Announcing the 2014 DLF Forum Museum Cross-Pollinators

The DLF community is always looking for ways to expand the conversation around digital collections and related activities and include new perspectives at the Forum. This year, we are actively seeking participation from those who work with digital collections and services in museums in order to enrich our understanding of how cultural heritage organizations operate, add value, and serve our social mission in a networked world.

To further this aim we are offering the DLF Forum Cross-Pollinator Fellowships for Museum Practitioners. Cross-Pollinators receive up to $1,250 in travel assistance and complimentary Forum registration. We had an incredible slate of candidates and the Program Planning Committee is pleased to announce the four recipients of this new fellowship.

2014 DLF Forum Museum Cross-Pollinators

Caroline Dechert

Caroline Dechert
Librarian and Archivist, Museum of International Folk Art

I am the Librarian and Archivist of the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I’m always looking for new connections, opportunities for collaboration, and fresh ways to make information more discoverable, so it is very exciting to be able to attend the Forum this year. Our Museum faces real challenges in preserving and presenting digital material. I hope attending the Forum will help me find creative answers for us, for our sister institutions in the Museum of New Mexico, and for other arts libraries and archives.

Jana Hill

Jana Hill
Collection Information and Imaging Manager, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

In my role as Collection Information and Imaging Manager, I use skills traditionally associated with both the library and museum professions to create, manage, and promote the Amon Carter Museum of American Art’s vast digital collections. The DLF Forum presents an exciting opportunity to hear of developments in the field of digital collections, and also to learn how my library colleagues have fostered collaboration and innovation through digital projects. I am looking forward to joining the DLF community in Atlanta and contributing to a growing dialogue between libraries and museums as both fields explore the use and advancement of cultural heritage information.

Penni Martorell

Penni Martorell
Curator of Collections, Wistariahurst Museum

As a curator of Wistariahurst Museum, an historic house museum located in Holyoke, Massachusetts, I am responsible for collection pieces and our full research archive of manuscript and document collections relating to local history, industrial history, and the William Skinner Family, 19th century silk manufacturers. Recognizing the importance of digitizing these collections in order to provide wider access to the rich, historical materials in our care, I am looking forward to attending the DLF Forum so that I can get assistance developing a more comprehensive and well thought out digital archives management plan. In addition, as an historic records advisory board member and volunteer for various support organizations that assist small historical institutions, I am eager to share what I have learned about digitizing collections efficiently, and to help others to develop their own digital asset management programs. I love to network with other professionals who face similar challenges, and look forward to developing some working relationships in the field of digital archives/libraries management.


Samantha Norling

Samantha Norling
Archivist, Indianapolis Museum of Art

I am the Archivist at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) and a Community Representative for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Since beginning at the IMA in January 2014, I have become involved in digital collections initiatives that the museum is currently pursuing—initiatives to expose both the museum’s permanent collection of artwork and the special collections of the IMA Archives in the digital realm. I am particularly interested in exploring the many possibilities for making digital objects and associated metadata available to a variety of audiences in dynamic new ways. Through my work as a DPLA Community Rep, and now by attending the 2014 DLF Forum, I hope to encourage more collaboration between the library, archives, and museum communities, all of which are engaged in cutting-edge digital collections work and stand to gain a lot from increased collaboration.

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Congratulations to the Cross-Pollinators! Look for their Forum reflection blog posts in November.

These fellowships are generously supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

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