Scholarly Communications Award

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

Scholarly communication efforts increase the visibility and impact of their respective institution’s research and advance knowledge for the public good.  Efforts under the scholarly communications 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 facilitating 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 communications and have made significant contributions to advance the creation, discovery, dissemination, and preservation of scholarly works from their respective institutions.


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


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 towards open access options and away from unfavorable license agreements and legal quagmires
  • Promotion and management of institutional repositories both on campus and externally
  • Advancement of research, research integrity, or other research-related supports on campus
  • Promotion of 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.


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. Membership in the Texas Digital Library consortium is not required to nominate or receive the award.

Winners will be announced and celebrated at the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries, held virtually May 23 – 26, 2022 (date and time of ceremony TBD). Winners will receive free admission to TCDL.

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 (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 4, 2022.


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


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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