2022 DLF Forum, DigiPres, and Digitizing Hidden Collections Symposium Recap

The 2022 CLIR events included the DLF Forum, NDSA’s DigiPres, the Digitizing Hidden Collections Symposium and was held in Baltimore, MD from October 9 – 13.


The keynotes for each event touched on numerous issues relevant to academic libraries including technology’s impact on society, the digital divide, digital preservation and its relationship to provenance, and community archives.

The Forum started with a conversation with data journalist Meredith Broussard and anthropologist and media scholar David Nemer hosted by Sara Mannheimer. Panelists shared how their work explores how technology can perpetuate bias and inequality. The Forum closed with Andrew Coy’s keynote about building digital equity in Baltimore for K-12 students.

Dorothy Berry presented the DigiPres keynote titled “Keeping Whose History, For Whom: Writing the Stories Digital Preservation Tells” and explores enhancing public access to digitized cultural heritage materials and creating new virtual environments for exploring Black history. Berry has numerous publications exploring these concepts and her Archives Unbound column on JSTOR Daily is a fantastic read.

The Digitizing Hidden Collections Symposium keynote featured Michelle Caswell with a talk titled “So that Future Organizers Won’t Have to Reinvent the Wheel”: Activating Digital Archives for Liberatory Uses”. Her talk explored the “radical politics of independent, minoritized identity-based community archives to envision new liberatory possibilities for memory work.”

Highlighted Sessions

Slides from the events can be found at, but two sessions to highlight include:

  1. “Changing the Subjects: Making the Catalog Better Than Before” (
  2. “Groove is in the Heart: Trust and Vulnerability in Collaboration” (

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