Meet the 2015 DLF Forum Fellows!

This year, the Digital Library Federation was thrilled to offer five separate fellowship programs for attendees to our annual DLF Forum. The generosity of our sponsors, partners, and member organizations will make it possible for the following 15 deserving awardees to attend the 2015 DLF Forum in Vancouver, British Columbia, October 26–28.

A very warm welcome to our 2015 DLF Forum Fellows!

ARL + DLF Fellows from Underrepresented Groups

In 2010, the Digital Library Federation made a positive change and commitment to being an open organization, welcoming members from all parts of the digital library community, soliciting contributions to the annual Forum from members and non members alike, and making every effort to connect conversations that extend beyond our organizational borders. Our community grew as a result, and our Forums have been enriched with new voices and perspectives that yield a more dynamic and exciting event.

The DLF Forum is fairly gender-balanced both for speakers and attendees. We see limited representation from a number of communities, however, and seek to increase participant diversity. To this end, we continue to offer our ARL + DLF Forum Fellowships for Underrepresented Groups (established 2013), for the 2015 Forum in Vancouver, British Columbia.

These fellows are part of or were nominated by a current DLF member institution, or otherwise identify their institutions as community colleges, historically black colleges or universities (HBCUs), tribal colleges or universities (TCUs), or state, local, or regional tribal governments. Fellows are interested in actively contributing to the DLF Forum and are part of a traditionally underrepresented group including, but not limited to, people of Hispanic or Latino, Black or African-American, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or American Indian or Alaskan Native descent.

Jasmine Jones

Metadata and Technical Services Archivist
Smith College

Shanée Yvette Murrain

Seminary Archivist, Bishop Reverdy C. Ransom Memorial Library
Payne Theological Seminary

T-Kay Sangwand
Archivist for Human Rights Documentation Initiative | Librarian for Brazilian Studies at Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas at Austin

Yasmeen Shorish

Physical & Life Sciences Librarian and Assistant Professor
James Madison University

Learn more about the ARL + DLF Fellows from Underrepresented Groups.

DLF + ER&L Cross-Pollinator Travel Award Fellows

Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) and DLF are pleased to announce the recipients of two travel grants to the 2015 DLF Forum in Vancouver, BC.

The purpose of these grants is to extend the opportunity to attend the DLF Forum to two library professionals who would not typically be able to go, but who can envision and articulate a connection with their ER&L-related work and who see great value in building a dynamic and diverse peer network. The cross-pollinator grants are also part of an ongoing effort to explore connections between these two communities. In turn, DLF and ER&L will come together to support DLF community members in attending the ER&L 2016 conference from April 3–6 in Austin, Texas.

Kelsey Brett

Discovery Systems Librarian
University of Houston Libraries

Jonathan Shank
Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian
Northwestern University
@ShankLib |

Learn more about the DLF + ER&L Cross-Pollinator Travel Award Fellows.

DLF Forum Museum Cross-Pollinators

For the second year, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the DLF are supporting fellowships for practicing museum professionals seeking more exposure on the trends in digital libraries. The DLF community is always looking for ways to expand the conversation around digital collections and related activities and include new perspectives at the Forum.

The goal of these fellowships is to bring cross-pollinators—museum professionals who can provide unique perspectives to our work and share a vision of the cultural heritage world from their perspective—to the conference. In our increasingly networked world, we hope to increase communication between all groups interested in the future of digital resources, including museums, libraries, colleges and universities, and anyone working in the realm of digital collections and services.

Sumitra Duncan

New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) Web Archiving Coordinator
Frick Art Reference Library

Neil Sreenan

Manager, Digital Asset Systems
Dallas Museum of Art
@nsreenan |

Bojana Vidović

National Museum Zrenjanin, Serbia

Scott Williams
Data & Database Administrator
Yale University Art Gallery
@moltude |

Learn more about the DLF Forum Museum Cross-Pollinators.

DLF Forum Students and New Professionals Fellows

The DLF community welcomes newcomers to the profession and new voices at its annual DLF Forum. To further this aim, we continue to provide DLF Forum Fellowships for Students and New Professionals to attend the 2015 DLF Forum in Vancouver, British Columbia from October 26–28.

The DLF community includes staff who work in cultural heritage organizations who are lively, intellectually engaged, and inquisitive, but who are not always routinely funded to travel to conferences where they can learn more about the library profession, see digital initiatives from other institutions, and meet leaders in the profession. The Forum is an excellent place to hear about the latest advances in digital librarianship, to meet new colleagues and contacts, and to get involved with DLF initiatives.

Celia Emmelhainz

Social Sciences Data Librarian
Colby College
@celiemme |

Angela Galvan

Digital Reformatting Specialist and Head of Interlibrary Services
The Ohio State University
@galvan_as |

Christine Malinowski
Fellow for Research Data Management
MIT Libraries

Hannivett Nabahe
Graduate Student
School of Information at the University of Arizona

Learn more about the DLF Forum Students and New Professionals Fellows.

VRA + DLF Cross-Pollinator Travel Grant Fellow

The Visual Resources Association (VRA) and the DLF are pleased to support a Cross-Pollinator Travel Grant for the DLF Forum in Vancouver, British Columbia from October 26–28.

The goal of the VRA + DLF Cross-Pollinator Travel Grant is to bring a cross-pollinator—a visual resources professional working in a library, archive, museum, or academic setting who can provide a unique perspective with DLF and share a vision of the digital library world from their perspective—to the conference. The grant recipient can envision and articulate a connection with their work and sees great value in building a dynamic and diverse peer network.

The Cross-Pollinator Travel Grant is a reciprocal program between the DLF and VRA. The program will also bring a digital library practitioner who typically attends the DLF Forum to the 2016 ARLIS/NA + VRA conference in Seattle, March 8–12.

Andrea Schuler
Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Architecture
Aga Khan Documentation Center, MIT Libraries

Learn more about this year’s VRA + DLF Cross-Pollinator Travel Grant Fellow.

Our Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors for making these fellowships possible.


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