Hello everyone,

We’re excited to introduce the DLF Digest, a new monthly round-up of upcoming DLF working group meetings, events, and news from DLF and our parent organization CLIR. Released at the beginning of each month, the DLF Digest will take the place of our semi-regular DLF groups newsletters with the aim of keeping our working groups and the wider DLF community regularly informed of upcoming events, projects, and areas for potential collaboration. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to Team DLF at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> with any questions, comments, or news to share in an upcoming DLF Digest.

Please see below for this month’s Digest, also available on the DLF blog<>.

Gayle Schechter, MSLIS | she/her/hers
Program Associate
🍑 Based in Atlanta, GA (Mvskoke land<>)
The Digital Library Federation (DLF)<>
Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR<>)
Alexandria, VA
@CLIRDLF<> | @akaGladys<>

DLF Digest: July 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:

  *   CLIR/DLF will be closed Monday, July 5th.
  *   Newly published in Information Technology and Libraries, vol. 40 no. 2: “Persistent URLs and Citations Offered for Digital Objects by Digital Libraries,”<> a study reviewing institutional websites from DLF members to determine persistent URL formats and citation options of digital objects from past DLF Digital Library Pedagogy group<> facilitator Nick Homenda.
  *   CLIR seeks proposals on topics reflecting current concerns in the information and cultural heritage community for a new publication series<>. Proposals are due September 27, 2021. More information about the publications series, its newly-appointed editorial committee, and the call for proposals can be found on CLIR’s website<>.
  *   Major upgrades have been implemented in the Digital Library of the Middle East<>, a partnership between CLIR and sustaining CLIR sponsors and DLF members Qatar National Library and Stanford Libraries.

This month’s DLF group events:
DLF Project Managers Group - "Smithsonian Transcription Center’s Agile Approach to Program and Community Management”

Thursday, July 1, 2pm ET/11am PT; contact [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> for call-in information

In continuation of their series on skill-sharing and virtual learning experiences, the DLF Project Managers Steering Committee will host an online presentation by Caitlin Haynes, program coordinator at the Smithsonian Transcription Center.<>

About the Smithsonian Transcription Center: Created in 2013, the Transcription Center (TC) features digitized historical collections from across the Smithsonian’s museums and invites the public to help in making these materials more accessible, readable, and findable through collaborative transcription and review. Thanks to the hard work of colleagues from across the Smithsonian Institution and over 50,000 worldwide digital volunteers, more than 850,000 pages of diaries, field notes, ephemera, scientific specimen cards, and more have been fully transcribed. Management of the Transcription Center’s internal and external communities, web platform, digital projects, technical development, and outreach initiatives is led by two full-time staff members—the TC program coordinator and TC community coordinator—alongside one external developer. Through agile project management, strategic campaigns, and a focus on adaptability, the TC team successfully sustains and furthers platform engagement. This presentation will explore the TC staff’s approach to program and community management and the ways in which strategic initiatives have evolved to meet the needs of new users during the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak.

Research Libraries UK/DLF Data & Digital Scholarship working group joint meeting

Wednesday, July 14, 11am ET/8am PT; register at

Following an engaging first joint meeting<> in April, Research Libraries UK’s Digital Scholarship Network (DSN) and DLF’s Data & Digital Scholarship (DDS) working group will convene again for an interactive and friendly session exploring the tangible ways through which skills can be shared across the transatlantic research library community in relation to digital scholarship.

This second joint meeting will provide a brief overview of the results of the Expression of Interest survey<> released at the first meeting along with opportunities for further collaboration between DLF DDS and DSN around skills. You do not need to have attended the April 26th meeting or to have completed the EoI survey to attend this second meeting, though you are welcome to complete the survey and read our summary<> of April's meeting ahead of July’s 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), make sure to 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-AIG Metadata Assessment working group: Thursdays, July 8 & 22, 1:15pm ET/10:15am PT<>
  *   DLF Digital Accessibility working group-Education & Advocacy subgroup: Monday, July 12, 1pm ET/10am PT<>
  *   DLF-AIG Cultural Assessment working group: Monday, July 12, 1pm ET/10am PT<>
  *   DLF-AIG Cost Assessment working group: Monday, July 12, 3pm ET/12pm PT<>
  *   DLF Digital Accessibility working group: Wednesday, July 14, 2pm ET/11am PT<>
  *   DLF Committee for Equity & Inclusion: Thursday, July 15, 3pm ET/12pm PT<>
  *   DLF Museums Cohort: Wednesday, July 28, 2pm ET/11am PT<>
  *   DLF-AIG User Experience working group: Friday, July 30, 2pm ET/11am 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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