SIG-DL elections are coming


SIG-DL is seeking nominations for the following officer positions by Monday, October 30, 2017:

  • Chair-elect
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • Communications Officer
  • Membership Officer
  • Webmaster

Details about the responsibilities of each officer position can be found at:

Committee Conveners

We are also seeking nominations for Committee Conveners:

  • Digital Liaisons Committee
  • Webinars Committee
  • Newsletter Committee


Current SIG-DL members in good standing are eligible to nominate, vote for, or serve office. Current officers are eligible to run for re-election in their current positions or in any other open positions.

Nominations must include the following information:

  1. Full contact information of candidate (Name, Professional Title, Organization, Email)
  2. Short biographical statement
  3. Brief description of the candidate’s qualifications for the position

Nominations can be submitted here:

Elected officers will be expected to actively participate in virtual meetings throughout the upcoming 2017-2018 year.

Voting will begin electronically on Monday, October 30 and will conclude during our ASIS&T SIG-DL Annual Business Meeting on October 31, 2017.

Our Business Meeting will be held from 11-12:30pm at the Hyatt Lincoln Room.

We look forward to hearing from you and appreciate your willingness to be an active member in SIG-DL.

Alyson Gamble
Chair, SIG-DL

The Future of DL Twitter Chat


You are invited to join a Digital Liaisons Twitter chat hosted by the ASIS&T Special Interest Group for Digital Libraries!

Coming up on August 14th and August 15th, the theme will be “The Future of Digital Libraries —Trends and Global Vision.”

Seeking Student Engagement Award Nominations

SIG-DL is offering two Student Engagement Awards to assist students in becoming active contributors within the ASIS&T community.

Award 1: A modest monetary sum to assist with deferring travel costs to the ASIS&T Annual Meeting.

Award 2: A student-level membership to ASIS&T.

The SIG-DL Student Engagement Awards are intended to encourage professional activity in ASIS&T. They are for students who are interested in digital libraries and related initiatives.

The awards will be given in fall 2017, prior to the ASIS&T Annual Meeting. Award certificates will be presented in a ceremony during the SIG-DL Business Meeting at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting.

Eligibility & Selection

Graduate students currently enrolled in information science or library and information science programs are eligible to be nominated. Applicants will be evaluated based on demonstrated interest in contributing to the mission and goals of ASIS&T.

A panel of three SIG-DL Executive Committee members will select the award recipients. Selection is based on an evaluation of the applicant’s essay, biography, and resume. Financial need will also be considered as part of the applicant’s eligibility for the awards.

Important Dates

Application due: August 27, 2017
Awards notification: September 1, 2017

Nomination Procedure

To submit a nomination, email SIG-DL ( with the nomination materials. Self-nominations are accepted. Nominations will be reviewed once all materials have been received.

Materials to include:
– The nominee’s name, title, institution, phone, and email address.
– An essay (250-500 words) outlining activities and demonstrated interests which illustrate the outstanding potential for the nominee to contribute to ASIS&T in general and SIG-DL in particular.
– A brief biography of the nominee.
– A current resume of the nominee.
– Letters of support of the nominee are optional.

Upcoming Webinar

Exploring the Challenges & Uses of Linked Open Data for Digitized Special Collections

June 6, 2017, 2:00 PM EDT



Professor Timothy W. Cole

Alex Olivia Kinnaman

Deren Kudeki

Over the last 2 decades, libraries and cultural heritage institutions have expended resources digitizing their important special collections. However, many of the resulting digital collections exist on the Web today only as standalone silos of content, not well connected to related resources. This impedes discovery and limits available context when using this content. The core hypothesis of this University of Illinois research project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is that a Linked Open Data (LOD) approach to description could improve the connectedness of many digitized special collections. To begin testing this hypothesis, we are experimenting with LOD for 2 collections of theater-related images and 1 text-based collection pertaining to the life and works of Marcel Proust (~20,000 items in all).

In this webinar we describe outcomes to date, highlighting a few unique challenges in transforming legacy metadata into the more RDF-compatible semantics of and the automated and manual means we used to identify and add links to item descriptions. We also will show how we have leveraged LOD to enhance end-user views of resource descriptions. Now when a user views images in context, JavaScript on the page reads embedded LOD and retrieves additional links and descriptions in real-time from external LOD services. Mustache.js templates are then used to dynamically add this related information to the HTML display providing additional context and clickable links regarding the people (authors, actors, directors, etc.), venues (theaters), plays and performances related to each digitized image. Project Website:

The Twitter chat continues!

What: A virtual discussion about what Digital Librarianship in the wild, and how Digital Libraries contribute to communities.

Where: On Twitter using the hashtags #SIGDLChats (plus you should follow us @SIGDL!)

When: May, 30th, 2017 from 12:00–13:00 CT and 18:00–19:00 CT

You are invited to join a Twitter chat hosted by the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Special Interest Group for Digital Libraries (SIG DL)!

The Digital Liaisons Twitter chat will be thematically structured around technical skill sets in digital library settings.

Upcoming webinar

From Digital Library to Digital Archive: Implementing Digital Preservation Efforts

Elizabeth La Beaud, Digital Lab Manager for the University of Southern Mississippi’s Digital Collections

May 18th, 2017, 3:00PM EDT


The University of Southern Mississippi has been digitizing materials for almost two decades. Similar to other institutions, backups were considered “preservation” of digital objects. In 2013, we started learning what was really required to preserve our data. We slowly started testing methods, proving validity of tools, and implementing improvements – all with minuscule resources. After demonstrating years of data, projections for the future, and calculating the true cost – including staffing resources and time – we transitioned to a robust digital preservation system. Our journey from digital library to digital archive is not unusual and can be replicated. This session will outline the differences between a digital library and a digital archive and simple changes that can be made to get started with digital preservation. Using the University of Southern Mississippi as a case study, this session will cover digital preservation basics from identifying needs to tool selection, from piecemeal efforts to implementing a full digital preservation system. If Mississippi can do it, you can too.


Digital Liaisons 2017 is here!

On Twitter using the hashtags #SIGDLChats (plus you should follow us @SIGDL!)

Theme: Technical skill sets in digital library settings

Here are questions to ponder and share your answers to!

What are the core technical skills you can’t do without day to day?

How have the technical skills you need changed over time?

Digital Liaisons 2017

What: A virtual discussion about what Digital Librarianship looks like in the wild and how Digital Libraries contribute to communities

Where: On Twitter using the hashtags #SIGDLChats (plus you should follow us @SIGDL!)

When: April, 18th, 2017 from 17:00–19:00 CT
(16:00–18:00 ET, 18:00–20:00 MT, 19:00–21:00 PT)

You are invited to participate in a Twitter chat hosted by the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Special Interest Group for Digital Libraries (SIG DL)!

The Digital Liaisons Twitter chat will be thematically structured around technical skill sets in digital library settings.


2016-2017 SIG-DL Officers

Welcome to the 2016-2017 SIG-DL executive team!

Chair: Alyson Gamble
Chair-elect: Nushrat Khan
Treasurer: Danielle Pollock
Secretary: Anna Maria Tammaro
Communications Officer: Virginia Dressler
Membership Officer: Lyne Da Sylva
Webmaster: Anna J Dabrowski
Past Chair: Eka Grguric

You can find their bios on the Officers page.