Friday, September 30, 2016

Brief report from the National Digital Stewardship Residency: Opening Conference #NDSR

Carla Hayden
On 29 September 2016, along with Carolyn Sheffield (BHL Program Manager), I attended the NDSR Opening Conference at the Library of Congress.

The purpose of the half-day conference was to reflect on the NDSR and to welcome the 2016-2017 class of Residents.

The meeting opened with a welcome talk from Carla Hayden, the recently sworn in Librarian of Congress. George Coulbourne (Chief, Intern and Fellowships Programs, Library of Congress) and Mary Alice Ball (Intern and Fellowships Programs, Library of Congress) chaired the meeting. Coulborrne followed Hayden with some opening remarks about the NDSR program and it's relation ship with the Library of Congress. Colleen Shogan (Deputy Director, National & International Outreach, Library of Congress) followed with a talk on "Innovation and Mentorship" and how that related to the work done by the NDSR residents and their mentors.


(left to right: Shogan, Ball, Coulbourne)

Nancy Weiss (General Counsel, IMLS, left) spoke on "Enhancing Digital Services Nationally". The NDSR program is funded through the IMLS. Weiss looked both back (to the past work of IMLS in funding the NDSR program) and forward, noting that next year's program will include a major project working with the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

The event was also attended by alums from the NDSR program from over the years and the audience had a chance to recognize them.

The keynote speaker for the event was from Winston Tabb (Sheridan Dean, University Libraries and Museums, Johns Hopkins University). Tabb gave an outstanding talk that looked back to the role of digitization, digital libraries, and digital preservation has changed over the past 20-25 years.

Winston Tabb

The meeting concluded with two reflections. The first, from Karen Paul (Chief Archivist, U.S. Senate Historical Office); and the second from John Caldwell (Archivist, Office of the U.S. Senator Harry Reid). Paul's perspective was that as a mentor and NDSR host; Caldwell spoke as a former NDSR resident and offered some hints and advice to the incoming cohort.



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