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National Library of Medicine to Host National Digital Stewardship Residency Symposium, April 8, 2014

On April 8, 2014, the inaugural cohort of National Digital Stewardship Residents will present a symposium entitled "Emerging Trends in Digital Stewardship" at the National Library of Medicine (NLM).  The symposium will consist of panel presentations on topics including preserving social media and collaborative workspaces, open government and open data, and digital strategies for public and non-profit institutions.  It will also feature a demonstration of BitCurator, an environment of digital forensics tools designed to help collecting institutions manage born-digital materials, developed by the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (SILS) and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH).

The National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) is an initiative of the Library of Congress (LC) and Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  It "provide(s) a robust, hands-on learning experience to complement graduate-level training and education."  The inaugural cohort began their residency at Washington, DC area libraries, museums, and cultural institutions in September 2013.  Ten residents are embedded in institutions around the area, each completing a project related to an aspect of digital preservation and stewardship.  The NDSR program aims to "serve the American people by developing the next generation of stewards to collect, manage, preserve, and make accessible our digital assets."

NLM serves as a host institution for the National Digital Stewardship Residency, and since September has worked with its NDSR Resident Maureen Harlow to develop a thematic Web archive collection. This project builds on a pilot Web archive collection completed by NLM and featured in The Signal blog of the Library of Congress, in October 2012.

All sessions will be held in the National Library of Medicine's Lister Hill Auditorium, on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The symposium is free and open to the public.  Pre-registration is encouraged.

The program, as of the date of this news release, will be as follows: 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

8:30-9:30 AM Registration
9:30-9:45 Welcome from the NLM, and Opening Remarks, George Coulbourne and Kris Nelson, Library of Congress
9:45-10:45 BitCurator Demonstration, Cal Lee, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science
11:00-noon Panel discussion on Social Media, Archiving, and Preserving Collaborative Projects
1:15-2:15 PM Panel discussion on Open Government and Open Data
2:45-3:45 Panel discussion on Digital Strategies for Public and Non-Profit Institutions
3:45 Closing Remarks from the National Library of Medicine

For online registration, please go to:

For other information about the symposium, please visit // or contact Maureen Harlow at

All are welcome.

Sign language interpretation may be arranged in advance. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate may contact Christie Moffatt (301.496.9136, or the Federal Relay (1.800.877.8339).

Due to current security measures at NIH, off-campus visitors are advised to consult the NLM Visitors and Security Web site.

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