Sunday, August 8, 2010

CFP - Digital Library Federation (DLF) Fall Forum

The 2010 Digital Library Federation (DLF) Fall Forum is seeking ideas and proposals for presentations, panel sessions, workshops, reading discussions, and hands-on problem solving.

The Forums have traditionally been working meetings where DLF members come together to share, strategically plan, and commit to future activities. Although the focus remains the same, starting with the 2010 Fall Forum, participation is open beyond the Federation to all those interested in contributing to and playing an active part in the successful future of digital libraries, museums and archives services, and collections.

For the 2010 Fall Forum, the Program Planning Committee is requesting ideas and proposals focused within the broad framework of digital collections and their effect on libraries, museums and archives services, infrastructure, resources, and organizational priorities.

We welcome proposals from both current community members and non-members who are interested in joining the DLF.

Managing digital content from cradle to grave is a complex challenge for library, museum, and archives operations. It requires creative and collaborative approaches. In that spirit, and to maximize the Forum’s benefit and better facilitate the community’s work, the Forum’s schedule will provide many opportunities to actively engage and network. The 2010 Fall Forum will have a strong participatory feel, with opportunities for community discussions, creative problem solving, and hands-on workshops. Ideas and activities generated at the Fall Forum will inform future DLF work and shape the program for the future DLF Community Forums.

Session genres include:

Presentations and Panels: Traditional lecture format with question-and-answer sessions.

In-depth, hands-on training about a tool, technique, workflow, etc. You can recommend a topic or trainer, or you can volunteer to share your own expertise.

Reading Discussions:
Group discussion of a particular blog post, article, video, report, or book. Suggest a reading and a discussion facilitator, or volunteer to facilitate the discussion of a particular reading yourself.

Working Sessions:
Creative problem solvers, including project managers, developers, and/or administrators, gather to address a specific problem. This does not have to be a computational problem. The approach can be applied to workflow issues, metadata transformations, or other complex problems that would benefit from a collective, dynamic solution approach.

Tools Showcase: Variation on a poster session or lightning talks. Presenters will demonstrate tools they have developed or are using in their digital library environment.

Proposal Submission Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures

Ideas or complete proposals should be submitted as an attached document to
Proposals must include a title, session leader, session genre, and a proposal description (maximum 500 words).

If you are submitting an idea and not a full-fledged proposal, please suggest someone to lead the session, and indicate whether or not you have contacted this individual regarding this possibility.

Proposals must be submitted by August 23, 2010.

Those submitting complete proposals will be notified of their status by September 10, 2010.

Ideas for sessions and workshops will be posted on a DLF Community Discussion Forum for feedback by September 10, 2010 (this forum is not yet active). If you would like to be invited to participate in the discussion forum, please send your name and email address to with a comment that you want to be included.

Presenters will be guaranteed a registration place.

The 2010 Fall Forum will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto November 1-3, 2010.

More information about the 2010 Fall Forum can be found at