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DLF—Digital Library Federation

CLIR’s Digital Library Federation (DLF) program is a robust and diverse community of practitioners who advance research, teaching and learning through the application of digital library research, technology, and services. DLF serves as a resource and catalyst for collaboration among digital library developers, project managers, and all who are invested in digital library issues.

The DLF program provides the necessary framework to facilitate true and trusted community efforts. Among these efforts, DLF has promoted work on the following:

  • Digital library standards and best practice
  • Archives for electronic journals
  • Aggregation and preservation services for digital collections
  • Digital library services that expand access to digital resources for research, teaching, and learning

As a program of CLIR, the DLF is overseen by the CLIR Board, with assistance from the DLF Advisory Committee. Its activities are guided primarily by the DLF program director and DLF community members, in partnership with the broader digital library community. Programmatic directions and initiatives are driven by discussions at the annual DLF Forum. Funding for DLF initiatives comes from membership dues and grants.

The DLF currently maintains a dedicated website at