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NLM Announces Choice of Second National Digital Stewardship Resident

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 create a pilot workflow for the curation, preservation, and presentation of a historically valuable software product developed by NLM. The full details of NLM’s project, which includes conducting a comprehensive review of software products developed by NLM over the past 50 years and researching efforts in the field of software preservation, can be viewed on the Library of Congress’ Digital Preservation website: //www.digitalpreservation.gov/ndsr/NLM%20NDSR%20NLM-Developed%20Software%20as%20Cultural%20Heritage-1.pdf.

Nicole ContaxisNicole Contaxis was selected for the twelve-month long 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 2015 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles MLIS program, and has worked at both Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the California Digital Library. Ms. Contaxis has concentrated her research and work on issues and projects related to digital preservation and access. She graduated with a bachelors’ degree in history from Wesleyan University in 2010 and spent a semester studying at Oxford University, U.K. Ms. Contaxis will begin her residency at NLM in June, 2015 under the mentorship of Ben Petersen, Head, Preservation and Collection Management Section, Public Services Division and Rebecca Warlow, Head, Images and Archives Section, History of Medicine Division.

Ms. Contaxis is the second National Digital Stewardship Resident to be hosted by NLM. In 2014, NLM was selected as one of the program’s inaugural locations. The NDSR program at 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. NLM is pleased to once again be among colleagues at other 2015 host institutions that include the American Institute of Architects, D.C. Public Library, the Government Publishing Office, and the U.S. Senate, Historical Office. For a complete list of the other 2015 projects and Residents, see the Library of Congress’ announcement here: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ //www.loc.gov/today/pr/2015/15-057.html.

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

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