Forum – DLF https://www.diglib.org Digital Library Federation Wed, 25 May 2016 19:10:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2016 ARL+DLF Forum Fellowships https://www.diglib.org/archives/11948/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/11948/#respond Fri, 20 May 2016 14:40:21 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=11948 ARL logoDLF logo

 

 

 

This year, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and Digital Library Federation (DLF) will again sponsor a number of fellowship and travel awards meant to foster a more diverse and inclusive practitioner community in digital libraries and related fields.

ARL+DLF Forum Fellowships are designed to offset or completely cover travel and lodging expenses associated with attending the annual DLF Forum, which will be held November 7-9, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ARL+DLF Forum Fellows additionally receive a complimentary full registration to the Forum (up to a $750 value) and an invitation to special networking events. Fellows will be required to write a blog post about their experiences at the Forum, to be published by the DLF and shared in ARL news venues.

History of the ARL+DLF Fellowship

The DLF Forum typically achieves good gender balance, both for speakers and attendees—but our project to increase participant diversity and create an ever more inclusive community is an ongoing one. To this end, DLF began partnering with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in 2013 to welcome “Forum Fellows from Underrepresented Groups.” Beginning in 2016, based on feedback from program participants and members of our new DLF Forum planning committee on inclusion, awardees will be simply be known as ARL+DLF Forum Fellows. We are also proud to be strengthening the networking opportunities available to our Fellows, both at and beyond the Forum, in collaboration with colleagues across our two associations.

Eligibility Requirements

ARL+DLF Forum Fellowship applicants must be nominated by an ARL member institution, a DLF member institution, or a community college, historically black college or university (HBCU), tribal college or university (TCU), or state, local, or regional tribal government. Applicants should identify as members of a group (or groups) underrepresented among digital library and cultural heritage practitioners. These include—but are not limited to—people of Hispanic or Latino, Black or African-American, Asian, Middle Eastern, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, First Nations, American Indian, or Alaskan Native descent. Applications from people who could contribute to the diversity of the Forum in other ways are also warmly welcomed.

To Apply

Send an email to awards@diglib.org with the subject “ARL+DLF Forum Fellowship: [Your Name]”, containing one PDF document that includes the following items:

  • Brief cover letter of nomination from a supervisor, dean, relevant senior colleague, or other organizational leader.
  • Personal statement from the candidate (under 500 words) explaining their involvement in digital libraries and related fields, indicating eligibility, and describing how they see themselves benefiting from and participating in the DLF Forum and wider DLF and ARL communities.
  • Statement of candidate’s need, including a brief budget request, with estimated costs of travel and lodging for the DLF Forum not otherwise covered by institutional professional development funds (which should be applied where possible).

Applications are due by 8am EDT on June 13th, 2016. Applicants will be notified of their status in early-to-mid July.

About ARL

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/ and on Twitter at @ARLnews.

About DLF

The Digital Library Federation (DLF) is a robust and diverse community of practitioners dedicated to the advancement of research, learning, social justice, and the public good through the creative design and wise application of digital library technologies. DLF serves as a resource and catalyst for collaboration among the staff of its 145 institutional members and all who are invested in digital library issues. DLF can be found on the web at https://www.diglib.org/ and on Twitter at @CLIRDLF.

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DLF Forum Fellowships for Students & New Professionals https://www.diglib.org/archives/11961/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/11961/#respond Fri, 20 May 2016 14:40:10 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=11961 recent Forum imagesThe DLF warmly welcomes newcomers to the profession and new voices to our community and signature event, the annual DLF Forum. To that end, once again this year, we will fund a number of DLF Forum Fellowships for Students and New Professionals. The Forum is an excellent place to learn about the latest advances in digital librarianship and allied fields, to meet new colleagues and contacts, and to get involved with DLF interest groups and initiatives.

These fellowships are designed to offset or completely cover travel and lodging expenses associated with attending the DLF Forum, which will be held November 7-9, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. DLF’s Student and New Professionals Fellows additionally receive complimentary full registration to the Forum (up to a $750 value) and an invitation to special networking events. Fellows will be required to write a blog post about their experiences at the Forum, to be published by the DLF.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants and nominations must come from a current DLF member institution. The following full- or part-time individuals are eligible:

  • Library employees (regardless of employment classification) at DLF member institutions who have been in the profession for fewer than 3 years, and whose work is wholly or predominantly related to the creation, maintenance, and/or use of digital libraries.
  • Graduate and undergraduate student assistants at DLF member institutions who make a significant contribution to a digital library endeavor and who may be considering a digital library career.

Please note: each DLF member institution is permitted to submit one candidate per Forum for this award.

To Apply

Send an email to awards@diglib.org with the subject “ARL+DLF Forum Fellowship: [Your Name]”, containing one PDF document that includes the following items:

  • Brief cover letter of nomination from a supervisor, dean, relevant senior colleague, or other organizational leader.
  • Personal statement from the candidate (under 500 words) explaining their involvement in digital libraries and related fields, indicating eligibility, and describing how they see themselves benefiting from and participating in the DLF Forum and wider DLF and ARL communities.
  • Statement of candidate’s need, including a brief budget request, with estimated costs of travel and lodging for the DLF Forum not otherwise covered by institutional professional development funds (which should be applied where possible).

Applications are due by 8am EDT on June 13th, 2016. Applicants will be notified of their status in early-to-mid July.

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Deadlines Extended! DLF LAC Pre-Conference, DLF Forum, and Digital Preservation 2016 https://www.diglib.org/archives/11889/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/11889/#respond Mon, 16 May 2016 14:38:19 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=11889 We heard your wishes for more time to get a proposal in for one of these three great events coming to Milwaukee in November, so the planning committees for the DLF Liberal Arts Colleges Pre-Conference and Digital Preservation 2016 invite submissions in all categories until Monday, May 23, at 11:59PM PST. You can also still submit a proposal of any type for the DLF Forum until the same extended deadline, and proposals for Lightning Talks are particularly encouraged.

Access all three CFPs here: https://www.diglib.org/forums/2016forum/cfp/

Submit a proposal using the online system: https://www.conftool.pro/dlf2016/

#DigiPres16 is the revival of the NDSA’s major conference on digital preservation and digital stewardship, at which we’ll present the 2016 NDSA Innovation Awards and more! #dlfLAC is a chance for DLF’s vibrant liberal arts colleges community to come together to focus on digital library and digital scholarship work in a liberal arts context. The #DLFforum brings digital library, archives, and museum practitioners together to set ambitious agendas, share new methods and experiments, develop best practices, and better organize our community to accomplish its shared mission.

Bergis Jules

Bergis Jules, Digital Preservation keynoter

Stacie Williams

Stacie Williams, DLF Forum keynote

The DLF Forum keynoter is Stacie Williams, and her talk will focus on labor issues in our field. Bergis Jules will keynote Digital Preservation 2016, with a talk focusing on the power and promise of diversity and inclusivity in digital preservation work. The Liberal Arts Colleges Pre-Conference keynoter will be announced soon.

We hope you are planning to join us in Milwaukee!

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Behind the scenes: making the Forum as welcoming and accessible as possible https://www.diglib.org/archives/11814/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/11814/#respond Thu, 05 May 2016 14:55:06 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=11814 One of our goals for the annual DLF Forum is that it be as welcoming and accessible as possible. For the first time this year, the DLF Forum Planning Committee includes an Inclusivity subcommittee, made up of volunteers who are helping us to do just that. With this blog post, we publicly express our gratitude to the folks who signed on to contribute their energy, smart ideas, and time to this work, and we share some updates on the group’s directions with our broader DLF community.

So far, the Inclusivity subcommittee has had two in-depth phone conversations, alongside email correspondence and some good old-fashioned collaborative document-writing, to pool ideas, share experiences, swap readings and resources, and map out directions. The group is now moving forward on several concrete projects and activities, including:

  • Expanding and updating DLF’s Code of Conduct
  • Creating a community “ambassador” role for a small group of volunteers at the DLF Forum, who can assist DLF staff in creating a safe and welcoming environment and pointing people in the right direction for questions and concerns
  • Reviewing the conference registration form to ensure that registrants have the opportunity to provide us with accommodation requests, preferred pronouns, dietary restrictions, etc.
  • Serving in intentional “connector” roles to our many other Forum planning groups (from the social and local planning committees to the program and sponsorship committees), to ensure that the spirit of inclusivity touches every aspect of Forum planning
  • Designating and publicizing a quiet room, nursing room, and gender-neutral restrooms at the Forum venue
  • Helping to arrange the childcare services in Milwaukee that DLF will once again be able to subsidize for Forum attendees
  • Setting up and publicizing community note-taking docs, compiling important accessibility tips for people creating slide decks, and promoting sharing of conference materials through DLF’s OSF for Meetings account
  • Facilitating ride-share and room-share connections via a public exchange, to help make the Forum more economically accessible
  • Serving as a helpful sounding-board for DLF staff who are working to organize the Forum, and assisting with other projects, large and small–including some surprises!

The 2016 Forum Inclusivity subcommittee includes:

  • Laurie Allen
  • Cathy Aster
  • Amy Buckland
  • Jonathan Cain
  • Eleanor Dickson
  • Anne Gaynor
  • Alex Gil
  • Julie Hardesty
  • Christina Harlow
  • Margaret Huang
  • Carrie Johnston
  • Jasmine Jones
  • Francis Kayiwa
  • Alix Keener
  • Drew Krewer
  • Anna Michelle Martinez-Montavon
  • Angel David Nieves
  • Erin Pappas
  • Christie Peters
  • Cat Phan
  • Kristen Regina
  • Michele Reilly
  • Barbara Rockenbach
  • Chelcie Rowell
  • Hannah Scates Kettler
  • Yasmeen Shorish
  • Amanda Visconti
  • Cecily Walker
  • Cynthia York
  • Stewart Varner

Please join us in thanking them for their service! If you have suggestions for this group as we work to make the Forum as safe, inclusive, welcoming, accessible, interesting, and fun for everyone as possible — please let us know! You are welcome to write to Oliver and/or Bethany privately and directly, or share messages for us to pass on to the group.

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2016 DLF Forum Keynoter is Stacie Williams! https://www.diglib.org/archives/11731/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/11731/#respond Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:34:18 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=11731 We are very pleased to announce that Stacie Williams is our keynote speaker for the 2016 DLF Forum in Milwaukee! DLF’s opening-morning keynote will help us kick off a pragmatic, get-stuff-done conversation, unfolding over the following days. Be sure to submit your proposals by May 15th to help shape the rest of the program.

Williams’ keynote will focus on labor issues in our field, and we will share a title and abstract in the coming months. We are particularly pleased to be welcoming her home to Milwaukee, where she was born and raised, a background she tells us has shaped her perspectives on issues like the “Implications of Archival Labor”.

DLF Forum Keynote Speaker: Stacie Williams

Stacie WilliamsStacie Williams is the Learning Lab Manager at the University of Kentucky’s Special Collections Research Center, coordinating an undergraduate archives internship, and additionally teaches the graduate-level archives and manuscripts management course in UK’s School of Library and Information Science. She has previously worked at Tufts University’s Digital Collections and Archives, the Harvard Medical School’s Countway Library, and the Lexington (Ky.) Public Library. In 2013, Williams organized a panel at SXSW about ways that information professionals can influence and engage grassroots activism on Twitter, and she has co-published on topics such as community archives, cyberracism and information literacy. She is a 2010 ALA Spectrum Scholar and a member of the 2015 Archives Leadership Institute cohort. She holds an M.S. in library science with an Archives Management concentration from Simmons College, and a B.A. in journalism from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Find her on Twitter @wribrarian.


We have yet to announce keynote speakers for the DLF Liberal Arts College Pre-Conference and NDSA’s Digital Preservation 2016, so there’s much to look forward to! See you in Milwaukee for the 2016 #DLFforum!

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Call for Proposals: 2016 DLF Forum https://www.diglib.org/archives/11627/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/11627/#respond Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:27:53 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=11627 The Digital Library Federation invites proposals for our 2016 DLF Forum, to be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 7-9 November 2016. Separate calls are being issued for allied meetings: the DLF Liberal Arts Colleges Pre-Conference (6 November) and Digital Preservation 2016 (9-10 November), the annual conference of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA)—all in the same location: https://diglib.org/DLFforum2016/

Proposals are due by May 15th at 11:59pm Pacific Time.  

About DLF and the Forum:

The DLF is a robust and inclusive community that works to advance research, learning, social justice, and the public good through the creative design and wise application of digital library technologies. Our annual Forum (#DLFforum) brings digital library, archives, and museum practitioners together to set ambitious agendas, share new methods and experiments, develop best practices, and better organize our community to accomplish its shared mission. Proposals are encouraged from DLF members and non-members alike. All are welcome at the Forum and warmly encouraged to participate in DLF’s programs year-round.  

The 2016 Forum will be held at the historic Pfister Hotel, just blocks from Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee Art Museum, restaurants, and nightlife. The hotel has an incredible Victorian art collection, an artist-in-residence program, and a spa. Our local hosts will be the Marquette University Raynor Memorial LibrariesUniversity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries. Thanks to the generosity of donors, DLF can again help subsidize childcare at the Forum. (Contact info@diglib.org for more information.)

We strive to create a safe, accessible, welcoming, and inclusive event, and operate under a Code of Conduct. To make suggestions or ask questions of DLF Forum organizers and our volunteer Committee on Inclusivity, please contact us at info@diglib.org.

Submissions and Evaluation:

Proposals should fit within the broad frameworks of digital library, archives, and museum collections and resources; technologies and infrastructure; services and programs; staffing, education, and professional development; social contexts and ethics; labor and vendor relations; or DLF community missions, priorities, problems, and concerns. The Forum traditionally has no set theme so that it may speak to matters of interest to all. We depend on you to propose action-oriented topics geared toward a practitioner audience, considering aspects of design, labor, social responsibility, leadership, collaboration, implementation, and assessment.

Proposals of up to 250 words each (up to 500 words for full panel sessions) should be submitted along with requested metadata, using our online system: https://conftool.pro/dlf2016/.  

Submissions are invited in the following lengths and formats:

Presentations or Panels: Traditional format, but with a premium on Q&A. Presentations are allocated 20 minutes, and organized panels with 4 or more speakers will be given a dedicated session. Panel organizers are especially encouraged to include as diverse an array of perspectives and voices as possible.  Speakers should reserve significant time for interactive exchanges on next steps, possible DLF community action, and discussion or debate.

6-minute Snapshots: Brief talks, meant to engage, inform, and energize the audience: reports of work in progress, new technologies and services, questions or provocations, and more. Snapshots will be grouped based on overarching themes or ideas, with time for audience questions at the end.

90-second Lightning Talks: We’re doing away with physical posters this year, in favor of more high-profile, high-energy lightning talks, held in a plenary session, with the opportunity to point listeners to additional information online.

Workshops: In-depth, hands-on training sessions on specific tools, techniques, workflows, or concepts. Workshop organizers are asked to provide details in the proposal on learning outcomes for participants and technology needs, and to specify both the ideal and minimum number of consecutive, 1-hour sessions needed for the workshop.

Lunchtime Working Sessions: Use the Forum to organize and get stuff done! These are birds-of-a-Feather sessions for community organizers, creative problem solvers, and existing or prospective DLF interest groups. Participants eat together while addressing a specific challenge or issue that would benefit from a collective approach.

Deadline: May 15th, 2016 at 11:59pm PT.  

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by our volunteer Program Committee. Broader DLF community input will be welcomed through an open process to be announced in May, the results of which will help inform the Program Committee’s final decisions. (A 50-word short abstract is requested to aid in this process and for the final program.) Presenters will be notified in July and guaranteed a registration slot at the Forum.

US Presidential Election Notice:

Most DLF Forum attendees will need to plan ahead for early/absentee voting in the 2016 US Presidential Election. Full, state-by-state nonpartisan ballot information and important voter deadlines are available here: https://diglib.org/absentee/. Vote early and join us to watch the election returns in Milwaukee!

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Call for Proposals: Digital Preservation 2016: “Building Communities of Practice” https://www.diglib.org/archives/11634/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/11634/#respond Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:27:17 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=11634 The National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) invites proposals for Digital Preservation 2016, to be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 9-10 November 2016.

Digital Preservation is the major meeting and conference of the NDSA—open to members and non-members alike—focusing on tools, techniques, theories and methodologies for digital stewardship and preservation, data curation, the content lifecycle, and related issues. Our 2016 meeting will be the first held in partnership with our new host organization, the Digital Library Federation (DLF). Separate calls are being issued for the DLF Liberal Arts Colleges Pre-Conference (6 November) and 2016 DLF Forum (7-9 November)—all happening in the same location: https://diglib.org/DLFforum2016/

Proposals are due by May 15th at 11:59pm Pacific Time.  

About the NDSA and Digital Preservation 2016:

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance is a consortium of more than 160 organizations committed to the long-term preservation and stewardship of digital information and cultural heritage, for the benefit of present and future generations. Digital Preservation 2016 (#digipres16) will help to chart future directions for both the NDSA and digital stewardship, and is expected to be a crucial venue for intellectual exchange, community-building, development of best practices, and national-level agenda-setting in the field.

The conference will be held at the historic Pfister Hotel, just blocks from Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee Art Museum, restaurants, and nightlife. The hotel has an incredible Victorian art collection, an artist-in-residence program, and a spa. The NDSA strives to create a safe, accessible, welcoming, and inclusive event, and will operate under the DLF Forum’s Code of Conduct. Childcare subsidies for DLF Forum attendees also participating in Digital Preservation 2016 may be extended upon request. Contact ndsa@diglib.org for more information.

Submissions:

250-word proposals describing the presentation/demo/poster are invited (500 words for full panel sessions). Please also include a 50-word short abstract for the program if your submission is selected. Submit proposals online: https://conftool.pro/dlf2016/. Deadline: May 15th, 2016 at 11:59pm PT.

We especially encourage proposals that speak to our conference theme, “Building Communities of Practice.” Submissions are invited in the following lengths and formats:

Talks/Demos: Presentations and demonstrations are allocated 20 minutes each. Speakers should reserve time for interactive exchanges on next steps, possible NDSA community action, and discussion or debate.

Panels: Panel discussions with 4 or more speakers will be given a dedicated session. Organizers are especially encouraged to include as diverse an array of perspectives and voices as possible, and to reserve time for audience Q&A.  

Posters: Poster presenters will have the opportunity to interact with attendees one-on-one or in small groups, to exchange ideas and engage in conversation. (Guidelines for poster sizes will be provided on acceptance.)

Lunchtime Working Group Meetings: NDSA working and interest group chairs are invited to propose group meetings or targeted collaboration sessions. (Lunch provided.)

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by NDSA’s volunteer Program Committee. Presenters will be notified in July and guaranteed a registration slot at the conference.

US Presidential Election Notice:

Attendees arriving early for the DLF Forum (November 7-9) will want to plan ahead for early/absentee voting in the 2016 US Presidential Election. Full, state-by-state nonpartisan ballot information and important voter deadlines are available here: https://diglib.org/absentee/.

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Call for Proposals: DLF Liberal Arts Colleges Pre-Conference (#dlfLAC) 2016 https://www.diglib.org/archives/11629/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/11629/#respond Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:26:59 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=11629 This year’s DLF Forum in Milwaukee, WI will include a one-day pre-conference specifically for liberal arts colleges, to be held on November 6.

The DLF Liberal Arts Colleges Pre-Conference (#dlfLAC) will be an opportunity for those of us working with digital libraries and digital scholarship in liberal arts colleges to work closely together, in the spirit of the liberal arts seminar, to consider the issues and opportunities unique to us. How does your project or approach take advantage of the liberal arts environment, or respond to its limitations?

We invite proposals for panels, presentations, hands-on workshops, make-hack-play sessions, and dork shorts that foster conversation, connections, and provocation at the intersection of digital libraries and the liberal arts.

The pre-conference will operate under the DLF Forum’s Code of Conduct. Separate calls are being issued for the 2016 DLF Forum (7-9 November) and Digital Preservation 2016 (9-10 November), the annual conference of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA)—all happening in the same location: https://diglib.org/DLFforum2016/

Session Types:

  • Presentation (20 minutes) or Panel (60 minutes): Presentations are allocated 20 minutes and organized panels with 3 or more speakers will be given a dedicated 60-minute session. Panel organizers are especially encouraged to include as diverse an array of perspectives and voices as possible. Presentation speakers should reserve 5 minutes and panels 15 minutes for Q&A, discussion, and debate.
  • Hands-On Workshop (30 or 60 minutes): Single or multiple presenters lead interactive session involving hands-on learning and collaboration. Proposal descriptions for hands-on workshops must specify learning outcomes for participants.
  • Make-Hack-Play Session (2 or 4 hours): Numerous collaborators meet to engage in solving a problem framed by session facilitator(s).
  • Dork Shorts (2–3 minutes): Presenters discuss current or upcoming projects, demonstrate new tools, or call for collaborators.

We’re also open to sessions that don’t fit into these categories; please submit under the category closest to your proposal and leave us a note.

Proposal Submission Guidelines:

Complete proposals should be submitted using the online form accessible at https://conftool.pro/dlf2016/ by 11:59 PT on May 15, 2016. Proposals must specify a title, session type, and presenters and include a proposal description (maximum 250 words; 500 words for panels) as well as a proposal abstract (maximum 50 words).

You will hear about your proposal status by late June.

The 2016 DLF Liberal Arts Colleges Preconference will be held November 6, 2016 in Milwaukee, WI, at the Pfister Hotel. The 2016 DLF Forum will be held November 7–9, followed by Digital Preservation 2016 on November 9–10.

US Presidential Election Notice:

Many participants staying on for the DLF Forum will want to plan ahead for early/absentee voting in the 2016 US Presidential Election. Full, state-by-state nonpartisan ballot information and important voter deadlines are available here: diglib.org/absentee. Vote early and join us to watch the election returns in Milwaukee!

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“You can’t be neutral on a moving train”* and other reflections on the DLF Forum https://www.diglib.org/archives/11081/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/11081/#comments Thu, 07 Jan 2016 19:30:00 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=11081 T-Kay SangwandThis Forum Reflection was provided by T-Kay Sangwand (@tttkay), Librarian for Digital Collection Development, UCLA Digital Library Program.

 

As the information profession rapidly shifts due to changes in information dissemination, technology, and shifting user expectations, libraries and archives are compelled to demonstrate their relevance to the communities in which they are embedded. Many presentations at DLF addressed this challenge with the clear message that libraries and archives demonstrate their value by critically assessing their organization’s role in a larger social and political context and working alongside communities as a force for social good, while recognizing that libraries and technology are not necessarily “existentially good.” I appreciated that DLF, as an organization, prioritized the intellectual and professional contributions of gender non-conforming folks and people of color through its selection of keynote speakers. This sets a powerful example for other professional organizations to follow.

When a library conference’s opening keynote address challenges the audience to Begin to be hopeful that maybe, just maybe, there exists a professional space that centers social justice as a core principle as opposed to a peripheral interest.
critically interrogate the “existential good” we often take for granted within library work and declares that “neutrality equals death,” you realize that you aren’t at a typical library conference and you begin to be hopeful that maybe, just maybe, there exists a professional space that centers social justice as a core principle as opposed to a peripheral interest.

Chris Bourg and Cecily Walker’s keynote “Digital Library Matters,” for the Liberal Arts Preconference, provided a powerful and critical opening for DLF. Instead of justifying the application of a social justice ethos to library work, Bourg and Walker’s opened with the basic assumption of its necessity. They raised necessary and difficult questions such as, “How can we make our work in libraries/archives important in the age of Black Lives Matter?” – while also sharing lessons learned through their own work – “We learn by listening, amplifying voices not often heard, accepting corrections with humility.” Additionally, their collaborative keynote subverted the typical distance and power dynamic between expert speaker and audience member. Their embodied presence as gender nonconforming, as a woman of color, as queer sent a powerful as well as hopeful visual message, particularly to those of us who also identify with those communities. The embodied presence and active and valued participation of members of marginalized groups are critical to fostering conference spaces in which other members of such communities may also want to actively contribute.

With this in mind, DLF made a powerful decision by inviting First Nations Musqueam Elder Larry Grant to open the conference. In his welcoming remarks, Grant reminded the audience that we sat upon occupied land and that our responsibility as archivists and information professionals is to ensure that the stories of the communities for whom we work are preserved in their words, in their languages, and with their interpretations.

It is these critical interrogations, reflections and dialogs that make me hopeful about finding community within DLF.
If any doubts remained regarding the supposed neutrality of our work in the information profession, Safiya Noble debunked many of those doubts in her keynote, “Power, Privilege and the Imperative to Act,” with concrete examples of how search algorithms enact representational violence upon marginalized communities, particularly women and people of color, through the results they return (i.e. Why does a search for “black girls” return hypersexualized and racist results?). Considering that search functionality is our most meaningful engagement with the web, the implications of search results have far reaching consequences not only for academic discourse, but also our collective social and political consciousness. Noble urges us to understand algorithms not as unbiased scientific processes, but as social constructs that are embedded with values that reflect the deeply racist and misogynistic society in which we inhabit. Noble also encourages us to consider how capitalist values and practice impact search as we outsource our information seeking needs to commercial entities. Despite the somber nature of Noble’s research, she delivered her talk with a refreshing humor and energy that is unfortunately uncommon in our field.

The closing #ourDLF session, which also de-centered the conference keynote model, captured many of the thematic threads spun in the opening keynotes, particularly challenging the neutrality of digital projects and reflecting on the social and ethical context of our work. Unfortunately, the full impact of this session was not fully realized. The conference concluded with a discussion of CLIR’s involvement in cultural heritage preservation efforts in the Middle East that focused more on the destruction of cultural artifacts with little acknowledgement of the human cost of armed conflict and foreign intervention or the economic investments of some of our institutions in these conflicts. The paternalistic and colonialist dynamics that had been critiqued in earlier sessions also went unacknowledged. While this preservation work is obviously important, we might also challenge ourselves to reflect on how it might not be “existentially good.” It was refreshing to read through the parallel Twitter conversations and find that other attendees were also pushing a more nuanced read of CLIR’s work in this area. It is these critical interrogations, reflections and dialogs that make me hopeful about finding community within DLF.

*Borrowed from historian Howard Zinn’s 1994 publication You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times.

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2015 DLF Forum: After 20 Years, Many Firsts https://www.diglib.org/archives/11029/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/11029/#respond Fri, 18 Dec 2015 19:15:17 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=11029 Kathlin SmithThis Forum Update, cross-posted from CLIR Issues, Nov. – Dec. 2015, is by Kathlin Smith, Director of Communications at CLIR (the Council on Library and Information Resources). Thanks to all for a terrific DLF Forum 2015, and stay tuned for more information the next Forum in early 2016!

Even as the Digital Library Federation (DLF) celebrates its 20th birthday, the 2015 Forum was notable for several “firsts.” Held in Vancouver Oct. 26-28, the Forum was our first in Canada and the largest yet, with some 600 attendees, including those attending DLF’s affiliated events.

For the first time, a Liberal Arts College preconference was held in conjunction with the Forum. The one-day meeting was designed to foster conversation and build community among those who work with digital libraries or digital scholarship at liberal arts colleges. The preconference included concurrent sessions of presentations and panels on pedagogical, organizational, and technological approaches to digital humanities and digital scholarship, data curation, digital collections, and digital preservation. “No librarian needs to be a specifically digital librarian to understand the power that digital libraries and digital materials can bring to support the liberal arts,” wrote Megan Browndorf, history liaison for Towson University’s Cook Library, in a blog post from the Forum. “This liberal arts pre-conference very much brought that home.”

Also for the first time, the Forum included a new cohort of DLF members from the museum community, thanks to support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. “The opportunity to network and learn from other art museum digital specialists and compare and contrast our experience was invaluable as a new outlet for support and exploration,” writes Kristen Regina, president of the Art Libraries Society of North America and director of the Library and Archives at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in her blog post, “Bridging the Glam Gap.”

New in 2015 was a program for establishing mentoring relationships among community members. The program is centered around face-to-face interaction at the Forum, and more than 100 participated as mentors and mentees. “DLF comes down to the people,” wrote Kevin Clair, of the University of Denver. “Some of my favorite conversations  . . . were really all about how to keep [the] conversations going after the conference is over, through the fellowship and mentoring programs that DLF is starting to get going now.”

The 2015 Forum was the first under the leadership of DLF’s new director, Bethany Nowviskie, and perhaps most notably, it focused not just on the “how” of digital library technologies, but also on the “why”—the social, political, and ethical contexts of the library and information professions. The theme was powerfully conveyed by Safiya Noble, assistant professor in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, in her keynote address.

“From the keynote at the DLF Liberal Arts College pre-conference with Chris Bourg and Cecily Walker to the #ourDLF closing event, DLF presenters and attendees were engaged in thinking about the broader context of the work that we do, framing it within cultural, social, and political contexts,” writes Jasmine Jones, of Smith College in her blog post, “Exploring the Boundaries at the DLF Forum.” “Every session, even those that were more technical, had me thinking about what it means to be an information professional that challenges the inherent structures of power and biases in the systems we develop, the vocabularies we use, etc.; what it means to be ethical and meaningful in praxis; about how to ensure inclusivity when developing services for our communities.”

Several Forum sessions were recorded and will be announced when they are available. A rich range of perspectives on the Forum are available through blog posts at https://www.diglib.org/topics/forum/.

Next year’s Forum will take place Nov. 7-9 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

DLF Forum 2015 collage

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