DLF Forum 2015

The DLF Forum conference was so much of a whirlwind that I didn’t quite keep up. But I did come away with an enormous reading and learning list. Here are some highlights as I ran between sessions over two days.

Seriously. These were the best (pre-conference and main) keynotes I’ve ever heard at any library conference. A few must-reads I caught from Safiya Noble’s talk are The Relevance of AlgorithmsDo Artifacts Have Politics? (pdf), Google is a Significant Threat to Democracy and Must be Regulated, and Shaping the Web: Why the Politics of Search Engines Matter (pdf).

I also ended up in an improv class (yes, really, thanks DLF!) where we used improv techniques to raise issues within digital scholarship. It was refreshing and enlightening, a wonderful way to have “a-ha” moments.

My Monday afternoon was a bit scattered as I prepared for the poster session. I presented on our digital project The Expanding Archive: Denison LGBTQ Past/Present/Future.


I had really nice support and folks were very impressed with the initiative and development of the project.

I did tune in and out of other sessions and learned about the Grateful Dead Archive Online that is using Omeka. I also discovered Cornell’s Hip Hop Flyer Collection and (mega OMG) Project Mirador working off IIIF (yet another acronym I learned).

A fantastic project from UNC is Multimodal Librarians, “librarians connecting technology to teaching and learning.” Subject liaisons like myself need this cross-training and support!

There is also some beautiful student work from Haverford including Permanent Spread from Ebony Magazine (a critical analysis of an article presented in Neatline) and Testimonies in Art and Action (in Omeka).

There is a tremendous project out of the University of Virginia called Take Back the Archive which preserves and contexualizes rape and sexual assault on campus. This project also introduced me to Feminism and the Future of Library Discovery. Another feminist-strong collection is College Women from the Seven Sisters schools.

Though I am not a digital librarian – I may work on digital projects but it is not what I am trained to do nor have ample support for – I learned so much from the collaborative and community-based projects shared at DLF.