Digital Services

Digital Services represent a major focus of our work at METRO, in large part through the METRO Digitization Grant Program, which has helped fund the creation of over 70 digital collections over the last 10 years.

The provision of METRO's Digital Services is informed by the Digital Services Advisory Council, an expert team comprised of practicing professionals from METRO member institutions as well as METRO staff. Council members meet periodically to provide METRO with feedback and assistance in evaluating emerging and longstanding needs related to digital curation. 

Culture in Transit 
Culture in Transit is a project funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to take shared digitization technologies and expertise to libraries, archives, and communities throughout the metropolitan New York area to digitize and share the city’s rich cultural heritage online with the world. For more information see the CIT project site.

Digital Culture of Metropolitan New York 
Digital Culture of Metropolitan New York (DCMNY) provides online access to the digital collections of libraries, archives, museums and historical societies located in and around New York City. It is intended to serve as a digital collection hosting service for METRO member institutions, as well as an on-ramp to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).


Digitization Grants
METRO has funded more than 50 digital collections over the past eight years. METRO Digitization Grant Program is available each year starting in March.


Empire State Digital Network
Empire State Digital Network is the first service hub to be created explicitly as a means for sharing New York’s rich digital cultural heritage with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). The Network will be administered by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) in collaboration with eight allied regional library councils collectively working as NY3Rs Association. For more information, please visit the ESDN website.


Digitization LibGuide
Visit our Digitization LibGuide for more information on managing your own digital collections.


For any questions related to Digital Services, please contact Anne Karle-Zenith.