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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: forum2019.diglib.org/about   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: forum2019.diglib.org/learnatdlf/    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: ndsa.org/meetings/    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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Registration NOW OPEN for DLF Forum, Learn@DLF, and NDSA’s Digital Preservation!

The time has come! We are delighted to announce the opening of registration for the 2019 DLF Forum, Learn@DLF, and Digital Preservation 2019: Critical Junctures, taking place October 13-17 in Tampa, Florida. Be among the first to secure the early bird …

Fellow Reflection: Gayle Schechter

This  reflection on the 2019 Visual Resources Association conference was written by Gayle Schechter (@akaGladys), who attended with support from a DLF GLAM Cross-Pollinator Registration Award. Gayle is the Digital Exhibitions Coordinator for the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) Center for Collaborative Teaching and Learning at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library. Her primary responsibilities include building and maintaining the GLAM Center’s digital portal (glam.auctr.edu/), creating thematic digital exhibits, and leading faculty and student workshops which facilitate the Center’s mission to provide training in object-based learning while increasing the accessibility and discoverability of AUC resources. Gayle currently serves on the Local Arrangements committee for Society of Georgia Archivists and as Vice Chair of SAA’s Students and New Archives Professionals section. She holds an M.S. in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons College and a B.S. in Information Systems & American History from SUNY Empire State College. As an early career library/archives professional constantly on the hunt for professional development opportunities, I was thrilled to be awarded DLF’s GLAM Cross-Pollinator Registration Award to attend the annual Visual Resources Association conference this year in Los Angeles. Prior to attending, my knowledge of who VRA are and what they do was admittedly limited. Coming from an archives background, I’d heard of the VRA Core description standard, but I’ve primarily been involved with professional archives organizations like SAA and Society of Georgia Archivists. Given that my current position as Digital Exhibitions Coordinator at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library requires me to work with a variety of digitized images of artwork and other cultural heritage materials, attending VRA 2019 sounded like an excellent opportunity to broaden my knowledge of visual resource management as well as connect with other professionals engaged in similar work. I’m pleased to report that my experience at VRA 2019 exceeded my expectations. Given the geography of VRA membership (they even have an international chapter), I expected a large and overwhelming crowd; however, I was pleasantly surprised by the intimate nature of the conference. Smaller panels and special interest group sessions allowed for in-depth conversations about projects and best practices. I learned a lot about different tools used in the burgeoning area of GIS mapping in the digital humanities during the session Mapping New Vistas: Employing Emerging Technologies Into Your Visual Resource Services. The presentation, Ed Ruscha’s Streets of LA: A lesson in digitizing, organizing and presenting visual information at the Getty, from Getty Research Institute staff on their large-scale digitization of Ruscha’s photography provided an enlightening look at the challenges and unexpected benefits of digitization as well as the technologies available to assist with projects of this magnitude. In terms of direct application to the work I do at AUC’s Woodruff Library, I’m eager to try out the approaches spoken about during the Digital Scholarship and Digital Humanities special interest group meeting and the session, Teaching Visual Literacy as an Evolving Discipline. Along with the excellent panels and lightning talks I was able to attend, I met many wonderful visual resources professionals and students while at VRA 2019. I would like to thank DLF with affording me the opportunity to branch out and attend this conference. It was a welcoming and enlightening experience, and I look forward to becoming a member of VRA and keeping up with what VRA does in the years to come!

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Meet DLF’s 2019 LCI Tuition Grant Recipients

  Today, CLIR and EDUCAUSE announced the 38 individuals who have been selected to participate in the 2019 Leading Change Institute (LCI). Through the DLF fellowships program, two participants—Monika Rhue and Tina Rollins—have been awarded full-tuition scholarships for the program. Offered for the first time this year, these tuition grants will enable the recipients to fully participate in LCI, and will foster cross-pollination among a variety of institution types. About the Leading Change Institute Jointly sponsored by CLIR and EDUCAUSE, LCI is designed for leaders in higher education, including CIOs, librarians, information technology professionals, and administrators, who want to work collaboratively to promote and initiate change on critical issues affecting the academy. These issues include new sources of competition, use of technology to support effective teaching and learning, distance learning, changing modes of scholarly communications, and the qualities necessary for leadership. Monika and Tina will join other participants in sessions led by deans Joanne Kossuth and Elliott Shore as well as other thought leaders from the community in discussing approaches to these challenges, including ideas for collaboration, collective creativity, and innovation within and across departments, institutions, and local or regional boundaries; the conceptualization of blended positions and organizations; and the importance of community mentorship and advocacy. The institute will be held June 2–7 in Washington, DC. About the recipients Monika Rhue Director of Library and Curation Johnson C. Smith University Monika Rhue is currently serving as the director of library services and curation at the James B. Duke Memorial Library, Johnson C. Smith University. Some of her work experiences include library management, grant writing, archival consulting, and museum curation. She has served on the HistoryMakers advisory board and the planning advisory team for the 2018 Harvard Radcliffe Workshop on Technology and Archival Processing and was the plenary speaker for the 2018 Rare Books and Manuscripts Section conference in New Orleans. She also serves as an archival consultant for the State Archives of North Carolina Traveling Archivist Program, and as 2017-2019 Board Chair for HBCU Library Alliance. Monika managed Save the Music: The History of Biddleville Quintet, JCSU’s archives first digital project to transfer instantaneous discs into a digital format, and launched Digital Smith, the university’s searchable archives. She was instrumental in accessioning the James Gibson Peeler collection with more than 100,000 photographs and negatives that document the history and culture of Charlotte’s African American population. She has bridged several partnerships across campus, in the Charlotte community and throughout the Southeast with programs such as: Giving Back: the Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited, a traveling exhibit throughout the Southeast paying tribute to generations of African American Philanthropy. Know Your Plate, an interactive game project to promote awareness of obesity among African Americans in the Northwest Corridor. JCSU’s Information Literacy Buddy initiative, which assisted HBCUs in transforming bibliographic instruction into an information literacy program. Monika was invited to share this initiative in South Africa as a People-to-People library delegate from October 19-29, 2009. She is the author of Organizing and Preserving Family and Religious Records: A Step-by-Step Guide and Dress the African Way: An Activity Book for the Family, and is a contributing writer to the ACRL publication Creating Leaders: An Examination of Academic and Research Library Leadership Institutes. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from Johnson C. Smith University and an MLIS degree from UNC-Greensboro. Her current projects include developing an animated plagiarism game to help students avoid plagiarism and partnering with Arts and Science Council Culture Blocks to capture and preserve the rich heritage of the Northwest Corridor neighborhoods. Tina D. Rollins Director of the William R. and Norma B. Harvey Library Hampton University Tina D. Rollins is the director of the William R. and Norma B. Harvey Library at Hampton University. She completed her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Old Dominion University and her MLS degree at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). While at NCCU she was a member of the Diversity Scholars Program which was an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)-funded program to recruit students of diverse backgrounds into the library and information sciences field. This experience led to an interest in promoting and researching diversity within librarianship. Tina also studied international librarianship in Copenhagen, Denmark, during her studies at NCCU. At Hampton, she has created initiatives to improve information literacy, outreach services, and professional development. The initiatives have led to increases in library programming, grantsmanship, fundraising, and faculty and staff communication. The library is successfully rebuilding its brand and building cross-campus collaboration and partnerships. These opportunities create a wealth of potential resources to improve library services and research efforts throughout the university. Rollins has committed herself to bringing awareness to the lack of diversity within all facets of the LIS field. She currently serves as principal investigator on an IMLS grant awarded to Hampton University. This award, titled The Hampton University Forum on Minority Recruitment and Retention in the LIS Field, convened a national forum in August 2018 to discuss effective strategies and action planning to address the lack of diversity within the LIS field. The grant continues to address these concerns through virtual meetings and training sessions for LIS professionals. Tina Rollins holds various memberships in both regional and national organizations related to the field. She is a board member of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Library Alliance. Additionally, she volunteers in literacy outreach organizations and initiatives in the region. She currently resides in Newport News, VA with her husband where she enjoys watching movies and bad reality television. In 2019, Monika and Tina are also serving as mentors with the HBCU Library Alliance and DLF’s  Authenticity Project — a program which provides support and professional development to early- to mid-career library staff from American HBCUs. To learn more about the Leading Change Institute and to view this year’s curriculum, visit the program’s website.  

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DLF Forum, Learn@DLF, and NDSA’s Digital Preservation 2019 CFPs are here!

It’s hard to believe, but CFP season is here!
 
Have a great idea for a session to share at one of our events in Tampa? You’re in luck! We have just issued Calls for Proposals for our conferences happening this October: the DLF Forum (#DLFforum, …

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