Call for Proposals | TCDL 2020

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Hindsight 2020: Looking Back, Moving Forward at the 2020 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries

We’re planning an exciting program for The Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL) 2020, and we’d love your help. If you have a project or topic that will help bring clarity and vision to the digital library and archives community, we invite you to submit a proposal by January 24, 2020.

DEADLINE EXTENDED to Monday, February 3, 2020.

Submit your proposal here.

The 2020 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries will be held May 18-21, 2020 at the Commons Conference Center on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus in Austin, Texas.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 2020 will be a great place to network and experience the latest in all things digital.

2020 TCDL Theme

As Texas Digital Library embarks on a new decade, TCDL’s theme this year, 2020 Hindsight: Looking Back, Moving Forward, presents an opportunity to pause and reflect on lessons learned from past projects and initiatives, and envision fresh possibilities for the future. Proposals might detail projects that didn’t go as planned (for better or worse), address particular aspects of project management, or point us in new directions for digital collections and infrastructure. We encourage presenters to consider sharing past successes as well as failures that led to unexpected solutions or advice that might benefit the community.

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, applications, and workflows in the digital library and archives community. 

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

Here are some of the broad areas the committee hope to see covered at TCDL 2020:

  • 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

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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): Panel sessions should address a single topic, based on this year’s theme, from multiple perspectives, with a strong preference for participants from multiple institutions. We expect panels to be organized to represent a range of professional backgrounds and experience, and to be interactive in nature or discussion-based.
  • 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,  simplified abstract (no more than 100 words), abstract (no more than 500 words), and information for each speaker(s) (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. They will be scored for 1) organization, 2) significance, 3) originality, and 4) relevance to the conference theme or TCDL-related topics areas. The planning committee reserves the right to suggest a different presentation type.

All papers presented at TCDL 2020 are published in the conference proceedings, and made available through the Texas Digital Library’s website. The conference language is English.

Be a part of the 2020 TCDL program by submitting your session proposal now. Deadlines and other key dates are approaching quickly!

  • October 18: Call for Proposals
  • DEADLINE EXTENDED to Monday, February 3, 2020
  • February 28: Notification of acceptance
  • April 8: Early-bird registration deadline
  • Conference Dates: May 18-21, 2020 
  • Conference Location: Commons Conference Center on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus in Austin, Texas

Submit your proposal here.

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