New Waves May 2010

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

TWRI participating in water digital library efforts

TWRI participating in water digital library efforts The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) is participating in a group that is creating the Texas Water Digital Library (TWDL) that will be a centralized, online location for the research and works of university water resources entities throughout Texas.

Dr. John Leggett of the Texas A&M University Libraries and Mark McFarland of the University of Texas Libraries, both co-directors of the Texas Digital Library (TDL), have formed a group to create the Texas Water Digital Library.

“We saw the need for an online library in order to house the vast resources TWRI provides to the state of Texas,” Leggett said in a recent Texas A&M Libraries news story. “We’ve had tremendous success with the Texas Digital Library bringing the scholarly community together, and this will soon become a valuable, statewide resource, as well.”

Leggett and others from Texas A&M, along with researchers, digital library professionals and librarians from the University of Texas, Texas Tech University and other universities are working to put shared practices in place and pull water research and information from universities to build the repository.

“A water digital library will link and make available the vast amount of information, research and data that has been and is continuing to be developed by water resource researchers in Texas,” TWRI ‘s Acting Director B.L. Harris said. “Providing information digitally is imperative for the future, and this library is definitely going to bring critical and needed information together for everyone's use.”

Users will not only have access to research data, but also to TWRI’s technical reports, water-related AgriLife Extension publications, water-related theses and dissertations from Texas A&M University, and the txH2O magazine, all of which currently reside in the Texas A&M Digital Repository.

To read the Texas A&M University Libraries story, click here.

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