METRO Announces 2012 Digitization Grant Awards

METRO is pleased to announce that three institutions in New York City and Westchester have been awarded grant funding to support digitization projects designed to expand access to important collections of historical and rare materials.  

Libraries selected to receive 2012 Digital METRO New York (DMNY) grants, totaling approximately $38,000, include The College of New Rochelle, Manhattanville College, and The Frick Art Reference Library. These recipients were selected in a rigorous application and review process that identified initiatives with the strongest impact on research and access to vital materials from important collections in the New York area.

“We are thrilled to offer this funding to the College of New Rochelle, Manhattanville College, and The Frick Art Reference Library in support of their important efforts to create and preserve online resources,” said Jason Kucsma, METRO’s Executive Director. “Each of these dynamic projects represents meaningful strides in our community’s efforts to enhance access to unique collections and materials.”

DMNY funding is available to eligible members of METRO through a competitive application and project review process. The projects selected for the 2012/2013 grant cycle reflect the breadth and depth of special collections in the metropolitan New York region. Following are the libraries and projects selected for 2012 METRO collaborative digitization grants:

  • GILDING THE GILDED AGE: Interior Decoration Tastes and Trends in New York City as Documented by a Collection of Auction Catalogs in Frick and Hearst Library Collections -- Frick Art Reference Library

  • Social Action and The National Federation of Catholic College Students -- Manhattanville College and The College of New Rochelle

“With METRO’s support, Manhattanville and The College of New Rochelle will be able to make unique historical resources held by both of our institutions widely available for the first time,” said Lauren Ziarko, Project Manager for the collaboration between Manhattanville College and the College of New Rochelle. “This project will digitize materials relating to the involvement of both colleges in social action and political advocacy and during the mid-twentieth century.  The digitization of these materials will allow us to fill in gaps in our respective collections, and connect the histories of the two institutions with their present-day missions of education and service.”

Since 2005, METRO’s DMNY program has distributed over $570,000 to help fund 51 projects at 36 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 digitization grant program, visit