TDL Update: July/August 2016
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Volume 7, Issue 4 | July/August 2016
In this issue:
Texas State University, Alkek Library Technology, Research and Growth
Texas State University, Alkek Library
Technology, Research and Growth 

Texas State University, Alkek Library is focused on technology, research and growth. As a recently designated, Carnegie class higher research university, Alkek Library is currently proactively expanding technology capacity, online digital research possibilities and learning commons infrastructures.

In terms of physical technologies, Alkek is in the midst of a mutli-million dollar learning commons infrastructure expansion. Ground has been broken and construction begun on a large offsite repository, the ARC (Archival Research Center) to make room and house physical materials. Learning commons technology possibilities have entered both construction and planning phases with a large main floor infrastructure renovation and various planning committees working towards multi-phase learning commons centers. New technology areas being planning range from Visualization walls to Makerspaces and a prototype 3D printing lab has been successfully launched in the past year with best practices presentations given at various conferences on successfully setting up these types of infrastructures for academic institutions. This larger technological infrastructure expansion is expected to continue for the next five years as the learning commons continues this phased growth model. 

Full Story
By Ray Uzwyshyn, Director, Collections and Digital Services, Texas State University, Alkek Library
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 also a way for us 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 contact us.

July/August 2016 Member Profile: Louise Kidder

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Louise Kidder, University of Texas Medical Branch
Discovery Services Librarian, University of Texas Medical Branch

  • 2012: Master of Library & Information Science, University of North Texas
  • 2009: Bachelor of Science, Biology, Angelo State University
Professional Experience
  • September 2015-present: Discovery Services Librarian, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • March 2015 - September 2015: Acquisitions and Adult Services Manager, Rosenberg Library
  • February 2014 - March 2015: Electronic Resources Manager, Rosenberg Library
  • February 2013 - February 2014: Reference and Teen Services Librarian, Rosenberg Library
Featured Publication
Kidder, L. (2016). Exploring Discovery @ Rosenberg Library. In K. Varnum (Ed.), Exploring discovery: The front door to a library's licensed and digitized content. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions.

Involvement with TDL
  • Committee Work
    • 2017: Texas Digital Library Awards Committee
Question and Answer with Louise

1. Why did you choose to work in libraries?

I started working at my college library as an undergrad and discovered that I was more interested in that kind of work than in pursuing a career in the subject I was actually studying. There's just something really fulfilling about building up and organizing collections, and getting all that cool stuff out there where it can be of use to somebody. Helping people find whatever information or resources they need is super satisfying.

2. What projects or initiatives are you most excited about at your library?
We have so much going on right now, it's difficult to choose! First, we're hosting the MLA South Central Chapter conference here in October, which promises to be interesting. We're also considering switching discovery services, from Summon to Primo (due to a pending ILS switch from Voyager to Alma) -- if we go forward with this, I will have the chance to do a lot of the set-up and customization, which is something I'm pretty hopeful about. 

Something a little more TDL-related is our current project of getting the papers of Dr. William E. Thornton, astronaut and pioneering space medicine researcher, digitized and publicly available through our DSpace repository (UTMB Health SHARED). We recently made our repository items discoverable through Summon as well, so Dr. Thornton's work as well as our ETDs and other collections will be more accessible than ever. 

3. What is your most memorable TDL experience?
The tech support team has been amazing. Every question or request, big or small, has been addressed promptly and satisfactorily. If only every vendor or company could offer the same level of service! I've only been working with TDL services for a bit less than a year, so my experience has been admittedly limited so far. I'm looking forward to learning more about what all TDL offers, and I really hope to be able to attend TCDL next year.
Read the Full Member Profile
2016-17 TSLAC Grant
Texas Digital Library Awarded TSLAC Library Cooperation Grant

The Texas State Library & Archives Commission (TSLAC) recently awarded funding to the Texas Digital Library under its Texas Reads grant program, through the TDL home institution the University of Texas at Austin. This project is just one of 73 made possible this year by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. Over the next year, the TDL and its partners will use the grant funds to develop a prototype aggregation hub and demonstrate its capacity for collecting DPLA-compliant metadata from a select group of representative institutions. 

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TDL Fall Data Symposium
TDL Fall Data Symposium

The Texas State Library will hold its first ever TDL Fall Data Symposium, hosted by Baylor University Libraries on November 15th and 16th, 2016 in Waco, Texas. This two-day Symposium is designed to support the development of a core community of TDL member librarians who provide (or intend to provide) research data services on their campuses. It will include opportunities to get training on the Texas Data Repository launching this fall, gain knowledge and skills about research data management generally, and network with other library staff and faculty within the TDL consortium who are doing similar work.

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DSpace Training Survey
DSpace Education Trainers: Call for Participation

The DSpace Education Working Group is looking for individuals or groups who are interested in helping others learn about DSpace. If you have any experience or knowledge of using DSpace, you can be a training resource! While the working group is trying to grow a pool of trainers who could lead in-person workshops in their local areas, they are also looking for those who could:
  1. Write documentation for a task/tip/trick in DSpace
  2. Record a short screen-cap demonstrating a task/tip/trick in DSpace
  3. Give advice on a forum or list-serv on a task/tip/trick in DSpace
If this low-committment sounds like something you would like to be part of, please add your name via the TDL DSpace Educator Recruiting Form
UT Dallas implements Vireo
UT Dallas Implements Vireo

This fall, the University of Texas at Dallas will be deploying the Vireo electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) management system. With Vireo, students submit their digital theses and dissertations via a simple online interface, while graduate offices can manage the ETD approval process behind the scenes. Institutions can also use Vireo to publish the ETDs in their institutional repositories and TDL Statewide ETD Repository, where they are readily available to other researchers.

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TDL Community Google Group

The TDL Community Google Group 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
Next TDL Forum

The next TDL Forum will include updates on current projects, upcoming events, and operational updates.
  • Wednesday, September 21, 10:30am - 11:00am
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Welcome Nicholas Woodward

The Texas Digital Library is happy to welcome Nicholas Woodward to our team as a Software Engineer. Nicholas comes to the TDL with experience at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, the University of Texas (UT) Austin Libraries, and the Library of Congress. He earned a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and an M.A. in Latin American Studies and M.S.I.S. in Information Technology from UT Austin. Nicholas is currently working on projects such as Dataverse integration and, this fall, he will be leading software development efforts related to TDL's participation in the Digital Public Library of America.
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TDL is Hiring!

The Texas Digital Library (TDL) has an opening for the position of Software Engineer. The TDL seeks a full-time Software Engineer to design, code, test, and analyze software programs and applications for providing online access to and preservation of the unique digital collections of Texas academic libraries. View the UT Austin Human Resources job posting for more information and to apply.
2016 ALA Annual Conference
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. The closing keynote speaker is Patrick Meier, an internationally recognized expert and consultant on Humanitarian Technology and Innovation. 
  • Conference dates: September 22-24, 2016
  • Registration is open through September 9th
USETDA Annual Conference
USETDA Conference

The 6th annual US Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association (ETDA) Conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Columbus, Ohio, hosted by the Ohio ETD Association and OhioLINK.
  • Conference dates: September 26-28, 2016
  • Early bird registration through August 31
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DLF Forum

The Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This year will also include Digital Preservation 2016 immediately following the Forum and the DLF Liberal Arts Colleges Pre-Conference
  • DLF Conference dates: November 7-9, 2016
  • Regular registration is now open
ACRL 2017
ACRL Conference

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) 2017 Conference will be held in Baltimore, Maryland. Proposals for poster sessions, roundtable discussions, TechConnect presentations, and virtual conference webcasts proposals are due October 14, 2016.
  • Conference dates: March 22 - 25, 2017
  • Pre-conference registration will open in September 2016
  • Early bird registration through January 27 (2017)
ACRL 2017
ER&L Conference

The 12th Annual Electronic Resources & Libraries (ER&L) Conference is returning to the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas in 2017. The Call for Proposals is open now through October 11th. 
  • Conference dates: April 2-5, 2017
  • Super Early Bird Registration through September 20
ACRL 2017
TLA Annual Conference

The Texas Library Association (TLA) Annual Conference will be held at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.  
  • Conference dates: April 19-22, 2017
  • Regular registration is now open
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