All fellowships except GLAM Cross-Pollinator (registration-only) Awards will include the following:
In return, Fellows will be asked to share a brief reflection on their experiences after the Forum. We ask that applicants apply local professional development funding where available, so that we may give as many awards as possible. Not chosen as a fellow this year and no institutional support? A reduced registration rate is available for anyone paying out of pocket to attend the Forum.
Two dozen IMLS-funded HBCU Fellows attended the 2017 DLF Forum as part of a collaboration between the HBCU Library Alliance and the Digital Library Federation. To build on our partnership, DLF will continue to self-fund a limited number of HBCU Fellowships designed to bring practitioners from Historically Black Colleges and Universities to the Forum.
Applicants should be HBCU Library Alliance-affiliated librarians, faculty, and other employees of HBCUs; library practitioners with HBCU backgrounds or experience who work in liberal arts colleges or serve undergraduates in other types of institutions; and current HBCU students interested in library and information careers.[back to top]
The Forum typically achieves good gender balance, both for speakers and attendees—but our project to increase participant diversity and create an ever more inclusive community is an ongoing one. To this end, DLF began partnering with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in 2013 to welcome “Forum Fellows from Underrepresented Groups,” now known as the ARL+DLF Forum Fellowships.
Applicants should identify as members of a group (or groups) underrepresented among digital library and cultural heritage practitioners. These include—but are not limited to—people of Hispanic or Latino, Black or African-American, Asian, Middle Eastern, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, First Nations, American Indian, or Alaskan Native descent. Applications from people who could contribute to the diversity of the Forum in other ways are also warmly welcomed.[back to top]
The DLF warmly welcomes newcomers to the profession and new voices to our community and the Forum. To that end, once again this year, we will independently fund a number of DLF Forum Fellowships for Students and New Professionals. The Forum is an excellent place to learn about the latest advances in digital librarianship and allied fields, to meet new colleagues and contacts, and to get involved with DLF interest groups and initiatives.
Applicants must come from a current DLF member institution. The following full- or part-time individuals are eligible:
If you’re looking to focus (or re-focus!) your efforts on a particular project, subject, or goal, attending the Forum is a great way to expand your knowledge and make connections. These DLF-funded awards support established professionals in their pursuit of career growth and development.
Applicants should identify as mid-career library professionals. We define “mid-career” broadly and intend for this fellowship to support those who would not be eligible for our Students and New Professionals Fellowship or other funding targeted at early-career professionals. Eligible applicants for this award are likely to consider themselves fairly well-established in their careers. Applications from people who could contribute to the diversity of the Forum are especially warmly welcomed.[back to top]
Museum and library staff face similar challenges in the digital landscape, and yet have too few opportunities to come together. Through partnerships with other GLAM organizations, we strive to bring new voices and perspectives to our Forum and to send accomplished DLF practitioners to valuable conferences they might not otherwise visit. In 2018, DLF will continue its tradition of “cross-pollination” with the art museum community, offering complimentary registration to a representative from each of our partners: AIC (the American Institute for Conservation), MCN (the Museum Computer Network), and VRA (the Visual Resources Association). Note: this award covers registration only, and does not include additional funding for other costs associated with attendance.
To be eligible for these registration awards, an applicant must be a member in good standing of one of the three organizations listed above. Special consideration will be given to professionals working in art museums or with art collections. Later in 2018, DLF-affiliated individuals will have the opportunity to apply for free registration at each partner conference. Check back for details![back to top]
Past DLF fellows, including previous Forum Fellowship awardees, are welcome to apply for support.
Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm PT on July 6, 2018.