Starting a New Initiative or Working Group

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DLF groups are typically formed by virtue of our being approached by people with good ideas, so there's no annual timeline or formal approval process for affiliation. Simply get in touch with us at info@diglib.org to discuss the possibilities!

Our working group leaders are self-starters and we encourage them to think creatively about platforms they can use independently to get their work done. The DLF Team works with groups on a case-by-case basis to try to get them the resources they need. We also make sure to reserve some space for DLF-affiliated groups at the DLF Forum.

In exchange, we ask that your group:

  • Operate under the DLF Code of Conduct if you use our name (or a similar code, in case of a partnership or pre-existing group)
  • Keep your DLF website and OSF and/or wiki pages reasonably up-to-date (even if those are mostly just pointers to information held elsewhere)
  • Tag @CLIRDLF on Twitter and send messages about your work to our primary listserv, DLF-Announce, so that we can help promote it and drive traffic your way!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or ideas! Starting a new initiative or working group could be as simple as: sending out a call for interest to gauge interest in the community; getting in touch with those willing to put in time, to schedule a meeting and develop a plan; and using DLF as a platform to circulate new ideas, resources, and readings, and to make progress on issues.

Table of Contents

  1. About DLF and the Organizers' Toolkit
  2. Working with Team DLF
  3. Starting a New Initiative or Working Group
  4. General Facilitation and Goal-Setting
  5. Facilitating for Diversity and Inclusion
  6. Communications and Consensus
  7. Preventing and Managing Burnout
  8. Gathering Info/Building Enthusiasm
  9. Planning an In-Person Meetup
  10. Setting Up Year-Round Meetings
  11. Planning Virtual Meetings and Webinars
  12. Talking and Writing
  13. Organizing and Sharing Your Work
  14. In a Nutshell