Museums Cohort

With generous support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Digital Library Federation has offered a number of 2018-2019 DLF memberships to institutions engaged with the arts.



The Expanded Cohort

In late summer 2018, DLF held an open call and accepted applications from a number of institutions who will join our Museums Cohort—a group of cultural and arts organizations who are working with other DLF members, across disciplinary and institutional boundaries, to build skills, share ideas, strengthen digital engagement and collections, and advance technological initiatives in service of their common mission. All members, with 2018 additions in italics:

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • New York Art Resources (NYARC) Consortium
    • The Brooklyn Museum
    • The Frick Collection
    • MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries
  • Getty Research Institute
  • The Alliance of HBCU Museums and Galleries
  • The Andy Warhol Museum
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • The Corning Museum of Glass
  • The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • The Menil Collection
  • Museum of Impact
  • National Gallery of Art
  • New Museum
  • The Obama Foundation
  • Peabody Essex Museum Phillips Library
  • Seattle Art Museum Libraries
  • as well as campus museums at our 170+ other member institutions!




What is the DLF?

DLF members work to advance research, learning, social justice, and the public good through the creative design and wise application of digital library technologies. For more info, see this page!

What’s included in DLF membership?

  • One guaranteed, complimentary DLF Forum registration (currently $750 at the non-member’s rate) per year, ensuring that your institution gets a spot!
  • Deep discounts on registration and tuition costs for DLF events, and on partnering organizations’ programs
  • Complimentary job postings (otherwise $200/listing) on the DLF Jobs Board and personalized promotion of your open positions through DLF social media
  • Eligibility for DLF’s GLAM Cross-Pollinator Registration Awards, which grant free registration at the annual meetings of our partner organizations: VRA, AIC, and MCN.
  • Networking, mentoring, leadership, and professional development opportunities for staff, including through our DLF working groups and collaborative initiatives
  • Communications and outreach support for your initiatives, on request from DLF via Twitter, Facebook, our DLF-Announce listserv, and our website and calendar, as well as regular opportunities to showcase your work in our popular “Contribute” series
  • And much more!

Museums receive a special rate on annual membership. If your institution is interested, get in touch!




Get involved!

Get to know others working on digital preservation, collections and museum libraries management, rights management, teaching, user engagement and more—across the cultural heritage sector!

The Museums Cohort, just like DLF’s working groups, is open to anyone.

Anyone with museum interests or who engages in public or academic museum-based projects are invited participate in Cohort Activities. As part of the Kress-supported initiative, DLF will hold two meetings this fall:

  • A virtual meeting, via Zoom, where community members learned more about DLF, met new colleagues, and discussed what they’d like to see from the gathering. (View slides)
  • A working group session at the DLF Forum (October 15-17, 2018)–one person from each member institution will receive free conference registration.
 Sign up for our mailing list to receive Museums Cohort meeting reminders and updates.


DLF Groups

Elsewhere, DLF’s working groups tackle specific topics related to digital libraries, museums, and archives. Visit the links below to find out more about meetings and projects:


networked member institutions and a robust community of practice—advancing research, learning, social justice, & the public good through the creative design and wise application of digital library technologies