As a consortium, the Texas Digital Library depends upon the active participation of its members and users to be successful. TDL Users Groups, Working Groups, Committees, and Affinity Groups provide opportunities for member contributions focused on particular services, professional roles, and projects.

If you are part of a TDL member institution and are interested in joining one of our member groups, please email us at

Committees | User Groups | Working Groups | Past Groups


TCDL 2020 Planning Committee 

The TDL Conference Committee is responsible for coordinating the annual Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL).

The committee for TCDL 2020 is:

  • Shelley Barba (vice-chair), Texas Tech University
  • Jon Crossno, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Taylor Davis-Van Atta, University of Houston
  • Lea DeForest, Texas Digital Library
  • Taylor Fairweather, West Texas A&M University
  • Linsey Ford, University of Houston – Clear Lake
  • Ramona Holmes, University of North Texas Health Science Center
  • Jerrell Jones, University of Houston
  • Marcia McIntosh (chair), University of North Texas
  • Mark Phillips, University of North Texas
  • Rachel Winston, University of Texas at Austin
  • Amanda Zerangue, Texas Woman’s University

Past TCDL Planning Committee Members

2020 TDL Awards Committee

The TDL Awards Committee is appointed by the Governing Board to recognize outstanding work in digital libraries at academic institutions throughout Texas. Awards are given at the annual Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL).

More information on each award and instructions for nominations can be found on the TDL Awards page.

2020 Committee Members:

  • Sean Buckner (chair), Texas A&M University
  • Elle Covington, University of Texas at Austin
  • Lea DeForest, Texas Digital Library (non-voting)
  • Lauren Goodley (vice-chair), Texas State University
  • Elizabeth Headrick, Texas Woman’s University
  • Alexa Hight, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
  • DeeAnn Ivie, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Christina Kellum, University of North Texas
  • Bethany Scott, University of Houston
  • Adrian Shapiro, Texas Woman’s University
  • Zach Valdes, Sam Houston State University

TDL Awards Committee Members

TDL Texas Data Repository Steering Committee, 2019-2020

The Texas Data Repository (TDR) Steering Committee is the mechanism for local Data Repository Liaisons at TDR member libraries to provide the Texas Digital Library (TDL) feedback and make decisions about TDR services. The purpose of the Committee is to provide strategic planning support and policy oversight to ensure focus and direction of programs and services.

Membership consists of one Data Repository Liaison from each TDR member institution as well as the Texas Digital Library’s Deputy Director. Data Repository Liaisons are assigned at the time that the MOU for TDR Dataverse is completed and updated or reconfirmed annually or as needed by the institutional member.

2019-2020 Steering Committee Members:

  • Christina Chan-Park (Vice-Chair), Baylor University
  • Hammad Khan, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Laura McElfresh, Texas A&M-Galveston
  • Matthew McEniry, Texas Tech University
  • Courtney Mumma, Texas Digital Library
  • Laura Sare, Texas A&M University
  • Santi Thompson, University of Houston
  • Adrian Shapiro, Texas Woman’s University
  • Jessica Trelogan, University of Texas at Austin
  • Laura Waugh (Chair), Texas State University

Statewide OER Coordinating Committee, 2019-2020

The OER Coordinating Committee is comprised of the Texas OER Summit Planning Committee, plus new partners from around Texas. The committee is intended to “bridge the gap” between the Summit and any formal coalition or institutional home at which any statewide OER effort might be housed. Reports and other resources from this committee can be found here.

  • Phillip Anaya, Open Educational Resources Coordinator, Alamo Colleges
  • Lea DeForest, Communications Manager, Texas Digital Library
  • Kimberly Grotewold, Education Librarian, Texas A&M University – San Antonio
  • Bruce Herbert, Director, Office of Scholarly Communications, Texas A&M University
  • Jenny Hock, Head of Acquisitions and Serial Services, Angelo State University
  • DeeAnn Ivie, Open Education Coordinator, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Rusty Kimball, Science and Engineering Librarian, Texas A&M University
  • Kristi Park, Executive Director, Texas Digital Library
  • Danielle Plumer, Statewide Resource Sharing Administrator, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  • Ariana Santiago, Open Educational Resources Coordinator , University of Houston
  • Laura Heinz, Librarian, Texas Tech University
  • Kelly Visnak, Associate University Librarian – Scholarly Communications, University of Texas at Arlington

Web Archiving Texas 2020 Planning Committee

Web Archiving Texas is an opportunity to build a community around web archiving in Texas, bringing people together to share skills and resources, and to amplify our work that impacts the national and and international web archiving community. Join Texas Digital Library at Baylor University on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, to begin this exciting collaboration.

  • Leanna Barcelona, University Archivist, Texas Collection, Baylor University
  • John Bondurant, Digital Archivist, Cushing Memorial Archives, Texas A&M University
  • Lea DeForest, Communications Manager, Texas Digital Library
  • Phyllis Earles, Head, Special Collections & Archives/University Archivist, Prairie View A&M University
  • Lauren Ko, Supervisor, Software Development Unit, University of North Texas
  • Anna Lamphear, Head of Digitization, University of Texas at Austin
  • Kara Long, Metadata Librarian, Baylor University
  • Courtney Mumma, Deputy Director, Texas Digital Library
  • Kristi Park, Executive Director, Texas Digital Library
  • Billie Peterson-Lugo, Director, Digital Library Services & Systems, Baylor University
  • Haiying Sarah Li, Associate Library Director for Special Collection & Institutional Repository, Texas Southern University
  • Mark Phillips, Associate Dean for Digital Libraries, University of North Texas
  • Linda Reynolds, Director, East Texas Research Center, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Darryl Stuhr, Assistant Director for Digital Projects, Baylor University
  • Laura Waugh, Digital Collections Librarian, Texas State University

Learn more about this event at

User Groups

South Central States Fedora Users Group

In conjunction with Duraspace, the Texas Digital Library, the University of Houston, and the University of Oklahoma are establishing a community for developers and users of the Fedora repository system. This users group is open to anyone in the southern, central United States with an interest in Fedora and its use with the Hydra, Islandora or other frameworks and extensions.

The goal of the South Central States Fedora Users Group (SCSFUG) is to boost, support, and educate the local Fedora user base, promote adoption of Fedora, and work with an eye towards reducing duplication of effort while maximizing efficiencies as to scale up the use of Fedora use in the region.

Texas Archivematica Users Group

The Texas Archivematica Users Group emerged from an Archivematica Birds of a Feather session at the 2016 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries. Currently, a significant number of institutions are exploring or using Archivematica within Texas, and the discussion at TCDL 2016 resulted in a consensus that a users group would be a beneficial way to share experiences, workflows, user cases, and more — both online and in person.

Who Should Join:

  • The group is open to individuals and organizations in Texas who are actively using, exploring, or testing Archivematica. (Membership in the Texas Digital Library is not required to join.)
  • It is also open to those within other user communities that are interested in furthering or promoting the work of the Texas Archivematica Users Group.
  • The group welcomes members from a variety of backgrounds and job roles — librarians, archivists, IT staff, etc.

2019-2020 Steering Committee:

  • Bethany Scott (chair), University of Houston Libraries
  • Julianna Barrera-Gomez, University of Austin at San Antonio
  • Sean Buckner, Texas A&M University Libraries
  • Courtney Mumma, Texas Digital Library
  • Laura Waugh, Texas State University

Follow this link to be added to the Google Group.

TDL DSpace Users Group, 2019-2020

The TDL DSpace Users Group is an open group for anyone in Texas currently using or interested in DSpace repository software. The group meets monthly, and anyone, regardless of their affiliation with Texas Digital Library, may join.

TDL’s DSpace User Group 2019-20 is led by:

  • Taylor Fairweather (vice-chair), Scholarly Communication Library, West Texas A&M University
  • Colleen Lyon (chair), Scholarly Communication Library, University of Texas at Austin

The group updates information about training and events on the DSpace Users Group webpage and through the TDL DSpace Users Group Email List. The list provides:

  • a forum for discussion and mutual support on issues of concern to the DSpace users community
  • a means for the TDL to update members on upgrades, training opportunities, and other DSpace-related work of the TDL staff, and
  • a channel for rebroadcasting any DuraSpace news related to the DSpace software to the Texas DSpace community

Anyone wanting to be added to the list can use the “Subscribe” feature at this link, or email with the request.

TDL DSpace Training and Education Group, 2019-2020

Charge: The Texas Digital Library DSpace Training and Education Group will assess, update, and standardize the DSpace training that the TDL offers to its members.


  • Lea DeForest, Texas Digital Library
  • Susan Elkins (Chair), Sam Houston State University Libraries
  • Laura McElfresh, Texas A&M Galveston Libraries
  • Joseph Pruett (Vice-chair), Angelo State University Libraries
  • Ed Warga, Texas A& M Corpus Christi Libraries
  • Laura Waugh, Texas State University Libraries
  • Jingshan Xiao, University of Houston – Clear Lake

TDL Metadata Community 

The TDL Metadata Community re-formed in the summer of 2013 to provide a forum for mutual support and discussion around metadata issues.

This open group uses the TDL Metadata Email list for announcements and discussions. Anyone wanting to be added to the list can use the “Subscribe” feature at this link or email with the request.


Kara Long, Baylor University

TDL Vireo Users Group, 2019-2020

The Vireo Users Group (VUG) gathers and prioritizes constituent needs to guide TDL on future development of the Vireo ETD submission and management software. It also provides avenues for the exchange of information about Vireo use and development.

The goals and major activities of the Vireo Users Group include:

  • Prioritized lists of user stories are given to the TDL development team.
  • A vote on how product enhancements should be prioritized is conducted once a year. The Steering Committee selects the enhancements to be included in the vote.
  • Meetings are held at the annual user conference. These meetings give members a forum to express opinions and discuss issues, in person, with other members.
  • The list of enhancements and other documentation are organized and made available on the VUG website.

To join the Vireo Users Group list, please use the “Subscribe” feature at this link or contact the Texas Digital Library at


  • Stephanie Larrison, Texas State University Libraries
  • Billie Peterson-Lugo, Baylor University Libraries

Steering Committee

  • Christopher Starcher, Texas Tech University
  • Emily Wuchner, University of Illinois

Working Groups

TDL DPLA Metadata Working Group, 2019-2020

Charge: The Texas Digital Library DPLA Metadata Working Group will provide guidance to TDL member institutions on preparing digital collections for aggregation through the TDL DPLA Service Hub, with the intent that these digital collections will be shared through Digital Public Library of America.


  • Kara Long (Chair), Baylor University
  • Albert Duran, Houston Public Library
  • Hannah Tarver, University of North Texas
  • Katie Tomfohrde, Houston Public Library
  • Anne Washington, University of Houston
  • Nick Woodward, Texas Digital Library

 Past Groups

TDL Dataverse Implementation Working Group (2015-2016)

Charge: To pilot test, assess, and launch a consortial repository for research data archiving and management. The group will address the following:

  • Costs and possible funding models
  • Technical configuration
  • Workflows and outreach
  • Policy and governance
  • Metadata


  • Santi Thompson (Chair), University of Houston Libraries
  • Jeremy Donald, Trinity University Libraries
  • Denyse Rodgers, Baylor University Libraries
  • Sean Buckner, Texas A&M University Libraries
  • Bruce Herbert, Texas A&M University Libraries
  • Wendi Kaspar, Texas A&M University Libraries
  • Cecilia Smith, Texas A&M University Libraries
  • Chris Starcher, Texas Tech University Libraries
  • Todd Peters, Texas State University Libraries
  • Ray Uzwyshyn, Texas State University Libraries
  • Kristi Park, Texas Digital Library
  • Ryan Steans, Texas Digital Library
  • Nick Lauland, Texas Digital Library
  • Laura Waugh, Texas Digital Library

Deliverable: Texas Digital Library Dataverse Implementation Working Group Final Report (PDF), released September 30, 2016

TDL DSpace 5 Working Group (2014-2015)

Charge: The TDL DSpace 5 Working Group will test and provide updates, documentation, and resources related to the the upgrade to DSpace 5 for TDL members.


  • Susan Elkins, Angelo State University Libraries
  • Robert Luttrell, Texas Tech University Libraries
  • Alexandra Mitchell, Texas A&M University at Galveston Libraries
  • Laura McElfresh, Texas A&M University at Galveston Libraries
  • Nerissa Lindsey, Texas A&M International University Libraries
  • Le Yang, Texas Tech University Libraries
  • Ryan Steans, Texas Digital Library

TDL ETD Metadata Working Group (2014-2015)

Charge: The TDL ETD Metadata Working Group will provide guidance to TDL member institutions and other ETD practitioners on metadata for electronic theses and dissertations, with a particular focus on works published through the Vireo ETD submission and management application.


  • Sarah Potvin (Chair), Texas A&M University Libraries
  • Kara Long, Baylor University Libraries
  • Colleen Lyon, University of Texas at Austin Libraries
  • Monica Rivero, Rice University Libraries
  • Santi Thompson, University of Houston Libraries
  • Kristi Park, Texas Digital Library

Deliverable: Texas Digital Library Descriptive Metadata Guidelines for Electronic Theses and Dissertations, Version 2.0

Data Management Working Group (2013-2014)

The TDL Data Management Working Group convened in Fall 2013 to develop pilot projects and make recommendations for services related to data management, particularly in regard to making research data accessible and reusable.

  • Chair: Bruce Herbert, PhD, Director of Digital Services & Scholarly Communications, Texas A&M University Libraries
  • Martha Buckbee,  Emerging Library Technologies Specialist, UT Southwestern Medical Library
  • Jeremy Donald, Technology Interface and Assessment Coordinator, Trinity University Libraries
  • Maria Esteva, PhD, Research Associate/Data Archivist, Texas Advanced Computing Center
  • Colleen Lyon, Digital Repository Librarian, University of Texas at Austin Libraries
  • Mark Phillips, Asst. Dean for Digital Libraries, University of North Texas Libraries
  • Santi Thompson, Head of Digital Repository Services, University of Houston Libraries
  • Ryan Steans, Director of Operations, Texas Digital Library

Deliverable: TDL Data Management Working Group Report (August 2015)

Survey Working Group (2012-2013)

The TDL Survey Working Group was convened in June 2012 to develop and conduct a survey of the TDL membership to determine needs related to TDL services, marketing, and organization. The results of the Survey Working Group were reported to the TDL Governing Board in the fall of 2012 and released publicly in early 2013.

Subcommittee Chairs:

  • Jane Scott (UT Southwestern Medical Center Library) – Marketing Subcommittee
  • Gail Clement (Texas A&M University Libraries) – Services Subcommittee
  • Jeanne Hazzard (Alkek Library, Texas State University Libraries) – Organizational Subcommittee