New Digitization Option, Shelf2Life, Comes to METRO Members

NOTE: METRO will hold a Shelf2Life information session on November 18 (2-4pm) at the METRO Training Center. All members interested in participating in the Shelf2Life program may contact Jason Kucsma (jkucsma@metro.org) to reserve a seat at the session or inquire about more details regarding the program. 

The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) is the newest participant in BCR’s Shelf2Life program, providing its 250 member organizations the opportunity to make their pre-1923 U.S.-published monographs available as print-on-demand and eBooks for library users through the Shelf2Life consortia program.

METRO’s collaboration with BCR is an exciting new opportunity for libraries and cultural heritage institutions to share access to their legacy book collections with each other without the expense of equipment and significant staff time.  With the implementation of the consortia agreement, METRO members will be able to pool their contributions to the Shelf2Life program, realizing the benefits gained from shared access to each other’s collections, as well as greatly increasing the visibility of and availability to those collections.

“METRO is excited to be the first consortium to offer this significant opportunity to its members,” commented Dottie Hiebing, Executive Director.

“By working with the Metropolitan New York Library Council, BCR is able to extend the Shelf2Life program to libraries and archives, large and small.  We are also excited to make this a truly national initiative by working with prominent New York cultural heritage organizations,” said Brenda Bailey-Hainer, BCR President and CEO.

Since 1964, METRO has helped its member libraries — including academic, school, public, and special libraries — deliver their services more effectively by providing a forum for libraries to share resources and best practices, while promoting professional development and advocacy.

BCR’s Shelf2Life program grew from a desire to help libraries and other cultural heritage institutions make their unique collections available in digital format.  Through the consortia agreement with METRO, these valuable collections will now be accessible to a wider audience.

Shelf2Life Demo from OPP on Vimeo.




About METRO
METRO is committed to helping member libraries — including academic, school, public, and special libraries — deliver their services more effectively and participate in a dynamic regional service network. METRO provides a forum for libraries to share resources and best practices, while promoting professional development and advocacy. Today, with 250 member organizations throughout New York City and Westchester County, METRO is the largest of New York State’s nine reference and research library resource systems, and one of the largest library service organizations in the world. For more information about METRO, visit www.metro.org.

About BCR
BCR brings libraries together for greater success by expanding their knowledge, reach and power. They offer a broad range of solutions and their hands-on, personal attention to each member enables them to deliver effective and timely solutions that help libraries keep pace with new developments in technology and services. BCR is the nation’s oldest and most established multistate library cooperative. Since 1935, the BCR team has helped libraries learn new skills, reach patrons, increase productivity and save money. BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Aurora, Colorado. For more information, visit www.BCR.org or email info@BCR.org.

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