LeTisha Stacey (@tisha1811) is currently a Digital Librarian/Archivist at Philander Smith College and attended the 2017 DLF Forum as an HBCU Fellow. The award, which brought 24 fellows to the conference, was part of a collaborative effort with the HBCU Library Alliance, supported by a grant from IMLS.
The Digital Library Forum was the most informative and well organized conference that I have ever attended. I’m so grateful to the sponsors and the HBCU Library Alliance for making these fellowships available to information professionals at smaller colleges like mine. The Sched app, the suggestions from my DLF mentor, and the helpful conference volunteers made my first trip to the Forum very enjoyable and easy to navigate.
There was a wide variety of speakers who covered a myriad of topics: from metadata and digital humanities projects to gentrification, library labor issues and more. But my lasting takeaway from the Digital Library Forum was the sense of how resourceful the library community is and how well we adapt to this ever changing digital world we live in. If there isn’t an application to do what you need, develop it with open source tools! If you don’t have the funds to purchase equipment for a digitization project, pursue grant funding, build a DIY scanning system or collaborate with another institution to pool your resources!
I can’t say enough about how impressed I was with this event. It was wonderful to meet so many people who are dedicated to sharing information and developing solutions to progress scholarship across the globe.