Scholarly Communications Award

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

Scholarly Communication, Institutional Repositories, and the Open Access movement increase the visibility and impact of research in advancing knowledge. University faculty and academic libraries play a vital role in developing effective models and projects that create and disseminate academic output.

The Texas Digital Library (TDL) Scholarly Communications and Excellence in Open Access Award will honor the work of an individual or group of academics, including faculty and librarians, who have made significant advances in our understanding of the issues surrounding scholarly communications and/or in developing innovative content for dissemination through digital scholarly platforms such as institutional repositories, electronic theses and dissertations, or online open access journals.


  • Outstanding contributions can include but are not limited to:
  • Advocacy for the adoption of Open Access publishing and other new models of scholarly communications
  • Promotion of institutional repositories as a new model of scholarly communications
  • Research that helps illuminate the scholarly communications landscape
  • Implementation of policies that promote new scholarly communication models
  • Outreach to university administration and faculty to promote new models of Scholarly communication such as open access publishing, electronic theses and dissertations, and institutional repositories
  • Innovative content creation utilizing an open source electronic journal, institutional repository, or similar platform for the content’s dissemination


Nominations are open to individuals or groups from Texas universities, including faculty and librarians, as well as institutions or groups in partnerships with Texas academic libraries. Individuals nominated for this award must have been employed by a university at the time the work was created. Self-nominations are accepted.

To nominate a project or individual for TDL’s Scholarly Communications Award you will need:

  • Contact information about the nominee or group including name, email, mailing address, and URLs. (required)
  • Your contact information (required)
  • A justification statement of 500 – 1,500 words (required)
  • Supporting documentation file upload (not required)



Winners are selected by the TDL Awards Committee and are notified in early spring. Award recipients receive one complimentary registration per for the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries in Austin, and are honored during a special awards session at the conference.

For questions about the criteria or processes for awards selection, please email