DLF Project Managers Group

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The DLF Project Managers group is an informal community within the larger DLF community. The group provides a forum for sharing project management methodologies and tools, alongside broader discussions that consider issues such as portfolio management and cross-organizational communication. The group also looks to keep pace with the dynamic digital library landscape, by bringing new and evolving project management practices to the attention and mutual benefit of our colleagues.


The Digital Library Federation Project Managers Group (DLF PMG) was formed in 2008 to acknowledge the intersection of the disciplines of project management and library technology. Past meeting presentations and notes 2008-2019 are available on the DLF website and listed below.

Project Management Toolkit

The DLF Project Managers Toolkit is a collaborative project, based on contributions by members of DLF PMG and the public. The Toolkit offers crowdsourced information, tips, techniques, and tools for project managers working in or with digital libraries. First initiated as a Google doc by Jennifer Vinopal at New York University in February 2013, the toolkit has grown and evolved over the years as a living document to share experiences and link out to resources.

To contribute to the Project Managers Toolkit login at the top right of the page, then select the Edit tab. If you are a first-time contributor, select ‘create account’ at the top right of the page and send a request to info@diglib.org to get access to edit pages, add links, or share documentation. (We had to add in this step because the bots were getting us.) Then add your name to the Contributors List.

Get Involved

1. Join the DLF PMG listserv open to anyone interested in digital library project management.

2. Contribute to the DLF Project Managers Toolkit. See instructions in the section above.

3. Attend the Project Managers Working Meeting at the DLF Forum each year, where members of the group discuss various needs and topics and work to identify ways to support them. The past years programs are listed below.

4. Join the DLF-PM Steering Committee. The steering committee meets online throughout the year to work on projects and organizes the annual forum working breakfast/lunch session. Anyone is welcome to join throughout the year. Email the Chair for more information or to join future meetings.

5. Participate in the DLF Project Managers Toolkit #DLF-PMG_Discussions_and_webinars. To volunteer to moderate a discussion or suggest a topic, email the Chair of the steering committee.

2020-2021 Steering Committee

Krystal Thomas, Florida State University, Chair
Allyssa Guzman, University of Texas at Austin
Jenifer Ishee, Connecticut College
Anu Paul, Yale University
Becky Thoms, Utah State University
Cynthia York, Johns Hopkins University
Anu Paul, Yale University
Robin C. Pike, University of Maryland, College Park
Todd Digby, University of Florida
Shilpa Rele

Past meetings