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National Digital Stewardship Residency Programs in Boston and New York. Deadline Friday, May 8th, 2015

The National Digital Stewardship Residency Programs in Boston and New York, with generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, are working to develop the next generation of digital stewardship professionals by funding nine-month hands-on residencies for recent master’s degree recipients to complete digital stewardship projects at host institutions in the Boston and New York City area.

Applications for residencies running from September 2015 through May 2016 are now being accepted. Resident applications are due Friday, May 8th, 2015.

Host applications are currently being accepted. Selected host institutions will be announced Friday, April 24th, 2015.

Participation in NDSR Boston or New York will offer:

*A nine-month paid residency at a Boston or New York City institution working on a specific digital stewardship project with a mentor and with full host institution support.

*Advanced training, lectures, and events on digital stewardship conducted by digital preservation professionals and program staff.

*Mentoring and career development services through the program and through the involvement in NDSR of notable digital preservation professionals.

*Professional development funding, the opportunity to present at national conferences,and the chance to help contribute to and shape a national model for post-master’s residency programs.

For more information please visit:
NDSR Boston:

Annie Tummino, Project Manager
Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)
212.228.2320 x 129
National Digital Stewardship Residency

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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) position available – University of Georgia Libraries

[Note: Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by January 19, 2015; however, screening will continue until the position is filled.]

The University of Georgia Libraries seeks a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Librarian who will be responsible for developing and promoting GIS services throughout the UGA Libraries, overseeing the daily operations of the Map and Government Information Library’s GIS Lab, and participating in projects to make maps and other geospatial information from the collection available online. This position reports to the Head of the Map and Government Information Library.

The UGA Libraries is the designated Regional Federal Depository Library for the State of Georgia and the official depository for Georgia state government publications; it is also home to one of the largest academic map collections in the country. Taken together, the map and government documents collections consist of approximately 1.6 million paper items and over 3 million microforms. The Map and Government Information Library consists of a head, 3 FTE librarians, 3 FTE staff members plus student assistants. To view a full description of the position and application instructions please go to:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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“We Want You! (To Work for a Federal Agency)” Association of Research Libraries (ARL) webcast

The recording of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) webcast, “We Want You! (To Work for a Federal Agency),” is now available for MLIS candidates interested in learning more about working for the Federal Government.

The YouTube webcast recording is at the following:

Website handouts for this presentation can be downloaded from the following:

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Update 2: National Digital Stewardship Residency — GPO Prepares to Become First Federal Agency Named as a Trustworthy Digital Repository for Government Information

Note: This update relates to the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) because one of the five people selected for the NDSR will work with the GPO to prepare for the below mentioned audit and certification. — Travis Ferrell, DMIL Student Liaison Coordinator

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) is preparing to become the first Federal agency to be named as a Trustworthy Digital Repository for Government information through certification of its flagship Federal Digital System (FDsys) under ISO 16363. The Audit and Certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories (TDR) checklist will be used by an accredited outside organization to assess FDsys against 109 criteria covering Organizational Infrastructure, Digital Object Management, and Infrastructure and Security Risk Management.  While a number of digital repositories have already been certified as TRAC-compliant, none of them are operated by Federal agencies.  A certification under ISO 16363 will reinforce GPO’s commitment to its mission of ensuring effective public access to Government information through its assured preservation in digital formats.

To begin the audit process, GPO is being named today by the Library of Congress and the National Institute of Museum and Library Services as one of 5 institutions to receive a resident through the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) program.  Under this program, host institutions are provided with a resident for one year to work on a significant digital stewardship project.  GPO’s NDSR resident will work on preparation for the audit and certification of FDsys as an ISO 16363 Trustworthy Digital Repository.

Link Library of Congress press release:

Link to ISO 16363: 

“We are pleased and honored to be selected for participation in the 2015-16 National Digital Stewardship Residency,” said GPO Director Davita Vance-Cooks.  “The expertise we will be provided with will advance our goal of being certified as a Trustworthy Digital Repository for the over 1 million titles stored on FDsys, ensuring that the public will continue to have ready access to this Government information for years to come.”

GPO is the Federal Government’s official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government. The GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies in digital and print formats. GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through our Federal Digital System (, partnerships with approximately 1,200 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program, and our secure online bookstore. For more information, please visit

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Update: Application Period Opens for 2015 National Digital Stewardship Residency

The Library of Congress, Office of Strategic Initiatives and the Institute of Museum and Library Services are pleased to announce the official open call for applications for the 2015 National Digital Stewardship Residency, to be held in the Washington, D.C. area. Interested candidates may apply to the program now through January 30, 2015.  To apply, go to the official USAJOBS page here:

To qualify, applicants must have a master’s degree or higher, graduating between spring 2013 and spring 2015, with a strong interest in digital stewardship.  Currently enrolled doctoral students are also encouraged to apply.  Application requirements include a detailed resume and cover letter, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a creative video that defines an applicant’s interest in the program.  (See for more application information.)

For the 2015-16 class, five residents will be chosen for a 12-month residency at a one of the several prominent institutions in the Washington, D.C. area listed below.  The residency will begin in June, 2015, with an intensive digital stewardship workshop at the Library of Congress. Each resident will then move to their designated host institution to work on a significant digital stewardship project. These projects will allow them to acquire hands-on knowledge and skills involving the collection, selection, management, long-term preservation, and accessibility of digital assets.

The five institutions and projects selected for 2015-16 are:

  • The District of Columbia Public Library: Personal Digital Preservation Access and Education through the Public Library
  • The Government Publishing Office:  Preparation for Audit and Certification of GPO’s FDsys as a Trustworthy Digital Repository
  • The American Institute of Architects: Building Curation into Records Creation: Developing a Digital Repository Program at the American Institute of Architects
  • The U.S. Senate Historical Office: Improving Digital Stewardship in the U.S. Senate
  • The National Library of Medicine: NLM-Developed Software as Cultural Heritage

We need your help in spreading the word!  Feel free to distribute information about this great opportunity to any other relevant listservs or social media accounts. To learn more about the NDSR program, including how to apply, please visit our website at:

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kristopher F. Nelson | Program Management Specialist    

Library of Congress  |  Office of Strategic Initiatives e-mail: |

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Job Opportunity for Librarians or LIS Students Graduating in May

Behavioral Sciences Librarian (Extended)

Assistant or Associate Professor, University Library

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available:  The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date.  This is a 100%, twelve month, tenure-system appointment.

Duties and Responsibilities:  The University of Illinois Library seeks a collaborative, innovative and service-oriented individual for the position of Behavioral Sciences Librarian. Reporting to the Head of the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL), the Behavioral Sciences Librarian will contribute to the University Library’s suite of service activities, including information and instructional services, scholarly communication and research support services, collection development, liaison and outreach services. The Behavioral Sciences Librarian is responsible for liaison with the Department of Psychology, the School of Social Work, and interdisciplinary research programs such as those at the Beckman Institute, under the direction of the Head of SSHEL. Specific duties include:

  • Serve as Library liaison in assigned areas of psychology, social work and related interdisciplinary research programs;
  • Provide in-person and virtual reference services as a subject specialist in the SSHEL library and in conjunction with central library services.
  • Provide instructional services, both in person and online in areas of liaison responsibility
  • Work closely with faculty to establish collection priorities, develop and manage collections in all formats in areas of liaison responsibility;
  • Monitor trends in scholarly publishing in areas of liaison responsibility to inform the design of library services and the development of library collections;
  • Develop data stewardship and research support services in the social sciences in conjunction with the campus Research Data Service, headquartered in the Library;
  • Coordinate the development and maintenance of the SSHEL Web pages;
  • Participate in local and national professional service activities;
  • Perform research and publication in areas relevant to the position’s duties and/or the candidate’s professional interests.

Environment: The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is one of the preeminent research libraries in the world. With more than 13 million volumes and significant digital resources, it ranks second in size among academic research libraries in the United States and first among public university libraries in the world. As the intellectual heart of the campus, the Library is committed to maintaining the strongest possible collections and services and engaging in research and development activities in pursuit of the University’s mission of teaching, scholarship, and public service. The Library currently employs approximately 90 faculty and 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants. For more detailed information, please visit <>.  The Library consists of multiple departmental libraries located across campus, as well as an array of central public, technical, and administrative service units. The Library also encompasses a variety of virtual service points and “embedded librarian” programs. SSHEL provides library services to the College of Applied Health Sciences; College of Education; School of Social Work; Graduate School of Library and Information Science; School of Labor and Employment Relations; the American Indian Studies Program; and the Departments of Anthropology, Asian American Studies, Economics, Gender & Women’s Studies, Geography and Geographic Information Science, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology, as well as interdisciplinary biomedical sciences research.  SSHEL develops and maintains subject-specific and special collections in a variety of formats to support the present and future information needs of these programs and related departments. Using an array of technologies and resources, SSHEL serves as a gateway to information for researchers on campus and at a distance. In conjunction with the mission of the University and Library policies, SSHEL extends its collections and services to individuals in the State of Illinois and beyond.  The Behavioral Sciences Librarian provides direct services to approximately 65 related classroom faculty members and 1800 graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Psychology and the School of Social Work.

Qualifications: Required:

  • ALA accredited Master’s degree or equivalent;
  • Advanced knowledge of social science disciplines as demonstrated by a degree in a related discipline or by 2 years of related professional experience in an academic or research library;
  • Experience with instructional design and delivery, both in-person and online;
  • Training and/or experience in webpage development, design and maintenance;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Evidence of the ability to do research, publication, and service consonant with University standards for tenure and promotion.


  • An advanced degree in the behavioral sciences;
  • Experience with user-centered methods of web design;
  • Experience providing support for scholars’ use and management of data;
  • Experience building and sustaining library collections in all formats;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and to work collaboratively and effectively in a team environment;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the changing methods of scholarly communication;
  • Experience in the delivery of reference services in all formats in an academic setting.

Salary and Rank: Salary and rank commensurate with credentials and experience.

Terms of Appointment: Twelve-month appointment; 24 annual vacation days; 11 annual paid holidays; 12 annual sick-leave days (cumulative), plus an additional 13 sick-leave days (non-cumulative) available, if needed, each year; health insurance requiring a small co-payment is provided to employee (with the option to purchase coverage for spouse and dependents); required participation in State Universities Retirement System (SURS) (8% of annual salary is withheld and is refundable upon termination), with several options for participation in additional retirement plans; newly-hired employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security and are subject to its deduction.

Campus and Community:  The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive and major public land-grant university (Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best in the world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and provides public service to the state and the nation. It employs 3,000 faculty members who serve 31,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receives campus-wide recognition each year for excellence in teaching. More information about the campus is available at The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 100,000 and are situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 northeast of St. Louis. The University and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major research institution. For more information about the community, visit: <> or <>.

To Apply:  To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at and upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered.

Deadline:  In order to ensure full consideration we urge candidates to submit application materials on or before February 2, 2015.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a  disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.  (

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