Texas Digital Library Expands Services Through TSLAC Grant
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 • Austin, Texas • News Release
The Texas Digital Library, through its home institution the University of Texas at Austin, and in collaboration with the University of North Texas and Houston Public Library, announced plans to increase the visibility of Texas archival materials in digital format through a statewide aggregation service thanks to a $71,877 grant made possible by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the Library Services and Technology Act. The proposed service will explore ways to make valuable collections of digital archives from across the state findable in the Digital Public Library of America, a discovery tool that brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.
The project will complement the work of UNT’s Portal to Texas History, which contributes content from its collection (representing 329 partners and more than 800,000 items) to the DPLA. 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.
“Expanding the offerings of Texas-based content to include collections hosted in other repositories across the state will make Texas’ digital cultural heritage more visible and discoverable, while offering opportunities for them to be used in novel ways,” said Texas Digital Library Executive Director Kristi Park.
Started in 2005, the Texas Digital Library is a consortium of Texas higher education institutions that builds capacity for preserving, managing, and providing access to unique digital collections of enduring value.
“The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is pleased to be able to support the efforts of the Texas Digital Library as it explores ways to make the rich digital resources of the state available to more Texans,” offered Mark Smith, Director and Librarian of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
For more information on the progress of this project or to view the work of other TSLAC grant recipients, visit tsl.texas.gov.