Attending the 2016 DLF Forum: Milwaukee was energizing and inspirational. It was my first time at the conference but I felt I have found my tribe and met so many wonderful librarians, researchers, and practitioners carrying out interesting and impactful programs, projects and research on digital library and on topics such as ethics, metadata, institutional repositories, assessments, personal archiving and among many other areas.
One presentation that I found very inspirational is the session on personal digital archiving labs and teaching the public about digital presentation. The panel presented four different approaches to personal digital archiving labs and services. They also spoke on strategies and challenges in making digital preservation tools and education accessible to lay communities. I have thought about creating a similar lab at my library but was hesitant because of the lack of support and resources on starting a lab. After attending the presentation and hearing about how successful the program is at several libraries I’m inspired to establish a similar lab at my library. I’m currently putting together a proposal for the lab and very hopeful to have a lab at my library. I’m grateful for the opportunity to attend the DLF Forum and learned from so many librarians and practitioners through their sessions and presentations.