About DLF and the Organizers' Toolkit

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“Use this federation, this DLF. It is yours. Its whole purpose is to be a framework for what you need. [Use it] to create—or resist.” —Bethany Nowviskie

The Digital Library Federation is committed to supporting inclusive, equitable, and highly effective communities of practice. We strive to be a welcoming organization and the focal point for a digital library culture that is actively anti-racist; that values evidence, expertise, and the diversity of human experience; that recognizes the intersectional effects of systemic oppression of all kinds; and that works compassionately across difference toward shared and inspiring goals. We invite everyone who shares our goals to learn more and join us.

Pragmatic, compassionate, skilled, and energetic people, both within and beyond our institutional membership, use the DLF as a platform for getting things done.

Together, we advance research, learning, social justice, and the public good through the creative design and wise application of digital library technologies.

Fostering a culture like this requires ongoing collaborative work—and deep care for those organizing and performing that work. The best problem-solving, critical thinking, technical development, and community-based action happens when people with the widest possible array of experiences and perspectives come together as peers—working transparently and without heavy bureaucracy across institutional lines, and maintaining a level of comfort, safety, respect, and trust that supports honest exchange and allows the sharing of failures alongside success.

This DLF Organizers’ Toolkit is shared and editable. It is meant to improve our documentation of evolving community norms, contribute to best practice and institutional memory, and provide tips and resources to those who want to use the DLF to advance the field. This is your Toolkit for starting new initiatives or working groups, facilitating ongoing projects or connecting existing ones, and using the DLF as a platform to lift up anything from small conversations to sweeping movements.

We thank past and present DLF staff and community organizers for their contributions to this document, and invite more!

Please feel free to make suggestions or add content directly to the wiki.

Table of Contents

  1. About DLF and the Organizers' Toolkit
  2. Working with Team DLF
  3. General Facilitation and Goal-Setting
  4. Facilitating for Diversity and Inclusion
  5. Preventing and Managing Burnout
  6. Gathering Info/Building Enthusiasm
  7. Planning an In-Person Meetup
  8. Setting Up Year-Round Meetings
  9. Talking and Writing
  10. Organizing and Sharing Your Work