TDL Awards


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 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 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 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 Impact – an 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 to digital library practice.
  • Trailblazer – an individual or group who has used limited resources in innovative ways to create, maintain, or support digital collections.
  • Scholarly Communications – an individual or group who has demonstrated leadership in the 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.




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.

Meet this year’s Awards Committee!

    • Morgan Briles, Stephen F. Austin University 
    • Esteban Cantu, University of Texas San Antonio
    • Elle Covington, University of Texas at Austin
    • Lea DeForest, Texas Digital Library (non-voting)
    • Alan Garcia, ATX Barrio Archive*
    • Kim Gianfresco, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
    • Lauren Goodley (chair), Texas State University
    • Elizabeth Headrick, Texas Woman’s University
    • Cynthia Henry, Texas Tech University
    • Deborah Omowale Jarmon, San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum*
    • Julie Judkins, University of North Texas
    • Erin Owens, Sam Houston State University
    • Jaimi Parker, University of North Texas*
    • Denyse Rodgers, Baylor University
    • Alex Suarez, Texas Digital Library (non-voting)
    • Anne Washington, University of Houston*
    • Jingshan Xiao, University of Houston – Clear Lake

*Previous TDL Award Winner

Past TDL Award Committee Members

TDL Awards Winners

Excellence Award
Houston Asian American Archive at Rice University

TDL Service Award
The Carpentries Pilot Project Team: Colleen Lyon, Dianna Morganti, John Watts, and Jessica Trelogan

Trailblazer Award
JD Doyle Archives

Outreach Award
UT El Paso Institute of Oral History

Student Excellence Award
Glory Turnbull

Scholarly Communications Award
Taylor Davis-Van Atta, University of Houston Libraries

Individual Impact Award
Julianna Barrera-Gomez, University of Texas at San Antonio

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