METRO Awards New Round of Internet Archive Digitization Micro-Grants


METRO is very pleased to announce that five METRO member organizations have been awarded funding to support digitization via Internet Archive "micro-grants." The micro-grant amounts range from $3000-$5000 and will be used to subsidize the scanning of materials in member library collections during the first half of 2013.

The organizations and projects being funded are:

Leo Baeck Institute - 1934-1950 issues of Aufbau, the leading German-Jewsh emigrant newspaper published in NYC (LBI already digitized and made available issues from 1951-2004, funded in part through a previous METRO Internet Archive grant)

New York Botanical Garden LuEsther T. Mertz Library -  Atlas der Diatomaceen-Kunde by Adolf Schmidt - a basic work in the field of diatom micropaleontology that is almost inaccessible to the profession, because of its rarity and its bulk 

Weill Cornell Medical College Medical Center Archives - Annual Reports of the Society of the New York Hospital and the Society of the Lying-in Hopspital of the City of New York from 1792-1962; Announcements from Cornell University Medical College and Cornell Univeristy New York Hospital School of Nursing from 1896-1978

Whitney Museum Library - Exhibition Catalogsfrom the Whitney Museum of American Art: 1950-1990

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research - Yiddish theater works from 1850-1950

As previously announced, METRO received an award under the Library Services and Technology Act and The New York State Library to fund this new round of Internet Archive digitization projects.  METRO awarded an initial round of micro-grants last year under a pilot program funded through a previous LSTA initiative. All but one of those projects is now complete. Previous micro-grantees include the American Museum of Natural History, Columbia University and the Guggenheim Museum.

To browse items available via Internet Archive that have been contributed by METRO member libraries, please see METRO's collection page:

http://archive.org/details/metrony

Also please note: if you know of a METRO member library that has contributed content to archive,org that is not listed on METRO's collection page, please contact Anne Karle-Zenith, METRO's Digital Services Manager (annekz@metro.org). 

For more information on Internet Archive’s digitization services, please see "Digitizing Print Collections with the Internet Archive" as well as their Partner Scanning Page.