For the second year, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the DLF are supporting fellowships for practicing museum professionals seeking more exposure on the trends in digital libraries. The DLF community is always looking for ways to expand the conversation around digital collections and related activities and include new perspectives at the Forum.
The goal of these fellowships is to bring cross-pollinators—museum professionals who can provide unique perspectives to our work and share a vision of the cultural heritage world from their perspective—to the conference. In our increasingly networked world, we hope to increase communication between all groups interested in the future of digital resources, including museums, libraries, colleges and universities, and anyone working in the realm of digital collections and services.
A very warm welcome to our 2015 DLF Forum Museum Cross-Pollinators!
Meet the Fellows
As the Web Archiving Coordinator for the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC), I manage the project coordination and key deliverables for implementation of NYARC’s ambitious web archiving program. I’m working to create and document effective workflow procedures for capture, accessibility, description, and preservation of born-digital art resources at NYARC, which consists of the research libraries of The Frick Art Reference Library, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Brooklyn Museum. I’m very excited to attend my first DLF Forum this fall in Vancouver and am grateful for the opportunity to make new connections, gain insight, and share information with colleagues from diverse perspectives in the museum and library environments.
As manager of Digital Asset Systems, my primary responsibility is to preserve and provide access to the digital collections of the Dallas Museum of Art. I rely on my library and information science background to do this, and as I continue to develop professionally, it has become clear to me that museums, archives, and libraries face similar challenges when it comes to digital initiatives. Working with large data sets, data integration across multiple systems, and linked open data are topics relevant to current DMA initiatives and I look forward to discussing these in particular with colleagues at the DLF Forum.
National Museum Zrenjanin, Serbia
Working in the library at National Museum Zrenjanin opens many doors and enables me to learn and work in varied fields of interest. Besides caring for literature required by our users, I am also in charge of the old and rare books collection, organize exhibitions and workshops with children, and edit articles for the museum’s catalogues. Recently, I was honored to represent my institution in Glasgow, Scotland after we were nominated for the 2015 European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA).
Hopefully, my participation at the Forum will help me develop digital media strategies and look into new business models, so as to manage our digital content with creativity. I also hope we will discuss the boundaries between new technologies and cultural heritage in museums and libraries, especially concerning their interpretation, consumption and interaction with audiences.
I have been involved in museum technology for six years and serve as the Data & Database Administrator for the Yale Art Gallery since 2013. I look forward to learning about the collection, preservation and publication of born-digital objects as well as linked data projects, especially those which combine museum, library and archives datasets. I am also very interested in anything related to controlled vocabularies and their use in discovery systems or alternative methods for resource discovery.
The Museum Cross-Pollinator Travel Awards are
generously supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
Four awards up to $1,250 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.
Applicants should be practicing museum professionals seeking more exposure on the trends in digital libraries who have not attended the DLF Forum and are willing to share their perspectives with the DLF community. Priority will be given to applicants who work in art museums.
The applicant will be required to supply contact information as well as to indicate to how access to the the DLF Forum may assist the applicant in achieving an expansion of their professional horizons. It is important for the applicant to describe what he or she can uniquely bring to the conference.
Applications were due by 4:00pm EDT on Friday, May 22, 2015.
Use the email subject line “DLF Forum Museum Cross-Pollinator Fellowships: [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.