METRO Awards $70,000 in Grants to Support Collaborative Digitization Projects

Eight institutions in New York City and Westchester have been awarded grant funding to support a range of digitization projects designed to expand access to important collections of historical and rare materials. Recipients of the 2010 Digital Metro New York (DMNY) grants, totaling almost $70,000, were announced today by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO).

Libraries, archives, and other research organizations selected to receive METRO digitization grants this year include the New York Public Library, Fashion Institute of Technology, Center for Jewish History, Hadassah Archives at the American Jewish Historical Society, The Frick Collection, Brooklyn Museum, Queens College (City University  of New York), and Queens Borough Public Library. Awardees were chosen based on a rigorous application and review process designed to identify initiatives that would have the strongest impact on research and access to vital materials from important collections in the New York area.

“Collaboration between institutions is often difficult, and the organizations selected to receive METRO grants this year show an acute understanding of the components needed for successful collaboration toward shared digital collection building goals,” said Dottie Hiebing, Metro’s executive director.

DMNY funding is available to eligible members of METRO through a competitive application and project review process. The projects selected for the 2010/2011 grant cycle reflect the breadth and depth of special collections in the metropolitan New York region. Following are the libraries and projects selected for 2010 METRO collaborative digitization grants:

  • Queens Contemporary History Pilot Project; Queens College Library (CUNY), Queens Borough Public Library

  • Documenting the Gilded Age: New York City Exhibitions at the Turn of the 20th Century; The Frick Collection, Brooklyn Museum

  • André Studios: 1930s Fashion Drawings and Sketches; New York Public Library and Fashion Institute of Technology Library

  • Hadassah Newsletters and Audio Reels; Center for Jewish History and Hadassah Archives at American Jewish Historical Society.

“Support for this project will allow us to enhance public access to existing records of historical and contemporary life in Queens neighborhoods; providing a record of change in development, population, community lifestyles and identities,” said Natalie Milbrodt, Project Manager for the Queens College collaboration with Queens Borough Public Library

Over the last 5 years, METRO’s DMNY program has distributed over $380,000 to help fund over 40 projects at more than 28 METRO member institutions. Managed by METRO, Digital METRO New York 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 involvement in digitization projects, visit

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