Social & Wellness Activities

Building Community While Apart

The guiding focus for this year’s DLF Forum is building community while apart, chosen as a top priority by respondents to our DLF community survey earlier this year. With a mind to building community as well as making the wellness of our event attendees a continued priority, our amazing Community Committee has put together a variety of resources to help soften the edges in a difficult year.

Baltimore row houses

Since we couldn’t welcome you to Baltimore in-person this year, the DLF Forum Community Committee and DigiPres volunteers put together some virtual tours, exhibitions, activities, and wellness resources from some of our favorite Baltimore-based organizations and museums.

Social Activities at the DLF Forum

Asynchronous activities

CLIR Events Photo Booth

In partnership with Baltimore-based small business Pixilated, we’re offering a photo booth for attendees of all of our events this year! PixiWeb is a virtual photo booth experience that helps keep everyone connected through shared event photo galleries and experiences.


While we can’t visit Baltimore in person this year, sampling a range of music from and about Baltimore will give us a sense of its diverse communities and eclectic residents. If the Charm City inspires you to think of any hometown musicians or songs, please add them to the DLF Forum 2020 BALTIMORE playlist at This is a community playlist on Spotify which means if you access it via the link to listen or add songs. This playlist is not public yet, which means it will not be displayed in Spotify search results. Once the conference is over, the playlist will be closed to community additions and made publicly discoverable. Please do not add explicit songs, those noted with an ”E”. If you have any issues or questions, please contact


While you’re busily attending DLF Forum, DigiPres, or 5 for 5 sessions, have your young people check out the Homeschool Co-op 2020’s free, online offerings happening through the week at Love what they do? Consider a donation if you’re able:


Craving serendipitous conversations with your fellow conference attendees? Head on over to the #snack-club channel on the DLF Forum Slack! Snacks are spontaneous, one-on-one video convos that attendees can start using /snack command at any time. Everyone in the channel will have the option of joining and getting matched with a fellow attendee based on their interests. Chats are short and ice breakers are provided. Go on, grab a snack!


Gamify your DLF Forum experience with a conference-themed networking BINGO! Engage in terrific Forum sessions, join in fun social events, and explore an array of DLF activities. All participants who complete a card will receive a pair of special DLF Forum Zoom backgrounds. Download the bingo card for complete rules and once you’re ready to yell “BINGO!” email it to

DLF Forum Pen Pals

This year, the Community Committee is hosting a DLF Forum Pen Pal program! This program is a fun, lightweight activity to connect us across locations. It’s easy! In the first tab of the sign-up spreadsheet, just add your name and information to the list in Columns A-D to indicate you want to be written to. Then choose a person you want to write by adding your name in Column E. Keep in mind, someone can add their name to your line, giving you a chance to have two pen pals. A list of prompts are provided in the second tab in the spreadsheet, but feel free to write about any topic of interest, being sure to follow DLF’s Code of Conduct. Messages don’t need to be lengthy. Instead, think of this as an opportunity for collegial connections and conversation. Letters (emails) should be sent by Nov. 10th. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Joseph Koivisto ( or Lauren Cooper (

Monday, November 9

10-11 AM ET: Slack Chat for Newcomers

First time at DLF? Still have unanswered questions? Join veteran DLF attendees in a low-key informal chat session in the #newcomers Slack channel over coffee/tea to help navigate the threads of social/wellness activities and general conference Q&A.

6 PM ET: DLF craft mocktail / cocktail: Raisin Awareness

Baltimore-based bartender Ashley Mac has created a DLF signature cocktail / mocktail called “Raisin Awareness: Don’t Judge a Book by its ApPEARance” that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home with a few inexpensive ingredients. Recipe now available.

8 PM ET: Baltimore Movie Night

Just because we won’t be in Baltimore, doesn’t mean we can’t see and experience Baltimore…at the movies! Join us for a group viewing on Teleparty (formerly known as Netflix Party) to watch a Baltimore-themed movie. Vote for your favorite options in this poll and check in the Slack for the link to watch! 

Tuesday, November 10

10-11 AM ET: Slack Chat for Newcomers

First time at DLF? Still have unanswered questions? Join veteran DLF attendees in a low-key informal chat session in the #newcomers Slack channel over coffee/tea to help navigate the threads of social/wellness activities and general conference Q&A.

1:30 PM ET: Dr. Stacey Patton reads “Precious and the Boo Hag”

We invite you and your little ones to enjoy the DLF Forum’s esteemed keynoter Dr. Stacey Patton as she reads “Precious and the Boo Hag” by Patricia C. McKissack and Onawumi Jean Moss (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2005) aloud via Zoom Webinar. This is a LIVE reading that will take place over the lunch break on Tuesday, November 10, the second day of the DLF Forum.

Registration in advance is required and attendance is capped at 500. This reading will not be recorded.

Questions? Write to us at

Social activities at DigiPres

Thursday, November 12

12:30-1 PM ET: DigiPres 2-D virtual lounge

Feeling that Zoom fatigue but interested in trying a new way to connect? Join fellow DigiPres attendees for an experimental, virtual gathering in a beta spatialized audio environment (think avatars exploring a 2-D space and having conversations with one another) from High Fidelity. Space is limited and requires advance registration. This gathering will take place between 12:30-1:00 PM EST/9:30-10:00 AM PST.

How to participate:

  • Before registering, all participants must carefully review the DLF Code of Conduct and agree to abide by the Code of Conduct. Those who violate the Code of Conduct may be warned or expelled at the discretion of the organizers.
  • In order to get the full experience, participants should have microphone and speaker capabilities; no video necessary.
  • All participants must use their real names, which will be designated upon entering the room.
  • Moderators will be stationed in the middle of the virtual space, on the DigiPres conference logo. Moderators will be identifiable by NDSA logo avatars.
  • Please keep in mind this is a beta test environment, and feedback for the developers is welcome.
  • Do not use a VPN to connect.

You can register here. The day of the conference, registrants will be sent a link to access the virtual room via email. Please do not share your link with others.

1-4:30 PM ET: DigiPres Bingo

Download one or more digital preservation-themed bingo cards and play along throughout DigiPres sessions on Thursday!

How to play:

  • Bingo begins with the first panel session, 1:00-1:45 PM EST/10:00-10:45 AM PST, and ends at the end of the final panel session, 4:00-4:30 PM EST/1:00-1:30 PM PST.
  • What counts:
    • Words or phrases spoken during presentations by presenters
    • Forms of words count (obsolete/obsolescence)
    • The center “NDSA” is a free space
  • What does not count:
    • Words or phrases spoken in presentation titles
    • Words or phrases appearing in Slack Q&A with presenters
  • When you get bingo, share in the #bingo Slack channel! Share a photo of your bingo card, if you wish.
  • There are no prizes, only enduring admiration.

Social Activities at 5 for 5

Friday, November 13

1-2 pm ET: Lunchtime Coloring Break

Take a break from screens and connect with your inner child (or your actual child!) using free coloring sheets from public domain collections. It’s meditative, it’s a chance to add your own artistic twist to a classic image, and when you’re finished you can share your artwork with us and each other in the #colorourcollections Slack channel. Contributions by the whole family are encouraged; fulsome praise guaranteed. 

Just a few possibilities, including some from Digitizing Hidden Collections grant recipients:

This session was inspired by the #ColorOurCollections initiative, which takes place every February. Anyone can turn their collections into coloring sheets — get started with a tutorial from NYPL.

4:00 PM ET: CLIR Coffee Break

Over the past few months, grantees have come together to talk through challenges and celebrate successes together during ‘CLIR Coffee Breaks’. Now everyone’s invited! Hop into Slack channels to chat about your ongoing work, share resources, and meet new people. We’ll set up some channels around the event’s five themes and share a few questions to get you started—you can also request a new channel by posting/voting in #channel-requests! 

You only have to talk about COVID if you want to, we promise.

  • Highlighting Funded Projects: Have you worked on a Digitizing Hidden Collections project? What was one of your favorite objects from the collections you worked with? Have there been any great uses of the materials since they were digitized? Are there any topics you’d be interested in getting together with recipients to present on at the 2022 Symposium?
  • Partnerships & Collaborations: What kind of partnerships do you wish to form with other organizations? What are your tips for working collaboratively? What are some ways collaborations might struggle and how can they be prevented?
  • Grant Writing & Project Design: Where do you go to learn about grant writing? What tips do you have from your personal experience? What platforms and systems are most useful when managing projects? 
  • Collections in Crisis: How has your digitization project been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? What’s changed about your overall budget since the start of 2020? Disasters come in all shapes and sizes; what unexpected challenges to your collections have you had to overcome?  Have the events of 2020 or other external factors motivated you to create or reevaluate your collection disaster plan? What are some collection crises you worry about but haven’t had to face yet?
  • Facilitating Access: What materials are people seeking right now? What are some challenges to providing access, both to physical and digital collections? Can you share how you overcame a collection access issue in a creative way? What tools or resources have been useful to you as you think about equitable access to collections? What has the biggest hurdle been in facilitating equitable access to diverse communities of users?