TDL Awards


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.

Meet the winners of the TDL Awards


The deadline for the 2022 Awards nominations closed March 14, 2022.

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 deadline for nominations is March 4, 2022.

The TDL Awards Committee encourages submissions from professionals from historically underrepresented communities and their allies. 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.
  • Scholarly Communication Impact –  an individual or group who has demonstrated leadership in or advancement of scholarly communication.
  • 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.

Submit your nomination(s). The deadline for nominations is March 4, 2022.

Use this document to prepare your nomination. Copy and paste the questions into a new document to craft your nomination before submitting.


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 (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.

Submit your nomination(s). The deadline for nominations is March 4, 2022.

Use this document to prepare your nomination. Copy and paste the questions into a new document to craft your nomination before submitting.


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) 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.


Cynthia Henry (chair), Texas Tech University
Christina Kellum (TCDL conference vice-chair), University of North Texas
Thao Votang, The University of Texas at Austin
Amanda Zerangue (TCDL conference chair), Texas Woman’s University

Past TDL Award Committee Members


Now in its fifteenth year, the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL) is a home for communities of library and information workers who support scholarly, cultural heritage, educational materials, open access, open source, and transparency in libraries through digital preservation, repositories, metadata, theses and dissertations, scholarly communications, and research data management. TCDL honors its roots in digital librarianship while also including the work that many other library workers, archivists, and various information professionals do to build, improve, provide outreach, expand, and use digital library resources and ecosystems of scholarship.  

As founder and host of TCDL, Texas Digital Library is committed to dismantling white supremacy within our organization and associated communities, addressing inequities in our staff organization and the broader consortium, and helping transform practice and culture in the larger higher education and cultural heritage communities in which we operate. To that end, we enthusiastically invite and encourage members of minoritized communities to attend, present, and enjoy TCDL regardless of your profession, affiliation, or background. All are welcome! 

With presentation session types that include informal conversations, posters, lightning talks, workshops, presentations, and more, TCDL encourages and welcomes submissions from students, scholars, practitioners, researchers, faculty, and users. TCDL 2022 will take place live online and we welcome proposals from Texas-based colleagues and beyond. 

Read TCDL’s Code of Conduct.


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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