Call For Proposals

Exploring Perspectives at the 2018 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries

We’re planning an exciting program for The Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL) 2018, and we’d love your help.  If you have a project or topic that Explores Perspectives, we invite you to submit a proposal by February 5, 2018.

The 2018 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries will be held May 15-17, 2018 at the Commons Learning Center on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus in Austin, Texas. The Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL) is the premiere gathering of digital library and information professionals across Texas and beyond. This is your opportunity to be part of the program. Through a blend of interactive presentations, engaging speakers, and informative workshops, TCDL 2018 will be a great place to network and experience the latest in all things digital.

This year’s theme, Exploring Perspectives, seeks to spotlight underrepresented and under acknowledged communities, voices, and points of view relating to digital outputs. The program committee additionally solicits topics relating to the preservation, management, and the creation of access to unique digital collections of enduring value or the development of software and applications in the digital library world.

Here are some of the broad areas the committee would hope to see covered at TCDL 2018:

  • Presentations that explore perspectives that feature underrepresented communities or narratives
  • Creation, promotion, preservation, or management of digital projects/assets
  • Software creation or innovative use
  • Application development
  • Copyright, Institutional Repositories, Open Access or other Digital Scholarship topics

Need more inspiration? Check out last year’s successful programs:

Sessions can take a number of forms, including:

  • Presentations: (25-minutes): General presentations on practical work, theoretical or speculative issues, or ongoing completed research.
  • Panels: (60-minute or 80-minute): Panel sessions should address a single topic from multiple perspectives. We encourage panels to be organized to represent a range of professional backgrounds and experience.
  • 24×7 Presentations: (24 slides in 7 minutes): 7-minute presentations comprising no more than 24 slides.
  • Posters: Posters will be featured at the conference reception and through a “Minute Madness” session, during which presenters will give a 60-second summary of each poster.
  • Workshops, Tutorials, Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions: These events provide venues for in-depth instruction in important areas of digital library practice (workshops), demonstrations of new or useful tools and technologies (tutorials), and gatherings of interested attendees to engage in discussion about a particular topic (birds-of-a-feather sessions). Events in this category can range from 1 to 4 hours.

See Track Policies for more information


More information on submitting a proposal is available on the conference website. Complete proposals must include a title, abstract (no more than 500 words), and information for each speaker (name, title, institution, brief bio, and email address).

Be a part of the 2018 TCDL program by submitting your session proposal now. Deadlines and other key dates are approaching quickly!

    • September 22: Call for Proposals
    • January 29 : Deadline for all conference proposals
    • March 16: Notification of acceptance
    • April 6: Early-bird registration deadline


  • Conference Dates: May 15-17, 2018


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