CLIR Receives IMLS Grant to Assess National Digital Stewardship Residency Programs

Contact: Christa Williford

Washington, DC, September 22, 2015-The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) $172,996 to assess the impact of five related National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) initiatives.

Between 2012 and 2015, the IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program funded a series of five projects designed to build capacity in the information services and cultural heritage professions for the collection, management, preservation, and distribution of digital assets to the American public. By the summer of 2016, 35 recent graduates of master’s programs in library and information science (LIS) and related fields will have completed working residencies at leading U.S. institutions in the field of digital stewardship.

During the coming year, a research team led by former CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow Meridith Beck Sayre will gather data through interviews, site visits, and a survey in order to evaluate the significance of the residency experience for the residents and their host institutions, identify the differences among the five projects and the perceived effects of those differences on the residents, and articulate the factors common to successful and productive residencies. In late 2016, the team will produce a report with recommendations for future initiatives that build on the work of the residents and their mentors. The report will be published by CLIR at the conclusion of the project.

“The NDSR initiatives hold great potential as models for fostering the growth and development of a workforce with skills now in high demand in cultural heritage institutions,” said CLIR President Charles Henry. “Funders, educators, employers, and aspiring professionals stand to benefit from the findings of this study. CLIR is honored to have been selected by IMLS to engage with the growing NDSR community in order to highlight their achievements and disseminate the lessons they have learned over the past four years.”

The NDSR program was conceived by IMLS in partnership with the Library of Congress.

The Council on Library and Information Resources ( is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. CLIR is home to the Digital Library Federation (, a robust and diverse community of practitioners who advance research, teaching, and learning through the application of digital library research, technology, and services. DLF serves as a resource and catalyst for collaboration among digital library developers, project managers, and all who are invested in digital library issues.