I’ve mentioned in snippets here and there that I got a fellowship that allowed me to attend DLF 2014, which took place in Atlanta, Georgia. And I’ve mentioned before that I was – and continue to be – super grateful for it. Last week my official response debuted on the DLF blog; you’ll get a bit of info about my experience there, including a brief guide to recommended sessions.
Shortly before DLF I dyed my hair magenta. I had wanted to do something like it for a long time but I was never brave enough. I couldn’t imagine how it might look. I had pastels in mind for a while, a violet maybe, but on the day of the deed I opted for more pigmented. Purely practical: I thought it would fade to a pastel, which it has more or less has.
Overall, I love it! I’m so glad I tried it. Upkeep is a pain but I knew it would be. I’ll be sticking with a pink shade of some sort for at least the next few months. Colleague feedback has been minimal; either “I love it!” or nothing. No jabs about professionalism or anything, not that that generally rises to the surface. The most hilarious response was my grandpa, who stared and stared at me. He said, “Your hair is really… ” (staring and silence). Then, an eternity later, “Well, it’s really… you.” I giggle every time I think of that reaction. He’s not one to hide his feelings.
Back to DLF! If you get the chance to go, I highly recommend it. Incredibly well-organized. Definitely ranks up there with ACRL and LOEX for me. While there were a handful of data management sessions, the scope was broad so it was probably even more relevant for heads of digital collections or digital scholarship units.
A few photos from in and around Atlanta: