DLF Digest: August 2023

DLF Digest

A monthly round-up of news, upcoming working group meetings and events, and CLIR program updates from the Digital Library Federation


This month’s news:

  • Early bird registration for the DLF Forum, Learn@DLF preconference workshops, and NDSA’s Digital Preservation 2023 ends on Tuesday, August 15, and rates will increase after this date. Secure the best rate and register today.
  • Don’t forget to check out this year’s Learn@DLF workshop offerings, taking place ahead of the DLF Forum on Sunday, November 12. Registration includes a full day of workshops, continental breakfast, lunch buffet, and coffee breaks. Space is limited, so register early!
  • A new resource developed by members of DLF’s Labor Working Group and the Archival Workers Collective is now available. “Mutual Aid at Work” provides organizers with a resource to form their own mutual aid networks in the Library, Archive, and Museum (LAM) community, brings awareness to existing mutual aid groups and efforts to support LAM workers, and provides possible pathways organizers may take.
  • CLIR has been granted a $5,000,000 award from the Mellon Foundation to bolster the Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives: Amplifying Unheard Voices regranting program and related operations. Read more about the news on CLIR’s website.
  • CLIR’s podcast, Material Memory Season 3: HBCU Library Alliance Tour, has received the 2023 American Association for State and Local History’s Award of Excellence. Read more about the news on CLIR’s website.
  • The call for proposals for the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) Web Archiving Conference (WAC) is now open. The 2024 conference will be held on April 24-26 in Paris, France. For more information, head to the conference website.

This month’s DLF group events:

DLF Project Managers Group Webinar
Monday, August 14, 2pm ET/11am PT; register in advance

The DLF Project Managers Group is its second webinar this summer focusing on project management when working with external partners. An organization’s usual project workflows may need to be revised, changed or documented differently when partnering with external organizations that are not used to working on digitization or digital library projects at any scale. Our panelists will share their experiences working with such partners and we’ll also be sure there is plenty of time for questions and discussion following their short presentations.

Panelists will include:

Amy Bocko is an associate professor and digital projects librarian at Western Michigan University.  She specializes in collaborative digital storytelling, creating digital collections, and working with community-based partners to digitize and provide access to their archival materials.  Amy was recently named the Presidential Innovation Professor of the University Libraries for 2023-26 for her project partnering with local organization, Society for History and Racial Equity (SHARE), launch a community-driven archives initiative in the local Kalamazoo community.

Natasha Hollenbach (she/her), Digital Projects Manager, Indianapolis Public Library. Natasha runs Digital Indy (digitalindy.org), a digital archive where the Library collaborates with organizations across the city to digitize and make accessible materials highlighting the history and culture of Indianapolis/Marion County. In 2024, Digital Indy will celebrate 20th years and over 60 partnerships.

Ana Krahmer oversees the Texas Digital Newspaper Program (TDNP) out of University of North Texas Libraries, hosted on The Portal to Texas History. In this role, she coordinates with partners from across Texas to support them in obtaining grant funding to digitally preserve and build access to their newspaper collections. Approaching 10 million pages, TDNP is the largest, single-state open access interface to newspapers in the U.S.  Krahmer primarily works with public and academic libraries in partnerships, and in this work, she supports them from initial grant application stages to managing their newspaper digitization projects until final upload of content into their collections.

Rebecca van Kniest is a librarian at Fontbonne University and serves as archivist for the Center for Bosnian Studies. Rebecca will talk about the Center’s preservation and outreach work with the local Bosnian community, focusing on a recent collaboration with two area high schools and the St. Louis County Library.

DLF AIG Cost Assessment Working Group – Digitization Vendors Discussion
Monday, August 14, 3pm ET/12pm PT; register in advance

Please join the DLF AIG Cost Assessment Working Group for a discussion session on digitization vendors. We will be discussing the results of the recent Vendor Registry subgroup’s survey on digitization vendors, followed by breakout sessions focused on experiences with digitization equipment vendors, still image digitization service providers, and audiovisual digitization service providers. Whether you’re about to start your first digitization project or have years of working with digitization vendors under your belt we invite you to come share your knowledge and learn from the experience of others! 

We welcome representatives from vendor organizations to attend but request that your attendance be limited to the general discussion sessions and vendor breakout room to encourage free and open discussion. A vendor breakout room will provide an opportunity for vendors and attendees to connect, ask/answer any questions, and discuss working relationships. This breakout room will not be a forum for any sales pitches.

This session will not be recorded but a summary of the discussions will be released. Please register for this discussion so we can gather information to help guide the discussion and provide login information: https://forms.gle/6MbpN7p9WeG6wrUC9.

This month’s open DLF group meetings:

For the most up-to-date schedule of DLF group meetings and events (plus NDSA meetings, conferences, and more), bookmark the DLF Community Calendar. Can’t find meeting call-in information? Email us at info@diglib.org

DLF groups are open to ALL, regardless of whether or not you’re affiliated with a DLF member institution. Learn more about our working groups and how to get involved on the DLF website. Interested in starting a new working group or reviving an older one? Need to schedule an upcoming working group call? Check out the DLF Organizer’s Toolkit to learn more about how Team DLF supports our working groups, and send us a message at info@diglib.org to let us know how we can help.

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