It is official —
The Board of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today voted to merge the Digital Library Federation (DLF) into CLIR as a program of the Council, starting July 1, 2009. The vote follows recommendations by a DLF Review Committee in March 2009 to merge the two organizations, and a unanimous vote of consent by the DLF Board on April 8….In recommending the merger, the Review Committee cited a maturing of the digital landscape…
This reminds me of the movement many years ago to eliminate women’s studies and feminist studies programs at many universities, under the assumption that gender studies should/would be a pervasive part of the curriculum across all departments. Like gender issues, one could argue that digital library issues should no longer be shoehorned into separate organizations and conferences, but should (and are) pervasive in all library organizations, conferences, and collaborative programs.
I look forward to watching this unfold … and I’m hoping the 1st CLIR conference/forum is held somewhere interesting.