TDL Update: March/April 2016
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Volume 7, Issue 2 | March/April 2016
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UNT Libraries TRAC Self-Audit

The UNT Libraries’ Digital Collections recently completed a self-audit of their digital repository policies, documentation, and infrastructure in accordance with the Trustworthy Repositories Audit & Certification: Criteria and Checklist (TRAC). The goal of this audit was to formalize processes and create documentation necessary for the operation of a trusted digital repository. All documentation related to the process is available on the Digital Libraries Division’s Trusted Digital Repository web page. 

UNT Libraries: TRAC Conformance Document serves as an audit of the activities and methodologies behind the preservation of and access to content in the UNT Libraries’ Digital Collections. The audit examined two major infrastructure pieces: the Coda repository system, used for preservation services, and the Aubrey system, which provides public access to digital resources through The Portal to Texas History, the UNT Digital Library, and the Gateway to Oklahoma History.  

The team involved with this audit included:

  • Mark Phillips, Associate Dean for Digital Libraries
  • Hannah Tarver, Department Head, Digital Projects Unit
  • Ana Krahmer, Head, Digital Newspaper Unit
  • Daniel Alemneh, Head, Digital Curation Unit
  • Laura Waugh, Repository Librarian for Scholarly Works (now Marketing Coordinator at Texas Digital Library)

Numerous other individuals throughout the UNT Libraries also contributed to the documentation effort.

This self-audit was completed in partnership with the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries, whose team is moving toward completion of a similar audit process on University of Florida’s Digital Collections and their associated infrastructure. After completing their respective self-audits, these two institutions will create and perform a peer-review process for each other, with the end goal of developing a viable, replicable process that other institutions can use in their own peer-review audit processes.  

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Each issue of the TDL Update Newsletter features a TDL Member Profile, highlighting the innovative and important work conducted by librarians at our member institutions. This is a way for our consortium to keep updated on new projects and get to know individual members in the TDL Community. 

If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague to be featured in an upcoming TDL Member Profile, please
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March/April 2016 Member Profile: Jeremy Donald

Jeremy Donald
Jeremy Donald, Trinity University
Assessment and User Experience Librarian

  • 2004: Master of Science in Library Science, Catholic University of America
  • 2000: Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Redlands
Professional Experience
  • June 2013 - present: Assessment and User Experience Librarian, Trinity University
  • June 2008 - May 2013: Faculty Technology Liaison, Trinity University
  • June 2004 - May 2008: Assistant Professor, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Trinity University
Curricular Integration of Technology by the Coates Library, 2008-2013: A Report of the Activities of the Faculty Technology LiaisonLibrary Faculty Research (2014)

"Using Technology to Support Faculty and Enhance Coursework in Academic Institutions" Texas Library Journal, Volume 85, No. 4, Winter 2009

Stewart, M., Clark, J., Donald, J. and Keri VanCamp. “The Educational Potential of Mobile Computing in the Field.” EDUCAUSE Quarterly Magazine, vol. 34 (1), 2011

Involvement with TDL
  • TDL Data Management Working Group, member
  • Texas Research Data Repository (Dataverse) Implementation Working Group, Convener of the Workflows & Outreach Subgroup 
Question and Answer with Jeremy

1. Why did you choose to work in libraries?

I believe I was born to help others connect their interests to the resources out there. Maybe because I grew up in the country before the internet was a thing, I came to value the people and texts that could help feed my curiosity and answer my questions very much. I think that because of this I am energized by people’s urge to find out more and inform their thinking and actions. While libraries aren’t the only place where one can play this connecting role, for me they represent the best combination of principles, resources, and eager minds.

2. What projects or initiatives are you most excited about at your library?
Our library is in the midst of developing a strategic plan which will take into account a raft of assessment data as well as institutional environmental shifts such as a new curriculum, new administrative leadership, and emerging patterns of user behavior. We recently invited an external review team to evaluate our library, and learned a lot from their feedback. We have also expanded our assessment program since the creation of my current position, so we have a lot of data and user responses to draw on. Right now we’re in the midst of developing student personas to guide our priorities in going forward as we shape our strategic plan.

3. What is your most memorable TDL experience?
Serving on the Texas Research Data Repository project has been a great opportunity to learn from my counterparts at TDL and from the librarians and researchers at the various member institutions involved in the implementation. In addition to questions of technical specifications and interface usability to investigate and resolve, the working group seeks to understand and support the practices and perspectives of the researchers themselves and the varieties of research data they produce. Last but not least, there are the end users to consider, the students and researchers who will consume the data held in the repository. The project presents a great opportunity to learn about emerging user needs in open scholarly communication!
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TDL Spring Survey 2016
2016 TDL Spring Survey

Help us improve how the TDL can best serve you and your institution by participating in the 2016 TDL Spring Survey. Membership in the TDL is not required, and we encourage you to share this link with any colleagues that may be interested.

The survey will be open through Friday, May 6th, and please contact Laura Waugh with any questions (

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Winners of the 2016 TDL Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 TDL Awards! Award recipients will be honored at the upcoming TCDL Conference Reception.
  • Excellence in Digital Libraries: 
    • LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections and the University of Texas at Austin Libraries
  • Leadership in Digital Libraries:
    • Cathy Hartman, Former Associate Dean, University of North Texas
  • TDL Service Award:
    • Santi Thompson, Head of Digital Repository Services, University of Houston
  • Trailblazer Award:
    • University of North Texas Libraries' Portal to Texas History and the San Antonio Central Public Library's Texana/Genealogy Department
  • Scholarly Communications Award:
    • Sarah Potvin, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Texas A&M University
  • Innovative Outreach Award:
    • Baylor University Libraries Digital Projects Group
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SHARE Webinar May 5th

TDL Members, join us for an upcoming SHARE Webinar on Thursday, May 5 with Judy  Ruttenberg, SHARE Program Director for the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and Cynthia Hudson-Vitale, ARL Visiting Program Officer for SHARE. Registration is free for TDL Members.
  • Thursday, May 5, 10:30am - 11:30am (CST)
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New TDL Community Google Group

The TDL Community Google Group launched in December 2015 and provides an open forum for member discussions, questions, announcements, upcoming projects, and news to foster collaboration with colleagues throughout the state. Visit the TDL Community Google Group page to sign up and join the conversation!

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TDL Forum
Upcoming TDL Forum

The next TDL Forum will include updates on current projects, upcoming events, and operational updates.
  • Wednesday, April 20, 10:30am - 11:00am
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Texas Conference on Digital Libraries

The 2016 TCDL will feature keynote speaker Trevor Owens, Senior Program Officer for the National Digital Platform at the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences. The Program is now available on the conference website. Plan your itinerary and connect with other attendees on Sched.
  • TCDL conference dates: May 24 - 26, 2016
  • TCDL Sched
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TxDHC Mini-Conference

The Texas Digital Humanities Consortium (TxDHC) will be hosting a mini-conference immediately following TCDL. Attendees of TCDL receive a discounted registration rate, but space is limited. The Program is available on the conference website and on Sched.
Research Data Access and Preservation Summit
Research Data Access and Preservation Summit

The Research Data Access and Preservation Summit will be held at the Omni Atlanta Hotel and CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Conference dates: May 4-7, 2016
Open Access Symposium
Open Access Symposium

The 7th Annual Open Access Symposium will be held at the University of North Texas Libraries in Denton, Texas. This year's conference is being held in conjunction with the third annual Library Publishing Forum.
  • OA Symposium dates: May 19-20, 2016
  • Library Publishing Forum dates: May 17-19, 2016
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Open Repositories Conference

The 11th Annual Conference on Open Repositories will be held at Trinity College Dublin, in Dublin Ireland. 
  • Conference dates: June 13-16, 2016
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Digital Frontiers Conference

The 5th annual Digital Frontiers Conference and THATCamp will be held at Rice University in Houston, hosted by Fondren Library and the Humanities Research Center. The opening keynote speaker is Roopika Risam, Assistant Professor of English and Secondary English Education at Salem State University, and the closing keynote speaker is Patrick Meier, an internationally recognized expert and consultant on Humanitarian Technology and Innovation.
  • Conference dates: September 22 - 24, 2016
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