DLF https://www.diglib.org Digital Library Federation Tue, 30 Aug 2016 21:52:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 55861226 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/#respond 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.

Thank you to our partnering sponsors!


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Library Juice Academy

Library Juice Press


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National Digital Stewardship Residents (5), Biodiversity Heritage Library (Multiple Sites) https://www.diglib.org/archives/12352/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/12352/#respond Wed, 03 Aug 2016 14:16:36 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=12352 National Digital Stewardship Residency Vacancies

Biodiversity Heritage Library

Multiple Sites


The National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) is a collaborative field experience program developed by The Library of Congress Office of Strategic Initiatives and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The program aims to develop a community of professionals in the dynamic fields of digital stewardship and (biodiversity) informatics.  This resident cohort will enable five residents to work on projects related to the Biodiversity Heritage Library at BHL partner institutions in Cambridge, MA, Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, St. Louis , MO or Los Angeles, CA from January 2017 to December 2017.


Applicants must be U. S. citizens who have graduated from an accredited degree-granting Master’s or Doctoral program between Summer 2014 and January 2017. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.


  • Must be a US Citizen or permanent resident.
  • Relevant education (as noted in the Qualifications Required section below).
  • Basic knowledge of spreadsheet & office programs.
  • Analytical and research skills and tools
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Relocation from January 2017 to December 2017
  • Relocation expenses are not offered.


This program will provide qualified post master and doctoral candidates the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills involving the collection, selection, management, long-term preservation, and accessibility of digital assets.

Experience with large data sets, knowledge of user-interface design, and the ability to incorporate user perspective in system planning is important.  The resident should be comfortable working in a highly collaborative virtual environment

This resident cohort will enable five residents to work on projects related to the Biodiversity Heritage Library at BHL partner institutions in Cambridge, MA, Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, St. Louis, MO or Los Angeles, CA from January 2017 to December 2017.

NDSR participants will get a first-hand look into the preservation issues and topics challenging these institutions.

Through collaboration with other interested organizations, this project plans to identify guidelines for best practices in a digital library for collection analysis and data linking.
Residents will each be assigned one of the following host institutions and corresponding projects. Applicants should specify their top three choices of institutions and projects from the list below in their cover letter.

The following five project outlines are proposed:

Content Analysis.  This project will be an analysis of the quantity of literature underpinning the field of biodiversity, the amount of that literature in the public domain, the representation of each discipline (delineated by taxon group) within BHL, an exploration of methodologies to scope the collections, and areas where BHL may target development to better serve the research population. Host: BHL Chicago partners (The Field Museum of Natural History and the Chicago Botanic Garden) with mentors Library Directors Christine Giannoni and Leora Siegel. https://www.fieldmuseum.org/science/research/area/library http://www.chicagobotanic.org/library

Import of Crowdsourced Data Corrections and Enhancements.  Building on the IMLS grant received by the Missouri Botanical Garden, Purposeful Gaming and BHL, in which BHL worked with Mary Flannagan and Tiltfactor , the mentors for this project will work with the resident to develop methodologies and propose tools for integration of crowdsourced data corrections and enhancements back into the BHL portal. Best practices will be documented for verification, trust, and multi-tier review. Host: Harvard University: MCZ, mentors Library Managers Constance Rinaldo and Joseph deVeer. http://library.mcz.harvard.edu

Enabling image discovery within the Biodiversity Heritage Library  Building on the successful NEH Art of Life grant, crowdsourced metadata around BHL images hosted on Flickr and Zooniverse would be integrated back into the BHL through  user interface modifications to the BHL portal to enable image searching, browsing and display. The resident will work with the BHL technical team to propose best practices for integration of this data into BHL as well as sustainable methodologies for augmenting image tagging for BHL content. Host: Missouri Botanical Garden (MOBOT),  mentors Library Director Douglas Holland and Data Projects Coordinator, Trish Rose-Sandler. http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/plant-science/plant-science/resources/raven-library.aspx

Digital Library Best Practices Analysis.  The mentor will work with the resident to consult with BHL partners such as DPLA and Europeana to determine how BHL data works in these large scale national and pan-national digital libraries. The resident will propose analyses of other large-scale digital libraries (HathiTrust, the Internet Archive, National Digital Library of New Zealand, Trove, for example) to categorize high value tools and services that can be built into the next version of BHL or developed with existing APIs from partners. Host: Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, mentor Chief Librarian and Curator Richard Hulser.  www.nhm.org  Research Library, http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/research-library

User Needs and Usability Analysis.  The mentor will work with the resident to identify members of the larger taxonomic and biodiversity informatics community to determine user needs and services for providing increased value to BHL content. Building on a ten year relationship with this community, BHL staff will introduce the resident to relevant initiatives hosted at the Smithsonian, such as Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBoL) and Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) and to partners such as Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). The resident will analyze input gathered to define recommendations and requirements for expanding the BHL digital library functionality. Host: BHL Secretariat/Smithsonian Libraries, mentor BHL Program Manager, Carolyn Sheffield.. Biodiversity Heritage Library: http://biodiversitylibrary.org/

Smithsonian Library: http://library.si.edu/


  • Possess a master or doctoral degree with graduation between spring 2014 and January  2017 in one of the following fields (or other discipline engaged in the stewardship of digital materials
    • Library Science
    • Information Science
    • Archival Science
    • Records Management
    • Computer Sciences
    • Museum Studies
    • Art History
    • Engineering
    • Digital Media
    • Master of Fine Arts in New Media

Must be available to work on-site for the entire one-year period .
Must be a US citizen or permanent resident.


$50,000  for 12 months




  1. Cover letter that describes your interest in the various projects and up to 3 top choices of project and venue as described above. Please state geographical limitations, if any.
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Names and contact information for 3 references.

To be considered for the position, please submit the following materials through the ARiES portal:

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position are filled.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Once selected and hired for the residency, every effort will be made to accommodate project selections. First choice host placement cannot be guaranteed. Applicants should be sure to indicate three host areas of interest on their applications.


Residents are not benefits-eligible employees of the institutions where they reside.

Further information about the Biodiversity Heritage Library: http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/  Address questions about the application/nomination process to Constance Rinaldo, Librarian of the Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University <crinaldo at oeb dot harvard dot edu>.

Twitter: @mayrlibrary

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Digital Library Developer, Vassar College Libraries https://www.diglib.org/archives/12348/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/12348/#respond Tue, 02 Aug 2016 13:50:53 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=12348 APPLY AT: http://employment.vassar.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=52105

The Vassar College Libraries seek a collaborative, entrepreneurial, and experienced professional for the position of digital library developer. We are looking for a creative problem-solver with a passion for libraries who enjoys the design, development, and implementation of technical solutions that will bring our digital scholarship and library technology services to new levels. The incumbent will work alongside faculty, student, librarian, and IT colleagues across campus and within open-source communities on projects that advance research, teaching, and learning. This position is an excellent opportunity for a self-starter to develop applications and enhance functionality for digital scholarship, discovery, and repository services.

The successful candidate will be a critical team member of the Digital Scholarship and Technology Services Department, creating and maintaining applications (particularly web applications) that provide current services and make feature-rich new ones come to life. Our department provides digital scholarship, digital library, repository, and technology services to the Libraries and the College and closely collaborates with IT and academic computing groups on campus. We strive to provide excellent digital services and collections to the Vassar community and beyond.

Invited candidates will be asked to supply a portfolio or links to relevant work and sample code (e.g., GitHub).

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and two or more years work experience in an academic or research library environment.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in writing web applications with commonly used digital library coding languages, such as Ruby, PHP, MySQL, XML, or Python.
  • Experience with Drupal, WordPress, or similar open-source content management system.
  • Familiarity with the Fedora Commons repository system and access layers (e.g., Islandora, Hydra).

Preferred qualifications:

  • MLIS, MIS, or equivalent degree.
  • Familiarity with web server configuration (specifically Apache and Tomcat).
  • Experience working with common digital library or digital scholarship applications and tools (e.g., Solr, Blacklight, D3.js, Neatline).
  • Familiarity with linked open data concepts and techniques (e.g., RDF, triplestores, SPARQL)
  • Experience working with cloud services such as Amazon Web Services/EC2.

Located in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

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2016 NDSA Coordinating Committee Candidates https://www.diglib.org/archives/12333/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/12333/#respond Mon, 01 Aug 2016 17:55:32 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=12333 This summer the National Digital Stewardship Alliance turns its attention to leadership renewal. We gratefully thank our outgoing working group chairs and Coordinating Committee members for their service across the transition period to our new home at the Digital Library Federation. And we are pleased to welcome new chairs for our working groups — you can learn more about all of these people on the NDSA Leadership page.

Members of the NDSA Coordinating Committee serve staggered three year terms and five members will have completed their terms, retiring as of the Fall meeting. We thank Jonathan Crabtree, Meg Phillips, John Spencer, Helen Tibbo, and Kate Wittenberg for their many contributions.

Following a public call for nominations, we are presenting to members a slate of five candidates to join the Coordinating Committee. Between now and August 15th, NDSA members will have the opportunity to affirm and endorse these candidates by vote. (One vote per member organization, with information sent via email to institutional contacts.)

Here are statements from the candidates, presented in alphabetical order:

Bradley Daigle

Bradley Daigle is currently content and strategic expert for the Academic Preservation Trust as well as cultural heritage initiatives and strategic partnerships at the University of Virginia Library. He has spent the last several years organizing and facilitating the use of enterprise preservation services. He has been PI on an IMLS grant (AIMS: An Inter-Instutional Model for Stewardship) with international partners whose goal was to create successful workflows for born digital materials. He is also governance chair of the statewide partnership, the Virginia Heritage. More at LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradleydaigle

Building on the NDSA’s previous work, the future holds great promise as we grow membership and increase engagement. Expanding deep focus initiatives beyond the excellent work done with web archiving and balancing between conceptual exploration and practical implementation, the Coordinating Committee should continue to help develop digital preservation methods critical to our profession’s future. Working across the Alliance and with our co-chairs, I will advocate for the systemic changes we need to be effective stewards of our cultural heritage.

Carol Kussmann

My interest in the NDSA Coordinating Committee stems from being involved with NDSA and its various working groups from its inception. During this time of transition, NDSA needs to further develop its partnership with the Digital Library Federation (DLF) while keeping its own identity and strong foundation. The new partnership with DLF increases the diversity of NDSA’s knowledge base by introducing DLF members to the activities of the NDSA. I enjoy working with the diverse organizations (large, small, government, non-profit, for profit…) that come together in NDSA to discuss similar issues. While we will never all need the same thing, NDSA provides a place to discuss concerns, share ideas and explore solutions which is valuable to all. I would like to assist with this endeavor by serving on the Coordinating Committee.

My career with electronic records began at the Minnesota State Archive working within the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, the precursor to NDSA; I am now a Digital Preservation Analyst with the University of Minnesota Libraries. In this role, I work across many departments in the Libraries, and outside the Libraries through the statewide Minnesota Digital Library Program. I address current and future requirements for long-term preservation of electronic records including the areas of arches and special collection, information and data repositories, and journal publishing. As co-chair of the Electronic Records Task Force my efforts focus on developing and implementing workflows for ingesting, processing, and providing access to incoming electronic materials that are part of the Archives and Special Collections units. As an inaugural Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) trainer, I work with Minitex to provide digital preservation training in the region on a regular basis. I am also on the Steering Committee of the Electronic Records Section of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and teach the Arrangement and Description of Electronic Records class for SAA.

Mary Molinaro

Last year I took a position with the Digital Preservation Network (DPN) after having worked for the majority of my career as a librarian at the University of Kentucky Libraries. My tenure at Kentucky afforded me the opportunity to facilitate the transition of our collective work in managing analog collections to creating and preserving digital information. At Kentucky I had the opportunity to work in support of the development of processes for the digitization of collections and in making content available to users. I also worked internationally with libraries in Vietnam, in Tunisia (as a Fulbright Sr. Specialist) and in Ecuador (with the support of the American Embassy) to help local institutions build infrastructure to support broader access for their citizenry to digital information. While working in this digital arena I became increasingly concerned about the long term viability of the digital information on which we have become reliant. It is this concern that pushed my now long-standing interest and commitment to developing real solutions for digital preservation. I serve as an anchor instructor for the Library of Congress Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) program and have served on the Steering Committee for that program. As Chief Operating Officer for DPN I have had the opportunity to talk with many institutions about their digital processes and hear about the issues with which they are struggling. It is my firm belief that the solutions for access, tool development, delivery, and the preservation of digital information will come faster and better in community than in isolation. I believe the NDSA has a strong role to play in helping our community work together to develop solutions that work and to create tools that will help us succeed. I would welcome the opportunity to serve NDSA in helping the organization move forward toward developing solutions that work for all.

Gabby Redwine

Since 2013 I have been Digital Archivist at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University, where I work collaboratively across different units at Yale, as well as with colleagues at other institutions in the US and abroad, to build a sustainable program to support the acquisition, capture, arrangement and description, preservation, and access of born-digital archival materials. I led Yale University Library’s Born Digital Working Group in the development of a vision and three-year roadmap for born-digital archival materials in Yale’s libraries and museums, which we are in the process of implementing. As co-chair of the Yale-wide Web Archiving Working Group, I worked with other group members to develop a Strategic Plan for Web Archiving at Yale and write a report that identified gaps and strategic objectives for the next two years, which we are in the process of implementing. In my capacity as chair of the Advisory Committee on Library Staff Diversity & Inclusion (2015-2016) I led the group in drafting recommendations that position civility and mutual respect training as part of a larger change framework that includes clear behavioral expectations, open communication, and accountability. I also led a joint group of administrators and diversity committee members in drafting Yale University Library (YUL) Community Values. Previously I was Archivist and Electronic Records/Metadata Specialist at the Harry Ransom Center. Recent publications include Collecting Digital Manuscripts and Archives (co-author, SAA’s Trends in Archives Practice series, forthcoming), Personal Digital Archiving (Digital Preservation Coalition, 2015), and Born Digital: Guidance for Donors, Dealers, and Archival Repositories (co-author, CLIR, 2013). I am a member of the NDSA Standards & Practice Working Group and the Society of American Archivists’ Mentoring Program Subcommittee, and have served on the program committees for iPres, DH (Digital Humanities), and the SAA Research Forum, and as a grant reviewer for NEH.

My interest in serving on the NDSA Coordinating Committee stems from my work at Yale to develop strategic vision in different areas related to the stewardship of born-digital materials. I am committed to developing initiatives and devising solutions that address the needs of libraries, archives, museums, and other organizations large and small, well-resourced and underfunded, new and well-established, traditional and ground-breaking. My strong communication, leadership, and administrative skills, as well as my experience and commitment to working collaboratively to identify gaps and solve problems, will contribute to the Coordinating Committee’s efforts to collaborate with the working groups to provide strategic leadership for NDSA.

Helen Tibbo

Dr. Tibbo is a current member of the Coordinating Committee running for re-election and is presently serving as chair of Digital Preservation 2016.

Dr. Tibbo is an Alumni Distinguished Professor at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), and teaches in the areas of archives and records management, digital preservation and access, appraisal, and archival reference and outreach. She is also a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and was SAA President 2010-2011. From 2006-2009, Dr. Tibbo was the Principal Investigator (PI) for the IMLS (Institute for Museum and Library Services)-funded DigCCurr I project that developed an International Digital Curation Curriculum for master’s level students. She is also the PI for DigCCurr II (2008-2012) that extends the Digital Curation Curriculum to the doctoral level. In 2009, IMLS awarded Prof. Tibbo two additional projects, Educating Stewards of Public Information in the 21st Century (ESOPI-21) and Closing the Digital Curation Gap (CDCG). ESOPI-21 is a partnership with UNC’s School of Government to provide students with a Master’s of Science in Library/Information Science and a Master’s of Public Administration so that they can work in the public policy arena concerning digital preservation and curation issues and laws. CDCG is a collaboration with the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the Digital Curation Center (DCC), both of the United Kingdom, to explore educational and guidance needs of cultural heritage information professionals in the digital curation domain in the US and the UK. Dr. Tibbo is a co-PI with collaborators from the University of Michigan and the University of Toronto on a National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)-funded project to develop standardized metrics for assessing use and user services for primary sources in government settings. This project extends work that explored user-based evaluation in academic archival settings funded by the Mellon Foundation. Prof. Tibbo is also co-PI on the IMLS-Funded POlicy-Driven Repository Interoperability (PoDRI) project lead by Dr. Richard Marciano and conducted test audits of repositories in Europe and the US with the European Commission-funded ARPARSEN project during the summer of 2011.

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