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2018 DLF Comm/Cap Awards: meet the nominees!

e are pleased to announce the nominees for the 2018 DLF Comm/Cap Award! This biennial award honors constructive, community-minded capacity-building in digital libraries and allied fields: efforts that contribute to our ability to collaborate across institutional lines and/or work toward something larger, together. The 2018 award will go to an inspiring project, team, or person selected by the Digital Library Federation membership at large. The winner (person or group) will receive a $1000 prize, one free Forum registration, and some level of assistance toward travel expenses to make it possible for a representative to accept the award certificate in person at the DLF Forum event at which they will be honored. Each DLF member organization gets one vote. Voting is open from May 24 – June 8, 2018 (at 11:59PM ET) and DLF’s liason at each institution has been sent further instructions. For your local DLF liason’s contact information, get in touch with Director of Development & Outreach Louisa Kwasigroch. Congratulations to all thirteen nominees, and thank you for your work. Read more about each nominee below. Amanda Meeks (@A_meeksie) Founder of WTF Maker Nights. Through her work as the Teaching, Learning and Research Services Librarian (Arts/Humanities) at Northern Arizona University, Amanda Meeks has been working to close the gender gap in technology. She has championed creating inclusive, equitable, and diverse making spaces throughout Arizona with the creation of “Women/Trans/Femme Maker Nights.” Women/Trans/Femme (WTF) Maker Nights strives to address the disparity in gender representation in tech environments (e.g. library makerspaces) and has centered the voices, skills, and visibility of communities often relegated to the margins. WTF Makers Nights offers the LGBTQ community, advocates, and allies an environment to express themselves and work with people they can relate to. Amanda ‘s work has inspired other institutions to adopt WTF Maker Nights into their respective makerspaces.   Digital Library of the Caribbean (@dLOCaribbean) A cooperative of partners that provides users with access to Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials held in archives, libraries, and private collections. The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. The overdLOC partner institutions are the core of dLOC. dLOC partners retain all rights to their materials and provide access to digitized versions of Caribbean cultural, historical, and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections. Since 2004, Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), a multi-institutional, international digital library, has worked on data curation with various archives and libraries in the Caribbean by scanning and preserving rare books and manuscripts. dLOC follows a model of decentralized digitization and distributed collection development, thus giving Caribbean institutions, and those that know the collections most intimately, an important role in the decision making and production process. dLOC allows Caribbean institutions ownership of their cultural/national patrimony, while providing access to scholars and students around the world. Together, dLOC partners have created the world’s largest open access collection of resources from and about the Caribbean (3.51 million pages, serving 3 million users per month).   Digital POWRR (@digitalPOWRR) Increasing the confidence, capacities, and capabilities of the less-technically-inclined to take a proactive role in managing and preserving their digital collections. SInce 2012, the Digital POWRR Project has been working to demystify digital preservation with training and resources targeted specifically at resource-restricted institutions, as well as Lone Arrangers and similar solo practitioners. Their IMLS-funded Digital POWRR Institutes ensure that every participant goes home with an actionable plan for stewarding the digital materials their organization is responsible for. POWRR Institute training materials are freely shared to help everyone at every institution, including those who cannot make it to an Institute.   Documenting the Now (@documentnow) Awareness-raising and tool-building to support the ethics of preservation. Documenting the Now responds to the public’s use of social media for chronicling historically significant events as well as demand from scholars, students, and archivists, among others, seeking a user-friendly means of collecting and preserving this type of digital content. DocNow, a joint effort between the University of Maryland, University of California, Riverside, and Washington University in St. Louis, is building a variety of tools to help researchers work with Twitter data, and has drawn together a community to raise the visibility of discussions related to the ethics of collecting digital content. The suite of tools will enable communities to research and preserve digital content in conscientious and thoughtful ways.   Dr. Melissa Nobles and Professor Margaret Burnham Creators of the CRRJ/Nobles Digital Archive.               Dr. Melissa Nobles, Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and Professor of Political Science, MIT (left) and Professor Margaret Burnham, University Distinguished Professor of Law and Director, Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northwestern University (right) Northeastern University’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project is directed by Margaret Burnham, University Distinguished Professor. Melissa Nobles, Kenan Shahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been associated with CRRJ as faculty and board advisor since its inception. Building upon empirical research on lynching and racial violence chronicled by journalist Ida B. Wells, sociologist Monroe Work, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, as well as contemporary sociologists Stewart Tolnay and E.M. Beck, the CRRJ-Nobles Archive is a collection of records on incidents of racially-inflected homicides committed against African Americans in the southern states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia from 1930-1970. The goal of the CRRJ-Nobles Archive is to bring the important story of homicidal racial assaults in the mid-twentieth century to a broad and varied audience in order to deepen their appreciation of the significance of this history.   Educopia Institute (@Educopia) A catalyst for collaboration among cultural, scientific, and scholarly institutions. In 2017, the Educopia Institute provided administrative and technical scaffolding to support and strengthen the efforts of five networks: BitCurator Consortium, Library Publishing Coalition, MetaArchive Cooperative, Read More

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On creating tools with intentionality: a #BlackDigArchive recap.

Becca Quon (@beccaquon) is DLF’s Program Associate for Advancement and Awards, and attended the ‘Digital Blackness in the Archive: A Documenting the Now Symposium‘ on December 11-12, 2017.  s a recent iSchool graduate and the youngest person working at CLIR-DLF, I can say that by now, I’ve gotten used to walking into a room full of people with a passion and work ethic that make my head spin, plopping myself in a corner, and–well– absorbing as much as I can. It’s one of the great pleasures of my work that I’m constantly privy to conversations in the office, within the DLF community, and abroad that make me want to high five everyone and exclaim ‘YES! That’s amazing. You’re doing incredible things.’ That was absolutely the case when I attended the Digital Blackness in the Archive symposium in Missouri last month, which brought together DocNow community members to “address issues at the intersection of archival practice and the existence of Black people on the web and social media”. If you haven’t had the chance to listen to any of the recorded sessions yet, I encourage you to spend some time with the first panel, in which three community organizers spoke about their experiences during and in the years following the protests in Ferguson in 2014. These activists, Kayla Reed, Brittany Ferrell, and Alexis Templeton, shared moving and deeply personal takes on their work, the Black experience, and community memory that foregrounded a deep respect for communities in upheaval as a central focus of the Documenting the Now project. The second panel turned the mic over to digital black culture researchers, who touched on many archives-related challenges from their perspective: the ethics of collecting social media posts and related data, the need for tools that place tweets in context, and ways these platforms can help researchers visualize communities. The third focused on the nature of collecting and representation within collections–who gets represented when collecting decisions are made? And what are the collector’s responsibilities to them? One set of questions posed by panelist Tonia Sutherland (@toniasutherland) really stuck with me as representative of the work the DocNow team has done: I was asked a few times over the course of the symposium “so why’s DLF here?” Though we’re not part of the Documenting the Now project, we’re very much fans of the effort being put into it, and of the example being set. As Bergis Jules, who co-created the project, said in his (DLF-hosted) 2017 NDSA Digital Preservation keynote on ‘Confronting Our Failures of Care Around the Legacies of Marginalized People’, it’s necessary for information professions to “model our work after projects, organizations, or institutions that are already doing people centered work.” Something I’ve noticed perpetually about the practitioners who work under the DLF umbrella is the motivation to create the community they want to be a part of–something that DLF’s executive director also thinks about often, as she frames thoughtfully in a piece she wrote on building capacity through care, and that I try to bring to my desk everyday, too. Intentionality was a word I heard a lot over the course of the meeting, and it’s one that, I think, should drive the work we all do as information professionals and organizers. Sharing our space at the table, or even stepping back to let others speak, is necessary in order to help us listen (and design, and do) better. Nobody should have to bring their own chair. So, DocNow team? YES! #BlackDigArchive was amazing. You’re doing incredible things. High fives all around.

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Kress+DLF Cross-Pollinator Fellow: Alexis Logsdon

DLF and the Kress Foundation are pleased to announce the latest award in the GLAM Cross-Pollinator Fellowship series, which will send DLF affiliate Alexis Logsdon to the annual conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA).  The f…

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