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The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) was awarded $498,135 as part of the 2013 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for the “National Digital Stewardship Residency in New York” (NDSR-NY) program. This 3-year grant supported the development of a select group of recent MLS and related master degree recipients by providing advanced training and hands-on experience in the unique knowledge and skills required for the selection, management, and ongoing accessibility of digital materials. Residents selected to participate in the NDSR-NY program served 9-month paid residencies working on digital stewardship initiatives within local libraries, archives, museums, and other organizations managing digital content. Built around a cohort model, the program also featured a preliminary immersion course, ongoing seminar-based training, and site visits and special events.

Brooklyn Historical Society was METRO’s partner on the project. An affiliated project, “Testing the National Digital Stewardship Residency Model in Boston, MA” was awarded by IMLS to a team from Harvard University Libraries and MIT Libraries. Both the New York and Boston projects extended and refined the National Digital Stewardship Residency program piloted n Washington D.C. and run by the Library of Congress.

These second iterations of the NDSR program continued to develop and refine a sustainable, extensible model for postgraduate residencies combining advanced training and experiential learning. The programs also created additional open-sourced training materials focusing on digital preservation and increased institutional capacity for digital stewardship by meeting the need within the library, archives, museum community for new professionals with a mix of conceptual knowledge, hands-on, practical skills, and workplace experience. The NDSR-NY program hosted its first class of residents from 2014-2015 and its second class from 2015-2016. Questions about the project can be directed to Margo Padilla.


Margo Padilla, Project Director/Principal Investigator
Strategic Programs Manager
Metropolitan New York Library Council
mpadilla@metro.org | 212.228.2320 x117

Julie May, Project Partner
Head of Collection Development & Interim Director of Library & Archives
Brooklyn Historical Society

Anne Karle-Zenith, Project Support
Digital Services Manager
Metropolitan New York Library Council

Advisory Board

Howard Besser
Moving Image Archiving & Preservation Program
New York University

Sumitra Duncan
Web Archiving Coordinator
New York Art Resources Consortium

Kara Van Malssen
Senior Consultant
AudioVisual Preservation Solutions

Grant Documentation

Grant Application Abstract | Grant Application Narrative


Jefferson Bailey
June 14, 2013