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DLF Review Update

An update on the DLF program review from consultant Joanne Kossuth:
I hope everyone is enjoying the summer—ideally some time off and nice weather! The review of the Digital Library Federation (DLF) is well underway, and I’d like to provide a progress u…

Full Programs NOW LIVE for DLF Forum, Learn@DLF, and NDSA’s Digital Preservation!

We are thrilled to announce the release of the full program for our 2019 DLF Forum, Learn@DLF, and Digital Preservation 2019: Critical Junctures, taking place October 13-17 in Tampa, Florida. This year’s program is remarkable, and you won’t want to miss it.      We are especially grateful to our volunteer Reviewers and Program Committee, without whom this fabulous program would not have come together. And, thank you to all who submitted proposals. This year’s field was especially competitive, and it shows in the strong program we’re sharing today.   Registration remains open for all events, but hurry, tickets for the DLF Forum are going quickly! We expect to go on the waitlist in the coming month, so secure your spot now. (Presenting at the Forum? You’re in! But please register now, since we’re holding spots for you.)   What are the DLF Forum, Learn@DLF, and Digital Preservation?   The DLF Forum (#DLFforum, October 14-16), our signature event, welcomes digital library practitioners and others from member institutions and the broader community, for whom it serves as a meeting place, marketplace, and congress. The event is a chance for attendees to , present work, meet with other DLF working group members, and share experiences, practices and information. Learn more here:   Learn@DLF (#learnatdlf, October 13) is our dedicated pre-conference workshop day for digging into tools, techniques, workflows, and concepts. Through engaging, hands-on sessions, attendees will gain experience with new tools and resources, exchange ideas, and develop and share expertise with fellow community members. Learn more here:    Digital Preservation (#digipres19, October 16-17), the major annual meeting of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, will help to chart future directions for both the NDSA and digital stewardship, and is a crucial venue for intellectual exchange, community-building, development of best practices, and national-level agenda-setting in the field. Learn more about this year’s event, whose theme is ‘Critical Junctures,’ here:    As you can see, we have an exciting week planned. Don’t delay – register now to secure your spot. 

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Fellow Reflection: Sarah Mainville

This  reflection on the 2019 annual meeting of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) was written by Sarah Mainville, who attended with support from a  DLF GLAM Cross-Pollinator Registration Award. Sarah is the Media Preservation Librarian at Michigan State University Libraries. In this role she supports efforts to preserve both analog and digital media within the Library as well as develop policy around digital preservation. She received her MSI from the University of Michigan’s School of Information. After school she was the Registrar at the audiovisual digitization vendor, George Blood LP. Her interests include digital preservation advocacy, magnetic tape care, and ethics in preservation.     Last month I had the honor of attending the American Institute of Conservation’s 47th annual meeting with the support of DLF+AIC’s Cross-Pollinator grant. It was an excellent experience to be surrounded by people doing preservation/conservation work of all flavors. A theme that I noticed through the programming and sessions I attended was the significance of learning through failure and how failure can strengthen collaboration. This resonated with me as it helped break the cycle of imposter syndrome where successful people don’t fail. Meaningful lessons/skills come at the end of a head v. wall banging session. Sharing these moments normalizes it while opening ourselves to other’s expertise which may be the missing piece. This sharing and collaboration was exemplified in the “Towards Best Practices in Disk-Imaging: Cross-Institutional Approach” session paneled by Eddy Colloton (Time Based Media Preservation Specialist at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden), Jonathan Farbowitz (Fellow in the Conservation of Computer-based Art at the Guggenheim Museum), Flaminia Fortunato, and Caroline Gil (both Mellon Fellows in Media Conservation at the Museum of Modern Art in New York). The panel shared their findings from a year-long collaborative project of creating and implementing disk-imaging workflows and policies in their respective institutions. The four members had scheduled video conference calls throughout the year to share progress and issues. While the panelists were creating a custom process for their institutions they were also able to draw on the knowledge and support of their colleagues in different institutions. As a professional with a unique job in a large institution, having a group of peers undergoing similar work for which I can turn to when things don’t go as expected would be powerful. The session was organized into three parts: pre-imaging and documentation, disk-imaging acquisition, and post-imaging.  The panelists got into the details of the process, specs, tools, etc. I especially appreciated the comparisons across the institutions and discussion around why certain choices were made. It was interesting to hear about documentation collection and creation from the art and museums world as it differs from my work in an academic library. This gave me a fresh perspective as to whether we are collecting the right elements for the future. Documents like a risk assessment for computer-based works can have a strong impact on how libraries and archives accept gifts as well as how we prepare for the preservation of these types of materials. The entire session displayed an openness with shared tools, tips, documentation and questions to consider when starting out. A final thought that really hit home for me was that digital forensics tools are not neutral and how GLAM professionals should consider the complex ethical implications of using something primarily serviced by law enforcement. How do the tools and their infrastructures align themselves with the goals of GLAM institutions? This conversation had started before the conference on Twitter by Colloton, was brought to the conference session and now extends into our practice at our institutions. As we move toward creating best practices in our fields we must consider these questions and conversations to be sure we are aware of the implications of our choices.  

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Funding: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources, NEH

About the funding: The Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts,…

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Report: Progressive Pedagogy On the Road

From the report: Last week, we took Progressive Pedagogy on the road to two conferences in Vancouver: Digital Democracies at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and HASTAC’s Decolonizing Technologies, Reprogramming Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC). On Thursday, May 16, Cathy N. Davidson, Erin Rose Glass, Christina Katopodis, Danica Savonick, and Siqi Tu led a workshop at SFU called,…

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Job: Full Stack Developer – Digital History, University of Luxembourg

From the ad: The Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) is looking for a full stack developer with a special interest in building a new data driven open access journal in digital history focusing on transmedia storytelling. Appropriate candidates will show a demonstrated capability in developing complex web applications using different technology stacks…

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Job: Full Stack Designer – Digital History, University of Luxembourg

From the ad: The Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) is looking for a full stack designer with a special interest in designing a new data driven open access journal in digital history focusing on transmedia storytelling. Appropriate candidates will show a demonstrated capability in developing complex web applications and will have significant…

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Job: Islamic and Christian Arabic Metadata Librarian, St. John’s University

From the ad: The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s University invites applications for the full-time, benefit eligible position of Islamic and Christian Arabic Metadata Librarian. This is a grant-funded position for up to 36 months with possibility of extension contingent upon available funding… The Islamic and Christian Arabic Metadata Librarian will…

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Report: Digital Public Humanities Panel

From the report: On March 21, the NULab and Humanities Center co-sponsored a panel, “Digital Public Humanities”, featuring presentations by four scholars who work in the digital public humanities: Alex Gil (Columbia University), Roopika Risam (Salem State University), Caroline Klibanoff (MIT Museum), and Jim McGrath (Brown University). Throughout their presentations, these scholars explored the public…

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