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    Posted 01-22-2020 05:31 PM

    Dear AAM Community,

    In July 2019, the National Digital Stewardship Residency for art information professionals (NDSR Art) concluded with the end of the second and final cohort. We want to take this opportunity to thank those who participated and alert those who may be interested of these resources for digital preservation of art information as well as NDSR program administration.

    There were so many contributions to this program and we want to take this opportunity to thank the residents, hosts, mentors, speakers, advisory board and task force members, evaluators, ARLIS/NA chapter members, and the ARLIS/NA executive board for their contributions to the program and the field at large.

    From 2016-2019 NDSR Art was administered by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in partnership with ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America), and made possible with generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. NDSR Art supported two nationally dispersed cohorts–each consisting of four recent postgraduates placed in host institutions for twelve-month residencies.

    The NDSR Art cohorts addressed management and preservation of time-based media, web archiving, apps, documentation of art and performance works,  collection management systems, art and design theses, and in-gallery interactives. Both cohorts shared project outcomes through webinars, symposia, conferences, capstones, and final reports. Their residencies impacted the profession and host institutions by helping reframe art librarianship and initiate cross-disciplinary conversations around digital preservation. To learn more about the residencies and projects, please see the resources below.

    For those who are interested in administering a NDSR program, see the overarching NDSR site and feel free to get in touch with the NDSR Advisory Group at

    Thank you again for your interest and support, we look forward to seeing how NDSR evolves.


    Karina Wratschko and Kristen Regina



    2017-2018 NDSR Art Cohort

    Hosts: Minneapolis Institute of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, University of Pennsylvania, Yale Center for British Art

    Project Descriptions and Final Reports:


    2018-2019 NDSR Art Cohort

    Institutions: Art Institute of Chicago, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Small Data Industries, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

    Project Descriptions and Final Reports:


    NDSR Art webinar recordings are available on ARLIS/NA's open access Learning Portal:


    ARLIS/NA's NDSR Art Task Force Report:


    NDSR Art Program and Curriculum Evaluations: or


    NDSR programs to date:



    About NDSR Art

    NDSR Art was conceived as a residency program to help art and cultural institutions tackle issues of digital stewardship. NDSR Art is an iteration of the NDSR program that began in 2013 with a pilot project developed by the Library of Congress in conjunction with the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


    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. NDSR programs serves several different populations: students interested in the field of digital stewardship, partnering institutions, and the broader cultural heritage community. NDSR projects to date have included geographically-focused groups of NDSR host sites in Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, and topically-focused NDSR projects for public broadcasting, art, and biodiversity heritage data collections.

    Karina Wratschko
    Assistant Director of Library and Digital Strategies
    Philadelphia Museum of Art
    Philadelphia PA
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