DLF Digest: February 2022

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:

  • CLIR’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for Community Data Fellowships, the newest offering in the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, which for nearly 20 years has offered recent PhD graduates the chance to develop research tools, resources, and services while exploring new career opportunities.

The fellowships are tied to projects that thoughtfully and ethically capture and share data relevant to historically underrepresented or misrepresented people, communities, and populations. Such data could include digital or digitized records of researchers and community members, materials from community archives, information captured from the web and social media, and records of individuals or organizations. Projects will focus on the collection, aggregation, description, preservation, and use of these data.

All applications submitted before March 1, 2022, will be considered for fellowships starting fall 2022. Visit ​​https://postdoc.clir.org/join/ to learn more and apply.

  • CLIR recently released the Curated Futures Project, a guide for professionals in galleries, libraries, archives, and museums to navigate beyond discussions of decolonizing collecting institutions to begin taking practical steps to enact change.

Organized and edited by CLIR Postdoctoral Fellows and alumni Faithe Day, Synatra Smith, Jodi Reeves Eyre, John MacLachlan, and Christa Williford, the project is the first in a series of collaborations that respond to the theme, “A Third Library is Possible.” The theme draws from the possibilities of the “third university,” a notion developed by la paperson in the book, A Third University is Possible.

Contributors to five collaborative projects use a variety of mediums, including podcasts, gaming, and mapping visualizations, to speculate about aligning academic libraries with social impact. The projects include:

  • CLIR offices will be closed Monday, February 21 in observance of President’s Day.

This month’s DLF group events:

DLF Digital Library Pedagogy Group – #DLFteach Love Data Week Twitter Chat: “Data is vs. “Data Are”

Tuesday, February 15, 2 pm ET/11 am PT; Please direct questions to the #DLFteach Twitter chat coordinator

Data is for everyone! Wait… data are for everyone? Either way, Love Data Week 2022 (February 14-18, 2022, #LoveData22) is about how different folks use data. If you haven’t participated before, Love Data Week is the international celebration of data. This year we’re focused on the people side of data. What does data look like in different disciplines? How about biases in data… who is “in” the data and who is invisible? We’re looking forward to hearing about your events and activities answering these and other important questions. Join host Annalee Shelton (@annaleeshelton), Membership Experience Manager for Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (@icpsr) to discuss what data looks like to you and how you engage with it. For a full list of Love Data Week Events, see https://myumi.ch/ICPSRldw2022events.

Questions will be tweeted from the @CLIRDLF handle. Join in and follow by tweeting with and looking at the #DLFteach hashtag from your own account. All are welcome!

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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