Groups

As a consortium, the Texas Digital Library depends upon the active participation of its members and users to be successful. TDL Users Groups, Working Groups, Committees, and Affinity Groups provide opportunities for member contributions focused on particular services, professional roles, and projects.

Committees | User Groups | Working Groups | Past Groups

Committees

TCDL Planning Committee

The TDL Conference Committee is appointed by the Governing Board and is responsible for planning the annual Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL).

The committee for TCDL 2017 consists of:

  • Chair: Ramona Holmes, University of Texas at Arlington Libraries
  • Vice Chair: Eric Ames, Baylor University Libraries
  • Jeremy Moore, Texas State University Libraries
  • Clarke Iakovakis, University of Houston Clear Lake Libraries
  • Kara Long, Baylor University Libraries
  • Bethany Scott, University of Houston Libraries
  • Le Yang, Texas Tech University Libraries
  • Laura Waugh, Texas Digital Library

TDL Awards Committee

The TDL Awards Committee is appointed by the Governing Board to recognize outstanding work in digital libraries at academic institutions throughout Texas. Awards are given at the annual Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL) as part of the reception ceremonies.

More information on each award and instructions for nominations can be found on the TDL Awards page.

2017 Committee Members:

  • Chair: Nerissa Lindsey, Texas A&M International University Libraries
  • Louise Kidder, UT Medical Branch Libraries
  • Sian Brannon, University of North Texas Libraries
  • Sarah Potvin, Texas A&M University Libraries
  • Aaron Choate, University of Texas at Austin Libraries
  • Laura Waugh, Texas Digital Library (ex-officio)

User Groups

South Central States Fedora Users Group

In conjunction with Duraspace, the Texas Digital Library, the University of Houston, and the University of Oklahoma are establishing a community for developers and users of the Fedora repository system. This users group is open to anyone in the southern, central United States with an interest in Fedora and its use with the Hydra, Islandora or other frameworks and extensions.

The goal of the South Central States Fedora Users Group (SCSFUG) is to boost, support, and educate the local Fedora user base, promote adoption of Fedora, and work with an eye towards reducing duplication of effort while maximizing efficiencies as to scale up the use of Fedora use in the region.

Texas Archivematica Users Group

The Texas Archivematica Users Group emerged from an Archivematica Birds of a Feather session at the 2016 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries. Currently, a significant number of institutions are exploring or using Archivematica within Texas, and the discussion at TCDL 2016 resulted in a consensus that a users group would be a beneficial way to share experiences, workflows, user cases, and more — both online and in person.

Who Should Join

  • The group is open to individuals and organizations in Texas who are actively using, exploring, or testing Archivematica. (Membership in the Texas Digital Library is not required to join.)
  • It is also open to those within other user communities that are interested in furthering or promoting the work of the Texas Archivematica Users Group.
  • The group welcomes members from a variety of backgrounds and job roles — librarians, archivists, IT staff, etc.

Steering Committee:

  • Drew Krewer (Chair), University of Houston Libraries
  • Bethany Scott, University of Houston Libraries
  • Sean Buckner, Texas A&M University Libraries
  • Laura Waugh, Texas Digital Library

Please contact Drew Krewer (ajkrewer@uh.edu), Digitization Services Coordinator, University of Houston Libraries, to be added to the Google Group.

TDL DSpace Users Group

The TDL DSpace Users Group is an open group for anyone in Texas currently using or interested in DSpace repository software.

The group uses the TDL DSpace Users Group Email List as a communications hub. The list provides:

  • a forum for discussion and mutual support on issues of concern to the DSpace users community
  • a means for the TDL to update members on upgrades, training opportunities, and other DSpace-related work of the TDL staff, and
  • a channel for rebroadcasting any DuraSpace news related to the DSpace software to the Texas DSpace community

Anyone wanting to be added to the list can use the “Subscribe” feature at this link, or email info@tdl.org with the request.

TDL Metadata Community User Group

The TDL Metadata Community re-formed in the summer of 2013 to provide a forum for mutual support and discussion around metadata issues.

This open group uses the TDL Metadata Email list for announcements and discussions. Anyone wanting to be added to the list can use the “Subscribe” feature at this link or email info@tdl.org with the request. 

TDL Vireo Users Group

The Vireo Users Group (VUG) gathers and prioritizes constituent needs to guide TDL on future development of the Vireo ETD submission and management software. It also provides avenues for the exchange of information about Vireo use and development.

The goals and major activities of the Vireo Users Group include:

  • Prioritized lists of user stories are given to the TDL development team.
  • A vote on how product enhancements should be prioritized is conducted once a year. The Steering Committee selects the enhancements to be included in the vote.
  • Meetings are held at the annual user conference. These meetings give members a forum to express opinions and discuss issues, in person, with other members.
  • The list of enhancements and other documentation are organized and made available on the VUG website.

To join the Vireo Users Group list, please use the “Subscribe” feature at this link or contact the Texas Digital Library at info@tdl.org.

Co-Chairs:

  • Stephanie Larrison, Texas State University Libraries
  • Billie Peterson-Lugo, Baylor University Libraries

Steering Committee

  • Christopher Starcher, Texas Tech University Libraries
  • David Reynolds, Johns Hopkins University
  • Ryan Steans, Texas Digital Library, ex-officio

Working Groups 

TDL DSpace Education Working Group (2016-2017)

Charge: The Texas Digital Library DSpace Education Working Group will assess, update, and standardize the DSpace training that the TDL offers to its members.

Members:

  • Colleen Lyon, University of Texas at Austin Libraries
  • Faedra Wills, University of Texas at Arlington Libraries
  • Alexandra Mitchell, Texas A&M Galveston Libraries
  • Laura McElfresh, Texas A&M Galveston Libraries
  • Nerissa Lindsey, Texas A&M International Libraries
  • Susan Elkins, Sam Houston State University Libraries
  • Laura Waugh (TDL liaison), Texas Digital Library

 Past Groups

TDL Dataverse Implementation Working Group (2015-2016)

Charge: To pilot test, assess, and launch a consortial repository for research data archiving and management. The group will address the following:

  • Costs and possible funding models
  • Technical configuration
  • Workflows and outreach
  • Policy and governance
  • Metadata

Members:

  • Santi Thompson (Chair), University of Houston Libraries
  • Jeremy Donald, Trinity University Libraries
  • Denyse Rodgers, Baylor University Libraries
  • Sean Buckner, Texas A&M University Libraries
  • Bruce Herbert, Texas A&M University Libraries
  • Wendi Kaspar, Texas A&M University Libraries
  • Cecilia Smith, Texas A&M University Libraries
  • Chris Starcher, Texas Tech University Libraries
  • Todd Peters, Texas State University Libraries
  • Ray Uzwyshyn, Texas State University Libraries
  • Kristi Park, Texas Digital Library
  • Ryan Steans, Texas Digital Library
  • Nick Lauland, Texas Digital Library
  • Laura Waugh, Texas Digital Library

Deliverable: Texas Digital Library Dataverse Implementation Working Group Final Report (PDF), released September 30, 2016

TDL DSpace 5 Working Group (2014-2015)

Charge: The TDL DSpace 5 Working Group will test and provide updates, documentation, and resources related to the the upgrade to DSpace 5 for TDL members.

Members:

  • Susan Elkins, Angelo State University Libraries
  • Robert Luttrell, Texas Tech University Libraries
  • Alexandra Mitchell, Texas A&M University at Galveston Libraries
  • Laura McElfresh, Texas A&M University at Galveston Libraries
  • Nerissa Lindsey, Texas A&M International University Libraries
  • Le Yang, Texas Tech University Libraries
  • Ryan Steans, Texas Digital Library

TDL ETD Metadata Working Group (2014-2015)

Charge: The TDL ETD Metadata Working Group will provide guidance to TDL member institutions and other ETD practitioners on metadata for electronic theses and dissertations, with a particular focus on works published through the Vireo ETD submission and management application.

Members:

  • Sarah Potvin (Chair), Texas A&M University Libraries
  • Kara Long, Baylor University Libraries
  • Colleen Lyon, University of Texas at Austin Libraries
  • Monica Rivero, Rice University Libraries
  • Santi Thompson, University of Houston Libraries
  • Kristi Park, Texas Digital Library

Deliverable: Texas Digital Library Descriptive Metadata Guidelines for Electronic Theses and Dissertations, Version 2.0

Data Management Working Group (2013-2014)

The TDL Data Management Working Group convened in Fall 2013 to develop pilot projects and make recommendations for services related to data management, particularly in regard to making research data accessible and reusable.

  • Chair: Bruce Herbert, PhD, Director of Digital Services & Scholarly Communications, Texas A&M University Libraries
  • Martha Buckbee,  Emerging Library Technologies Specialist, UT Southwestern Medical Library
  • Jeremy Donald, Technology Interface and Assessment Coordinator, Trinity University Libraries
  • Maria Esteva, PhD, Research Associate/Data Archivist, Texas Advanced Computing Center
  • Colleen Lyon, Digital Repository Librarian, University of Texas at Austin Libraries
  • Mark Phillips, Asst. Dean for Digital Libraries, University of North Texas Libraries
  • Santi Thompson, Head of Digital Repository Services, University of Houston Libraries
  • Ryan Steans, Director of Operations, Texas Digital Library

Deliverable: TDL Data Management Working Group Report (August 2015)

Survey Working Group (2012-2013)

The TDL Survey Working Group was convened in June 2012 to develop and conduct a survey of the TDL membership to determine needs related to TDL services, marketing, and organization. The results of the Survey Working Group were reported to the TDL Governing Board in the fall of 2012 and released publicly in early 2013.

Subcommittee Chairs:

  • Jane Scott (UT Southwestern Medical Center Library) – Marketing Subcommittee
  • Gail Clement (Texas A&M University Libraries) – Services Subcommittee
  • Jeanne Hazzard (Alkek Library, Texas State University Libraries) – Organizational Subcommittee