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Frequently Asked Questions for the 2016-2017 Washington, DC Cohort

  • How long is the residency program?

    • The program will last for one year from September 2016 through September 2017.
  • How many residents will be participating in the program?
    • There will be five residents participating in the program, located at one of five host institutions in the Baltimore - Washington area. Additional residents are participating in cohorts across the country.
  • What organizations are participating in the residency program?
    • You can see the list of host institutions, and read about their projects here.
  • How does NDSR define digital stewardship?

    • Digital stewardship, for the purposes of this program, is defined as the act of acquiring, selecting, managing, preserving, and providing access to digital information.
  • Is housing provided?

    • No. Residents must locate and finance their own housing.
  • How many hours per week will I work?

    • Residents will work 40 hours per week. The scheduled report time is flexible and will be determined by the resident and their host institution.
  • Do I need to be a US citizen to participate in the program?

    • Yes, you must be a United States citizen to be a resident.
  • If I do not meet the necessary requirements for this program are there any other programs similar to this one within the Library of Congress?
    • Yes! We have the Library of Congress Junior Fellows Program, Hispanic Association of Colleges and University interns, and other programs across the Library. See the Library of Congress Opportunities page for a complete listing, available from here.
  • Can you elaborate on the type of work we will be doing while participating in the program? What does a typical day as a resident look like?  
    •  See the Projects page for to read about the portfolio, and the Residency page for an overview of the residents' experience.
  • Will I receive benefits while participating in the program? Healthcare, transportation stipend, etc.?
    • Residents will not be eligible for health benefits. They will, however, receive a bi-weekly stipend that can be used to pay for housing, transportation, etc. 
  • What kind of skills and qualifications are you looking for? How extensive does my background need to be in digital stewardship before participating in the program?
    • We are looking for recent master's and doctoral graduates (summrt 2014 - summer 2016) that are seeking to bridge their classroom learning with hands-on work experience. Doctoral candidates will also be considered even if they don't graduate by summer 2016. Applicants should not yet be established professionals in the field. In terms of technical and educational background, candidates that have studied in fields related to digital stewardship with great interest in libraries, museums, and archives should apply. There is no set formula for the perfect candidate. Each applicant will be considered on a case-by-case assessment.