How can we engage in social justice work with our teaching, scholarship, and practice? How can we think critically about the interdisciplinary, intersectional methods that social justice work necessitates? How might we consider the ways that digital libraries and DH pedagogy can create both digital and physical spaces for students to follow theory with action?

DLFxDHSI was a one-day unconference—a grassroots, conversation-based event without predetermined presentations—on the theme of digital libraries, digital humanities, and social justice, hosted by the Digital Library Federation in partnership with the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) in Victoria, BC, June 8-9, 2018. The event began with a DHSI Institute Lecture by DLF Executive Director Bethany Nowviskie (“Reconstitute the World: Machine Reading Archives of Mass Extinction“), and a joint DLF/DHSI poster/digital demo session and reception on Friday, June 8, 2018. Highly collaborative and interactive DLFx unconference sessions ran throughout the day on Saturday, June 9.

Check out the Saturday’s schedule and shared notes.

The DLFxDHSI unconference was hosted by DLF’s Digital Library Pedagogy Group (#DLFteach) and the newly-formed DLF Digital Scholarship Working Group for digital scholarship librarians and coordinators.

Digital Demos and Lightning Talks

Attendees had the opportunity to apply to present digital demos during Friday evening’s reception and/or lightning talks during Saturday’s closing plenary. Lightning talks are engaging, high-energy 90-second presentations. All submissions related to the unconference theme of digital libraries, digital humanities, and social justice. Meet our presenters!

  • Jane Kelly, Harvard Law School Library (Lightning Talk)
  • Jennifer Nichols, University of Arizona, “Hacking the hackathon: presenting the one and only women-led, women-focused hackathon in the southwest USA” (Digital Demo)
  • Antonina Puchkovskaia, ITMO University, “Finding different ways to visualize landmarks on the interactive city map” (Lightning Talk)
  • Raymond Pun, Fresno State, “9066 Wikipedia-Edit-A-Thon” (Digital Demo) and “Executive Order 9066 and Wikipedia” (Lightning Talk)
  • Caron Rollins and Rachel McRory, University of Victoria Libraries, “Creating a digital research resource: the Index to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada” (Digital Demo; view slides here)
  • Katrina Sark, University of Victoria, “Anthology of Social Justice and Intersectional Feminisms” (Digital Demo; more info here)
  • Dean Seeman, University of Victoria Libraries, “Open, Inclusive, Intuitive: Wikidata as a Linked Data Platform for Libraries, Archives, and DH” (Lightning Talk)
  • Katherine Walden, Grinnell College, “Remapping and Visualizing Baseball Labor: A Digital Dissertation Project” (Digital Demo and Lightning Talk)

View slides from the closing plenary here.


We were grateful for sponsorship from a variety of organizations for various event costs of the DLFxDHSI unconference.

  • Badges and Supplies: $300 – Thank you, University of Victoria Libraries and KULA!

    Sponsor our badges and our attendees will be wearing your logo and the DLF logo throughout the day.

  • Coffee Breaks: $625 – Thank you, McGill University Library and University of British Columbia Library!

    Help attendees regain their energy and provide networking opportunities by sponsoring a coffee break (or two!)

  • Friday Night Reception: $875 – Thank you, University of Toronto Libraries!

    Help us start the unconference on a celebratory note! DLF and DHSI will co-host a reception on Friday where attendees will mingle and observe posters.

Planning Committee

We thank our planning committee members from DLF’s Digital Library Pedagogy Group (#DLFteach) and the newly-formed DLF Digital Scholarship Working Group for digital scholarship librarians and coordinators.

  • Leigh Bonds, The Ohio State University Libraries
  • Eleanor Dickson Koehl, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • Alex Gil, Columbia University Libraries
  • Nicholas Homenda, Indiana University Libraries

DLFxDHSI Sponsors

University of Toronto
The University of British Columbia
University of Victoria Libraries
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