Texas digital preservation efforts and helping us to strengthen our impact by including more voices. 

TDL Digital Preservation Services Users and other Texas-based workers interested in digital preservation topics meet quarterly on the third Thursday of the month from 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM.
Download a recurring calendar invite here

How to join
Contact Texas Digital Library at to be added to the Digital Preservation Interest Group listserv and receive meeting invitations.

DSpace User Group

Next meeting: Tuesday, Dec 1, 2020, 10am – 11am CST.

Texas Digital Library’s DSpace Users Group (DUG) works to create an active community among DSpace users that:

  • facilitates mutual support for DSpace use and repository management;
  • identifies areas of work that could be taken on by member working groups or by TDL staff;
  • connects the TDL DSpace user community to the larger open source DSpace community in North America.

TDL’s DUG meets monthly every fourth Tuesday of the month from 10am – 11am, CST.
Download a recurring calendar invite here

How to join
Any users of DSpace can join the users group, regardless of affiliation with TDL. The group shares updates and information about training and events at our monthly meetings and through the TDL DSpace Users Group Email List. Click here to join.

GIS Interest Group

Next meeting: Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020, 11am – 12pm CST

TDL’s GIS Interest Group (GISIG) seeks to develop a Community of Practice around geographic information systems (GIS) and become a source of expertise for all Texas Digital Library consortium members and partners.

The GISIG meets monthly on the third Wednesday of the month from 11am to 12pm CST.
Download a recurring calendar invite here. 

How to join
Click to join our GiSIG email list to receive updates and meeting invitations:   

TDL Imaging Group

No meeting in December 2020. 

The mission of the TDL Imaging Group is to create and exchange information on both basic and advanced digital imaging and digitization best practices, in addition to establishing an open and inclusive environment for the exchange of information regionally, within the state of Texas, and surrounding areas. 

TDL’s Imaging Group occasionally hosts meet-ups and virtual birds-of-a-feather meetings, but does not meet regularly as a group. Instead, the Imaging Group utilizes their email list to exchange information and resources. 

How to join
If you are interested in joining the TDL Imaging Group, please subscribe to our listserv to get involved at

Web Archiving Texas Interest Group

Next meeting: Thursday, Dec 3, 2020 11am – 12pm CST

The purpose of the Web Archiving Texas Interest Group (WATXIG) is to build a community around web archiving in Texas, bring people together to share skills and resources to accomplish shared goals, and amplify our work that impacts the national and international web archiving community. The Confluence wiki page for the group, hosted by TDL, is located here.

TDL’s WATXIG meets quarterly on the fourth Thursday of the month from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central.
Download a recurring calendar invite here

How to join
The Web Archiving Texas Interest Group has a listserv at and quarterly meetings. Anyone is welcome to join the group, whether they are working at a TDL member institution or not. To request to join the list and/or the meetings, please email TDL at


Call for Proposals | Texas Conference on Digital Libraries
Present at the first ever virtual TCDL! The Texas Conference on Digital Libraries will take place online May 24-27, 2021.Traditional session types such as presentations, 24X7 lightning talks, posters, and workshops will be accepted. Some modifications have been made to facilitate the virtual format of the conference. To review the full CFP for specific information regarding topic suggestions, presentation formats, and conference logistics, please visit and email Texas Digital Library at with any questions. Proposals are due January 29.

Nominations are Open | TDL Awards
Each year, the TDL Awards honor Texas-based individuals and groups that have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of digital libraries. Digital libraries are defined broadly to include access to digital collections from allied organizations such as museums, archives, historical societies, and other cultural heritage institutions. 

Nominees may serve in any position within their organization. Anyone who contributes to digital scholarship or the preservation, management, or access of digital content is eligible for these awards. An affiliation with a TDL member institution is not a requirement for either award nominees or nominators. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. More information on the awards, including past winners, can be found at The deadline for nominations is February 5, 2021.

COMING UP in 2021

February | Research Integrity Workshops, Feb 4 & 11; 2021 Leadership Academy Series kicks off Feb 25

March | Open Texas 2021 conference, Mar 11-12; Leadership Academy Series continues Mar 25

May | Texas Conference on Digital Libraries, May 24-27

TBD | Open Education Network faculty workshop training; Topics in Research Data webinar series continues 

Stay Engaged with TDL

Become a TDL Member
All academic libraries and cultural heritage organizations are invited to become a member of the Texas Digital Library consortium. Email us at if you’d like to learn more. 

Texas Conference on Digital Libraries
Texas Digital Library’s annual conference, the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL), covers topics relevant to the creation, promotion, and preservation of research, scholarship, and cultural heritage digital materials. The goal of TCDL is to bring together those working on digital projects — including outreach librarians, repository managers, catalogers, faculty members, technical staff, and others — in order to build a practical, usable, and sustainable model for digital libraries.

Save the date: TCDL 2021 will take place online May 24-27, 2021. Sign up for TDL’s e-newsletter  to receive regular conference updates.

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Texas Digital Library is a consortium of library and archives professionals that propels the Academy forward by maintaining our past and preparing for the future. Membership in TDL is open to any academic library. Find out more by visiting or email us at

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