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ARL to Host National Digital Stewardship Resident: Apply by July 20

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Would you like to develop, apply, and advance your digital stewardship knowledge and skills in a real-world setting? Did you earn a master’s or doctoral degree in a field engaged in the stewardship of digital materials within the past two years?

Apply to participate in the 2016–2017 National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) program, developed by the Library of Congress and the Institute of Museum and Library Services to build a dedicated community of professionals who will advance the nation’s capabilities in managing, preserving, and making accessible the digital record of human achievement. 

Five candidates will be selected for five paid residencies in the Baltimore-Washington area starting in September 2016. The 2016–2017 projects are:

  • Association of Research Libraries—Bringing Life to Research Objects: Managing the Digital Life Cycle of Research from Creation to Stewardship through the Open Science Framework and SHARE
  • Food & Drug Administration, Office of Science & Engineering Laboratories, Center for Devices & Radiological Health—Enabling Open Science through the Center for Devices & Radiological Health (CDRH) Science Data Catalog
  • Georgetown University Library—Bring It All Home: Building Digital Preservation Processes for Digital Preservation Platforms
  • John Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries—Large-Scale Digital Stewardship: Preserving Johns Hopkins University’s Born-Digital Visual History
  • World Bank Group—Data Stewardship and Preservation Program

Association of Research Libraries NDSR Project

The resident selected to work with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) will prototype the process of linking the output from a university research unit to a library digital repository through the Open Science Framework—an open source tool that integrates and supports research workflow. Working with senior colleagues at ARL, a data librarian at George Washington University (GWU) Libraries who works with the SHARE project, and staff at the Center for Open Science, the resident will participate in the full life cycle of digital stewardship, including metadata creation and other documentation, data management planning, and access and preservation through the institutional repository. The resident will also participate in selecting the research unit at the outset of the appointment.

This residency will include technical curation training; visits to the Center for Open Science in Charlottesville, Virginia; hands-on work with researchers and librarians at GWU; and deep exposure to open source, open science tools. Upon completion of the residency, the candidate will have created documentation that other research units and libraries can replicate, thereby contributing to the advancement of the research library role in research data management and to digital stewardship in the academy. The successful resident will have interest and/or experience in library repository platforms, experience or strong interest in programming, and excellent communication skills.

More Information and Application

For additional information about the National Digital Stewardship Residency program and to apply, visit the NDSR website. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Applicants must be US citizens. 


About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s 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/.

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