METRO is pleased to announce that nine institutions in New York City and Westchester County have been awarded grant funding to support digitization projects designed to expand access to important collections of historic and rare materials.
METRO members selected to receive 2013 METRO Digitization Grants, totaling approximately $70,000, include Center for Jewish History, Educational Institute Oholei Torah, Fordham University School of Law, The Jewish Theological Seminary, Mount Sinai Medical College, New York Academy of Medicine, New York Public Radio Archives, Weill Cornell Medical Center, and Wildlife Conservation Society.
Says Jason Kucsma, METRO’s Executive Director, “I am consistently impressed by the depth and breadth of the collections held in the METRO membership, and I am pleased to welcome these projects to the growing roster of successful digitization projects METRO has supported."
Grant recipients were chosen through a process designed to identify initiatives with a high likelihood of success. These projects will provide free online access to significant materials in METRO members’ collections. Digital Conversion of Broadcast Public Health Talks, a proposal by New York Academy of Medicine and New York Public Radio Archives, is an example.
“For the last 200 years or more, promoters of public health have used the latest communications media to bring the health message home. In the early and mid‐20th century, that meant radio. With METRO’s assistance, these voices will be heard again,” said Paul Theerman, Associate Director of NYAM’s Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health. Project partner Andy Lanset, Director of Archives at WNYC, agreed, adding, “These talks will add a new dimension to WNYC’s online content."
Projects selected to receive METRO digitization grants this year:
Collaborative Digitization Project Grants:
- Digital Conversion of Broadcast Public Health Talks – New York Academy of Medicine and New York Public Radio Archives
- Highlights from the Brooklyn Jewish Center, 1920-1945 – The Jewish Theological Seminary and Educational Institute Oholei Torah
Solo Digitization Project Grants:
- American Soviet Jewry Movement in New York: Posters and Photographs – Center for Jewish History
Digital Conversion MicroGrants:*
- Documenting Women’s Health Care and Graduate Education in New York City – Weill Cornell Medical College, Samuel J. Wood Library
- Fordham Law School Bulletin 1905-1980 – Fordham University School of Law, Leo T. Kissam Memorial Library
- Publications from the Mount Sinai Archives – Mount Sinai Medical Center, Levy Library
- Wildlife Conservation Society Annual Reports, 1922-2008 – Wildlife Conservation Society Archives
*These collections will be digitized via the Internet Archive’s scanning program.
About METRO Digitization Grants
METRO Digitization Grant funding is available to eligible members of METRO through a competitive application and project review process. This year, based on feedback from the community, METRO’s digitization grant program was redesigned to provide choices to meet the needs of METRO members at various stages of the digitization life cycle. These changes resulted in a substantial pool of high-quality applications across all categories.
Since 2005, METRO’s Digitization Grant program has awarded over $640,000 to help fund 62 projects at 41 METRO member institutions. The program supports the implementation of digitization projects among METRO member libraries and archives. METRO lends vital additional support for digitization projects through specialized education and training programs and opportunities for “digitally ready” libraries to share expertise and best-practice digitization strategies.
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 http://metro.org/digitization-grants.