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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 (, 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, …

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:   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 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 Digital Preservation Coordinator Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL)

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