by Annie Tummino, Project Manager, METRO
Our cohort of five National Digital Stewardship Residents are about to cross the finish line of their nine-month residencies. The residents took a break from wrapping up their projects to chat with us about their time in the program and plans for the future. We wish this group of five fabulous individuals the best of luck on their future endeavors.
The months since you've started have been quite a whirlwind! Congrats on nearing the end of your projects. Can you share one fun memory from the program that you'll take with you?
Vicky Steeves, American Museum of Natural History: After my interview with staff members in the Herpetology Department in the Division of Vertebrate Zoology, they showed me live animals in the department. I got to handle a cute tortoise named Penelope and a couple of gorgeous king snakes. It was just amazing.
Shira Peltzman, Carnegie Hall: Presenting at the Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group Meeting (PASIG) along with Vicky Steeves. I came away from the meeting with lots of new ideas for my project at Carnegie Hall. The conference also took place in sunny San Diego, a welcome contrast to the never-ending New York City winter.
Karl-Rainer Blumenthal, New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC): Accepting an award (of astronaut ice cream, no less) from our web archiving software vendor for “best documented technical support questions.” What could make an information professional more proud than that?
Has your time with NDSR shaped your career goals? If so, how?
Peggy Greisinger, MoMA: My time with NDSR has made me so much more aware of the cultural heritage world outside of libraries. Before my residency at MoMA, it had barely even crossed my mind to consider working in a museum. Now that I’ve experienced first hand the challenges facing museum librarians, I would love the opportunity to work with museums again in the future. I’m especially interested in advocating for further collaboration between museums and academic libraries. I think there are so many ways these two types of institutions can help solve each other’s problems, and I’d love to be a part of that process.
Vicky: I’m glad that I got a chance to experience the complex challenges unique to science research and collections data. It really appeals to my love of fast-paced work—there is so much to keep up with and consider and discuss—a great intellectual and practical challenge.
Shira: I knew that digital preservation was something that I was interested in pursuing, but the opportunity to do more ‘hands-on’ work and immerse myself in a project for nine months has convinced me categorically that this is what I’d like to spend my career doing.
Any immediate plans for the future? What do the next couple of months look like for you?
Julia Kim, NYU: I’ll be at the American Institute of Conservation (May), Archival Education and Research Institute (July), and Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting (August) to present on my work with born-digital collections. I’ll also be redirecting some of my energies into the media non-profit XFR Collective.
Peggy: A few days after I finish my residency, I will be moving to Virginia to begin a position as the Metadata and Cataloging Librarian at George Mason University Libraries.
Vicky: I am waiting to hear back from some potential employers - fingers crossed, everyone! As of now...a little bit of uncertainty.
Shira: I’m really in the thick of wrapping up my residency here at Carnegie Hall! Get back to me in June…
Karl: My wife and I are headed to Chicago for her graduate studies. I’m very excited for the move and for the city in particular, but I’m going to miss seeing all of my new NYC-based friends and co-conspirators. We’ll be back early and often, though!
Applications for the 2015/16 residency are due May 22, 2015. For more information visit the program’s website.
Photos above provided to us by Vicky Steeves and Shira Peltzman.