Foundations to Actions: Extending Innovations to Digital Libraries in Partnership with NDSR Learners is a National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) program led by the Biodiversity Heritage Library. NDSR aims to develop a community of professionals in the fields of digital stewardship and informatics through collaborative field experience.


The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global biodiversity commons.

The BHL has successfully provided open, global access to biodiversity literature dating from the 15th century through recent publications. However, like many research institutions, the BHL is facing the need to assess and transform capacity to manage changing user expectations for “big data” and interoperability with data stored elsewhere.

Over the course of 2017, five Residents will work on interrelated projects to improve the discoverability and functionality of the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Most of these issues are not limited to biodiversity systems and solutions and recommendations may improve the utility of other digital libraries, especially regarding connections to systems that manage data that is complementary or supplementary to a specific digital library.


Map is from a poster presented at Digital Preservation 2016 by Joseph deVeer , Christine Giannoni , Douglas Holland , Richard Hulser , Martin Kalfatovic, Constance Rinaldo, Trish Rose-Sandler, Carolyn Sheffield, and Leora Siegel.

To learn more, visit the “Foundations to Actions: Extending Innovations in Digital Libraries in Partnership with NDSR Learners” Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant proposal on the IMLS website, which served as the source for this information.