Spring Forum 2006

The Driskill Hotel, Austin, Texas 
Monday, April 10th - Wednesday, April 12th, 2006 

DEADLINE: Friday February 10th, 2006.


Our digital library operations often contain librarians, staff, and assistants who are lively, intellectually engaged, and inquisitive, but who are not always routinely funded to travel to conferences where they can learn more about the library profession, see digital initiatives from other institutions, and meet leaders in the profession.

We all have an interest in encouraging newcomers to the profession, and to further this aim the DLF is pleased to continue the DLF Forum Fellowships. The Forums remain an excellent place to hear about the latest advances in digital librarianship, to meet new colleagues and contacts, and to get involved with DLF initiatives. For more information, please see:  


* Four awards of up to $1,000 each to go towards the travel, board, and lodging expenses of attending a DLF Forum. 

* Dinner at the conference with the other Forum Fellows and selected DLF members, to be hosted by the DLF Director. 


The following full and part-time individuals are eligible: 

* Library employees (faculty, librarians, or staff) at DLF member institutions who have been in the profession for 3 years or less; 

* and whose work is wholly or predominantly in some area of the digital library. 

* Graduate and undergraduate student assistants at DLF member institutions who, although only working part-time, make a significant contribution to a digital library endeavor and who may be considering a digital library career. 

Please note: each DLF member institution is permitted to submit one candidate per Forum for this award. 


Send an email by Friday February 10th, 2006 containing electronic copies of the following items to [log in to unmask], with the email subject line of "Spring Forum 2006 Fellowship Application: [your name here]": 

* Personal statement from the candidate explaining their educational background, what their Digital Library involvement is, why they are excited about Digital Library work, and how they see themselves benefiting from a DLF Forum. 

* Cover letter of nomination from their University Librarian, Program Director, Division Head, or Associate University Librarian. 

* A current résumé. 

To answer a frequent question, optional letters of support such as those from a supervisor, a library colleague, or a library patron are welcome and permitted, but not required.


Candidates will be selected by the Forum Program Committee. In assessing the applications, the Committee will look for a demonstrated commitment to digital library work as evidenced by work experience and academic background, and will consider the degree to which forum participation might influence the applicant's decision to pursue a digital library career. They will also make sure that the applicants meet the basic eligibility requirements.


Stephen Abrams, Harvard University
Denise Troll Covey, Carnegie Mellon University 
Barrie Howard, Digital Library Federation
Ann Lally, University of Washington 
Chris Ruotolo, University of Virginia
David Seaman, Digital Library Federation 
Sarah Shreeves, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 
Perry Willett, University of Michigan 

If you have any questions about the Fellowship, please contact David Seaman at [log in to unmask]  

David Seaman
Executive Director
Digital Library Federation
Council on Library and Information Resources
1755 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
tel: 202-939-4762; fax: 202-939-4765
e-mail: [log in to unmask]