Scholarly Communications Award

The Scholarly Communication Award honors an individual or group who has demonstrated leadership in or advancement of scholarly communication. Nominees should have made significant contributions that advance the creation, discovery, dissemination, and preservation of scholarly communication from their respective institutions.

In 2003, the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) defined scholarly communication as “the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use.” Scholarly communication leaders increase the visibility and impact of their respective institution’s research and advance knowledge for the public good. Much is accomplished through open access initiatives and many efforts involve open source platforms.




Outstanding contributions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Promotion of institution-based publishing services (preferably open access)
  • Data management services that improve project efficiency, funder compliance, and open access to data
  • Assessment and impact metrics services that inform the scholar’s strategy for intellectual contributions
  • Copyright services that empower scholars and steer them away from unfavorable license agreements and legal quagmires
  • Promotion and management of institutional repositories
  • Demonstration of impact through campus communities and scholarly engagement regionally, nationally, and/or internationally.

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.”


Each year, the Texas Digital Library (TDL) Awards honor individuals and groups that have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of digital libraries.

Nominations for this award are open to individuals or groups from Texas universities, to include faculty, staff, and librarians, as well as institutions or groups in partnership with Texas academic libraries. Individuals and group members nominated must have been employed by the institution at the time the work was created or performed. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.

To nominate a project or individual for TDL’s Scholarly Communication Award, please complete the form below. To do so, you will need:

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




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.

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


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