METRO Welcomes The First-Ever NDSR-NY Cohort

By Margo Padilla, Strategic Initiatives Manager, METRO

We are thrilled to welcome the first-ever cohort of the National Digital Stewardship Residency in New York (NDSR-NY) program! This initiative will develop new professionals in digital stewardship through funded, post-graduate residencies.

NDSR-NY 2014-2015 CohortOur five residents kicked off their 9-month program on Tuesday, September 2nd with an evening reception held at the Museum of Modern Art. They spent the rest of the week immersed in key digital stewardship concepts with instructors Jacob Nadal (Executive Director of the Research Collections and Preservation Consortium (ReCAP)) and Sibyl Schaefer (Assistant Director and Head of Digital Programs at The Rockefeller Archive Center).

This week, our five residents begin work at their host institutions. Project updates and news  will be available on the NDSR-NY website. We look forward to sharing more from this exceptional group.

A quick reminder of where our residents will be spending the next nine months:

Karl-Rainer Blumenthal (Master of Library and Information Science, Drexel University) will work with the New York Art Resources Consortium on the design and implementation of best practices for archival storage and the development of preservation metadata for their newly launched web archiving program.

Peggy Griesinger (Master of Library Science, Indiana University) will spend her days at the Museum of Modern Art, where she will work on MoMA's digital repository to develop preservation standards for media conservation, preservation requirements, and access to born-digital artwork. 

Julia Kim (Master of Arts, New York University) will develop infrastructure, policy, and workflows to make born-digital archival collections discoverable and accessible to researchers at New York University Libraries.

Shira Peltzman (Master of Arts, New York University) will develop policies and workflows to manage and ingest digital materials produced at Carnegie Hall.

Victoria (Vicky) Steeves (Master of Library and Information Science, Simmons College) will do a thorough review of datasets and digital assets procuded by researchers at the American Museum of Natural History. She will identify appraisal criteria, preservation challenges, storage neeeds, and acquisition workflows for assets at AMNH.

The NDSR-NY program is being administered by Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), with assistance from partner Brooklyn Historical Society. More information can be found on the NDSR-NY website. The program is supported by generous funding from the Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Concurrent NDSR initiatives are being run by Harvard Library and MIT Libraries in Boston and by the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.