NDSR Updates

Check out the latest blog posts and updates from current NDSR programs and residents!

  • Professional Development Time Project: Audiorecorder
    One of the incredible things about my NDSR residency is that it requires me to spend 20% of my time working on professional development. This allows me to devote quite a bit of time to learning skills and working on … Continue reading →
  • Save the Data!
    On Saturday, February 25th, I met an archivist friend for lunch and then we went to our first DataRescue session, hosted by the University of Minnesota. The event went from Friday afternoon to Saturday evening. I was going to go … Continue reading →
  • Moving Beyond the Allegory of the Lone Digital Archivist (& my day of Windows scripting at KBOO)
    The “lone arranger” was a term I learned in my library sciences degree program and I accepted it. I visualized hard-working, problem-solving solo archivists in small staff-situations challenged with organizing, preserving, and providing access to the growing volumes of historically … Continue reading →
  • Louisiana Public Broadcasting Digital Preservation Plan
    I have completed my NDSR AAPB residency at Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB)! While most of my cohort will continue chugging along for another few months, I sadly have to finish up a bit early. But, I’m leaving for an exciting … Continue reading →
  • AAPB NDSR March Webinars
    We have two resident-hosted webinars coming up in March: Through the Trapdoor: Metadata & Disambiguation in Fanfiction, a case study (Kate McManus) Thursday, March 9th 3:00 PM EST Within the last twenty years, fanfiction writing has transfigured from disparate communities … Continue reading →
  • Advocating for Archives in a Production Environment
    One of the new experiences I’ve had here at LPB, among the many new experiences that have accompanied moving to Baton Rouge, Louisiana (I have way more opinions about gumbo now), has been working for an archive in a production … Continue reading →
  • Professional Development Funds Report
    One of the unexpected bonuses of this residency is the professional development fund that’s earmarked for each of us. Considering the entire residency is calibrated for professional development, this extra cushion is really nice. I’ve used it to renew my … Continue reading →
  • AAPB NDSR Webinars
    We have another resident-hosted webinar coming up in a few weeks! Intro to Data Manipulation with Python CSV (Adam Lott) Thursday, February 23 3:00 PM EST Archivists frequently inherit huge amounts of messy and disorganized data. More often than not, … Continue reading →
  • Before & after XML to PBCore in ResourceSpace
    I’m interested in learning about different applications of ResourceSpace for audiovisual digital preservation and collection management and wanted to explore PBCore XML data exports. Creating PBCore XML is possible in ResourceSpace, but it is dependent on each installation’s metadata field … Continue reading →
  • MPR50
    First of all, I can’t believe we’re over halfway through this residency. It just doesn’t seem possible! Secondly, MPR just celebrated its 50th anniversary, and I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge it. Happy Birthday, Minnesota Public Radio! Between … Continue reading →
  • So long, farewell!
    byeeeeee from the NDSR NY cohort ❤
  • The Last Day
    Hello all, Today is the last day of our residency program! Over the last nine months, we’ve attended and presented at numerous conferences, organized and supported community events, written blog posts here, for The Signal, and our personal blogs, participated in webinars and workshops, and…oh yeah, completed entire projects at our host institutions. We held … Continue reading The Last Day
  • Collecting & Sharing Resources for Digital Preservation Topics
    In the last couple weeks of my residency I’m focused on looking back over the entire trajectory of the project, to review and document what’s been done, and reflect on what worked well, what could be improved, and how this work might be useful for future practitioners. In this concluding phase, in addition to finalizing deliverables for […]
  • Documentation & Policies
    As we near the end of the residency, I’ve mostly focused my efforts on writing documentation and policies for the State Library of Massachusetts. Prior to my project, there was limited or outdated documentation and no policies in place regarding the management of the library’s digital content. This is the position that many institutions are in … Continue reading Documentation & Policies
  • Produceroni
    Intro Hello, readers. Over the past 8 months, we (Mary Kidd and Dinah Handel) have been immersed in archives located at public media stations- New York Public Radio and CUNY Television. We’ve experienced firsthand some of the unique workflows created for the dissemination and archiving of public media, and feel that in light of the […]
  • How To Be The Best Records Retention Coordinator – A Work In Progress
    With just three weeks left to our residencies, we are all in the midsts of wrapping up our projects (and thus this post is going to be a short one). Here at BAM, I am waist deep in documentation and making sure that there are understandable and tangible actions points to be taken after I […]
  • ALA Preservation Week
    Hello, friends, As some of you might know, last week was ALA’s Preservation Week, which is an event that raises awareness about preservation activities in libraries. Across the countries, libraries hosted events and activities that taught the public about preservation, covering everything from collections care in libraries to how individuals can preserve their own books … Continue reading ALA Preservation Week
  • {Lets Get Digital} Recap
    Hi Readers! Yesterday we held our day-long Symposium on digital preservation, {Let’s Get Digital}, co-sponsored by the Archivists Round Table of New York, the Brooklyn Historical Society, and of course IMLS. It was so amazing to see such a great turnout from our #digipres community! If you were there, please take a few moments to […]
  • NDSR Project Update from UMass Boston
    Hello Readers. The weather in Boston is beginning to warm. The Red Sox have opened their season and the Boston Marathon was run earlier this week. No doubt the crew teams are rowing in the Charles and the Swan Boats will soon be paddling across the pond in the Public Garden. Although spring is the season … Continue reading NDSR Project Update from UMass Boston
  • NDSR-NYC Symposium Right Around the Corner
    Preparations are in full swing for our symposium April 28 at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201, from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. There are a few spots left, but registration has been filling up fast! You can still sign up here. The symposium is free to attend, and open […]
  • Web Statistics: CHECK
    We’ve accomplished a big milestone here at the State Library—we have completed our review of the web statistics! One of the main objectives of my project was to perform a comprehensive assessment of Massachusetts state government publications and we chose to use web statistics as a way of accomplishing this goal. The web statistics, gathered … Continue reading Web Statistics: CHECK
  • MIT Libraries Host Event: Resumes & Interviews
    On Wednesday March 30th, MIT Libraries held their NDSR Host Event, a Resume and  Interview Workshop. Each NDSR resident brought the description of a job for which they wanted to apply, their resume, and a cover letter. The residents paired up with an interviewer (NDSR hosts) to review their resume and cover letter to see … Continue reading MIT Libraries Host Event: Resumes & Interviews
  • LTO(woe)s
    My CUNY TV residency has consisted of three tasks: to assess and enhance media microservices, to assist with the implementation of a Digital Asset Management system, and to build a workflow for the migration of 1 petabyte of data from LTO 5 to LTO 7. While I’m still working on media microservices and DAM implementation, […]
  • {Let’s Get Digital}
    Make sure to register for the NDSR-NY 2016 Digital Preservation Symposium: {Let’s Get Digital}! Thursday, April 28th from 9-6 PM at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Check out the full schedule here. It’s free!
  • Update on My Project
    Hello friends! Spring is here, allegedly, although you wouldn’t know from the snow we got recently. But it’s beginning to warm up, the river is thawing, and Harvard Yard is filling up with robins and tourists… The arrival of “Spring” also heralds the end of our residency…that May 31st deadline is on the horizon now.  In … Continue reading Update on My Project
  • Data Visualization: Choropleths and Cartograms and Treemaps, oh my!
    Hello Readers. Last week the NDSR Boston cohort visited with Helen Bailey, a digital curation analyst at MIT. In her spare time, Helen has become a data visualization expert. Helen provides data visualization support to the MIT Libraries and is sharing her knowledge of data visualization through presentations and workshops. If you think you are … Continue reading Data Visualization: Choropleths and Cartograms and Treemaps, oh my!
  • Interview with Josh Shepperd, Radio Scholar and Conference Organizer
    Hi everyone! These past few weeks all of the NDSR-NY residents have been traveling to major preservation, archival, library and coding conferences around the country.  In February, I had the privilege of attending and speaking at the Radio Preservation Task Force (RPTF) conference in Washington DC, which was held at both the Library of Congress […]
  • Trojan Dots and DIY Solutions
    Last week the NDSR-NY cohort travelled to Philadelphia to attend {code4lib}.This was my first time at the conference, and I wanted to focus on gathering general information and troubleshooting tips for microservices-based workflows. Code4lib highlights the DIY/open-source/information-sharing work of the coder/hacker/library/archivist community, and sessions are voted on by the public for inclusion in the schedule. […]
  • Code4Lib
    Last week I attended my first annual Code4Lib meeting in Philadelphia. Code4Lib started in 2003 as a mailing list and has since grown to a thriving community of hackers, cataloguers, designers, developers, librarians and even archivists.  This year was the 11th annual conference and there was a significant online presence, including an IRC, slack channel, … Continue reading Code4Lib
  • An Update from the State Library
    In college, I took several courses that involved working closely with one of the many helpful librarians on campus. She would often refer to our projects as “iterative”– so much so that she would even laugh as she said it. Six months into my residency at the State Library of Massachusetts, the joke is on me as our … Continue reading An Update from the State Library