DATELINE – The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) has been selected as the recipient of the 2006 Award for Outstanding Support of Archives from The Archivists Round Table. The award recognizes METRO for exemplary efforts to promote the broader development of digitization projects for archival collections programs. The award will be given on October 11th during the 18th annual New York Archives Week celebration.
In recent years, METRO has expanded support for many important digital projects for archivists and archival collections. METRO is now a leading source of funding for many digitization efforts, and continues to provide professional training and collaboration at all levels for archival programs throughout the New York metropolitan area and Westchester County.
“METRO works aggressively to meet the rapidly expanding demand for support in archival collections and projects. This award is a wonderful validation of our work in this area. We remain committed to promoting and supporting digitization programs for even more libraries, archivists and archival collections in the years ahead,” says Dottie Hiebing, executive director of METRO.
In 2002 and 2004 METRO received Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants specifically to create a digitization program. With this funding, METRO completed a survey of the needs and progress in digitization efforts throughout New York City and Westchester County. The program supported digitization project planning, identified technology options and established a digitization resource clearinghouse. Recent digitization projects supported by METRO include the Brooklyn Public Library’s Fulton Street Trade Card Collection, CUNY Graduate Center’s Erie Canal holdings, rare books at the Leo Baeck Institute, and historical visual records of The Pratt Institute.
While funding is essential for archivists, librarians and archival collections, METRO’s commitment to offering collaborative and professional development opportunities has also shaped this program. This support will continue to be essential to keep this region a world leader in digitization and archival efforts in the years ahead,” Ms. Hiebing added.
In 2005 and 2006, METRO distributed a total of $140,000 in grant funding to support digital projects at 17 libraries. Each year, METRO sponsors training programs and workshops on emerging trends and technologies, from implementing new functions into websites to metadata and podcasting.
Founded in 1979, the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (ART) is a not-for-profit organization representing a diverse group of more than 400 archivists, librarians, and records managers in the New York metropolitan area. It is one of the largest local organizations of its kind in the United States with members representing more than 160 repositories.
The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) is a consortium of more than 270 academic, special, hospital, museum, public and school libraries in the five boroughs of New York City and Westchester County. Through a wide range of support including professional training, networking, advocacy and direct services such as inter-library delivery, METRO helps library organizations to collaborate effectively and to provide timely reference and research resources and other services to millions of users each year.
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Metropolitan New York Library Council
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