TDL Leadership Academy 2021

Build Leadership Skills with Texas Digital Library

TCDL’s Leadership Academy started in 2019 with the goals of building the skills necessary for leading at all levels of the library and to cultivate a cohort of learners who seek a professional community for growth. The positive feedback from the first year’s day-long intensive compelled the TCDL Planning Committee to keep this opportunity viable during this unusual time.

This year we are striving for these goals once more through a free webinar series that will run from February through June 2021. By bringing multiple voices to speak on leadership topics such as supporting inclusivity in the library, leading people and projects and interrogating structures that contribute to a lack of diversity in libraries, curating a reading list, and providing a forum for asynchronous discussion among all participants, we hope to cultivate this professional community.

The Texas Digital Library Leadership Academy will help you build the skills necessary for leading at all levels of the library and cultivate a cohort of learners who seek a professional community for growth.

This year’s Leadership Academy will be a series of virtual and free webinars. Please see more information about each webinar below along with registration.


Inclusivity in the Library

February 25th, 2021
1-2PM CST | Register here

Please join Texas Digital Library in welcoming Madelyn Schakelford Washington, Coordinator of the Music Library at the University of Houston and Kelly Gonzalez, Vice President of Library Services at UT Southwestern.

Topics include:

  • Tips on having difficult conversations
  • Addressing microaggressions
  • Hiring practices

Registration for this event is required. Please register here.

Diversity and Inclusion @ the Leadership Academy

The Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL) invites information professionals  working in higher education, public and private libraries, and cultural heritage institutions from all backgrounds and at all stages in their careers. The TCDL program covers topics relevant to the creation, promotion, and preservation of research, scholarship, and cultural heritage digital materials.

The goal of the TCDL is to bring together those working on digital projects — including outreach librarians, repository managers, catalogers, faculty members, technical staff, students, and others — in order to build a practical, usable, and sustainable model for digital libraries.

The TCDL Planning Committee and the Texas Digital Library are committed 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. We believe that digital libraries are stewarded and utilized by diverse participants, and that supporting the visibility of such diversity enhances the experiences of all digital library community members. As such, this conference values inclusiveness and the maintenance of a safe and accountable space for all participants.

Texas Digital Library is dedicated to providing collaborative and conference experiences that are free from all forms of harassment, and inclusive of all people. We know that the best problem-solving and critical thinking happens when people with a wide array of experiences and perspectives come together to work in comfort and safety as peers. We therefore expect participants in the Texas Digital Library community to help create thoughtful and respectful environments where that interaction can take place.

The above statement was crafted from examples set forth by the Different Games Conference and the Digital Library Federation Code of Conduct.

Please email if you have questions about the Leadership Academy.

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