In 2010, the Digital Library Federation (DLF) made a positive change and commitment to being an open organization, welcoming members from all parts of the digital library community, soliciting contributions to the annual DLF Forum from DLF members and non-members alike, and making every effort to connect conversations that extend beyond the organization’s borders. The DLF community grew as a result, and the DLF Forums have been enriched with new voices and perspectives that yield a more dynamic and exciting event.
The DLF Forum is fairly gender-balanced both for speakers and attendees. We see limited representation from a number of communities, however, and seek to increase participant diversity. To this end, we continue to offer our ARL + DLF Forum Fellowships for Underrepresented Groups (established 2013), for the 2015 DLF Forum in Vancouver, British Columbia, to be held October 26–28.
These fellows are part of or were nominated by a current DLF member institution, or otherwise identify their institutions as community colleges, historically black colleges or universities (HBCUs), tribal colleges or universities (TCUs), or state, local, or regional tribal governments. Fellows are interested in actively contributing to the DLF Forum and are part of a traditionally underrepresented group including, but not limited to, people of Hispanic or Latino, Black or African American, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or American Indian or Alaskan Native descent.
A warm welcome to our 2015 ARL + DLF Fellows from Underrepresented Groups:
Metadata and Technical Services Archivist
Shaneé Yvette Murrain, MDiv, MLS
Bishop Reverdy C. Ransom Memorial Library
Payne Theological Seminary
Archivist for Human Rights Documentation Initiative and Librarian for Brazilian Studies
Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection
University of Texas at Austin
Physical & Life Sciences Librarian and Assistant Professor
James Madison University
Meet the fellows on the DLF website. Following the forum, watch for blog posts by the fellows reflecting on their experiences.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.
The Digital Library Federation (DLF) is a robust and diverse community of practitioners who advance research, learning, and the public good through digital library technologies. DLF serves as a resource and catalyst for collaboration among its institutional members and all who are invested in digital library issues. DLF can be found on the web at http://www.diglib.org/ and on Twitter at @CLIRDLF.