FAQ


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 40 hours per week. 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 residents participate in the program?

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

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 2017/2018 cohort class:

  • Host Applications due: Monday, October 31, 2016
  • Host Institutions announced: Monday, January  16, 2017
  • Resident Applications open: Monday, January  16, 2017
  • Resident Applications due: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
  • Residents announced: Monday, May 1, 2017
  • Immersion Week: July, 24-28, 2017
  • Residencies begin: August 1, 2017

Note: Dates subject to change

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

Do I need to be a US citizen to participate in the program?

Applicants must be United States citizen or have proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. to apply.

Does the Residency program 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.

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 (Spring 2014 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.

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. The salary will be paid by host institutions for a total of $40,000. The cost of travel and accommodations for Immersion Week will be covered by NDSR Art. There will also be professional development funds available in addition to the stipend.

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
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