This program will provide qualified post Master’s candidates the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills involving the collection, selection, management, long-term preservation, and accessibility of digital assets. The 2013-2014 cohort will enable ten residents to work on projects at one of ten prominent Washington, D.C. institutions for nine months. NDSR participants will get a first-hand look into the preservation issues and topics surrounding these institutions.
Through collaboration with other interested organizations, NDSR hopes to uphold best practices while achieving a standardized practice among field experience programs in digital stewardship.
Residents will each be assigned one of the following institutions and corresponding projects. Applicants should specify their top three choices from the list below in their cover letter and video (see video requirement below). More in-depth descriptions of the projects and application instructions are available at http://www.loc.gov/ndsr.
1. World Bank- eArchives: Memory of the World Bank- Facilitate and coordinate the World Bank Group’s eArchives digitization project, under the direction of World Bank Staff, resulting in the creation of an institutional asset – a digitized and catalogued historical collection of key archival materials representing over 60 years of global development work and experience.
2. Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities and UMD Libraries- Accessing Born-Digital Literary Materials- To prototype access points to born-digital materials (including their physical carriers) to better enable researchers to discover and work with the Libraries’ born-digital collections.
3. Smithsonian Institution Archives- Time-based Media Art: Specialized Requirements for Trustworthy Digital Repositories- To identify the specialized digital curation requirements of time-based media art (TBMA) and establish a benchmark of best practices in order to produce a recommendation of modified specifications for trustworthy digital repositories that will meet the needs of time-based media art and conform to the established national and international standards for trustworthy digital repositories (TDR).
4. Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)- Broadcast Media Archive: Appraisal and Evaluation of At-Risk Media to Support Digitization Initiative- Develop and apply evaluation tools, define selection criteria, and outline recommended workflows needed to execute a successful analog digitization initiative for a moving image collection resulting in a project plan that will serve as a replicable model and best practices guide for other institutions.
5. National Library of Medicine- Developing a Thematic Web Archive Collection- The Resident will create a collection of Web content on a specific theme or topic of interest to the Resident and relevant to NLM collecting strategies, such as medicine and art or the e-patient movement. The project will involve developing a new Web collection from start to finish, and will include testing and refining anticipated workflows and timeframes for the development of a new Web collection. Documentation by the Resident of the processes of creating a new thematic collection will aid in the development of effective workflow and quality control review procedures to optimize the quality of Web collecting at the National Library of Medicine. The work of this project may serve as a case study for the development of a new Web collection and will likely be of great interest to other institutions considering Web collecting initiatives within their own organizations.
6. Library of Congress- Taking Action to Mitigate Format Obsolescence- Survey and interview Library of Congress staff from several departments about the digital formats in use, analyze the risk to formats. Study format action plans in use at other organizations. Work with Library staff to develop a template for an action plan for the most at-risk formats. Develop actual format action plans with Library staff.
7. Folger Shakespeare Library- Born-Digital Preservation at the Folger Shakespeare Library- To establish local routines and best practices for archiving and preserving two types of born-digital material: 1) born-digital content created by Folger Shakespeare Library staff in support of the institution’s mission and 2) born-digital content collected by the Folger including primary source materials related to Shakespeare productions, interpretations, editions, and criticism to the present.
8. Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection- Management and preservation of digital assets at Dumbarton Oaks- To compile a detailed inventory of existing digital assets to define scope and inform requirements, To draft an institutional policy for the appraisal and selection of digital content for long-term preservation, To identify system requirements for a digital asset management system (DAMS) through information gathering sessions with key staff across the organization, To evaluate software systems and recommend a DAMS solution based on requirements and reference interviews.
9. Association of Research Libraries- Developing and Promoting Policies and Services to Make Digital Assets of Research Libraries Accessible- To 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.
10. National Security Archive- The Digital Dissemination Challenge- Carry out a diagnostic of and propose improvements to the National Security Archive’s digital assets ingestion, management and dissemination processes.