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About the Digital Library Federation (DLF)

About the Digital Library Federation (DLF)

The DLF Community

The Digital Library Federation is a robust and diverse community of practitioners who advance research, learning, and the public good through digital library technologies. DLF serves as a resource and catalyst for collaboration among its institutional members and all who are invested in digital library issues.

DLF promotes work on the following:

  • Open digital library standards, software, interfaces, and best practices
  • Digital stewardship and curation, including research data management and aggregation and preservation services for digital collections
  • Digital humanities and other services that expand access to resources and open new opportunities for research, teaching, and learning
  • Education, professional development, lifelong learning, and growth of the field
  • Connections among digital library practitioners and allied professions and areas of research
  • Community-driven frameworks for policy advocacy, professional standards, issues of representation and diversity, and other matters of concern to digital library practitioners

The DLF Program

DLF serves its parent organization, the Council on Library and Information Resources as the place where strategy meets and is informed by practice, connecting CLIR’s vision and research agenda to our active practitioner network.

The Digital Library Federation is guided by the CLIR Board and its associated DLF Advisory Committee, in response and support of the work and contributions of DLF community members. Programmatic directions and initiatives are driven by discussions at the annual DLF Forum. Funding for DLF initiatives comes from membership dues and grants. For programmatic information, visit DLF on CLIR’s website.

The DLF Forum

The DLF Forum is convened annually and includes digital library practitioners from member institutions and the broader community. The Forum serves as a meeting place, marketplace, and congress. As a meeting place it provides an opportunity for the DLF Advisory Committee, working groups, and community members to conduct their business and present their work. As a marketplace, the Forum provides an opportunity for community members to share experiences and practices with one another and support a broader level of information sharing among professional staff. As a congress, the Forum provides an opportunity for the DLF to continually review and assess its programs and its progress with input from the community at large.

The DLF currently maintains a dedicated website at

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