ARL has been selected as one of ten host institutions for the inaugural National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) program, launched by the Library of Congress and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The NDSR program will enable ten recent graduates of master’s degree programs in relevant fields to complete a nine-month residency at various institutions in the Washington, DC, area. The entire list of projects can be found on the NDSR website. Institutions that will be hosting residents in 2013–2014 include:
- Association of Research Libraries
- Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
- Folger Shakespeare Library
- Library of Congress
- Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities / University of Maryland Libraries
- National Library of Medicine
- National Security Archive
- Public Broadcasting Service
- Smithsonian Institution Archives
- World Bank
Beginning in September 2013, accepted residents will attend an intensive two-week digital stewardship workshop at the Library of Congress. Thereafter, residents will begin their experience at a host institution to work on significant digital stewardship projects. Their projects will allow them to acquire hands-on knowledge and skills involving the collection, selection, management, long-term preservation, and accessibility of digital assets.
The resident selected to work with ARL will develop and promote policies and services to make digital assets of research libraries accessible. This person will strengthen and expand a new initiative on digital accessibility in research libraries by incorporating a universal design approach to library collections and services. A suite of solutions, organizational models, and best practices for the research library community will be compiled so that the research library community may collect, produce, curate, preserve, and make available their digital assets in a fully inclusive and accessible way. For more details about this project, download ARL's project proposal (PDF).
For additional information about the National Digital Stewardship Resident program and to apply, visit the NDSR website. Applications are being accepted until April 5, 2013.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.