Futures Fellowships

About the DLF Futures Fellowship Award

This pilot DLF fellowship program offers financial support and a communications platform for mid-career digital library practitioners whose projects and areas of research open up new, perhaps unexpected possibilities and future directions for the field.

Through the course of the fellowship year, our 2018-2019 fellows will undertake projects that explore topics as diverse as the fostering of organizational partnerships between iSchools and historically black colleges and universities; more nuanced ways to measure and assess the transformative reuse of digital library content; and future applications for 3D cultural heritage visualization.

Thank you to our three pilot-year fellows for helping to establish and test this new  program! If it is successful and funding permits, look for a public call for DLF Futures Fellows next year.

Meet the Fellows

Ana Ndumu is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Maryland´s College of Information, or iSchool. Her research explores the intersection of libraries, information, and demography. As a DLF Futures Fellow, she will develop an evidence-based framework for fostering partnerships between library and information science (LIS) programs and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Ana recently completed her Ph.D. in Information at Florida State University´s School of Information.

Santi Thompson is head of Digital Research Services at the University of Houston Libraries, where he develops policies and workflows for the digital components of scholarly communications. He publishes on the assessment of digital repository metadata, software, and content reuse, and serves as co-facilitator for the DLF Assessment Interest Group (AIG). Santi will use fellowship resources to continue researching and presenting on the reuse of digital library content, building on the success of the DLF AIG’s recent IMLS grant, “Developing a Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects,” for which he served as PI.

Hannah Scates Kettler is a digital humanities research & instruction librarian at the University of Iowa’s Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio. Her research interests include cultural heritage representation in digital libraries, with a particular focus on 3D virtual heritage collections. As a DLF Futures Fellow, Scates Kettler will continue to explore the potential of digital library infrastructure to support 3D research, access, and dissemination by extending her past work on developing best practices for 3D data preservation.

The DLF Futures Fellowship pilot is funded through the generous support of Digital Library Federation member organizations.

Read the announcement about these appointments.

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