In September 2015, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded a grant to CLIR to assess the impact of the early National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) programs, a series of grant-funded training initiatives designed to build professional capacity for digital stewardship in the US.
CLIR’s assessment took a broad view of the first four NDSR programs:
- NDSR Washington, Library of Congress (LC) pilot (2013-2014)
- NDSR Washington, DC (2015-2017)
- NDSR New York City (2014-2016)
- NDSR Boston (2014-2016)
In December 2016, CLIR published Keepers of Our Digital Future, a report summarizing the study’s findings and listing recommendations for future iterations of this program. This report was the focus of a community-organized symposium in April 2017 and informed the development of the NDSR Handbook and Toolkit, published in late 2017.
In 2018, CLIR conducted a follow-up study of recent, geographically distributed cohorts of NDSR residents. The results of the study were published in October 2018, as Supplementary Assessment of the National Digital Stewardship Residencies, 2016–2018.
Meridith Beck Mink is the lead researcher for CLIR’s assessment of the NDSR programs.