Job Overview


About the Agency

The National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) is a collaborative field experience program developed by The Library of Congress Office of Strategic Initiatives and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The program aims to develop a community of professionals in the dynamic field of digital stewardship.


This program will provide qualified post master and doctoral candidates the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills involving the collection, selection, management, long-term preservation, and accessibility of digital assets. The 2015–2016 cohort will enable five residents to work on projects at one of five prominent Washington, DC institutions for one year. NDSR participants will get a first-hand look into the preservation issues and topics challenging 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 host institutions and corresponding projects. Applicants should specify their top three choices of institutions and projects from the list below in their cover letter, select their top three choices in the Questionnaire below, and create a video (see video requirement below). More in-depth descriptions of the projects and application instructions are available at

  • American Institute of ArchitectsBuilding Curation into Records Creation: Developing a Digital Repository Program at the American Institute of Architects—The Resident will co-lead testing and implementation of an institutional digital repository system at the American Institute of Architects to preserve the AIA’s born-digital records that represent its intellectual capital and/or have permanent value for the history of the architectural profession.
  • DC Public LibraryPersonal Digital Preservation Access and Education through the Public Library—This project will create a sustainable, public-focused lab, tools, and instruction for building public knowledge and skills around the complex and paralyzing problems of personal digital recordkeeping.
  • Government Publishing OfficePreparation for Audit and Certification of GPO’s FDsys as a Trustworthy Digital Repository—The Government Publishing Office (GPO) seeks to certify GPO’s Federal Digital System as a Trustworthy Digital Repository, and the resident will conduct an internal audit to help achieve the goal of certification.
  • National Library of MedicineNLM-Developed Software as Cultural Heritage—The Resident will create a pilot workflow for the curation, preservation, and presentation of a historically valuable software product, developed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), which is deemed to be historically noteworthy due to its usage by a user community and/or its distinctive technical properties that are at risk of being lost due to obsolescence. The Resident will be involved in all stages of the process of inventory, selection, curation, preparation and ingest of software files, and creation of a public online presentation of the software that would provide its historical context.
  • US Senate Historical OfficeImproving Digital Stewardship in the US Senate—The Senate Historical Office seeks a National Digital Stewardship Resident to study and assess current Senate workflows in appraisal, management, ingest, description and transfer of Senate committee digital assets into the Congressional Records Instance of the National Archives’ Electronic Records Archive, and Senators’ digital assets into academic and institutional repositories, benchmarking current policies against best practices.

Relocation Authorized

  • No