The mission of the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) is to build a dedicated community of professionals who will advance our nation’s capabilities in managing, preserving, and making accessible the digital record of human achievement.
The NDSR program began in 2013, with a pilot project developed by the Library of Congress in conjunction with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The original goals of the program were to foster the creation of a cadre of experts in the field and to encourage LIS schools to include more experiential learning as part of their standard curricula.
The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), in partnership with the Brooklyn Historical Society, was awarded $498,135 from IMLS as part of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program to implement the National Digital Stewardship Residency program in New York City for two years. The NDSR-NY program continued to develop and refine a sustainable, extensible model for postgraduate residencies combining advanced training and experiential learning. METRO hosted its first class of residents from 2014-2015 and its second class from 2015-2016.