DLF Digest: June 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:

  • Applications for funding to attend the 2023 DLF Forum as a Forum Fellow or GLAM Cross-Pollinator are open through June 9. Forum Fellowships (including free registration and travel stipend) are open to digital library, archives, museum, and arts & cultural heritage students and professionals, and our GLAM Cross-Pollinator Registration Awards will provide complimentary registration to a member of each of the following organizations: ARLIS/NA, ASIS&T, or ER&L. Learn more about eligibility and complete our brief application on the DLF Forum website.
  • CLIR is seeking a program evaluator or evaluation team to assess its Recordings at Risk regranting program. Review of proposals will begin on June 5. Learn more and view the call for proposals on CLIR’s website.
  • The DLF Assessment Interest Group Metadata Working Group (AIG-MWG) recently published “Five Tips for Rapid Metadata Assessment” on the DLF blog.
  • CLIR and DLF will be closed on Monday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth.

This month’s DLF group events:

DLF Assessment Interest Group Content Reuse Working Group – Introducing D-CRAFT: A Toolkit for Assessing Reuse of Digital Objects in Your Collections
Monday, June 5, 2pm ET/11am PT; register for call-in information

Digital libraries are increasingly challenged with the task of assessing reuse of digital objects in their collections. This can be a complex and time-consuming process, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

D-CRAFT is a new toolkit that can help digital library practitioners assess reuse of digital objects in their collections. D-CRAFT includes tools, methods, recommended practices, explanatory videos, and tutorials that can help you streamline the reuse assessment process and make it more efficient.

Register for our webinar today to learn more about D-CRAFT and how it can help you assess reuse of digital objects in your collections. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting.

The webinar will be recorded and sent out to registrants regardless of attendance.

DLF Assessment Interest Group Cost Assessment Working Group – OCR, Handwriting Recognition, and Speech-to-Text
Monday, June 12, 3pm ET/12pm PT; contact us at info@diglib.org for call-in information

Please join the DLF AIG Cost Assessment Working Group at a discussion session on OCR, handwriting recognition software, and speech-to-text tools. We will be discussing the various tools used, such as ABBYY FineReader, Adobe Acrobat, PrimeOCR, Rev, Tesseract, Transkribus, tools integrated within platforms such as ContentDM, and newer tools such as Amazon Textract and Whisper. We invite all who are interested in the topic and those who have worked with these tools to share their experience and knowledge pertaining to cost analysis, workflow integration, overall functionality and accuracy.  This session will not be recorded but a summary of the discussion will be released. Please fill out this voluntary survey so we can gather information to help guide the discussion: https://forms.gle/nZhR53aJQH3J2WxH8.

DLF Arts and Cultural Heritage Working Group meeting
Thursday, June 15, 2pm ET/11am PT; contact us at info@diglib.org for call-in information

Join DLF’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Working Group (formerly known as the Museums Cohort) for a discussion on artist/technologist residencies and other artist collaborations to increase engagement with digital collection holdings led by Jaime Mears, senior innovation specialist at LC Labs at the Library of Congress.

DLF Climate Justice Working Group – Book Club
Monthly on last Tuesdays through September, 12pm ET/9am PT; register once to attend any meeting

Concerned about climate change but stuck in despair or uncertain what to do? The DLF Climate Justice Working Group invites all to join us to discuss Not Too Late: Changing the Climate Story from Despair to Possibility, edited by Thelma Young Lutunatabua and Rebecca Solnit. We will meet on Zoom the last Tuesday of every month between May 30 and September 26 at 12pm ET/9am PT.

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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