Join the DLF

DLF membership is open to any organization engaged in building or using digital libraries. We especially welcome members who believe in our community’s mission of advancing research, learning, social justice, and the public good through the creative design and wise application of digital library technologies. DLF members include archives, libraries and library service organizations, publishers, labs, museums, professional organizations, and vendors, all of whom are invited to contribute to community efforts through a variety of research and development, information sharing, and catalytic initiatives.

We work hard to make sure that grassroots participation in our working groups, events, and other initiatives is as open as possible, regardless of membership status. But member institutions, who invest in our collective and public-spirited work, do have special benefits and opportunities. DLF is growing and becoming a more interesting community every day!

Membership Benefits

  • One complimentary DLF Forum registration and a deeply discounted members’ rate for others from your institution (a $300 savings per person)
  • Steep reductions on tuition for programs like our DLF eResearch Network ($2,000 savings/team) and the Digital Humanities Summer Institute ($230 savings/registrant, available to everyone from your institution—faculty and students included!)
  • Complimentary job postings (otherwise $200/listing) on the DLF Jobs Board and personalized promotion of your open positions through DLF social media
  • Networking, mentoring, leadership, and professional development opportunities for staff, including through our DLF working groups and collaborative initiatives
  • Access to and support of DLF travel awards, honors, event sponsorships, fellowships (including our signature “cross-pollinators” program, connecting DLF practitioners with related conferences and communities), and other grant opportunities, some of which are exclusive to members
  • Support for open access publications and services like the DLF wiki (with our “Organizers’ Toolkit” and special resources for digitization and Hidden Collections projects), our Community Calendar (your onestopshop for events in the field!), Digitization Cost Calculator, DLF Jobs, and a repository of white papers, conference materials, and other useful grey literature
  • A vote in the selection process for our new Community/Capacity Awards
  • 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
  • Periodic, personal consultation by DLF leadership and staff on local strategic planning, new programs, and your institutional goals, including backing for new research, standards development, and project start-ups

And most of all, the satisfaction of supporting the growth and health of the digital library and digital stewardship community, through all the work that DLF initiates, sustains, or promotes.

Annual Investment

Our DLF membership year runs from July 1-June 30, but we prorate memberships and are pleased to welcome new institutions throughout the year. The institutional fee for DLF membership is $6,750 per year. Any organization that is also a CLIR sponsor is invited to join DLF for a discounted fee of $5,000. Liberal arts colleges are invited to join at a special rate of $3,100. And, new for 2017, community colleges and tribal colleges and universities may join for just $1,000. (Please get in touch to make sure your institution is eligible.)

2017-2018 rates reflect a change: beginning this year, all DLF memberships will include one guaranteed, complimentary registration to the 2017 DLF Forum for a member of your staff.

Help sustain the DLF: New for 2017-2018, we are introducing DLF Sustaining Memberships. Our closest partners and most committed supporters are invited to invest in DLF and its mission at an annual rate of $15,000, greatly advancing our common interests and shared, long-term goals. Sustaining Members are joining now, and we will make a special acknowledgment of their generosity on our website and in our publications. (Care deeply about DLF’s parent organization as well? A joint CLIR+DLF Sustaining Membership is available at an annual rate of $20,000.)

How to Join

Please contact CLIR/DLF Development Director Louisa Kwasigroch if you are interested in becoming a DLF member, or would like to talk about what might make DLF membership worthwhile for you!