University of Maryland selected as host site for National Digital Stewardship Residency
The University of Maryland has been selected by the Library of Congress to
serve as an elite training ground in a new residency program for professionals
who work with digital collections.
As one of 10 host sites for the
National Digital Stewardship Residency program, the university joins other
institutions in the Washington, D.C., area, including the Folger Shakespeare
Library, The National Library of Medicine, the Library of Congress and the
Smithsonian Institution Archives.
The University Libraries and the
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) will partner to offer
the nine-month residency which begins in September 2013.
shows not only the maturity of our partnership, but also our value to the
national library community,” says Patricia Steele, dean of University of
Maryland Libraries. “We’re proud to share our expertise in this innovative
program that’s helping to define the future of libraries.”
program aims to advance the nation’s capabilities in managing, preserving and
making accessible the digital record of human achievement. At Maryland, the
focus will be on “born-digital” materials, or materials that are electronic in
form from inception and often cannot easily be recreated in print form. Email,
images from digital cameras, word processing documents and video games are
examples of material that would be considered "born-digital."
survival of such collections depends on their discoverability, accessibility,
and usability by diverse constituencies. As more institutions add born-digital
materials to their collections, they will need individuals capable of developing
and implementing policies and access models where none existed previously.
The University of Maryland will help provide the necessary background to
articulate issues surrounding access of born-digital archival collections and
the expertise to provide solutions. The resident will contribute important
research and be well positioned to provide leadership on issues that librarians
and archivists will confront in the coming years.
associate director of MITH and associate professor in the Department of English
at the University of Maryland, and Joanne Archer, special collections librarian
at the University of Maryland Libraries, along with staff from MITH, the
Human-Computer Interaction Lab of the University of Maryland iSchool, and the
University of Maryland Libraries will work with the resident to gain experience
with reference models, user-centered design, and prototyping.
National Digital Stewardship Residency is a new program created by the Library
of Congress in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The Maryland Institute
for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) is a leading digital humanities center
that pursues disciplinary innovation and institutional transformation through
applied research, public programming, and educational opportunities. MITH has
been a partner and MITH directors have served as PI or co-PI for a range of
projects on born-digital cultural heritage, digital forensics, digital curation,
and the preservation of computer games, interactive literature, and virtual
The University of Maryland Libraries conduct a broad
range of digital projects including digitization of materials from the UMD
Libraries’ special collections and archives as well as digital preservation
programs and planning. The Libraries take an active part in usability analysis
and design activities pertaining to accessibility and findability of our digital
collections and our Web content. For a complete list of past and ongoing