The Call for Proposals for TCDL 2020 is Now Open!

This year’s planning committee is developing 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.


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 institutions, and organizations from around the world.

Sessions can take a number of forms, including:

  *   Presentations: (25-minutes)
  *   Panels: (60-minutes)
     *   Proposals should be:
        *   Multi-institutional
        *   Based around the conference theme
        *   Interactive or discussion-based
  *   24x7 Presentations: (24 slides in 7 minutes)
  *   Posters and Minute Madness
  *   Workshops or Tutorials
     *   Proposals should include:
        *   Objectives/outcomes for the session
        *   Target audience, including the target level of expertise
        *   Tech requirements
        *   Time Expectation: 2, 4, or 8 hours
  *   Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions
     *   1-hour sessions overlapping the lunch break


Visit our Call for Proposals<> website to get started and submit here<> when you’re ready. The proposal deadline is January 24, 2020.

Complete proposals must include a title, simplified abstract (no more than 100 words), extended 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.  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.


  *   October 18: Call for Proposals
  *   January 24: Deadline for all conference proposals
  *   February 21: 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

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Happy abstract writing, y’all!


  *   Shelley Barba (committee vice-chair and poster session sub-committee chair), Digital Scholarship Librarian, Texas Tech University
  *   Jon Crossno (proceedings sub-committee chair), Cataloging & Metadata Librarian, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  *   Taylor Davis-Van Atta (CFP sub-committee chair), Digital Scholarship Coordinator, University of Houston
  *   Lea DeForest, Communications Manager, Texas Digital Library
  *   Taylor Fairweather, Scholarly Communication Librarian, West Texas A&M University
  *   Linsey Ford, Research and Instruction Librarian, University of Houston – Clear Lake
  *   Ramona Holmes (Leadership Academy sub-committee chair), Associate Director, University of North Texas Health Science Center
  *   Jerrell Jones (scholarship sub-committee chair), Digitization Lab Manager, University of Houston
  *   Marcia McIntosh (committee chair), Digital Production Librarian, University of North Texas
  *   Mark Phillips, Associate Dean for Digital Libraries, University of North Texas
  *   Alexandria Suarez, Conference Planner, Texas Digital Library
  *   Rachel Winston, Black Diaspora Archivist, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas at Austin
  *   Amanda Zerangue, Manager of Digital Services & Scholarly Communication Librarian, Texas Woman’s University

Lea DeForest, MSIS
Communications Manager
Texas Digital Library
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