"(Media-Newswire.com) - The Texas Digital Library, a collaborative effort of 18 universities in Texas, will receive the 2008 Higher Education Excellence Award from the Texas Association of State Systems for Computing and Communications ( TASSCC ). The award recognizes outstanding contributions to information technology within State of Texas government and higher education entities. Representatives of the Texas A&M University Libraries will receive the award during the TASSCC Annual Conference Aug. 12, in Galveston.
The Texas Digital Library is a multi-university consortium providing digital infrastructure to institutions of higher learning in Texas. TDL supports a fully online scholarly community for its members and the widespread availability of their intellectual capital. As one of the four founding members, Texas A&M is a leading participant in development and research, such as the scholarly services currently offered through TDL. "We are honored that the Texas Digital Library has been selected for this award. It confirms the importance of collaboration in creating a virtual library of untapped resources for teaching, learning, and research, "commented Colleen Cook, dean of the Texas A&M University Libraries.
Cook noted that under the leadership of John Leggett, associate dean for digital initiatives, the TDL recently received a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services ( IMLS ) for $824,686 to create a statewide repository for electronic theses and dissertations."