Libraries help Texas A&M win first SEC Academic Collaboration Award

Marketing and Communications | August 06, 2014

Based on a proposal developed by the Texas A&M University Libraries, Texas A&M University has been named the winner of the first-ever SEC Academic Collaboration Award.

Among the 15 proposals submitted from across the SEC, Texas A&M’s proposal, Advocating for Change in Scholarly Communication: A Collaboration Between Student Governments and the Libraries of the SEC, was selected for the award—which is intended to expand student-focused collaboration among SEC universities. The grant will be awarded annually to one SEC institution, as determined by the SEC Provosts, to support joint activities involving all other SEC universities.

“We are thrilled that the inaugural award for this SECU program went to a program proposed by libraries,” said David Carlson, Dean of Texas A&M University Libraries. “The topic of the sponsored workshop is integral to both the future of libraries and is one of the key areas where I believe libraries can have a significant impact for future scholars.”

The program will enable students to attend a two-day workshop based on scholarly communication, with a focus on raising the profile of research produced by SEC universities through the use of high quality, openly licensed textbooks. Dr. Bruce Herbert, director of the Office of Scholarly Communication at Texas A&M, and Nick Shockey from Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), helped develop the proposal for the workshop, which is scheduled for the beginning of February 2015 on campus at Texas A&M.

As the recent recipient of various national awards and recognition for its work, the Libraries continue to provide scholarly leadership. The Texas A&M University Libraries is the highest-ranked library within the SEC, and is ranked No.19 among 115 American Research Libraries (ARL) and No. 9 among ARL US Public University Libraries.

“We’re very pleased that this award recognizes our leadership,” Dean Carlson said. “We are looking forward to an exciting and engaging workshop with students and libraries across the SEC in working for change in scholarly communication.”


For more information: Contact James Solano, Texas A&M University Libraries; 979.862.2764 or