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Digital & Web Services

University Libraries' Digital and Web Services team supports the research and academic needs of Texas State faculty in a number of ways. We maintain an online research ecosystem that enables faculty to openly share and access research and data. We also assist with digitizing and online publishing of research materials and collections.

Digital Scholarly Research Ecosystem

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For academic researchers, maneuvering through the landscape of research publishing can be challenging. There are requirements from publishers, funding organization and academic institutions that must be met. There is also a need to connect research components and researchers. To help with this journey, University Libraries (UL) has created a digital scholarship ecosystem which includes a digital scholarship repository, research data repository, electronic theses and dissertation management system and researcher identity management system.

System Components:

The Digital Collections Repository is our Online Institution Digital Collections Repository powered by DSpace.
Our research data repository is the TXST Dataverse. Check out our guide to how to use, manage and share data through this tool.
Texas State's electronic theses and dissertations are managed by a system known as Vireo.
The library maintains a membership with ORCID which allows research activities to be accurately attached to individuals over time and helps Texas State faculty tie their Texas State Faculty Profile and Faculty Qualifications to this international research ID program.

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Faculty Digitization Services

Faculty are encouraged to submit proposals for digitization projects that support research and academic needs. Proposals may be submitted to to the Director of Collections and Digital Services. Our services are designed to help facilitate faculty research and creative activity through the digitization of scholarly research material and placement in the Digital Collections online repository. Digitized materials may be in a variety of formats including documents, photographs, audio cassette recordings or 3-D objects (archeological artifacts etc). We can help with the digitization of original primary source materials, descriptive metadata creation, digital preservation, and online access. Applicants are asked to provide a brief description of the  project scope and may provide a list of materials and rough contextual outline. A preliminary overview meeting with the director of Collections and Digital services may be requested.

Criteria:

  • Proposals may be in the form of a request for digitization assistance in one or more areas (scanning, metadata assistance, and ingestion into the library Digital Collections repository). It is an ongoing submission process and proposals will be accepted throughout the year.
  • The principal purpose of the proposals is to encourage research and scholarly communication with academicians engaged in primary source research globally. Priority is given to scholarly research materials that can be permanently added to the library collection through addition to the Digital Collections online repository, which will be publicly accessible globally through the Internet and indexed by Google. The library will also entertain dark archive digitization and storage requests (non-open access, strictly preservation) on a research material priority basis.
  • Commercial electronic books, journals, and manuscripts needed solely to support instruction should be requested through the library's order request system.
  • Requests to digitize articles and manuscripts needed solely to support instruction should be referred to the University Library Access Services Department Reserves Unit, 512.245.2328.
  • Applications for digitization are subject to faculty possessing rights for all material to be digitized and in the application must specify the nature of compliance with the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) such as whether copyright is held by the faculty member, permission has been granted in writing by the copyright holder, or the materials are out-of-copyright due to age, etc. Help with determining copyright status may be requested. For additional information and assistance, contact Todd Peters, Head, Digital and Collection Services (tp09@txstate.edu, 512.245.3963).