Announcing METRO’s 2015 Digitization Grant Awards

METRO is pleased to announce the awards for our 2015/2016 METRO Digitization Grant Program. METRO members selected to receive the grants, totaling approximately $50,000, are:

  • Baruch College, CUNY - Revealing the Hidden History of Reform Government in America: The Archives of the Bureau of Municipal Research & Institute of Public Administration

  • Carnegie Hall Archives – Digitizing Carnegie Hall’s Booking Ledgers 1955-2007

  • Columbia University, A. C. Long Health Sciences Library - Digitization of Columbia University Medical Center Annual Reports, 1920-2010

  • Fordham University, Walsh Library - Political and Religious Pamphlets of the Risorgimento (Italian Unification, 1815-1871)

  • John Jay College, Lloyd Sealy Library - Digitizing Policing: Opening Access to Law Enforcement Resources

  • SUNY Maritime College, Stephen B. Luce Library - Sailor's Snug Harbor Inmates Records

All of the projects will provide free online access to unique/rare materials in the collections of these METRO member institutions, and all newly digitized items will also be included in the Digital Public Library of America.

METRO Digitization Grant funding is available to eligible members of METRO through a competitive application and review process. Grant recipients were selected based on evaluation measures designed to identify initiatives with the highest probability of successful outcomes. Proposals were evaluated by a review committee made up of members the METRO community as well as outside digitization experts. Recommendations were presented and approved by METRO’s Digital Services Advisory Council.

Since 2005, METRO’s Digitization Grant program has awarded over $800,000 to help fund 76 projects at 52 METRO member institutions. The program supports the implementation of digitization projects among METRO member libraries and archives. METRO’s digitization program is supported by funds from the New York State Regional Bibliographic Database Program. For more information about METRO’s digitization grant program, visit