This Forum Report was provided by Scott Young, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Montana State University & a 2013 DLF New Professionals Fellow.
After attending the DLF Forum for the first time in 2012 and then after having attended the DLF Forum as a New Professional Fellow in 2013, I am happy to report my findings: the DLF Forum is a great conference! I say this for two primary reasons: balance and energy.
The Forum firstly strikes a productive balance between practice and theory. Some sessions will tackle the nuts-and-bolts of projects such as structured data or hydra implementation, while other sessions will feature concept-level discussions of the nature and definition of digital scholarship or library publishing. As a new professional to the field, the DLF Forum has been invaluable for connecting me with a community of fellow practitioners who think and care deeply about the work of building the digital library.
As I’ve come to know the DLF, I’ve seen that its members constitute a strong community of creative builders who enjoy sharing knowledge and forming relationships at the DLF Forum. In the future I hope to attend many Forums where I can continue to connect in valuable ways with other members of the DLF community.