ARL/DLF Forum Fellowships for Underrepresented Groups

In 2010, the Digital Library Federation made a positive change and commitment to being an open organization. Our community grew as a result, and our Forums were enriched with new voices and perspectives that yielded a more dynamic and exciting event. In 2011, we renewed our commitment to those new to the professional, and re-introduced the Forum Fellowships for New Professionals. The same year, we established the DLF Code of Conduct, in order to express expected community behavior and clearly state that we value collegial respect and civility at all times, not just at our annual meetings.

The DLF Forum, although technical in nature, is fairly gender-balanced. Last year approximately half of the Forum attendees were women. We have limited representation from a number of communities however and we seek to improve. To this end, we are excited to announce a new DLF Forum Fellowship positioned to help increase participant diversity. For the 2013 Forum, we are pleased to introduce the ARL/DLF Forum Fellowship for Underrepresented Groups.

The Association of Research Libraries and DLF are sponsoring up to 5 fellowships to promote diversity at the DLF Forum. Fellowships will provide up to $1,000 to cover travel costs. Registration to the Forum will be waived. Taiga would like to extend free registration for Taiga Forum 9 to all the ARL/DLF Fellows. The 2013 Forum will be held on November 4–6 in Austin, Texas.

The 2013 DLF Program Planning Committee will award the fellowships. Fellowship recipients will be required to write a blog post, subsequent to the Forum, about their experience; this blog post will be published by DLF and/or ARL.

To qualify for this scholarship, an applicant must be interested in actively contributing to the DLF Forum and must be of Hispanic or Latino, Black or African-American, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or American Indian or Alaskan Native descent.

HOW TO APPLY
Please send an email with “UG Fellowship: [Name]” as the subject to lkwasigroch@clir.org. Include the following information:

  • A statement of interest in the DLF Forum and the broader DLF community (400 words max.)
  • How you intend to participate in the Forum
  • A statement of need
  • An indication of your eligibility
  • A résumé or CV
  • A nomination letter from a DLF community member

Applications are due September 6, 2013. Notification of awards will be sent by September 30, 2013