Scholarly Communication Impact Award

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

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.

For a link to the nomination form and deadline information, please see the main TDL Awards page.


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, 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


Since 2007, the Texas Digital Library has hosted the annual Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL). TCDL covers topics relevant to the creation, promotion, dissemination, and preservation of research, scholarship, and cultural heritage digital materials. The goal of TCDL is to bring together those working on digital projects — including outreach librarians, repository managers, catalogers, faculty members, technical staff, and others — in order to build a practical, usable, and sustainable model for digital libraries.

TCDL encourages and welcomes participation from students, scholars, librarians, researchers, faculty, and users from all backgrounds, identities, and experiences. All are welcome!

Read TCDL’s Code of Conduct.


Texas Digital Library is a library consortium that provides services to its member institutions that enable free and open access to scholarship, cultural heritage materials, and educational resources. These services are built in a shared, open infrastructure and sustained by a collaborative community of library and archives workers. Learn more about TDL membership by visiting or email us at