Frequently Asked Questions

What is the AAPB NDSR?
How long is the residency program?
What is the timeline for the program?
How many hosts and residents will be selected?
How many rounds of hosts and residents will there be?
What kind of organizations are eligible to participate in the AAPB NDSR as a host?
Who will be eligible to participate in the AAPB NDSR as a resident?
What percentage of the resident’s time will be dedicated to the project at their host organization?
How will residents be supported financially?
Will the stipend rate be adjusted for location and living expenses?
Will residents receive benefits while participating in the program?
Will residents be paid by the host, or by WGBH?
Will residents be paid for attendance at Immersion Week?
Will hosts be responsible for any other costs as part of hosting the resident?
What professional events will the program fund residents to attend over the course of the program?
Doesn’t SAA 2017 take place after the end of the residency?
What if I have questions this page doesn’t answer?

What is the AAPB NDSR?

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting National Digital Stewardship Residency program (AAPB NDSR) works to support the preservation of digital public media and to develop the next generation of digital stewardship professionals by funding ten-month hands-on residencies for recent master’s degree recipients to complete projects at public media host organizations around the country.  The program  is funding a cohort of seven residents in 2016-2017. In addition to their project-based work at host institutions, residents first complete an intensive digital stewardship immersion workshop prior to their residency. After that week-long session, they participate in workshops and webinars; present and discuss their work regularly; attend three national conferences; and actively participate in the collaborative educational community established by the residency program.

Organizations that host a resident gain the benefit of a dedicated, full-time employee, funded by AAPB NDSR, working for ten months on a project to help the organization get a handle on their digital archives. The host organization and the resident’s on-site mentor have the chance to participate in a federally-supported, nationwide program to advance the preservation of public media.

How long is the residency program?

The residency is currently planned for ten months, spanning the period from the beginning of August 2016 to the end of May 2017.

What is the timeline for the program?

October 1, 2015: Formal call for host applications.
December 1, 2015: Host applications due. UPDATE: The application deadline has been extended to December 7, 2015.
January 28, 2016: Hosts announced; formal call for resident applications.
March 20, 2016: Resident applications due.
May 2, 2016: Residents confirm acceptance.
July 25-29: Immersion Week.
August 2, 2016: Residencies begin.
May 26, 2017: Residencies conclude.

How many hosts and residents will be selected?

The program will select seven host organizations and seven residents.

How many rounds of hosts and residents will there be?

Right now, we’re only scheduling one round of residencies

What kind of organizations are eligible to participate in the AAPB NDSR as a host?

Any organization that is responsible for creating, collecting or curating public media content will be eligible, and public media stations are especially encouraged to apply.  More details are available on the Host Applications page.

Who will be eligible to participate in the AAPB NDSR as a resident?

Anyone who has received or will be receiving a master’s degree (or higher) between Spring 2014 and Summer 2016 in a field related to digital stewardship will be eligible to apply for the 2016 resident class. The AAPB NDSR program is open to master’s degree recipients from outside the library and information science fields.  More details will be available soon on the Resident Applications page.

What percentage of the resident’s time will be dedicated to the project at their host organization?

Approximately 80% of the resident’s time will be spent on the project for their host organization.  While completing the project will be their primary responsibility, they will also be required to work with the other residents to complete certain deliverables for the AAPB NDSR, and spend a significant amount of time participating in training, networking, and scheduled NDSR events. Residents are also expected to use some of the other 20% of their time to independently pursue further education and training in aspects of digital preservation.

How will residents be supported financially?

Residents will receive a regular salary for the ten-month period of the residency, starting from their first day of attendance at Immersion Week and paid in bi-weekly increments of $1,394, for a total of $29,977. Residents will also receive benefits, budgeted at $6,571 for the total of the residency. (See below for more details on benefits.)

Residents will also have access to $589 in professional development funds. Residents will receive housing during Immersion Week  and will attend three designated national conferences or events at the program’s expense, including airfare, housing, and conference registration fees. Except for during these NDSR-sponsored events, residents are responsible for locating and financing their own housing. Relocation expenses will not be provided.

Will the stipend rate be adjusted for location and living expenses?

No — the stipend will remain the same regardless of where the resident is posted (although the benefits may be different depending on what the host station offers). We expect residents to take the financial and non-financial advantages of different locations into consideration when identifying their preferences for host organizations.

Will residents receive benefits while participating in the program?

Yes, residents will be eligible for the same benefits as a regular full-time contract employee, as per the benefit plans of the host institution. The benefits rate may vary between institutions. These benefits will not come out of the resident’s regular base salary, but will be funded additionally by WGBH (currently budgeted at $6,571 for the total residency based on WGBH’s negotiated federal benefits rate of 21.92% of salary paid, though depending on the host institution’s regular benefits rate, this may end up being higher or lower.) Host institutions will be reimbursed per either their Federal Benefits Rate (if available) or their regular benefits rate, whether it is higher or lower than WGBH’s negotiated rate of 21.92%

Will residents be paid by the host, or by WGBH?

The host will be responsible for hiring the resident, and for paying the resident their salary, as well as all health, dental, fringe, payroll, and unemployment taxes. The host will then invoice WGBH on a monthly basis for the salary compensation paid to the resident, plus the benefits paid.

Will residents be paid for attendance at Immersion Week?

Yes — the resident’s contract will begin the first day of Immersion Week. WGBH will also fund housing, airfare, and meals for the residents during their attendance at Immersion Week.

Will hosts be responsible for any other costs as part of hosting the resident?

Hosts will not be responsible for any direct costs, other than being responsible for providing the resident with space and equipment as needed — WGBH will not cover costs for any computer equipment, software, supplies, etc. required as part of the project.

Hosts will also be responsible for sending a host mentor to Boston for Immersion Week. WGBH will be hosting a fundraising campaign to raise money to reimburse hosts for the costs of this travel; based on the proceeds of this campaign, we will inform hosts of the amount that we will be able to reimburse for travel and housing during Immersion Week. Any travel costs over the designated amount will not be reimbursed.

If the fundraising campaign does well, we will also fund additional conference travel for hosts, but this travel will not be required unless costs are covered.

What professional events will the program fund residents to attend over the course of the program?

Residents will attend Immersion Week, the Association of Moving Image Archivists annual conference in 2016, and the Society of American Archivists conference in 2017, as well as at least one national event still to be determined.

Doesn’t SAA 2017 take place after the end of the residency?

Yes — although we are aware that residents may have new jobs and roles at that point, we will do our best to work with residents to make sure that they can still attend SAA to present about the outcomes of their projects and the work they did over the course of AAPB NDSR.

What if I have questions this page doesn’t answer?  

This FAQ will be updated periodically over the course of the application period and residency, but if you have any more questions, please contact Rebecca Fraimow at rebecca_fraimow@wgbh.org or Casey Davis at casey_davis@wgbh.org.