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Updates from the DLF Assessment Interest Group (AIG)

he DLF Assessment Interest Group (AIG), founded in 2014, seeks to engage the community in developing best practices and guidelines for various kinds of digital library assessment. Research and cultural heritage institutions are, as a matter of course, providing online access to converted and born-digital scholarly and cultural content. As the amount of that content continues to grow, there is an increased need to strategically standardize our assessment efforts. The only requirement for participation in a DLF AIG working group is a willingness to dig in and devote a small part of your time contributing to the tools, methods, and body of knowledge on digital library assessment. Attendance at the DLF forum is not a requirement for participation in any of the working groups. Additionally, if your institution is not a DLF member, you can still participate! Please feel free to join these group activities, attend meetings, and get in touch with group leaders to learn more. AIG Content Reuse Working Group Over the next year, the DLF AIG Content Reuse Working Group is focused on planning and the beginning stages of building the Digital Content Reuse Assessment Framework Toolkit (D-CRAFT). D-CRAFT builds off of the successful Developing a Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects (Measuring Reuse) project, an IMLS grant initiative (LG-73-17-0002-17), which ran from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. The team has focused on concluding the work of the Measuring Reuse project and setting the foundation for D-CRAFT. To date, the group has: Released Setting a Foundation for Assessing Content Reuse: A White Paper From the Developing a Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects (DOI 10.17605/OSF.IO/BQJVR) in September 2018. Published “Barriers and solutions to assessing digital library reuse: preliminary findings” in Performance Measurement and Metrics, detailing the initial results of the Measuring Reuse project. Submitted an IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries proposal to build D-CRAFT. If awarded, the project will begin in Summer 2019 and last 2.5 years. How can you participate? Those interested in knowing more about the project should reach out to any team member (listed below). The Content Reuse Working Group: Elizabeth Kelly, Ayla Stein Kenfield, Caroline Muglia, Santi Thompson, and Liz Woolcott AIG Cost Assessment Working Group Cost Assessment Working Group in 2018 The Cost Assessment group’s primary task is to collect, aggregate, and share data on the time it takes to perform various tasks involved in the digitization process to help with project planning and benchmarking. When the group formed in 2014, we found few practical resources geared towards helping the community determine the cost of digitization. To help address this gap, we built a Digitization Cost Calculator that allows individuals to enter information about a project and get back an estimate of the staffing costs and time needed to complete it based on real data from the community. Our work in 2018 was focused on learning more about how the calculator was being used in the community and opportunities for improvement. Over the summer we had 11 volunteers participate in both user interview and user testing. Over the fall we reviewed the sessions, captured all of the feedback in a spreadsheet and started discussing and prioritizing our next steps in GitHub issues. For more information about the group, see the Cost Assessment Working Group wiki. The source code for the calculator is available via the Calculator’s GitHub repository. Goals for 2019 Our goal for 2019 will be to start working our way through the identified issues with the calculator with the goal of making the tool better. We plan to have a standing meeting every month to work together and discuss priorities. Some of what we’ve identified are feature requests, while others are more philosophical questions, like what is the purpose of the calculator. There is also the opportunity to work on the more technical side of the tool with Wayne Graham. How can you participate?   Join our meetings! We welcome participation from anyone with an interest in this area. If you join our Digital Library AIG Cost Assessment google group you will get notifications and invitations each time we meet. You’re also welcome to drop in on any of our standing meetings which are listed on the DLF Community Calendar and in our meeting agendas. Questions? Contact co-facilitator Sarah Severson. The group typically meets once a month, and the time commitment is generally less than an hour per week. AIG Cultural Assessment Working Group (CAWG) CAWG in 2019  CAWG was established in 2016 to discuss ways by which we may assess our digital collections and their cultural impact. Where lacking, CAWG will develop helpful and nuanced rubrics for institutional measurement and analysis of cultural biases and assumptions in the process of digital collection creation. In 2018 CAWG successfully Collaborated as a review board for the User Experience group bibliography project Conducted an environmental scan of relevant “diversity” events across the nation in order to understand the landscape of cultural assessment work Embarked on the Selection Workflow Framework draft #2 which refocused the Selection Workflow Framework into something more approachable to users Established a new Inclusive Metadata Task Force to address metadata creation practices and explicit/implicit bias. For more detail, check out our wiki page, and/or join our Slack channel. CAWG Goals for 2019 If you’re interested in what the group will do next, there are upcoming meetings which you are more than welcome to join (details below), where we will brainstorm and develop new goals for 2019! Here are some potential directions… Conduct new survey on Selection practices Identify relevant community groups for review of our work Develop a running Speaker Series to engage those working to address bias in the digital realm Collaborate with the Metadata Assessment group on a new project targeting inclusive and equitable metadata creation practices And others. Add your thoughts at our next meeting! How can you participate? We are looking for diverse perspectives and welcome participation from anyone. We are in particular need of Public Libraries, HBCUs, Tribal Libraries, and Museum perspectives. We are looking for people who are on the front lines of engaging community members, people Read More

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NDSA Levels of Preservation Reboot Project Implementation Subgroup Survey

s many of you will remember, a very smart group of people–including Megan Phillips, Jefferson Bailey, Andrea Goethals, and Trevor Owens–helped the NDSA launched its Levels of Preservation guidelines in 2013. Since then, they’ve become a fixture in the digital preservation community, influencing practice and helping people make the case for robust infrastructure. The original intent of the “Levels” was to create a set of recommendations for either preservation practitioners who were just starting out, or for those looking to deepen their preservation strategies. Organized into five functional areas, the Levels helped frame many of our efforts as we moved forward with the work of digital preservation. Currently, those five functional areas are: Storage and geographic location; File fixity and data integrity; Information security; Metadata; and, File formats If you’re like me, you’ve likely used the Levels in one form or another to inform your work over the years. But with continuous changes in technology and practices, and–perhaps most importantly–after years of active use by the global digital preservation community, the NDSA would like to revisit the Levels to ensure they are still meeting the needs of digital preservation practitioners across a wide diversity of jurisdictions and organizational settings. And that’s where you come in! The NDSA is undertaking a global survey to get a sense of how the Levels are currently being used (or not!) and how they might best be improved. We hope you might take the time to complete the following survey and let us know what you think of the Levels, especially what you like most about them, and where they might need a rethink. And please note, the survey isn’t just for those people who are already using the NDSA Levels. If you don’t intend to use them or have decided they don’t meet your needs we are also interested in hearing from you. Survey link: goo.gl/forms/nqFFZEhYpd7PiAHv2   The survey will be open until Friday, February 22nd, and should take you between 10 and 15 minutes to complete. Your responses will be held in confidence. For more information about the project, please see ndsa.org/working-groups/levels-of-preservation/. If you have any questions about this survey or the project, please don’t hesitate to contact me as Chair of the Levels Reboot Project Implementation Subgroup, and we look forward to hearing from you! Corey Davis corey@coppul.ca Digital Preservation Coordinator Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL)

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Announcing the 2019 DLF + DHSI Tuition Grant Recipients

LF is delighted to announce the recipients of six DLF+DHSI Tuition Grants to attend the Digital Humanities Summer Institute in Victoria, BC! The fellowship covers program tuition for one course at the Institute, which is taking place from June 3-7 and 10-14 this year. Meredith Hale (@artrunbrarian)  Meredith Hale is the metadata librarian at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. In this role she manages the library’s digital collections, which consist primarily of digitized materials from special collections, and creates and shares MODS metadata. She also provides technical support for the Digital Library of Tennessee (DLTN), a DPLA service hub. Hale previously worked in a number of art institutions, including the Yale Center for British Art, the Robert B. Haas Arts Library, the Ackland Art Museum, and the Royal Pavilion, Art Gallery, and Museums in Brighton, UK. She has been a member of ARLIS/NA since 2015 and is a practicing artist. Hale received her BFA from Syracuse University and holds graduate degrees in art history and information science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   Colleen S. Harris Colleen S. Harris serves as the Digital and Data Services Librarian on the faculty of the California State University Channel Islands. Formerly an Information Literacy Coordinator and a Head of Access Services, she is the editor of So You Want to Be an Academic Library Director? (ALA Editions, 2017) and has authored various scholarly articles in Library Review, Journal of Access Services, and Journal of Academic Librarianship. She holds the MS in Library and Information Science, an MFA in Writing, an MA in Mythological Studies, and an EdD in Learning and Leadership.     Amira Hathout  I am Amira Hathout from Egypt. I have started to work at the libraty of Alexandria ” Bibliotheca Alexandrina” since 2010 in the Digital Lab department, for 3 years in OCRing section and more than 5 years in the Quality Assurance section until present.I am a Quality Assurance-PDF specialist and my job is to review the whole digitisation process and outputs before being published. I participated in many digitisation projects and special tasks such as Thesis, Arabic & Latin books, Newspapers “CEDEJ project- Egyptian press Archive”, rare books and world digital library project. Last year I had the chance to visit the UK, during my stay I attended two workshops concerning digitisation, it was an amazing and valuable experience. My hobbies are reading, travelling and community volunteer work.   Jasmine Kirby Originally hailing from Chicago, Jasmine is a subject liaison librarian for psychology and human development and family studies at Iowa State University of Science and Technology in Ames, Iowa. She has a masters degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she also did her undergraduate degree. As an undergraduate she majored in history and spent a junior year abroad at Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po). She is interested in digital humanities as a way to create learning materials that are interactive, accessible, and even fun, without sacrificing accuracy. She is a member of the American Library Association and a 2016 Spectrum Scholar.   Marcia McIntosh (@marcimic) Marcia McIntosh received her master’s degree in Information Studies (MSIS) from the University of Texas at Austin School of Information and bachelors from Washington University in St. Louis. She is currently the Digital Production Librarian at the University of North Texas where she assists in the management of digitization projects in the Digital Projects Lab. Alongside imaging production work, she pursues research in the areas of digitization, project development, and 3D data preservation.     Shu Wan Shu Wan currently works as a graduate student in the Department of History at the University of Iowa. His research interests focus on the history of anthropometry and physical anthropology in East Asia and North America in the 20th century. He also serves as an adjunct researcher in the Research Center for Social History of Medicine at Shaanxi Normal University in China and a book review editor in multiple academic journals in China, including World History Studies and Journal of History of Social Medicine in China.   Keep an eye out for blog posts from each awardee mid-summer, when they will share a bit about their time in Victoria. DHSI registration is still open, though courses are nearing capacity! Anyone affiliated with a DLF member institution may use the DLF discount code available here: dhsi.org/registration.html.

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Introducing the 2019 Authenticity Project Fellows

Thanks to a generous grant from the IMLS, the HBCU Library Alliance and Digital Library Federation are pleased to announce the first of three annual cohorts of Authenticity Project Fellows! hese fifteen Fellows work in libraries and archives at historically black colleges and universities. They will receive full travel, lodging, and registration expenses to the 2019 DLF Forum in Tampa, FL; professional development through online discussions, activities, and in-person networking; and opportunities to apply for microgrant funding to undertake inter-institutional projects of strategic importance across DLF and HBCU Library Alliance institutions and communities. They will also participate in quarterly facilitated, online networking and discussion sessions, and will be matched for mentorship and mutual learning with two experienced library professionals: an established mentor from an HBCU Library Alliance library or with a strong background in HBCUs, and a “conversation partner” working in an area of the Fellow’s interest, ideally within a DLF member institution. (Names of our 2019 mentors and conversation partners will be announced soon.) Applications for this fellowship opportunity were extraordinarily strong, and we are pleased that we will be able to welcome 30 more Authenticity Project Fellows in our 2020 and 2021 cohorts. If you are interested in applying or re-applying for the fellowship, please stay tuned for a call in the autumn of 2019, and see our press release about the program for more information. About the Fellows: Meaghan Alston Prints and Photographs Librarian, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University Meaghan Alston received her MLIS with a focus on Archives and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015. She has been the Prints and Photographs Librarian at Howard University’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center since 2017. In this position she is responsible for a collection of over 150,000 graphic images depicting African American and African Diaspora history. Prior to joining the staff at Moorland-Spingarn, she worked as a Visiting Librarian with the University of Pittsburgh’s Archives and Special Collections. Her interests include digital preservation, community archives, digital humanities, and archival education.       Danisha Baker-Whitaker Archivist/Museum Curator, Bennett College (North Carolina) Danish Baker-Whitaker is the Archivist/Museum Curator at Bennett College. She’s also a Ph.D. student in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Program at North Carolina State University.  She focused on archives and special collections in obtaining the MLIS degree from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. Her main research interests include exploring how the digital humanities field can intersect with and influence the duties of archivists. The overarching interests behind her work are identity and librarianship in the 21st century. Other interests include digital archives, access, and information architecture.   Cassandra Burford (@DigitalPresPro) Special Collections Librarian, Talladega College (Alabama) Cassandra Hill Burford is the special collections librarian at Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama, where she manages eight collections. An Alabama native, she received a BA and MA in history from Jacksonville State University, and her MLIS, with a focus in digital preservation and digital libraries, from the University of Alabama in 2018. Cassandra firmly believes that objectivity is an archivist’s most important quality. An archivist is not concerned with who won or lost the battle, but rather with the materials and artifacts and the stories they tell. With that objectivity in mind, she is an avid proponent of digital preservation initiatives for archives, especially niche collections like those maintained at Talladega College.   Justin de la Cruz (@justindlc) Unit Head, E-Learning Technology, Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library (Georgia) Justin has worked on technology training for library staff and patrons in both public and academic libraries. He currently serves as the Unit Head of E-Learning Technology at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library, where he collaborates with faculty and students on technology projects involving multimedia production, 3D design, and social media, among other topics. His recent publications, including a chapter in ACRL’s Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology, have focused mainly on library staff professional development. Justin recently joined the editorial advisory board for Library Hi Tech and is working on an ALA Diversity Grant-funded research project investigating the information seeking and sharing behaviors of LGBTQIA+ students.   Cheryl Ferguson (@cdferg4) Archival Assistant, Tuskegee University (Alabama) Cheryl D. Ferguson is the Archival Assistant at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama.  As part of the university archives she helps to build and promote the rich history of the university. Her areas of interest include archival research, digital preservation, digitization, outreach/development, and program management. Cheryl is a member of the Society of American Archivists, Society of Alabama Archivists and the Association of African American Museums. Outside of the archives, Cheryl can be found actively involved servicing her community as a member of Tuskegee Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Tuskegee United Women’s League, Inc.   Ida Jones (@Ida39J) University Archivist, Morgan State University (Maryland) Ida E. Jones is the University Archivist at Morgan State University. She is the first professional archivist hired by Morgan in celebration of the 150th anniversary. Since her arrival 3 years ago there are 10 processed manuscript collections with online finding aids and a number of new donors and departmental contacts she made. The contacts are working with her in preparation for their future deposits, research and reference queries. She has taught at the Lancaster Bible College, University of Maryland, College Park and Howard University. She specializes in African American church history, organizational history, and local history. She authored four books. Her most recent publication is Baltimore Civil Rights Leader: Victorine Q. Adams: The Power of the Ballot debuted in January 2019.   Alvin Lee Library Technical Assistant Supervisor at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (Florida) Alvin Lee is a recent MA-LIS graduate.  He is currently employed as Senior Library Technical Assistant Supervisor and Resource Sharing Coordinator for University Libraries at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, a Historic Black College/University, located in Tallahassee, Florida.  Additionally, Alvin also serves as the chair of University Libraries’ Digitization Committee. Mr. Lee has a passion for learning about digital libraries and digital Read More

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Fellow Reflection: Abigail Shelton

  Last month, with support from a GLAM Cross-Pollinator Registration Award, Abigail Shelton attended the Museum Computer Network meeting in Denver, CO. We’re glad to share her thoughts about the conference below! Abigail Shelton  is an Outreach Specialist for the Mellon Foundation Library-Museum Collaboration Grant project at the University of Notre Dame. The project aims to build a unified digital space for cultural heritage collections at the university and her role is to work in between users and software developers. Ms. Shelton earned an MSLIS from Drexel University in 2018 and also has an M.A. in American History from Binghamton University, SUNY.  She previously worked at the American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia, PA. You can find her on Twitter at @aecshelton.   Tech should amplify human-ness. #mcn2018 — Abby Shelton (@aecshelton) November 14, 2018 Quoted from Amber Case, “Calm Technology: Design for the Next 50 Billion Things” So began my first Museum Computing Network (MCN) conference. I was honored to receive the DLF GLAM Cross-Pollinator Registration Award to attend. But as a newly-minted library school graduate making her first foray into the museum conferencing world, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. What I came away with was a renewed aspiration to empathize, connect, and serve our human users. If you didn’t walk away from Amber Case’s thought-provoking keynote presentation  (quoted above) questioning the use of technology in your own life and the life of your institution, you weren’t really listening. Case set the stage for the conference by exploring the principles of “calm technology.” The underlying idea is that we should design technology that empowers human work and life rather than competing or distracting from it. To do that, however, means that we really need to understand and empathize with our communities. We need to actually talk to them. And that’s exactly what so many MCN 2018 presenters reported on in their sessions: how to talk to and assess community needs. One session in particular, “Talk to Your Visitors: DIY Human-Centered Research,” introduced a toolbox of strategies for empathizing and understanding user needs. Susan Edwards of the Hammer Museum at UCLA, Michelle Grohe from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Kathryn Quigley at the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley shared their techniques for evaluating and improving user experiences. What I appreciated about their approach was that all three started by evaluating small and specific services. For instance, the Hammer Museum wanted to know more about how their theater patrons felt about the process of requesting a ticket for an assigned seat at free events. Instead of attempting to evaluate the visitor’s entire experience at the museum, they drafted very focused questions and talked to 5-6 people for 5 minutes or less before a few events. I can see how this approach will be useful for my work at the University of Notre Dame. As we test our prototype next spring, I plan to think about how we can target specific features in small testing groups. The idea would be to choose a handful of features that we want to evaluate at a deeper level and ask a small group of users to provide feedback on just those things, rather than on their overall experience. It’s exciting to see how museums and libraries are reassessing the “techno-utopianism” that has often driven the software development process. Instead of blazing ahead with the assumption that more tech is always better, conferences like MCN 2018 demonstrate that curators, archivists, librarians, and developers are starting to re-center technology as of, by, and for inclusive human communities. Upcoming opportunities The GLAM Cross-Pollinator Registration Awards aim to foster communication and conversation among the GLAM communities. In October 2018, as part of an exchange with our partner organizations, affiliates from our partner communities attended the DLF Forum in Las Vegas, Nevada. Students, faculty, and staff from DLF member institutions are eligible to apply for upcoming opportunities! A registration award is still available for the annual meeting of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) in May 2019. Apply now!

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Fellow Reflection: Haiying Qian Li

  This post was written by Haiying Qian Li, who received a DLF HBCU Fellowship to attend the 2018 Forum. Haiying Sarah Qian Li has more than 10 years of experiences working with varies digital projects. She is currently the Director of Library Services at Inman E. Page Library of Lincoln University in Missouri. Mrs. Li first joined the library staff as the Institutional Repository Coordinator in 2014. She helped to build and promote Lincoln University’s digital repository Blue Tiger Commons. In 2016 Mrs. Li received a Digital Imaging Grant to digitize the University Archives’ photographs and documents, which greatly expanded the amount of resources available online about Lincoln University’s history. Mrs. Li understands deeply the innovations, opportunities and challenges that technology brings to academic libraries today. She is passionate about bringing 21st century library services to the Lincoln University campus and making Page Library the center of teaching, learning, scholarship and dissemination of knowledge. Having worked many years in the digital library field, I had always wanted to attend the DLF Forum, one of the best conferences of its kind. That is why I was very excited and honored to have been selected as one of the HBCU Fellows to attend this year’s DLF Forum in Las Vegas. At the fellow’s breakfast, I got to meet and experienced a great sense of community with many other DLF fellows, both the young and experienced, all full of energy, excitement, and commitment. The conference truly amplified the mission of the Digital Library Federation for advancing research, learning, social justice and the public good through the creative design and wise application of digital library technology. The opening speaker Anasuya Sengupta’s talk, “Decolonizing Knowledge, Decolonizing the Internet: an agenda for collective action,” truly set the stage for community action and collaboration from a social justice perspective. We have to think hard about what a “decolonized digital library” looks like. Who defines this vision? Who creates and curates it? What does “success” look like and to whom? Anasuya’s work focused on helping marginalized communities in India and across the global south, in the US and internationally, to amplify their voices in virtual and physical worlds.  One of the panelist’s comments really struck me when she said: “For marginalized communities, if we don’t have unfettered access to history, we cannot fight for our future.” As a woman, as an Asian American who also works at a HBCU (historically black colleges and universities), I feel a strong sense of social responsibility for contributing to a “decolonized internet.” As Anasuya described, a decolonized internet allows us to talk openly, so untold stories can be heard, different faces seen, and a diverse body of ideas protected and amplified. We have to change the internet by making conscious decisions in design and architecture, diversifying the sources of information used and providing ample and inclusive metadata for all audiences. It is everyone’s responsibility, especially those of us who are working in the digital library field and create and curate these types of content. I attended many other great sessions on building communities and promoting diversity and inclusion through digital collections, digital scholarship, etc. I was also able to join the Inclusive Metadata Task Force at the working luncheon to start working on providing equitable and inclusive metadata from policy to implementation. It is great to see so many IT professionals working on improving open source platforms, lowering the barriers for smaller institutions to implement too. As a digital library practitioner and librarian, I plan on taking these ideas back to our daily work spaces and building more equitable and inclusive digital collections.  For those who are not working on the cutting edge solutions, contributions can still be made by providing more content types, languages, and ample captions to videos, as well as by including more inclusive metadata for indexing and retrieving. We have to take action, no matter how small it might be. Progress begins with a single step. Want to know more about the DLF Forum Fellowship Program? Check out last year’s call for applications. If you’d like to get involved with the scholarship committee for the 2019 Forum (October 13-16, 2019 in Tampa, FL), sign up to join the Planning Committee now! More information about 2019 fellowships will be posted in late spring.

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Fellow Reflection: Josh Hogan

  This post was written by Josh Hogan, who received a DLF HBCU Fellowship to attend the 2018 Forum. Josh Hogan is the Assistant Head of the Digital Services Department at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library.  His primary responsibilities include taking a leadership role in a variety of digital curation activities, including digitization, metadata creation, repository management, and digital preservation. Prior to assuming this role, he was the Metadata & Digital Resources Librarian at AUC Woodruff Library and spent several years as a manuscript archivist at the Atlanta History Center.  Josh is strongly interested in digital scholarship/humanities research as well as the potential uses of open source software in digital preservation workflows. “This neat separation, keeping your nose to the professional grindstone and leaving politics to your left-over moments, assumes that your profession is not inherently political. It is neutral. Teachers are objective and unbiased. Textbooks are eclectic and fair. The historian is even-handed and factual. The archivist keeps records, a scrupulously neutral job.” –Howard Zinn In reflecting on my first experience at the DLF Forum, I am sure I’m not the first or only person to liken the experience to drinking from a fire hose.  The many and varied experiences I had while in Las Vegas could fill several reflection pieces and would, perhaps, make for disjointed reading for those not living in my brain.  After giving it some thought, I decided that the most important facet of my experience was finding an organization to which I could wholeheartedly and enthusiastically contribute. I’ve chosen the quote above from Howard Zinn as an illustration of what I mean.  As information professionals – librarians, archivists, etc.—we are often encouraged to make neutrality a central tenet of our ethical lives.  I am not so sure that that approach is very healthy for us as well-rounded human beings. I have no beef with objectivity, i.e., a willingness to base our conclusions on the facts or evidence as those are presented to us, but I agree with Zinn that standing by neutrally only perpetuates the status quo. In other words, you can’t really be neutral on a moving train.  I say all of this because I believe that the community encouraged by DLF is one that doesn’t demand a limp neutrality but an informed engagement. This was evident across many of the sessions I attended, from Anasuya Sengupta’s excellent and thought-provoking plenary, “Decolonizing Knowledge, Decolonizing the Internet,” to the many engaging and important sessions put together by the Labor Working Group members.  The work of DLF’s practitioners is grounded in reality and facts, but it is also engaged passionately with the issues and concerns of the broader communities that we serve. As part of my experience, I had an opportunity to serve as a moderator to a couple of excellent sessions. The first was a session organized by the Labor Working Group on “Organizing for Change, Organizing for Power” to address ways to change one’s work place, community, etc. for the better.  The presenters were so well organized that I had only to be there as a backup and was able to participate in the discussion. I also (lightly) moderated a powerful session on Citizen Scholarship which aimed to “discuss how we are building communities, supporting engaged pedagogies, and transforming institutional cultures through collaborative and situated knowledge-making work.”  These activities both inspire me and remind me why I wanted to pursue work as a librarian/archivist in the first place. Finally, attending DLF gave me a great opportunity to get plugged into the emerging Digital Scholarship Working Group, formerly known as the “Miracle Workers.”  I was struck by the diversity of backgrounds and interests of people working on Digital Humanities and Digital Scholarship issues, and I am excited to contribute to their activities as the group grows. In short, being a Fellow was an excellent experience that introduced me to an organization I really believe in.  I plan to be a contributor for years to come. Want to know more about the DLF Forum Fellowship Program? Check out last year’s call for applications. If you’d like to get involved with the scholarship committee for the 2019 Forum (October 13-16, 2019 in Tampa, FL), sign up to join the Planning Committee now! More information about 2019 fellowships will be posted in late spring.

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