Scholarly Communications Impact Award

The Scholarly Communication Impact Award honors an individual or group that has demonstrated leadership in or advancement of scholarly communication. 


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

Scholarly communication efforts increase the visibility and impact of an institution’s research and advance knowledge for the public good. Efforts under the scholarly communication umbrella include research support; serving faculty and scholars with publishing and copyright resources;  supporting student success through open educational resources; managing and maintaining digital repositories and other tools for scholarly outputs; coordinating and promoting open academic journals; managing electronic theses and dissertations; and supporting library colleagues as a resource. 

Nominees may include faculty, staff, and librarians who work in scholarly communication and have made significant contributions to advance the creation, discovery, dissemination, and preservation of scholarly works from their respective institutions.


Outstanding contributions may include, but are not limited to promoting, enhancing, or facilitating the following:

  • 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 towards open access options and away from unfavorable license agreements and legal quagmires
  • Management of institutional repositories both on campus and externally
  • Research, research integrity, or other research-related support on campus
  • Open Educational Resources or course redesigns to include no-cost teaching resources
  • Demonstration of impact through campus communities and scholarly engagement regionally, nationally, and/or internationally.The TDL Awards Committee encourages submissions from historically excluded communities and their allies, including, but 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.

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

  • Contact information about the nominee to include their name, affiliation, email address, 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.)
  • Agree to TCDL’s Code of Conduct

The deadline for nominations is March 3, 2023.


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


Since 2007, the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL) has provided a home for communities of library, archives, and information workers who support scholarly output, cultural heritage, educational materials, open access, open source, and transparency in libraries through digital preservation, repositories, metadata, theses and dissertations, scholarly communications, open education, 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 2023 will take place in person in Austin, Texas. We welcome proposals from Texas-based colleagues and beyond. 


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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