DLF https://www.diglib.org Digital Library Federation Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:12:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The World of Chemistry in Stamps https://www.diglib.org/archives/12672/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/12672/#respond Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:30:49 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=12672 Michelle DiMeo


This update comes to us from Michelle DiMeo, Director of Digital Library Initiatives, Othmer Library of Chemical History, Chemical Heritage Foundation.



Ghana Stamp

This postage stamp depicting the weighing of jars commemorates Ghana’s conversion to the metric system in 1975. It is a part of the Witco Stamp Collection, which comprises seven binders of stamps representing chemistry and related sciences from over 90 countries, dating from 1910 to 1983. The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) is in the process of digitizing curated selections from its archival, modern library, rare book, and museum collections for inclusion in its forthcoming digital repository built on Hydra. Due for public release next year, the repository will allow CHF to present item-level metadata for objects like stamps while linking to the finding aid for the larger collection.

For more information on the Witco Stamp Collection and a link to the finding aid, visit the site.

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September Unsubscription Kerfuffle https://www.diglib.org/archives/12638/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/12638/#respond Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:23:31 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=12638 Wayne Graham
This update comes from Wayne Graham, Technical Director at CLIR + DLF. You can follow him on Twitter @wayne_graham and Github @waynegraham.

Late last week we started getting notices that folks on our various email lists were getting unsubscribed.

That’s not good :/

After a bit of digging around in the log files on the server, I discovered this issue was affecting all email going through Google’s servers (Gmail and any of their domains for work).

That’s really not good.

Digging even deeper (and with some helpful folks in the code4lib Slack), we discovered that Google recently updated how it handles mass emails. Since then, I’ve been working to 1) stop this unintended unsubscribe from happening and 2) make sure this doesn’t happen again.

We currently have a temporary fix in place and, from what I can tell, these emails are now reaching their destination. The longer-term fix involves migrating domain registrars, and it should be completed by September 26th.

In the meantime, if you run into any problems, feel free to reach out to us on Twitter or find me in the code4lib Slack.

The Technical Bits

As I started looking at this issue, I noticed a consistent entry in the log files for addresses routing through Google’s servers.

View the code on Gist.

Ugh, I know what this is… So a little background (and a warning that this is going to get pretty technical).

For a few years now, Google has had an email policy that places IPv6 requirements for servers sending bulk email (well, all email basically), requiring a PTR record for reverse DNS. Google also suggests having an SPF and/or DKIM check in your DNS. Not too difficult, so I added an SPF record for the IP (v4) for the server. However, eth0 has both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses, and Google’s servers, understandably, try to do everything in IPv6.

Easy, right? Just head over to the domain registrar and add a AAAA record. Much to much shock, the only way to do this is to send them an email to request someone to register it for you. Boo. Time to start planning a domain migration.

But the more immediate problem still exists on how to handle delivering emails through Google’s servers. Google’s guidelines say that IPv4 should work, so I updated the SPF record to use the IP for the server. However, Google still thought email was coming from the IPv6 interface. After some research, I found a lot of people complaining about Google’s IPv6 policies as well as a workaround that would take the permanent rejection from Google and turn it into a temporary one for Postfix to retry the delivery via IPv4.

In my main.cf file, I added this:

View the code on Gist.

And in /etc/postfix/smtp_reply_filter had this:

View the code on Gist.

This served as a stopgap while I planned to migrate domains to a service we could manage AAAA records better. Everything was working pretty well until early September (the best I can tell), when Google updated the error message sent after unsuccessful IPv6 reverse DNS lookups. Thanks to @jeff in code4lib slack, we discovered that the string information was removed from the header, causing the regex to fail.

With this knowledge, I updated /etc/postfix/smtp_reply_filter with a regex to read:

View the code on Gist.

This appears to stem the email messages from being blocked, and in watching the mail.log file, the responses from gsmtp servers are like this now:

View the code on Gist.

At this point, I’m continuing to monitor the email server logs for issues (if you’re having one, please let me know). I’m also working with our registrar to add the IPv6 address as I start the domain transfer (I couldn’t even update the name servers while I waited), but conducting domain registrations via email is a frustratingly slow process.

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Collaborate with us on “Cultural Assessment” https://www.diglib.org/archives/12594/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/12594/#respond Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:08:14 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=12594 Hannah Scates KettlerThis update comes to us from Hannah Scates Kettler, Digital Humanities Librarian at the University of Iowa and coordinator of a new working group on Cultural Assessment within the DLF Assessment Interest Group.

It may have been a few months since you last heard from us. Or you may not even know we exist! The Cultural Assessment Interest Group is a new DLF AIG initiative that sprang from many conversations held during last year’s DLF Forum in Vancouver. Channeling energy from Dr. Sofiya Noble’s keynote (“Power, Privilege, and the Imperative to Act) on our social and cultural responsibilities for information structures, a group of DLF GLAM specialists came together to begin evaluating how well we librarians are representing and delivering the shared cultural heritage in our digital collections.

By May 2016, the group of librarians, anthropologists, and museum specialists felt the need to act. As we began to gather under the rubric of “Cultural Assessment,” we drafted a charge, which you can read in full here.

Questions arose regarding our goal to “identify institutional data and practices that may be relevant to building a robust understanding of ‘cultural assessment.’ How do we determine how socially aware and culturally responsible our digital collections are? How do we conduct a “cultural assessment” of our digital collections? Wait, what is “cultural assessment”??  By attempting to define what the group meant by “cultural assessment”, we called on some friends in Anthropology to help us. We are currently in the throes of defining the overarching concept of cultural assessment and we are very grateful for their input.

Yet, there is concrete work that can be done while we grapple with this abstract idea. We can still evaluate our workflows whether or not we can currently pin down exactly what ‘cultural assessment’ means. We know the end goal is to make our digital collections as inclusive as we may, representative of diverse cultural heritage objects and points of view, and described in a way that is accessible to different communities.

Several smaller groups have emerged to tackle areas that may have influence on our digital collection and information modeling. Those include Selection & Digitization, which focuses on how institutions choose and prioritize materials for digitization. Our Levels of Digitization and Preservation Group is investigating how libraries (and eventually how  archives –we need more expertise here!) determine levels of digitization and preservation for digital collections. A Metadata & Description Practices Group will attempt to outline potential measures and standards for metadata and description activities that allow digital collections to be culturally aware. Last but not in any way least, a Publicizing Collections and Discoverability Group will investigate how digital collections are presented, disseminated, and publicized based on communication practices that identify and target particular communities. All of these groups have an eye toward the impact of institutional decision-making, workflows, and practices on marginalized and underrepresented groups.

You can find the Cultural Assessment Interest Group Charge, as well as the charges of all these subgroups on the AIG’s DLF wiki page.

Our sub-groups meet regularly via Google Hangouts and communicate in a publicly-joinable Google Group, to build out a knowledge base about these topics. We are currently developing topic-driven bibliographies and searching for existing rubrics by which to measure our cultural awareness in digital collections. Several of the sub-groups are looking into established workflows for digitization and promotion of digital collections and welcome any input on how various institutions engage in these practices.

  • The Metadata Group meets bi-weekly on Mondays at 11:00am Central Time beginning Aug. 15 (see working documents)
  • The Digitization & Preservation Group meets bi-weekly on Mondays at 11:00am Central Time beginning Aug. 22 (see working documents)
  • The Publicizing and Discoverability Group meets bi-weekly on Tuesdays at 11:00am Central Time beginning Aug. 16 (see working documents)
  • The Selection & Digitization Group meets biweekly on Mondays at 12:00pm Central Time beginning Aug. 15 (see working documents)
  • The Annotated Bibliography Group meets biweekly on Mondays 12:00pm Central Time beginning Aug. 23 (see working documents)

As chair, I hope you’ll be inspired to lend your voice to these discussions. We are attempting to be as inclusive as possible and welcome a diverse array of experiences. The Cultural Assessment Interest Group would benefit from ideas and engagement from all of you in DLF and your friends in other GLAM institutions. Please consider joining us during any of the meet-ups over the next few months, if only for a little while.

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Kress and DLF Launch 2016-2017 GLAM Cross-Pollinator Awards https://www.diglib.org/archives/12527/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/12527/#respond Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:23:33 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=12527 The Samuel H. Kress Foundation and Digital Library Federation are pleased to support eight new travel awards meant to foster collaboration among our museum and digital library communities. Four $1000 fellowships will be offered to non-DLF-affiliated GLAM professionals to attend the 2016 DLF Forum, and four DLF-affiliated practitioners will receive a $1000 award to attend one of the upcoming conferences of the following partnering organizations: AIC (the American Institute for Conservation), ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America), MCN (Museum Computer Network), and VRA (Visual Resources Association). In addition to travel funding, each DLF/GLAM Cross-Pollinator Fellow will receive free conference registration at the selected event, courtesy of DLF and its partners.

Through this generous Kress grant and the partnership of the AIC, ARLIS/NA, MCN, and VRA, the Digital Library Federation seeks to bring new voices and perspectives to our Forum–particularly those from the art museum community–and to continue our practice of “cross-pollination” by sending accomplished DLF practitioners and Forum attendees to valuable conferences they might not otherwise visit. Museum and library staff face similar challenges in the digital landscape and yet have too few opportunities to come together. Our 2016/17 fellowship winners will join a larger cohort of 2016 DLF Forum Fellows and Cross-Pollinator Fellows, and will be asked to share their experiences with a wide audience on the DLF blog.

Eligibility & Selections

To be eligible for an award to attend the 2016 DLF Forum, an applicant must be a member in good standing of one of the four organizations listed above. Special consideration will be given to professionals working in art museums or with art collections.

To be eligible for an award to attend the AIC, ARLIS/NA, MCN, or VRA annual meetings, an applicant must be affiliated with a DLF member organization. Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to advancing research, learning, social justice, and/or the common good through the creation and/or use of digital library and museum technologies.

Award winners will be selected by CLIR/DLF staff in consultation with our Scholarships Committee, and subject to approval by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. You may apply for multiple awards, but preference will be given to applicants who have not yet been a DLF/GLAM Cross-Pollinator Fellow.

Rolling Deadlines & Application Form

Applicants are asked to draft a personal statement of fewer than 500 words, to provide a link to a current résumé, vita, or professional profile online, and to certify that they have discussed the opportunity with a supervisor, explored additional means of support, and determined that full funding for attendance would not otherwise be available.

  • DLF Forum (7-9 November 2016): deadline 12 September
  • MCN (1-4 November 2016): deadline 12 September
  • ARLIS/NA: (5-9 February 2017): deadline 1 November
  • VRA (29 March – 1 April 2017): deadline 2 January
  • AIC (28 May – 1 June 2017): deadline 1 March

Apply online at: https://goo.gl/Syv5Zy

Questions may be directed to awards@diglib.org.


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DLF welcomes two new Program Associates! https://www.diglib.org/archives/12513/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/12513/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:38:59 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=12513 The Digital Library Federation is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Program Associates, Katherine S. Kim and Rebecca Quon, who will join Team CLIR/DLF on September 6th!

Katherine Kim

Katherine Kim

Katherine Kim comes to us from the Modern Language Association‘s Office of Scholarly Communication, where she has most recently served as Assistant Acquisitions Editor, shepherding over 40 print and digital projects from proposal to publication. Her past experience includes work as Assistant Managing editor for the award-winning Post Road Magazine; as an instructor at Boston College, where she received her master’s degree in English; and as a teacher of conversational English at Mancheon Middle School in South Korea. Katherine will bring invaluable perspectives from her work in developing new processes for open and transparent online collaboration and the review of born-digital projects to our community-building activities at DLF.

Becca Quon

Becca Quon

Rebecca Quon is a recent graduate of the MLS program at the University of Maryland iSchool, concentrating in archives, records, and information management. While at UMD, she completed a number of museum, library, and government agency internships in digital/archival collections and data curation, including at NEH’s Office of Digital Humanities and at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She has also worked in communications for the UMD School of Engineering–coordinating events and meetings, designing and writing for publications, and promoting community engagement through social media. Becca’s BA is in American History and Art History from UC-Riverside, and the broad range of her training and experience will support connections across DLF’s programs.

Welcome, Katherine and Becca! We’ll be introducing them to our various working groups, committees, and communities throughout the fall, and you’ll be able to meet them both in person in Milwaukee this November, at the DLF Forum, DLF Liberal Arts Colleges Pre-Conference, and NDSA‘s Digital Preservation 2016.

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Full schedules! 2016 DLF Forum & LAC Pre-Conference, Digital Preservation 2016 https://www.diglib.org/archives/12488/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/12488/#respond Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:34:59 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=12488 Thanks to the hard work of three separate program committees, CLIR/DLF staff members, countless volunteer reviewers, and the wider community who proposed sessions in response to our calls, we are very pleased to announce the programs for:

All three conference programs are available to browse now!

We hope you’ll join us in Milwaukee this November, to hear exciting keynote and plenary talks by Jarrett Drake (#dlfLAC), Stacie Williams (#DLFforum), and Bergis Jules and Allison Druin (#digipres16). (See our keynote roundup here!) We’ll also honor winners of DLF’s Community Capacity Awards and Forum fellowships, as well as 2016 NDSA Innovation Award winners!

DLF will additionally sponsor or host a number of affiliated events alongside the Forum, including the Taiga Forum, an Ally Skills Workshop brought to you by the DLF Project Managers interest group, and more.

Registration is open (while spots last), and information about the beautiful Pfister conference hotel (where rooms are going fast) is also available. Finally, if you will be away from home for our events on Election Day, please plan ahead! Full, non-partisan, state-by-state absentee voting info is here.

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NDSA’s closing plenary speaker is Allison Druin! https://www.diglib.org/archives/12463/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/12463/#respond Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:39:13 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=12463 We’re pleased to announce an exciting addition to the program for Digital Preservation 2016, co-sponsored by National Digital Stewardship Alliance and DLF, which will be held immediately following this year’s DLF Forum.

Allison Druin photo

Allison Druin

Dr. Allison Druin joins keynoter Bergis Jules as our closing plenary speaker for the conference. Druin’s talk will take up the conference theme, “building communities of practice,” in the context of “communities of innovation” and her work with America’s National Park Service–presently celebrating its 100th anniversary.

Druin is on two-year leave from her faculty appointment at the University of Maryland’s iSchool while serving as Special Advisor for National Digital Strategy at the National Park Service. Her focus there is on how to better leverage digital tools to excite the next generation of park visitors, to change how the national parks share their stories, and to better preserve our cultural and natural resources.

Druin received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design, her master’s degree from the MIT Media Lab, and her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico’s College of Education. In her previous work as the University of Maryland’s first Chief of Futurist and Co-Director of the Future of Information Alliance (FIA), Druin helped establish a FIA partner network with the National Park Service, Newseum, the Smithsonian, National Geographic and other organizations to explore the opportunities and challenges of the rapidly changing information landscapes. At the University of Maryland, she has served as Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab, Associate Dean of Research for the iSchool, and an ADVANCE Professor for STEM Women Initiatives. Druin’s personal research has focused on developing new educational technologies for children. Druin has pioneered the development of new co-design methods that bring product-users into the technology design process. Her team of faculty, staff, and graduate students, recently engaged elementary school kids to help design digital elements of the Every Kid in a Park program; an initiative by the White House and Department of the Interior to give all fourth graders and their families free entrance to national parks. She is currently working with NPS leadership to use co-design methods to reimagine the visitor experience for the Lincoln Memorial.

An abstract for her Digital Preservation 2016 plenary talk follows:


The speed of change in the digital world makes it difficult to point to just one tool, technology, or “digital infrastructure” that can support all the education, conservation, and historic preservation priorities of the National Park Service. It is that combination of data (content), software (interactivity), and device (context) that can address the priorities of NPS for the next century. It is important to remember that digital infrastructure can change more quickly than physical infrastructure. The power of digital is that it is so malleable for change, but this is also the challenge. The speed of change and the scale of impact, is unprecedented. Digital innovation makes use of a variety of new tools that can address future challenges with novel solutions. Yet, innovation can be disruptive, transformative, and can still be an achievement that leads to new shared infrastructure. Given this landscape of change and opportunity, we have to ask, how do we create communities of practice that can become true communities of innovation? How can we support workforce development, and build leadership pipelines for the digital work we must undertake? The opportunities are there, but the challenges are many when considering constrained resources, silo-ed structures of leadership, and federal regulations. I will talk about these opportunities and challenges for the next century of service.

Learn more about all of our keynote and plenary speakers for the DLF Forum, DLF Liberal Arts Colleges Pre-Conference, and Digital Preservation 2016 here.

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Thank you from Oliver https://www.diglib.org/archives/12401/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/12401/#respond Mon, 08 Aug 2016 18:17:28 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=12401 Today is my last day as DLF Program Associate, and I want to take this moment to express my gratitude to the DLF community for the opportunity to support your energy, ideas, and collaborative work this year. I’m proud of the work we’ve done together to promote social justice digital library work year-round and at the Forum, and I look forward to seeing that continue. The organization looks forward to welcoming not one, but two, new program assistants in the coming weeks, and having participated in the interview process, I am confident that the day-to-day work of supporting DLF practitioners will be in good hands, alongside Bethany Nowviskie’s leadership to connect dots across institutions (and see where there are not yet dots, but could be). I have truly enjoyed getting to know and work alongside the kindness and expertise of so many in the community and trust our paths will continue to cross. Thank you for doing what you do!

-Oliver (@ohbendorf)

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Social Sciences Team Leader, Claremont Colleges Library https://www.diglib.org/archives/12392/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/12392/#respond Thu, 04 Aug 2016 22:44:08 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=12392 The Claremont Colleges, a distinguished consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges and two graduate institutions located east of Los Angeles, California, seeks an energetic, innovative, and productive Social Sciences Team Leader (SSTL) for the Claremont Colleges Library.

This position offers an excellent opportunity for the successful candidate to develop strong collaborative relationships with faculty, students, and staff in support of research, teaching, and learning across the Claremont Colleges. The incumbent will also acquire substantial middle management skills and experience.

Reporting to the Director of Research, Teaching, and Learning Services, the SSTL will lead a team of librarians that are responsible for information literacy instruction; reference and research services; selection and management of information resources; digital scholarship and scholarly communication; outreach activities; and subject and campus liaison work.

Requirements include a MLIS degree from an accredited ALA program or equivalent and three years’ public services experience in an academic library.

Salary is negotiable, with full benefits package included. For the complete position description and application procedures visit: https://jobs.cuc.claremont.edu/postings/1500. Candidates applying by September 12, 2016 will be given first consideration.

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Meet (most of) our 2016 DLF Forum Fellows! https://www.diglib.org/archives/12354/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/12354/#comments Thu, 04 Aug 2016 15:10:07 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=12354 This year, in partnership with an array of organizations, the Digital Library Federation is thrilled to offer several distinctive fellowship programs to support attendance at our annual DLF Forum. Applications will open soon for an exciting set of Kress Foundation-supported GLAM Forum Fellows, for reciprocal cross-pollinator fellowships with other conferences and groups, and for small bursaries to support “virtual cross-pollinators” eager to connect the AMIA and DLF/NDSA conferences online — so stay tuned for further announcements!

Today we introduce this year’s ARL + DLF Forum Fellows, DLF Student & New Professionals Forum Fellows, and (in a new program) our 2016 Library Juice + DLF Forum Fellow. The generosity of our sponsors, partners, and member organizations will make it possible for the following 12 awardees to attend the 2016 DLF Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 7–9. We thank both the Scholarships subcommittee of our Forum Planning Committee and colleagues from ARL and Library Juice for their support and assistance with the difficult task of award selections.

Please join us in offering a warm welcome to these twelve DLF Forum Fellows, and look for their reflections on the Forum experience later this year, on our blog.

ARL + DLF Forum Fellows

To help foster a more diverse and inclusive practitioner community in digital libraries and related fields, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and Digital Library Federation (DLF) have jointly sponsored these awards since 2013. Eligible applicants identify as members of a group (or groups) underrepresented among digital library and cultural heritage practitioners. We thank ARL for the generous support that makes this program possible!

Tatiana BryantTatiana Bryant
Special Collections Librarian
University of Oregon

As a Special Collections Librarian at the University of Oregon, I provide reference, instruction and technical services as well as promote the use of digital technologies and resources to students and faculty. I support both user-driven and institutional DH, digitization, and digital preservation projects in collaboration with our Digital Scholarship Center. I earned a MPA in International Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from New York University, a MS in Information and Library Science from Pratt Institute, and a BA in History from Hampton University. I tweet about preserving cultural heritage @bibliotecariat.

Hoan-Vo Du

Hoan-Vu Do
Web Librarian
San Diego Public Library

I’m currently a web librarian at the San Diego Public Library working on a few digitization projects. I’m looking forward to learning about innovative digital library projects and research from other practitioners and gaining valuable skills that I could apply at my library. I’m also interested in being part of a community of diverse librarians and practitioners that will provide support and encouragement as I carry out other digital initiatives at my library. My future goals include expanding SDPL’s digitization effort of important archives and special collections.

Margaret (Marge) Huang

Marge Huang
Digital Archivist
Philadelphia Museum of Art

I am the Digital Archivist at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  It is an exciting time to be working at the PMA as the institution is exploring and implementing various projects related to digital scholarship and publishing, digital preservation of time based media art, web archiving, electronic records management, and much more. As a first time attendee of the DLF Forum, I am eager to be inspired and think big but critically about how to develop these important projects according to the most current and best practices.  I am most interested in learning how to effectively disseminate information in ways that are open and flexible in order to maximize the public’s access to cultural resources.

Cat PhanCat Phan
Digital Services Librarian
University of Wisconsin-Madison

As a digital services librarian at the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center (UWDCC), part of the UW-Madison General Library System, I manage the metadata production and quality control operations for local digital collections projects, design metadata structures and workflows, and participate in digital library planning and policy formation, particularly around preservation and metadata strategies. My professional interests and goals center around digital access and preservation, technology, and diversity and I strive to combine these interests in creative and meaningful ways. I am thrilled to have the DLF Forum come so close to my home base this year and look forward to engaging and connecting with others. Stacie Williams, Bergis Jules, the election–it’s going to be a wild week!

Adam Townes

Adam M. Townes
Coordinator of Research Support Services
University of Houston

My work at the University of Houston (UH) involves supporting faculty and graduate students with data management planning, addressing research-related inquiries, and coordinating with the Division of Research and Graduate School here at UH. I recently moved to Texas from Philadelphia where I completed my graduate studies. I look forward to actively participating in the DLF Forum, and it is my hope that other attendees can learn as much from me as I know I will learn from them.

Students & New Professionals Forum Fellows

The DLF warmly welcomes newcomers to the profession and new voices to our community. To that end, we are pleased to fund DLF Forum Fellowships for Students and New Professionals. Fellows were selected by our Scholarships committee from a pool of applicants nominated by DLF member institutions. Early-career library employees and graduate and undergraduate student assistants who make a significant contribution to a digital library endeavor are eligible.

Cameron Cook

Cameron Cook
Digital Curation Resident Librarian
University of Wisconsin-Madison

I am the Digital Curation Resident Librarian for the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a very recent graduate of my institution’s School of Library and Information Studies program. My role focuses on assisting with our institutional repository and working closely with Research Data Services to help support our institution’s researchers and students with their data management needs. My professional interests center around the topics of digital scholarship, digital humanities, and openness. I’m looking forward most to meeting, sharing with, and learning from the  all the wonderful forum attendees and speakers.

Megan De ArmondMegan De Armond
Web Archiving Technician
NYARC- New York Art Resources Consortium

I graduate October 2016 from Pratt Institute with my MSLIS along with a certificate in Archives and a certificate in User Experience. I am interested in born digital archives, programming, information experience, information visualization, and overall creating greater access to and understanding of information. I currently work as a NYARC Web Archiving Technician and am located at the Frick Art Reference Library. Attending the DLF Forum will benefit me in many ways, expand my knowledge of digital tools and their applications, and help me frame the role of culture and technology in the digital world. It will allow me to network with librarians, archivists, and others doing interesting work in a broad range of areas that guide digital stewardship.

Nik Dragovic

Nik Dragovic
Research Library Fellow, Digital Library Program
Emory University

As a Research Library Fellow, I support Emory University’s Digital Library Program, a new unit working to implement a next-generation suite of Digital Library services and applications leveraging the Hydra framework. The 2015 Forum was an invaluable experience for me as a new practitioner of digital library work, and it facilitated my involvement with a group of diverse and inspiring colleagues on DLF projects. I’ve enjoyed becoming a more embedded member of this purposeful community, and am looking forward to learning from and collaborating with my peers in November.

Alissa Matheny Helms

Alissa Matheny Helms
Digital Access Coordinator
University of Alabama, University Libraries

As the Digital Access Coordinator for Metadata & Digital Services at the University of Alabama Libraries, I work to maintain and enhance Acumen — UA’s special collections digital archive — by developing workflow automation software, analyzing methods to expand user access, and producing deliverables through our digitization pipeline. A particularly exciting portion of my work has been building policies and procedures for processing, managing, and preserving born digital content. At the Forum, I look forward to learning as much as I can from knowledgable peers and leaders in the digital libraries community as well as discovering how I can become involved in working groups and other DLF initiatives. 

I have an MLIS from the University of Alabama where I researched sustainable long-term digital preservation and the history of the definition of special libraries. Previously, I spent several years managing textbook departments at college bookstores.

Audrey Sage

Audrey Sage
Web Archiving Technician
NYARC- New York Art Resources Consortium

Hello! My name is Audrey, and I am attending and presenting at DLF this year about the work I did as a Web Archiving Technician for the New York Art Resources Consortium. Brooklyn, New York, is my home, and I am currently finishing up my MLIS degree through the University of Washington’s distance learning program. I am a digital preservation enthusiast and hope to expand my knowledge by attending as many DLF sessions as I can and by sharing with you all some anecdotes from my own niche in the digital librarianship world. Please feel free to peruse my Twitter for rants on digital privacy, human rights, technology, and, of course, my cat. My LinkedIn is also a great place to catch up on what presentations and projects I have been working on lately. I look forward to seeing you all in November! 

Camille ThomasCamille Thomas
Scholarly Communication Librarian
Texas Tech University Libraries

I learned to manage content on many different platforms for different departments in academic libraries including Texas Tech University, Florida State University and University of Arizona. I assist with digital projects at my institution, but I want to continue to be up to date on software, project management and work done at other institutions by attending the DLF Forum. I would also like to work toward ensuring that technology-based spaces are inclusive spaces for people of various backgrounds, especially in my legacy as an alumni of ALA Spectrum Scholars and ARL Diversity Recruitment programs. My ultimate goal is to foster connections between users and librarians through digital collections, rather than allowing collections to merely stand alone.

Library Juice + DLF Forum Fellow

This year, Library Juice Academy/Library Juice Press has generously sponsored a fellowship and travel award meant to support mid-career practitioners in digital libraries and related fields. Library Juice + DLF Forum Fellowship applicants identified themselves as well advanced in their careers and ineligible for local or DLF-specific funding targeted at early-career professionals.

Laura Capell

Laura Capell
Head of Digital Production & Electronic Records Archivist
University of Miami

My name is Laura Capell, and I’m the Head of Digital Production & Electronic Records Archivist at the University of Miami. I began my career as an archivist working with paper records, and over time my focus has shifted into the digital realm. In my current position, I coordinate digital projects and e-records archiving initiatives for the UM Libraries. I’m excited to attend this year’s DLF Forum to engage with colleagues, share ideas, learn about new projects, and contribute to the vibrant DLF community.

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