DLF Digest: October 2021
A monthly round-up of news, upcoming working group<> meetings and events, and CLIR<> program updates from the Digital Library Federation<>.
This month’s news:

  *   Registration<> is open for the 2021 DLF Forum<>, NDSA’s Digital Preservation 2021: Embracing Digitality<>, and Learn@DLF<>. Space is limited and registration is open through October 25th or until the events sell out. The DLF Forum and NDSA’s DigiPres are free with the option to donate; Learn@DLF is $35 per live workshop, with pre-recorded tutorials included. View this year’s programs<>, keynote speakers<>, and register<> on the DLF Forum website<>.

  *   The DLF Born-Digital Access working group (DLF BDAWG) Legal Due Diligence subgroup is pleased to request feedback from the digital archives community on their working draft of: "So you want to provide access? Legal and ethical considerations for born-digital archival collections and records."<>

Please give your feedback via comments/suggestions in the document by October 22. If you have general feedback that does not fit into a comment, please use this form<>.

  *   The Recordings at Risk<> grant program is now accepting applications from collecting organizations for the digital reformatting of “at-risk” audio and audiovisual materials. Deadline is Dec. 15, 2021. CLIR will hold an informational webinar<> for prospective applicants on Wednesday, October 6, at 2pm ET/11am PT. More information for applicants, including a link to the online application form, is available on CLIR’s website at

  *   CLIR will be closed Monday, October 11, in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

This month’s DLF group events:
Joint Research Libraries UK/DLF Data & Digital Scholarship working group topics of interest and networking meeting

Tuesday, October 12, 11 am ET/8 am PT; register at

This highly interactive session will follow two successful joint meetings between members of the DLF Data and Digital Scholarship working group (DDS) and RLUK's Digital Scholarship Network (DSN). The meeting will continue to explore the areas of common and shared interest between the US and UK research libraries in relation to digital scholarship and skills development.

Breakout topics for this session include: collections as data, working with institutional partners, and text and data analysis.

It will also include opportunities to meet with fellow professionals, share skills and knowledge, hear from skills experts, and receive updates regarding the continued collaboration between the DDS and DSN.

You do not need to have attended a previous joint meeting to attend this session, and the meeting is open to all members of the DDS and DSN. Join the DDS Google Group here<!forum/dlf-dswg/join>.

This event will involve lots of delegate participation. Come energized to share your experiences, specialisms, and skill needs in a dynamic, transatlantic skills exchange.

DLF Digital Library Pedagogy group and Digital Accessibility Advocacy and Education subgroup

Tuesday, October 12, 3 pm ET/12 pm PT; register at

The #DLFteach and DLF Digital Accessibility working groups are excited to co-host a discussion group meeting on ways of improving accessibility for teaching with VR in libraries and higher education classrooms. We will start by discussing the article by Jasmine Clark and Zack Lischer-Katz. “Barriers to Supporting Accessible VR in Academic Libraries.” Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy, no. 17, 20 May 2020<>, and then turn to a broader discussion about concerns around immersive technologies for distant learning and collaboration.

If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Winkler ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>), Adele Fitzgerald ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>) or Alex Wermer-Colan ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>).

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This month’s open DLF group meetings:

For the most up-to-date schedule of DLF group meetings and events (plus NDSA meetings, conferences, and more), bookmark the DLF Community Calendar<>. Can’t find meeting call-in information? Email us at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

  *   DLF Born-Digital Access working group: Tuesday, October 5, 2 pm ET/11 am PT<>
  *   DLF AIG Cultural Assessment working group: Monday, October 11, 1 pm ET/10 am PT<> (meeting date subject to change, join the AIG CAWG Google Group for updates)<>
  *   DLF AIG Cost Assessment working group: Monday, October 11, 3 pm ET/12 pm PT<> (meeting date subject to change, join the AIG Cost Google Group for updates<>)
  *   DLF Digital Accessibility working group: Wednesday, October 13, 2 pm ET/11 am PT<>
  *   DLF AIG Metadata Assessment working group: Thursdays, October 14 and 28, 1:15 pm ET/10:15 am PT<>
  *   DLF Committee for Equity and Inclusion: Thursday, October 21, 3 pm ET/12 pm PT<>
  *   DLF Museums Cohort: Wednesday, October 27, 2 pm ET/11 am PT<>
  *   DLF Digital Accessibility Policy and Workflows subgroup: Friday, October 29, 1 pm ET/10 am PT<>
  *   DLF AIG User Experience working group: Friday, October 29, 2 pm ET/11 am PT<>

DLF groups are open to ALL, regardless of whether or not you’re affiliated with a DLF member institution<>. Learn more about our working groups and how to get involved on the DLF website<>. Interested in starting a new working group or reviving an older one<>? Need to schedule an upcoming working group call? Check out the DLF Organizer’s Toolkit<> to learn more about how Team DLF supports our working groups, and send us a message at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> to let us know how we can help.

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Program Associate
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