The Texas Digital Library began in 2005 as a partnership between four of the state’s largest Association of Research Libraries (ARL) universities: Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, the University of Houston, and the University of Texas at Austin. It has extended membership in the consortium to any of the state’s institutions of higher learning and now represents large and small institutions from every region of the state.
The Texas Digital Library is a consortium of Texas higher education institutions that builds capacity for preserving, managing, and providing access to unique digital collections of enduring value. Our empowering technology infrastructure, services, and community programs:
- Support research, teaching, and digital curation efforts at our member institutions
- Facilitate collaboration amongst our community and with external partners
- Connect local work to a global ecosystem of digital library efforts
The Texas Digital Library will be an essential resource, built by and for our institutional members, that enhances access to the unique digital collections of Texas and ensures their long-term preservation.
- Deliver essential preservation service as an integral component of a national digital preservation infrastructure, in order to preserve knowledge for future generations.
- Enhance the access, usability, and interoperability of Texas’ digital collections by fostering connections within the digital library ecosystem.
- Create meaningful and innovative professional development programs.
- Leverage the expertise of Texas librarians and staff, to take advantage of their talents, develop shared standards and practices, and establish a common base of knowledge across all member institutions.
- Establish a broad and enduring base of funding through:
- statewide membership
- external partnerships and funding sources
- legislative appropriation
The Texas Digital Library (TDL) provides hosted technology services to TDL member institutions, faculty at those institutions, and the general public, including:
- Digital Repositories – A centralized storage, management, and publication system through DSpace which accepts any digital asset and makes it available in an online environment.
- Texas Data Repository – A platform for publishing and archiving datasets (and other data products) created by faculty, staff, and students at Texas higher education institutions, built on Dataverse software.
- ETD submission and management – Thesis and dissertation submission management system through Vireo, which allows graduate schools, libraries, and students to easily handle the ETD process via a customizable interface.
- Electronic Journals – Open Journal Systems (OJS) hosting offers an equal parts online publisher and distributed workflow mechanism for members to create and manage peer-reviewed online journals through an efficient Web interface.
- Digital Preservation Storage – Options for preservation storage including DuraCloud™ @TDL, Digital Preservation Network (DPN), and Chronopolis. All options for TDL-hosted preservation services provide members with a cost-effective and easy-to-use solution for digital preservation. By storing and managing content in multiple geographic locations and with multiple storage options available, members can control their costs, enjoy predictability for service, and rely on known, durable technologies and best practices for ensuring the integrity of their digital collections.
- Training – TDL offers classes, webinars, and documentation along with other services in support of research, scholarship, and learning in Texas.
If you are interested in collaborating with the Texas Digital Library or would like additional information about our services or joining our member consortium, please contact: email@example.com