DLF + ER&L Cross-Pollinator Travel Award Fellows

Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) and DLF are pleased to announce the recipients of two travel grants to the 2015 DLF Forum in Vancouver, BC.

The purpose of these grants is to extend the opportunity to attend the DLF Forum to two library professionals who would not typically be able to go, but who can envision and articulate a connection with their ER&L-related work and who see great value in building a dynamic and diverse peer network. The cross-pollinator grants are also part of an ongoing effort to explore connections between these two communities. In turn, DLF and ER&L will come together to support DLF community members in attending the ER&L 2016 conference from April 3–6 in Austin, Texas.

We are pleased to announce the 2015 DLF + ER&L Cross-Pollinator Travel Award Fellows!

Meet the Fellows

Kelsey Brett

Discovery Systems Librarian
University of Houston Libraries

I am very excited to be attending the DLF Forum this fall as an ER&L cross-pollinator. As the Discovery Systems Librarian, my goal is to promote the discovery and access of all of the Libraries’ resources through a single interface. This goes beyond traditional print materials and subscribed electronic resources and extends to digital repository collections, digitized resources, data sets, and more. I hope to learn more about digital collections at the DLF forum, so that I can improve the discovery and access of such materials for the library users at the University of Houston.

Jonathan Shank
Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian
Northwestern University
@ShankLib | http://galter.northwestern.edu/

I am Acquisitions and E-Resources Librarian at Northwestern University’s Galter Health Sciences Library, supporting the Feinberg School of Medicine along with several affiliated hospitals. While most of my day-to-day work is focused on managing electronic resources, I am also interested in digital collections, repositories, metadata, user experience and open access. I am excited to be given the opportunity to attend this year’s DLF Forum and learn from colleagues working in similar fields. In order for us to meet our users’ constantly evolving research and informational needs, collaboration is essential.

ER&L LogoThe Cross-Pollinator Travel Award is a reciprocal program
with ER&L, Electronic Resources and Libraries.


The Award

Two awards of up to $1,250 each to go towards the travel, board, and lodging expenses of attending the DLF Forum. Additionally, the awardees will each receive a complimentary full registration to the Forum ($475). Recipients will be required to write a blog post, subsequent to the Forum, about their experience; this blog post will be published by DLF.


The applicants should be practicing library professionals seeking more exposure on the trends in digital libraries who have not attended the DLF Forum and are willing to share their perspective to the DLF community.


Applications were due by 4:00pm EDT on Friday, May 22, 2015.

Use the email subject line “ER&L Cross-Pollinator Travel Award: [Your Name]” and attach one document containing the following items:

  • Personal statement from the candidate (ca. 500 words) explaining how attending the DLF Forum will expand your professional horizons, what you can bring/offer to the Forum, and how you see yourself benefiting from the DLF Forum.
  • A current résumé.

The winning applicants must be able to travel to Vancouver, British Columbia from October 26–28.

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