Museums Cohort

History of the Museums Cohort

In 2015, DLF partnered with the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to jump-start a museums cohort within the Digital Library Federation.

Our initial group of new-member museums and museum libraries included:

Representatives of these organizations  joined existing DLF members, like Smithsonian Institution Libraries and the Getty Research Institute, as part of the Museums Cohort.

Through this group, DLF has continued to engage in conversation about how we and the broader digital library community might better engage and support museums and museum libraries.

All DLF practitioners with museum interests or who engage in college and university museum-based projects are welcome to join. Likewise, current DLF member institutions with museums, galleries, and museum libraries are invited to participate in Museums Cohort conversations. Please contact us for more info!

Additional projects and resources

DLF museum members may be particularly interested in CLIR/DLF’s collaboration with UNESCO, the Antiquities Coalition, and others, to address artifact trafficking and destruction, or “culture under threat” in the Middle East. DLF is also currently supporting the NEH/CLIR Openlab initiative, a promising new GLAM technology incubator and accelerator, which kicked off with an unconference and set of Ignite talks in December 2015.

A number of reports and publications made freely available by our parent organization, CLIR, are relevant to the DLF museums community. See, for instance, Images of Works of Art in Museum Collections: The Experience of Open Access.


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