Call for Papers

Proposal deadline extended: February 10, 2017


Help to build the program for the 2017 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries!

The 2017 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries will be held May 23-25 at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus in Austin, TX. The Annual 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 the 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 2017 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 2017? 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 problelms.
  • Initiate dialogues to answer 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 collecting 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: 2016 TCDL Program

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 we encourage panel speakers representing a range of professional backgrounds and experience.
  • 24x7 Presentations: 7-minute presentation 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.


Complete proposals should be submitted by clicking on the "Step One of the Submission Process" 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.

Author Guidelines


  • All speakers MUST REGISTER for the conference and are responsible for registration, housing, and travel costs.
  • With all submissions, include the following information:
  1. Proposal Session Title
  2. Abstract (no more than 500 words)
  3. Speaker Information: For all speakers, name, title, institution, brief bio (less than 100 words), email address



Submissions for this conference were closed on 2017-02-11.

The Texas Conference on Digital Libraries is hosted by: