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Advanced DSpace course to be held June 3-6

March 31st, 2014

DSpace logo horiz color cropped Advanced DSpace course to be held June 3 6The Texas Digital Library will offer an expanded four-day Advanced DSpace course on June 3-6 in Austin, Texas. The course will cover advanced topics related to DSpace configuration, theming, and content transmission.

Registration for the course will open on Friday, April 11 and will be available to TDL members and non-members on that date. Registrants from TDL member organizations will have the opportunity to register at a discounted rate.

Details about the course are below, and additional information is available on the TDL website.

DATES: June 3-6 (four full days)
LOCATION: Perry-Castañeda Library, Room 1.202 (on the UT Austin campus)
COST: $600 (non-members)
$425 (TDL members)
INSTRUCTOR: James Creel, Texas A&M Libraries
James Creel is the Senior Lead Software Applications Developer at Texas A&M University Libraries, where he supervises the software development team.  James manages the development and maintenance of digital library and information management applications and provides TAMU Libraries faculty with training and tools for transmitting and curating content and metadata.  James has a BA in Economics and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and an MS in Computer Science from Texas A&M University.  James has 7 years of experience in customizing, administering, importing and disseminating collections with DSpace.


The four-day course will be broken down into three modules, covering the topics listed below. DSpace 3.2 will be the version used in this offering of the course.


  • Themes and Aspects
  • Internationalization
  • Authentication
  • Media Filters
  • Curation Tasks
  • Submission Workflows
  • Controlled Vocabularies
  • Statistics
  • Discovery, Search, and Browse
  • OAI

Content transmission

  • OAI protocols and crosswalks
  • OAI harvesting
  • SWORD servers and clients
  • Batch Imports


  • Creating a new theme
  • Colors, Fonts, and Layouts with CSS
  • Content presentation with XSL
  • Using semantic web services with JavaScript and AJAX


  • Participants should at minimum have knowledge of the DSpace user interface and have taken the Intro to DSpace training course (or some equivalent). It is assumed that participants will be very familiar with the following aspects of DSpace: Community/Collection hierarchy; epersons, groups, and authorization management; and the metadata registry.
  • Participants should be able to perform basic tasks at a system command line, such as
  • listing files and directories
  • changing the working directory
  • executing programs
  • Participants should be comfortable editing text files.  The course material will involve editing a variety of DSpace configuration files.
  • Basic knowledge of programming languages and web development will enhance one’s appreciation of the material.  Examples on customizing themes will involve XML, XSLT, CSS, and JavaScript.  Examples on writing new curation tasks and media filters will involve Java.

Questions or comments can be directed to  info@tdl.org.

UH-Clear Lake joins the Texas Digital Library

March 30th, 2014

uhcl logo UH Clear Lake joins the Texas Digital LibraryThe Texas Digital Library is pleased to welcome the University of Houston-Clear Lake as its newest member library. UH-Clear Lake joined the TDL as an Affiliate member in February 2014.

The Alred R. Neumann Library at UH-Clear Lake is led by Executive Director Karen Wielhorski. The UH-Clear Lake Archives are home to, among other treasures, the NASA Johnson Space Center History Collection.

The Texas Digital Library consortium currently includes 17 academic libraries across the state of Texas. Together, the members of the TDL build shared infrastructure and community resources that facilitate greater access to the riches of Texas academic institutions.

For more information about the TDL and its members, visit tdl.org/members.

Special Events at TCDL 2014

March 26th, 2014


Early registration for the 2014 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries ends Tuesday, April 1. After that, rates will increase, so register today!

Along with the chance to hear the presentations, panels, and keynote speakers that will be part of the main conference program, attendees will also have opportunities to participate in a number of exciting special events taking place around TCDL this year.

These include:

  • A birds-of-a-feather session for CONTENTdm Users. (More info)
  • A pre-conference DPLA hackathon, focused on the Digital Public Library of America API. (More info)
  • The opportunity to get an up-close-and personal look at the amazing collections of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. (More info)
  • A tour of cutting-edge data collection and visualization capabilities of the Texas Advanced Computing Center VisLab. (More info)

Space is limited and separate (free) registration is required for all special events.

For more information, read below or visit the special events page of the TCDL 2014 website. Read the rest of this entry »

Linked Data Workshop at TCDL 2014

March 12th, 2014

The Texas Digital Library and the TCDL 2014 Planning Committee are pleased to announce open registration for a special post-conference workshop on Linked Data, taught by library technology expert Karen Coyle. The workshop will take place on the afternoon of April 29. Full details about this exciting opportunity are included below and on the TCDL 2014 website.

The Linked Data Workshop is available to TCDL attendees at no additional cost, but space is limited. Separate registration is required and will be available initially to those also registered for TCDL 2014.

Register for the TCDL Linked Data Workshop HERE.

Haven’t registered for TCDL 2014? Early registration rates are available through April 1. Go to the TCDL 2014 conference website for more information about registering for the conference.

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DSpace and Vireo training opportunities, April 8-9

February 27th, 2014

The Texas Digital Library is pleased to announce dates for introductory DSpace and Vireo training, to be held in Austin on April 8-9.

The TDL welcomes faculty and staff from all TDL member institutions to register for the courses, which are free of charge. Both courses will be held in the Perry-Castañeda Library on the UT Austin campus.

Register for training courses HERE.

training room vertical web DSpace and Vireo training opportunities, April 8 9April 8, 2014 – Intro to DSpace (more info)

This one-day course provides beginner-level DSpace users with an overview of the use and management of DSpace repositories. Students will gain hands-on experience with DSpace and the use of the DSpace administrative interface.

  • Duration: 9am-4pm
  • Location: UT Austin, Perry-Castañeda Library Room 1.202 | Parking & Directions
  • Cost: Free for TDL members. Registration is required.
  • Instructor: Colleen Lyon, Digital Repository Librarian, UT Austin Libraries

April 9, 2014 – Intro to Vireo (more info)

In this course, students receive an overview of Vireo, the system developed by the Texas Digital Library for handling the online submission and management of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). Students will gain hands-on experience using Vireo to shepherd a thesis or dissertation through the entire ETD workflow.

Note: The April 9 offering will cover new features in Vireo version 2.

  • Duration: 9am-4pm
  • Location: UT Austin, Perry-Castañeda Library Room 1.202 | Parking & Directions
  • Cost: Free for TDL members. Registration is required.
  • Instructor: Ryan Steans, Director of Operations, Texas Digital Library

Additional training opportunities will be announced as they are scheduled. Advanced-level DSpace offerings will be available in Summer 2014.

Any questions can be directed to the Texas Digital Library at info@tdl.org.

Registration open for TCDL 2014

February 4th, 2014

Registration is now open for the 2014 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries!  TCDL 2014 will be held April 28-29 in Austin, Texas, at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center.

Register by April 1 to receive a discounted rate. Faculty and staff at Texas Digital Library member institutions and students are eligible for additional discounts.

  • TDL Members: $110 ($145 after April 1)
  • Non-Members: $140 ($175 after April 1)
  • Students (Members or Non-Members): $50 ($75 after April 1)

To register, please go to the conference website.

What’s covered in the registration fee: The conference registration fee covers two days of presentations, panels, 24×7 lightning talks, and posters; a welcome reception on the first night of TCDL; and breakfast and snacks on both days of the conference.

Additionally, registration gives you the opportunity to sign up at no additional cost for workshops, “birds of a feather” sessions, and several special tours scheduled for the afternoon of Day 2. (Among the special events planned for April 29: a Linked Data Workshop taught by Karen Coyle; a tour of the Texas Advanced Computing Center Visualization Lab; and curator talks at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center.)

About TCDL 2014:

The Texas Conference on Digital Libraries covers topics relevant to the creation, promotion and preservation of research, scholarship and cultural heritage digital materials. This year’s conference will focus on the theme Engaging Outliers:  Context, Collections & Community, and will explore the full range of projects, workflows, use cases and ideas-in-the-making related to digital library work — with a special emphasis on those projects that lie outside of the ordinary.

TCDL 2014 will feature two exciting keynote speakers to frame these discussions. Dan Cohen, Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), will discuss DPLA’s ambitious endeavor to make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available to all. Karen Coyle, a recognized expert on digital libraries with over 30 years of experience with library technology, will address emerging trends related to Linked Data.

For more information about the event and program, please visit the TCDL 2014 conference website.

Deadline for Proposals is February 7:

The TCDL 2014 committee continues to accept proposals for presentations, panels, posters, and workshops through Friday, February 7.  See the full Call for Proposals for more information about requirements and submission procedures.

Conference Hotel Rooms available:

TCDL 2014 has a limited number of hotel rooms available for attendees at our conference venue, the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. The rooms will be available at a reduced rate of $174/night if reserved by April 11, 2014. More details are available on the conference website, or you may RESERVE A ROOM ONLINE.
Questions about the conference can be directed to info@tdl.org or 512-495-4417.

TDL Awards: Call for Applications

January 9th, 2014

The Texas Digital Library Awards Committee invites nominations for the 2014 Texas Digital Library (TDL) Awards.

TDL Awards acknowledge outstanding digital library work at academic libraries across Texas. The TDL Awards Committee encourages individuals to nominate themselves, as well as other individuals and groups as appropriate, for recognition of the innovative and important work happening across the state in digital libraries,

Awards will be given in six categories:

  • Innovative Outreach Award: Honors an individual or team that demonstrates a creative and successful approach to reaching new users and building awareness of an organization’s digital library.
  • Scholarly Communications Award: Honors the work of an individual or group in a Texas academic library who has made significant advances in our understanding of the issues surrounding scholarly communications and/or in developing innovative solutions to address current academic publishing systems.
  • TDL Service Award: Honors a TDL member (individual or group) who has made significant contributions to the TDL consortium and/or a member who has used TDL services to their fullest potential.
  • Trailblazer Award: Honors the work of individuals or groups within Texas academic libraries who have used limited resources in innovative ways to create, maintain or support digital collections.
  • Leadership in Digital Libraries Award: Honors an individual who has made significant contributions and improvements related to digital libraries.
  • Excellence in Digital Libraries Award: Honors an institution, group, or project that has demonstrated overall excellence in one or more areas of digital library practice.

Successful applications will be honored at the 2014 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries in Austin, April 28-29. With the exception of the TDL Service Award, all awards are open to nominations from any academic institution in Texas, regardless of affiliation with the TDL.


  • February 14, 2014: Deadline for submission
  • March 14, 2014: Notification of award recipients
  • April 28-29, 2014: Dates for the 2014 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries, at which awards will be distributed. (Attendance at the conference is not necessary to receive an award

For more information about the criteria and processes for selection and to submit an application, please visit: http://tdl.org/awards/

Questions about TDL Awards can be directed to the TDL Awards Committee Chair, Shelley Barba, at shelley.barba@ttu.edu.


- Shelley Barba (Texas Tech University) – Chair
- Cindy Boeke (Southern Methodist University)
- Susan Elkins (Angelo State University)
- Kate Krause (Houston Academy of Medicine – Texas Medical Center Library)
- Stephanie Larrison (Texas State University)
- Darryl Stuhr (Baylor University)
- Santi Thompson (University of Houston)
- Kristi Park (Texas Digital Library)
- Douglas Ferrier (Texas A&M International University) – Board Sponsor

Data Management Working Group holds kick-off meeting December 12

December 12th, 2013

The Texas Digital Library has convened a working group of representatives from member institutions and partners to address needs related to the accessibility and usability of research data.

The Data Management Working Group will be chaired by Dr. Bruce Herbert, Professor of Geology at Texas A&M University and Director of Digital Services and Scholarly Communications for Texas A&M Libraries. The group held its inaugural meeting on Thursday, December 12.

Other members of the Working Group are:

  • Maria Esteva, PhD, Research Associate/Data Archivist, Texas Advanced Computing Center
  • Debra Hanken Kurtz, Executive Director, Texas Digital Library
  • Colleen Lyon, Digital Repository Librarian, UT Austin
  • Christie Peters, Science Research Support Librarian, University of Houston
  • Ryan Steans, Director of Operations, Texas Digital Library
  • Joseph Tan, Manager, Digital Services & Technology,  UT Southwestern Medical Library
  • Megan Toups, Instruction/Liaison Librarian, Trinity University

For more information about the TDL Data Management Working Group, please contact the TDL Program Coordinator at info@tdl.org.

Vireo Users Group announces 2013-14 steering committee, spring meeting date

December 10th, 2013

The Vireo Users Group (VUG) is pleased to announce the members of the 2013-14 VUG Steering Committee.

The co-chairs of the committee are Stephanie Larrison, Electronic Resources Librarian at Texas State University, and David Reynolds, Manager of Scholarly Digital Initiatives at Johns Hopkins University.

Other members include:

  • Joy Perrin, Assistant Librarian in the Digital Resources Department of Texas Tech University Libraries
  • Laura Spradlin, Thesis and Development Specialist, Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Ryan Steans, Director of Operations at the Texas Digital Library (ex-officio member)

The VUG will hold its annual meeting on April 30, 2014 in Austin. The meeting will provide opportunity to discuss the next round of software development related to Vireo as well as organizational business.

The Vireo Users Group gathers and prioritizes constituent needs to guide future development of the Vireo ETD Submission and Management software application. Further, the VUG provides avenues for the exchange of information about Vireo development, needs and utilization. For more information about the VUG and Vireo, please visit the VUG website at http://vireoetd.org.

TDL to begin upgrades to hosted installations of Vireo ETD software

November 26th, 2013

The Texas Digital Library is set to begin upgrades to all hosted instances of the Vireo Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Management application from version 1.8 to the latest version of the Vireo code – version  This version of Vireo has many new features, including enhancements that allow for easier customization, batch editing, and publication to ProQuest.

TDL staff will contact each hosted member institution to communicate a proposed update schedule, which should cause only minimal interruption to current users. To facilitate the upgrade process, the TDL has scheduled three webinars to demonstrate new functionality and will provide any local support that TDL institutions require for management of the new features.

Proposed dates for web-based demonstrations of Vireo

  • Monday, December 9, 2013 at 11:00 AM – Noon (CST)
  • Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM – Noon (CST)
  • Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM – Noon (CST)

All future communication about this upgrade, including details about the scheduled demos, will be sent either directly to individual campuses or through the Vireo Users Group (VUG) email list. To join the VUG list, use the “Subscribe” feature at this link, or simply email info@tdl.org with the request.

The TDL would like to thank Texas A&M University for its work in taking Vireo from version 1.8 to this latest version.  The enhancements resulting from their work will significantly improve the experience of students, graduate school staff and librarians alike, and will provide a more flexible tool to fit the needs of more campuses.

New Features of Vireo

  • Customizable Theming (add school colors, banners, etc.)
  • Customizable Text
    • change field names
    • edit welcome text
    • edit license
    • edit help notes and sticky notes
  • All fields can be toggled on, off or optional
  • New settings for easier campus integration with ProQuest publication
    • ProQuest Degree Codes
    • ProQuest Subject Matching
    • ProQuest Languages
  • New Fields Available
    • Previously published material
    • Defense Date
    • Committee Member Role Types
    • Administrative file upload
    • Reviewer notes
  • Customized filter enhancements
  • Customizable exports
  • Batch functionality
    • email to students
    • status change
    • publication to multiple repositories (ProQuest included)

Questions about Vireo or the upgrade of TDL-hosted instances of Vireo can be directed to TDL staff at info@tdl.org.