DLF Digest: July 2021

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:

This month’s DLF group events:

DLF Project Managers Group – “Smithsonian Transcription Center’s Agile Approach to Program and Community Management”

Thursday, July 1, 2pm ET/11am PT; contact info@diglib.org for call-in information

In continuation of their series on skill-sharing and virtual learning experiences, the DLF Project Managers Steering Committee will host an online presentation by Caitlin Haynes, program coordinator at the Smithsonian Transcription Center.

About the Smithsonian Transcription Center: Created in 2013, the Transcription Center (TC) features digitized historical collections from across the Smithsonian’s museums and invites the public to help in making these materials more accessible, readable, and findable through collaborative transcription and review. Thanks to the hard work of colleagues from across the Smithsonian Institution and over 50,000 worldwide digital volunteers, more than 850,000 pages of diaries, field notes, ephemera, scientific specimen cards, and more have been fully transcribed. Management of the Transcription Center’s internal and external communities, web platform, digital projects, technical development, and outreach initiatives is led by two full-time staff members—the TC program coordinator and TC community coordinator—alongside one external developer. Through agile project management, strategic campaigns, and a focus on adaptability, the TC team successfully sustains and furthers platform engagement. This presentation will explore the TC staff’s approach to program and community management and the ways in which strategic initiatives have evolved to meet the needs of new users during the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak.


Research Libraries UK/DLF Data & Digital Scholarship working group joint meeting

Wednesday, July 14, 11am ET/8am PT; register at http://bit.ly/RLUK-DLF

Following an engaging first joint meeting in April, Research Libraries UK’s Digital Scholarship Network (DSN) and DLF’s Data & Digital Scholarship (DDS) working group will convene again for an interactive and friendly session exploring the tangible ways through which skills can be shared across the transatlantic research library community in relation to digital scholarship.

This second joint meeting will provide a brief overview of the results of the Expression of Interest survey released at the first meeting along with opportunities for further collaboration between DLF DDS and DSN around skills. You do not need to have attended the April 26th meeting or to have completed the EoI survey to attend this second meeting, though you are welcome to complete the survey and read our summary of April’s meeting ahead of July’s meeting.

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), make sure to 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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