RECOMMENDED: DLF Fellow Reflections

The Digital Library Federation (DLF) has been publishing reports from its 2017 Fellows. This round-up covers posts by fellows reflecting on the DLF Forum and the Liberal Arts Colleges/HBCUs pre-conference, held in October 2017 in Pittsburgh.

In a post published this week, Nicola Andrews (North Carolina State University) writes:

However, as I prepared to travel to the traditional territories of nations including the Iroquois, Seneca, and Shawnee (also known as Pittsburgh), I wondered how the DLF would truly practice good stewardship and accountability in welcoming 42 new Fellows to their community. ¬†Despite my fears, it became apparent that much labour and planning went into moving the Liberal Arts Colleges/HBCUs Preconference and DLF Forum closer to becoming a true community of care. ¬†In thinking beyond diversity quotas and actively implementing practices such as gender-inclusive restrooms, childcare, allergen-free food options, a quiet room, and a robust Code of Conduct; the DLF Forum created an environment that held space for difference in our experiences, and acknowledged our humanity. ¬†It was humbling to see people be proactive in declaring their pronouns, or for panel moderators to insist on use of the microphone ‚Äď and I could feel the positive difference this made for attendees, myself included….¬†The value and visibility of labour became a consistent theme for me throughout the week.

The fellows’ posts, linked below, illustrate insights from information professionals working across a variety of institutions and contexts.

dh+lib Review

This post was produced through a cooperation between Heather Martin, Kristina De Voe, Melanie Hubbard, Nathalie Chardon, Rajene Hardeman, Alberto Santiago Martinez, Jenna Rinalducci, and Chella Vaidyanathan (Editors-at-large for the week), Caitlin Christian-Lamb (Editor for the week), and Nickoal Eichmann-Kalwara, Sarah Melton, Roxanne Shirazi, and Patrick Williams (dh+lib Review Editors).