TDL Awards

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TDL Award nominations for TCDL 2020 are closed. Join us for an online TDL Awards Ceremony on July 30!

NOTE: TDL (Virtual) Awards Ceremony

Normally, the TDL Awards winners are announced during the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries. However, since TCDL 2020 is cancelled due to public health concerns, we will instead host an online awards ceremony. The date will be announced soon, so stay tuned!

About the TDL Awards

The Texas Digital Library (TDL) is a consortium of Texas higher education institutions that builds capacity for preserving, managing, and providing access to unique digital collections of enduring value. Recognizing that the community benefits from the work of many, the TDL Awards seek to acknowledge, support, and celebrate work done in this area. Each year, the TDL Awards honor individuals and groups that have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of digital libraries. Digital libraries is 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 TDL member institutions 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 24, 2020

The TDL Awards Committee encourages submissions from professionals from historically underrepresented communities and their allies. Per the TDL Statement of Inclusion, this includes but is not limited to “the presence and contributions of all persons regardless of age, culture, abilities, bodies, ethnic origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, nationality, race, religion, or socioeconomic status.”

These awards recognize excellence in the following areas:

  • Individual Impactan individual who has made significant contributions and improvements to the field, demonstrated through leadership in digital initiatives or the development of students and early-career professionals.
  • Excellence a specific project that demonstrates overall excellence in one or more areas of digital curation and digital scholarship practice.
  • Outreach an individual or team who demonstrates a creative and successful approach to increasing the accessibility of digital information, promoting engagement among new users, and increasing public awareness of an organization’s digital collections.
  • Student an individual student who has demonstrated overall excellence and significant contributions and to digital library practice.
  • Trailblazeran individual or group who has used limited resources in innovative ways to create, maintain, or support digital collections.
  • Scholarly Communicationsan individual or group who has demonstrated leadership in or advancement of scholarly communications.


To nominate an institution, project, group, or individual for one of the awards listed above, please complete the form linked below. To do so, you will need:

  • Contact information for the nominee or nominated group to include names, email addresses, and mailing address (required), plus any URLs (optional)
  • Your contact information (required)
  • A justification statement of 500 – 1,000 words (required)
  • Supporting documentation/file uploads (optional; examples include but are not limited to letters of recommendation, workflows, awards received, publicity and publications, etc.)

There is no limit to how many nominations you submit. You may also submit nominations for multiple award categories.

The deadline for nominations is February 24, 2020

Click here to go to nomination form


Winning nominations are selected by the TDL Awards Committee and winners are notified in early spring. Award winners receive one complimentary registration per award for the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL) in Austin and are honored during a special awards session at the next conference. A description of the winning awards will be posted on the TDL website following the conference.

Both winners and nominees will be invited to share their work with the digital library community through blog posts, webinars, and/or TDL member forums.

For questions about the criteria or processes for awards selection, please email

Click here to view past TDL Award winners



  • Sean Buckner (chair), Texas A&M University
  • Elle Covington, University of Texas at Austin
  • Lea DeForest, Texas Digital Library (non-voting)
  • Lauren Goodley (vice-chair), Texas State University
  • Elizabeth Headrick, Texas Woman’s University
  • Alexa Hight, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
  • DeeAnn Ivie, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Christina Kellum, University of North Texas
  • Bethany Scott, University of Houston
  • Adrian Shapiro, Texas Woman’s University
  • Zach Valdes, Sam Houston State University

Past TDL Award Committee Members

TDL Awards Winners

Excellence Award
The 3Dhotbed Project

TDL Service Award
James Creel, software developer at Texas A&M University Libraries

Trailblazer Award
aems emswiler, Inside Books Project

Outreach Award
The Dallas Way

Student Excellence Award
Elizabeth Irvin-Stravoski, Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Houston Libraries

Scholarly Communications Award
DeeAnn Ivie, Open Educational Resources Coordinator at UTSA Libraries

Individual Impact Award
Bethany Scott, Digital Projects Coordinator at the University of Houston Libraries

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