The NDSR Programs

The mission of the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) is to build a dedicated community of professionals who will advance our nation’s capabilities in managing, preserving, and making accessible the digital record of human achievement.

The NDSR program began in 2013, with a pilot project developed by the Library of Congress in conjunction with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The original goals of the program were to foster the creation of a cadre of experts in the field and to encourage LIS schools to include more experiential learning as part of their standard curricula. Subsequently, grants were awarded by IMLS for the Metropolitan New York Library Council in partnership with the Brooklyn Historical Society and Harvard University Libraries in partnership with MIT to continue testing the NDSR model in other cities around the United States. Most recently, WGBH and the American Archive of Public Broadcasting have been awarded a grant to develop a geographically distributed cohort of residents, with a focus on digital audiovisual archiving.

NDSR projects to date include:

NDSR DC – the pilot NDSR program, administered by the Library of Congress, which ran from 2013-2014, and is currently hosting a second class of 2015-2016 residents. Contact: ndsr@loc.gov

NDSR NY – a two-year NDSR program administered by the Metropolitan New York Library Council in partnership with the Brooklyn Historical Society, which hosted its first class of residents from 2014-2015 and is currently hosting a second class of 2015-2016 residents. Contact: Margo Padilla, NDSR-NY Principal Investigator, mpadilla@metro.org

NDSR Boston – a two-year NDSR program administered by Harvard University Libraries and MIT Libraries, hosting two classes of residents from 2014-2015, which hosted its first class of residents from 2014-2015 and is currently hosting a second class of 2015-2016 residents. Contact: ndsr-boston@hulmail.harvard.edu

AAPB NDSR – a one-year NDSR program administered by WGBH and the American Archive of Public Broadcasting, which will be hosting one class of residents from 2016-2017. Contact: Rebecca Fraimow, AAPB NDSR Program Coordinator, rebecca_fraimow@wgbh.org

NDSR Art – a two-year NDSR program administered by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and  the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), which will focus on art information management and begin in the fall of 2016. Contact: Karina Wratschko, NDSR Art Project Manager, karina.wratschko@philamuseum.org

Biodiversity Heritage Libraries NDSR – a one-year NDSR program administered by the Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, which will include five residents in a collaborative project to improve tools, curation, and content stewardship at BHL. Contact: Constance Rinaldo, Librarian of the Ernst Mayr Library, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, crinaldo@fas.harvard.edu

All programs give their thanks to the Institute of Museum and Library Services for funding, collaboration, and their overall program support.