DLF Forum Fellowships for Librarians New to the Profession

Meet the 2012 DLF Forum Fellowship Recipients!


Our digital library operations often contain librarians, staff, and assistants who are lively, intellectually engaged, and inquisitive, but who are not always routinely funded to travel to conferences where they can learn more about the library profession, see digital initiatives from other institutions, and meet leaders in the profession.

We all have an interest in encouraging newcomers to the profession, and to further this aim the DLF will continue to provide DLF Forum Fellowships. The Forum remains an excellent place to hear about the latest advances in digital librarianship, to meet new colleagues and contacts, and to get involved with DLF initiatives. For more information, please see: https://www.diglib.org/dlf-events/


Three awards of up to $1,000 each to go towards the travel, board, and lodging expenses of attending a DLF Forum. Additionally, the fellows will each receive complimentary full registration to the Forum.


Nominations must come from DLF member institutions (although it is possible for a DLF member to nominate an individual from any other academic library).

Each DLF member institution is permitted to submit one candidate per Forum for this award.

The following full and part-time individuals are eligible:

  • Library employees (faculty, librarians, or staff) at DLF member institutions who have been in the profession for 3 years or less; and whose work is wholly or predominantly in some area of the digital library.
  • Graduate and undergraduate student assistants at DLF member institutions who, although only working part-time, make a significant contribution to a digital library endeavor and who may be considering a digital library career.

Please note: each DLF member institution is permitted to submit one candidate per Forum for this award.


Application period is now closed. Send an email by Friday, September 28, 2012 containing electronic copies of the following items to jwinberry@clir.org, with the email subject line of “2012 DLF Forum Fellowship Application: [your name here]”:

  • Personal statement from the candidate (ca. 500 words) explaining their educational background, what their Digital Library involvement is, why they are excited about Digital Library work, and how they see themselves benefiting from the a DLF Forum.
  • Cover letter of nomination from their University Librarian, Program Director, Division Head, or Associate University Librarian.
  • A current résumé.

Optional letters of support such as those from a supervisor, a library colleague, or a library patron are welcome and permitted, but not required.


Candidates will be selected by the Forum Program Planning Committee. In assessing the applications, the Committee will look for a demonstrated commitment to digital library work as evidenced by work experience and academic background, and will consider the degree to which forum participation might influence the applicant’s decision to pursue a digital library career. They will also make sure that the applicants meet the basic eligibility requirements. Fellows will be notified by Monday, October 1, 2012. [Note: due to the large influx of applications on Friday, September 28, we will need a few more days to process and notify applicants of our final decision. Thank you for your patience.]

2012 Forum Program Planning Committee:

Ann Caldwell
Arwen Hutt
Beverly Turner
Cathy Aster
Charles Blair
Cheryl Walters
Delphine Khanna
Dot Porter
Jenn Riley
Jennifer Weintraub
Kat Hagedorn
Lois Widmer
Martin Kalfatovic
Mary Molinaro
Melanie Schlosser
Michele Reilly
Monica McCormick
Nathan Hall
Patti Martin
Terry Reese
Trevor Muñoz

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