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NLM Announces First National Digital Stewardship Resident

Maureen McCormick Harlow

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), in partnership with the Library of Congress and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will host a National Digital Stewardship Resident to develop a thematic Web archive collection. This project builds on a pilot Web archive collection completed by NLM last year and featured in LC's The Signal in October 2012. The final Web archive collection will become part of the permanent collection of NLM, the world's largest biomedical library. The resident will be embedded in NLM's History of Medicine Division under the mentorship of Christie Moffatt, NLM Digital Manuscripts Program Manager.

Maureen McCormick Harlow was selected for the NLM residency by an expert committee of Library of Congress and Institute of Museum and Library Services staff, with participation from the NLM. She is a 2012 graduate of the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, with two master's degrees, in library science and public administration. Ms. Harlow is currently working at Duke University Archives and at the Center for Public Technology at UNC, where she has archived Duke University Web sites for a Web archive pilot using Archive-It service.

NLM was selected as a host site for the National Digital Stewardship Residency program in March 2013, alongside other institutions including the Association of Research Libraries, Dumbarton Oaks, Folger Shakespeare Library, Library of Congress, National Security Archive, PBS, Smithsonian Institution Archives, World Bank, and University of Maryland Libraries and Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities.

The NDSR program of the Library of Congress offers recent master's program graduates in specialized fields- library science, information science, museum studies, archival studies and related technology-the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience in digital preservation. Residents will attend an intensive two-week digital stewardship workshop this fall at the Library of Congress. They will then work on a specialized project at their respective host institutions. These projects will allow them to acquire hands-on knowledge and skills regarding collection, selection, management, long-term preservation and accessibility of digital assets.

The complete announcement of the inaugural class of National Digital Stewardship residents is available from the Library of Congress.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM)(http://www.nlm.nih.gov) is the world's largest library of the health sciences and a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (http://www.nih.gov). NLM collects, organizes, and makes available biomedical science information to scientists, health professionals, and the public.

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