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 – 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.
- Danisha Baker-Whitaker (Bennett College)
- Nushrat Khan (North Carolina State University)
- Kaneisha Gaston (Livingstone College & North Carolina Central University)
- Christy Hyman (University of Nebraska Lincoln)
- LeTisha Stacy (Philander Smith College)
- David Bliss (University of Texas Austin)
- Sandy Rodriguez (University of Missouri-Kansas City)
- Mary Jo Fayoyin (Savannah State University)
- Amy Marshall Furness (Art Gallery of Toronto)
- Pearl Adzei-Stonnes (Virginia Union University)
- Deborah Caldwell (University of North Texas)
- kYmberly Keeton (bookista media group)
- Stacie Traill (University of Minnesota)
- Jennifer A. Ferretti (Maryland Institute College of Art)
- Charlotte Kostelic (NDSR, LoC, and Royal Collection Trust)
- Fletcher Durant (University of Florida)