February 21, 2013


IMLS Press Contact
Giuliana Bullard, 202-653-4799

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Jennifer Gavin, 202-707-1940

IMLS and Library of Congress Announce New National Digital Stewardship Residency

Applications for Fall Program Accepted until April 5, 2013

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Library of Congress have announced an open call for applications for the first National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR). Applicants can log onto the application portal at www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/337969700 and apply to be a part of NDSR’s inaugural class until the closing date April 5, 2013.

The new program, administered by the Library of Congress and supported by IMLS, will allow 10 recent master’s program graduates in relevant fields to complete a nine-month residency at various institutions in the Washington, D.C. area. Beginning in September 2013, accepted residents will attend an intensive two-week digital stewardship workshop at the Library of Congress. Thereafter, residents will move to a host institution to work on significant digital stewardship projects. These 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 Smithsonian Institution Archives, the World Bank, the Library of Congress, and the Public Broadcasting Service are just a few of the renowned institutions that will host the founding NDSR class. Each of these institutions submitted challenging project proposals, which can be viewed on the NDSR website (www.digitalpreservation.gov/ndsr/news.html). Application requirements include a detailed resume and cover letter, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a creative video that demonstrates an applicant’s interest in the program.

"The video requirement in the application process will help the selection panel identify which candidates are truly passionate about digital preservation," explained George Coulbourne, executive program officer at the Library of Congress’s Office of Strategic Initiatives.

For additional information or press inquiries regarding the National Digital Stewardship Residency, go to www.digitalpreservation.gov/ndsr or contact the NDSR at ndsr@loc.gov.

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