Call for Papers

 Help to build the program for the 2016 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries!

The 2016 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries will be held May 24-26 at the Commons Learning Center on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus in Austin, Texas. The Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (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.

TCDL addresses a wide range of topics including creation, promotion, preservation, and management of digital projects and assets, as well as the software and applications that drive the digital library world. Through a blend of interactive presentations, engaging speakers, and informative workshops, TCDL 2016 will be a great place to network and experience the latest in all things digital.

What kind of broad areas would we hope to see covered at TCDL 2016? Here are some ideas!

Unexpected finds:

  • Present new ways to use existing technology or demonstrate a new piece of software that's really made an impact on your workflow.
  • Show off a new digital collection or project, or present novel uses of your institution's collection material.
Unexplained gaps:
  • Present ways the larger digital library community can work together to solve problems.
  • Initiate dialogues to answer the difficult questions that have faced your institution.
  • Suggest solutions you’d like to see offered at a state or national level.

Unexplored collaborations:

  • Discover ways to partner together to address an unmet collection need.
  • Novel partnerships that produced interesting results or ideas for greater exposure for collaborative collections.

Whatever you choose to submit, topics explored can include project management, intellectual property issues, deep explorations of software applications... the sky's the limit! Need more inspiration? Check out last year's successful programs to get your creative juices flowing.

How can you make an impact on our growing digital culture? Simple: submit a session proposal today. Sessions can take a number of forms, including:

  • Presentations: General presentations on practical work, theoretical or speculative issues, or ongoing or completed research.
  • Panels:  Panel sessions should address a single topic from multiple perspectives and should engage the audience for a full 80-minute session.
  • 24x7 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 & Demos, 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.


Complete proposals should be submitted by clicking on the "Step One of the Submission Process" link at the bottom of this page or the "Proposal Submission" link in the menu on the right. You will be required to log into the system to submit a proposal and select the session type.

Proposals must include a title, information for each presenter (name, email, institution), and an abstract (100-500 words). Optionally, you may include a brief bio for each presenter, keywords, and information on funding or supporting agencies for the work presented in your submission.


Be a part of TCDL 2016 by submitting your session proposal now. Deadlines and other key dates are approaching quickly!

February 12: Extended deadline for all Conference Proposal Submissions
Monday, March 21: Notification of acceptance or denial
April 15: Last day for early-bird registration rate
May 24-26: Dates for the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries 
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Submissions for this conference were closed on 2016-02-12.

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