Last week I attended Digital Library Federation (DLF)'s Annual Forum at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. When I picked up my nametag I was pleased to see the "New Member" ribbon attached to it. Washington University in St. Louis recently joined the DLF last summer, making this the first time I've attended as a member. I was also there as a presenter as part of the Community Idea Exchange poster session. Joel Minor, Manuscripts Curator, and I created a poster on the James Merrill Digital Archive, detailing our collaborative work, the process of creating the archive, and what our next steps will be.
Aside from the poster session, where great ideas were on display, I attended many sessions throughout the three-day conference. Some of the highlights included presentations from UCLA and Stanford on their innovative projects in digitizing archival collections and the software they [developed?] to deliver for these projects. Staff from DPLA and Europeana presented on copyright issues in large digital collections. They have the arduous task of standardizing thousands and thousands of unique rights statements. Project management is always a good session topic at DLF, and this year was no exception. Delphine Khanna from Temple University talked about her approach and showed her project management spreadsheet, which generated a lot of envy and discussion on Twitter. Finally, UCLA, U of I, GSU, and University of Iowa presented on their public history projects, which was timely, as Wash U has been working steadily on our own public history project, Documenting Ferguson, over the past few months. As always, there was a valuable takeaway in every session.
Washington University’s membership in DLF will be a great way for us to continue to connect with this community, share practical ideas and strategies and develop collaborations. We have already written a blog post for DLF's Contribute blog, which you can read here.
- Shannon Davis