TCDL 2019 Call For Proposals

CFP is now closed.

This year’s theme, Breaking Down Barriers, seeks to spotlight innovative projects and experiences within digital libraries and other digital work/collaborations. It aims to transform and overcome hurdles between public/technical services and archives; collections and users; the “digital library” and the “library,” and among different disciplines.

The program committee additionally solicits traditional TCDL-addressed topics such as discussions, presentations, or work on any step in the life-cycle of digital projects or the development of software and applications in the digital library world.

Submissions are encouraged from students, scholars, and professionals in all career or study levels, representing themselves, public and private businesses, and institutions from the great state of Texas and beyond.

Peer Review Process

All submissions to the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries will undergo peer-review by the TCDL Planning Committee, composed of 8 – 12 members. Committee members will score each submission based on (1) clarity of the proposal, (2) potential to engage the audience, and (3) relevance to conference topics.

Here are some of the broad areas the committee hope to see covered at TCDL 2019:
  • 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
  • Collaborations across departments, schools, or institutions
  • Integration of digital means into new spaces
  • Digital preservation topics
  • Rights, reuse, or risk management
  • Analytics and assessment of digital library collections
  • Building an accessible digital library
  • (Re)framing traditional roles and identities

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).

All submitted proposals are peer reviewed by the program committee to assure that the program provides significant, timely, and authoritative information. All papers presented at TCDL 2019 are published in the conference proceedings, and made available through the Texas Digital Library’s website. The conference language is English.

Important Dates:
  • January 25: Deadline for all conference proposals
  • March 8: Notification of acceptance
  • April 5: Early-bird registration deadline
  • Conference Dates: May 20-23, 2019
Types of Sessions:
Presentations (20-30 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 (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.

Learn more on our Presenter & Session Information page

Looking for panel participants or have a topic you want to hear/learn more about?
The 2019 Program Committee has created a Google Spreadsheet for you to informally connect with other TCDL attendees seeking ideas and/or collaboration on session proposals for TCDL 2019. The spreadsheet is not monitored by TDL or the 2019 Program Committee and is not part of the official submission process.

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TCDL 2019 Planning Committee

Clarke Iakovakis (chair)Oklahoma State University
Marcia McIntosh (vice-chair)University of North Texas
Shelley BarbaTexas Tech University
Jon CrossnoUT Southwestern
Taylor Davis-Van AttaUniversity of Houston
Taylor FairweatherWest Texas A&M University
Kara LongBaylor University
Jeremy MooreUniversity of Tennessee Knoxville 
Jessica Neal, Trinity University
Mark PhillipsUniversity of North Texas
Sarah PotvinTexas A&M University
Linda ReynoldsStephen F. Austin State University
Kristen WeischedelUT Rio Grande Valley
Amanda ZerangueTexas Woman’s University