METRO Launches Digital Directory


METRO Launches Digital Directory

METRO is proud to announce the launch of digitalMETRO, a directory of digital collections created and maintained by our members.

Featuring 119 extraordinary digital collections from METRO's member libraries, the site is a portal into a rich array of historical and cultural material. digitalMETRO includes RSS feeds to track new additions, a contribution form for submitting a library's collections, exhibits drawing connections between library collections, and various options for browsing and exploring these impressive collections.

digitalMETRO is a work in progress, and we invite our members to add their collections to the directory. Visit digitalMETRO to find out how to get involved in this exciting initiative.

In a related effort, a statewide initiative called NYHeritage.org is making the digitized collections of New York 3Rs Association members available to a wider audience. NYHeritage.org provides free access to more than 170 distinct digital collections that reflect New York State's fascinating history. These collections represent a broad range of historical, scholarly, and cultural materials held in libraries, museums, and archives throughout the state. Collection items include photographs, letters, diaries, maps, newspapers, books, and more. Participants in this initiative use OCLC's CONTENTdm digital collection management software to bring their collections together, allowing the public to search across all items simultaneously.

As a member of the New York 3Rs Association, METRO is participating in NYHeritage.org. The quality and importance of this site was recently recognized by the "Best of Reference: Hybrid Print and Electronic Resources for 2009"?—an annual listing of books, websites and electronic resources selected by a committee of librarians for their usefulness in branch reference collections, organization of materials, style of presentation, and authority of authors and editors. Visit Best of Reference for more information.

digitalMETRO is made possible, in part, through a generous donation from The Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust.


Sam Streed
Author: Sam Streed
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