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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.