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DLF Statement on Borders and Participation

re: “Zero Tolerance” immigration policy/SCOTUS Travel Ban decision n the third anniversary of its landmark decision affirming marriage equality for members of the American LGBTQ community, the Supreme Court of the United States has issued a disappointing 5-4 ruling that upholds the Trump administration’s so-called “Muslim ban.” This ban, in its latest iteration, restricts travel to the US by nationals of seven countries, five of which are majority-Muslim. Justice Sotomayor’s dissent outlines evidence of the anti-Muslim rhetoric and animus that has surrounded and which “a reasonable observer would conclude [has] motivated” this ban. The ruling comes at a moment when the nation is also reeling from ICE’s implementation of the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” and child separation policies, with harsh repercussions against asylum-seekers and those crossing US borders without authorization. Thousands of children have been ripped from their families, which—together or separately—now face deportation, indefinite incarceration, or utter, inconceivable loss.   In the face of governmental assaults on basic human dignity and rights, on the shared values of hospitality and compassion that have underlain the notion of asylum throughout history, and on the free and open intellectual and cultural exchange that bolsters democracy and comes with legal migration across borders, the Digital Library Federation would like to offer some small assurances. First, because planning for our 2018 conference is well underway, with presenters having received notification of the results of peer review just this week, we would like to assure all speakers that DLF staff are conscious of the impact of immigration and travel policies on potential participation. We deeply value your safety, comfort, and ability to participate in DLF programming to the fullest extent possible. No conference presenter impacted by a travel ban or concerned about safety or freedom of movement will lose the chance to share work with the DLF community. Please contact us for assistance with special arrangements, if travel restrictions or any related concerns apply to you. We are also conscious that non-presenters planning to attend the DLF Forum may be affected by actions of the current regime. DLF will waive processing fees for anyone impacted by US border control policy (presenters and non-presenters alike) who wish to have their conference registration costs refunded. While we cannot live-stream all presentations and events, DLF Forum and Digital Preservation 2018 keynotes and plenary panels will be streamed, transcribed, recorded, and made freely available to all. The DLF Forum program committee and broader community will likewise work once again this year toward the goal of making slide-decks, crowdsourced notes, and other presentation materials readily available for each and every conference session. DLF operates under a Code of Conduct that outlines the ways in which we “strive to be a welcoming organization and the focal point for a digital library culture that is anti-oppression, recognizes intersectionalities, and works compassionately across difference.” We therefore decry all travel restrictions that target wide swaths of people based on religion, nationality, or ethnicity, and all violations of customary international law, such as the “right to seek and enjoy asylum” that is codified in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Relevant Links: DLF Forum information DLF staff contacts DLF Code of Conduct Torn Apart / Separados (DLF will host a forthcoming “Nimble Tents” toolkit on creating similar rapid-response projects, in collaboration with Torn Apart creators and other Digital Library Federation community members) “Federal Records Transparency and Immigrant Justice” (an April DLF webinar organized by the #DLFgrt group, featuring Victoria López (ACLU National Prison Project) and Emily Creighton and Guillermo Cantor (American Immigration Council). DLF Government Records Transparency/Accountability Group (next full-group #DLFgrt meeting August 17) DLF Technologies of Surveillance Group (next full-group #panoptitech meeting August, TBD) Digital Library of the Middle East prototype project February 2017 statement, “Deepening Resolve” (“February 2017 statement, “Deepening Resolve:” www.diglib.org/deepening-resolve/ (“DLF will pay close attention this year to any executive order or piece of legislation that may impact travel and safety for our Forum participants, with whom we stand in solidarity and pledge to assist.”)

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DLF welcomes new Program Assistant!

We are so pleased to announce the appointment of our new Program Assistant, Aliya Reich, who has joined Team CLIR/DLF today!
Welcome, Aliya!
Aliya has most recently served as the public programs coordinator for Historic Annapolis, a history and preserv…

Welcoming new DLF Advisory Committee members!

oday, we’re pleased to welcome three new members to our DLF Advisory Committee. Stacie Williams of Case Western Reserve, Sohair Wastawy of the Qatar National Library, and Trevor Owens of the Library of Congress join a distinguished group of advisors who include Dan Cohen (chair), Yasmeen Shorish, Shilpa Rele, Trevor Muñoz, Buhle Mbambo-Thata, Max Marmor, Jill Cousins, and Andy Ashton. The full group, with institutional affiliations, is listed here. Welcome, new advisors! The DLF Advisory Committee provides guidance, recommendations, and feedback to DLF’s Executive Director, Bethany Nowviskie, and includes representatives of the DLF community at large and CLIR’s Board of Directors. Advisors are appointed by the CLIR Board, at the recommendation of Nowviskie and CLIR’s president, Charles Henry. Thank you, outgoing committee members! We would like to thank outgoing committee members Stephen Rhind-Tutt, Bess Sadler, Sarah Shreeves, and Jennifer Vinopal for their service to the Digital Library Federation community: long and faithful, witty and wise.

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DLF staff promotions!

oday, in recognition of their brilliant and indispensable contributions to the DLF community, to position them to do even more good, and as we look forward to welcoming a new colleague in 2018 (still accepting applications!)—the Digital Library Federation is announcing promotions and title changes for staff members Katherine Kim and Becca Quon. Please join us in congratulating Katherine Kim, new Assistant Director of the DLF, and Becca Quon, DLF Program Associate for Advancement and Awards!  As Assistant Director, Katherine will be taking a stronger hand in budgeting, strategic planning, development and management of events (including the annual DLF Forum and our experiments in supporting local/regional meetings—”DLFx”), and in representing the Digital Library Federation to working group leaders, CLIR/DLF affiliate organizations, and as a partner within the wider community. As Program Associate for Advancement and Awards, Becca will take greater ownership of programs that create opportunities and contribute to the professional development of individual community members, such as DLF fellowships, grants, and awards, our jobs service (no pressure!), and learning opportunities, including the eResearch Network, workshops and webinars, and forthcoming programs under the banner of “Learn@DLF.” We’re a highly collaborative, small team, dedicated to serving DLFers in their shared mission, so we encourage you to continue to reach out to us jointly as appropriate, by sending queries to info@diglib.org. Individual contact info for Katherine, Becca, key CLIR colleagues and programs, and DLF Executive Director Bethany Nowviskie is also available here.

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DLF strongly opposes FCC proposal to weaken net neutrality regulations

n November 21, 2017, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unveiled its proposal to roll back regulations that require internet service providers to treat all data and services online equally. The Digital Library Federation strongly opposes any plan to repeal or weaken net neutrality rules. Democratic access to and free and open distribution of information is vital to us all. Echoing our statement in February, 2017, we “stand with our community in determined opposition to any political policies, actions, and divisive ideologies… that contravene our shared, core values of enlightened liberalism and scientific understanding, and threaten our mission to create just, equitable, and sustained global cultures of accessible information.” The FCC will vote on net neutrality regulations in just two weeks. Please contact your representatives and commissioners and urge them to uphold net neutrality. Resources: ALA’s resources on Network Neutrality and their action center Mozilla’s Statement on FCC proposal to roll back net neutrality in the US and net neutrality framework Fight for the Future’s Battle for the Net campaign Free Press’s Save the Internet campaign Internet Association’s resources on Net Neutrality

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