General Questions

How does NDSR define digital stewardship?

Digital stewardship, for the purposes of this program, is broadly defined and is considered the practice of acquiring, selecting, managing, preserving, and providing access to digital information.

How long is the residency program?

Each residency term is twelve months, from August 2017 through July 2018 and from August 2018 through July 2019.

How many hours per week do residents work?

Residents work full-time at their host institutions. The scheduled report time is flexible and will be determined by the resident and mentoring supervisor. Residents also participate in NDSR Art related programs and activities away from their host institutions at certain times.

How many rounds of hosts and residents will there be?

There will be two rounds of residencies beginning August 2017.

What is NDSR Art?

NDSR Art is a National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) program that supports art librarians and visual resource curators in their endeavor to provide long-term, durable access to born digital works of art and publications, images, institutional repositories, and interactive technologies. NDSR Art enhances skills to ensure quality access, presentation, and preservation of our digital cultural heritage for 21st century users and future generations.

Over the course of two-year, eight residents will be matched with host institutions across the country for twelve month, paid residencies.

What is the timeline for the program?

For the 2018/2019 cohort:

  • Host Applications due: Friday, September 29, 2017
  • Host Institutions announced: Friday, February 9, 2018
  • Resident Applications open: Friday, February 9, 2018
  • Resident Applications due: Friday, March 16, 2018
  • Residents announced: May 2018
  • Immersion Week: July 16-20, 2018
  • Residencies begin: July 23, 2018
  • Residencies end: July 12,2019
What type of work should residents be doing while participating in the program? What does a typical day as a resident look like?

The best way to get a sense of resident activities and work is to peruse the projects that have been selected for the program in New York, Boston, and Washington D.C.  A presentation by Vicky Steeves about her experience as a 2014/15 New York resident is also available online.

Host Questions

How is the match made between residents and host institutions?

Host institutions will have an active role in determining which applicant works at their institution. Residents, as part of their application, will be asked to rank their preferred host projects. From there, NDSR Art and host institution representatives will work to match residents and hosts.

What activities should NOT be included in a resident’s project?

Residents will be highly-qualified recent master’s degree recipients with both coursework and hands-on advanced training in digital stewardship theories and practices. As such, their work should be similar to that of other emerging professionals. Their work should not be busy work or repetitive, mundane work. Also, while digitization is part of the overall digital stewardship lifecycle, and may partially be included in some projects, the residents are not scanning technicians and projects should not include scanning as the primary activity.

What host institutions are eligible to participate in NDSR Art?

Our cohort will be dispersed at hosts institutions across the country. Any organization that is responsible for the long-term stewardship or management of digital content for art and cultural institutions is eligible.

More details are available on the Host Applications page.

What percentage of the resident’s time will be dedicated to the project at their host organization?

Approximately 80% of the resident’s time will be spent on the project for their host organization.  While completing the project will be their primary responsibility, they will also be required to work with the other residents to complete certain deliverables for NDSR Art, and spend a significant amount of time participating in training, networking, and scheduled NDSR events. Residents are also expected to use some of the other 20% of their time to independently pursue further education and training in aspects of digital preservation.

Resident Questions

Does NDSR Art support travel to conferences for residents?

Yes, the NDSR program includes professional development funds (separate from the resident’s salary) to support conference attendance and other professional development activities.

How many residents participate in the program?

Four residents will be selected for each year of the NDSR Art program.

What kind of skills and qualifications should I have? How extensive does my background need to be in digital stewardship before participating in the program?

We are looking for recent graduates (Summer 2015 or later) that are seeking to bridge their classroom learning with hands-on work experience. Applicants should not be established professionals in the field. Applicants that have studied in affiliated fields are welcome to apply. There is no set formula for the perfect candidate. Each applicant will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Who will be eligible to participate in NDSR Art as a resident?

Anyone who has received or will be receiving a master’s degree (or higher) between Spring 2016 and Summer 2018 in a field related to digital stewardship will be eligible to apply for the 2018 resident class. If you are receiving your degree after the application deadline, and are selected as a NDSR Art resident, you will need to sign an agreement confirming you will receive your degree prior to the residency start in July 2018 or will relinquish your place in the program.

The NDSR Art program is open to master’s degree recipients from outside the library and information science fields.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States; NDSR Art will not be able to sponsor employment visas.

Will I be paid for my work as a Resident?

Yes, residents will receive a regular salary for the twelve-month period of the residency, starting from their first day of attendance at Immersion Week residents. A forty-thousand dollar stipend per resident will be provided by NDSR Art as part of our administration of the IMLS LB21 grant. The salary will be dispersed by host institutions. Residents will also receive benefits, provided by the hosts.

Professional development funds available in addition to the stipend through the program.

Except for during these NDSR-sponsored events, residents are responsible for locating and financing their own housing. Relocation expenses will not be provided.





NDSR Art is presented by
Philadelphia Museum of Art