Digitization Grant Program

Funded Projects

In January 2005, METRO launched its Digitization Grant Program as an effort to support digitization projects involving significant collections held by METRO member libraries in New York City and Westchester County. This initiative is supported in part by funds from the New York State Regional Bibliographic Databases Program.

Since that time, METRO has awarded over close to $900,000 in grants to support 92 digital projects.

Funding for digitization projects is distributed annually. For more information and to discuss potential projects and funding opportunities, please contact Anne Karle-Zenith, METRO’s Associate Director of Business Development, at [email protected]

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Funded Projects


Carnegie Hall Corporation
Carnegie Hall Incorporated Collections
2017 Digitization Project Grant

Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary
Audio of JTS Lectures, 1947-1969
2017 Digitization Project Grant

New-York Historical Society
Burr McIntosh Photographic Prints, 1900-1910
2017 Digitization Project Grant

New York Public Radio
On The Media 1993-2000
2017 Digitization Project Grant

American Museum of Natural History Library
Biodiversity Heritage Library - Enhancing Access Project
2017 Digital Conversion MicroGrant

Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Archive of The Cooper Union
The Student Work Collection
2017 Digitization Project Grant

Leo Baeck Institute New York
Digitizing the Estate of the Art Historian Rachel Wischnitzer
2017 Digital Conversion MicroGrant

New York Academy of Medicine
William S. Ladd Collection of Prints
2017 Digital Conversion MicroGrant

Staten Island Museum History Center and Archives
Digitize Suffrage Periodicals
2017 Digital Conversion MicroGrant

Past Funded Digitization Grant Projects

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Digital Services Advisory Council


To advise METRO on the development of digital services and digital initiatives planning in the region and on the use of RBDB funds for technology. To make recommendations for the allocation of resources toward existing and new digital services for METRO member libraries and librarians. To aid METRO in identifying emerging trends, technologies, services and policies with potential to affect the library/information world and share this information with members. To assist METRO in building relationships with regional and national organizations and individuals working to improve library services in digital environments.


Anthony Cocciolo (2015, member since 2014)
Assistant Professor
Pratt Institute


Sarah Gentile (2015-2016)
Digital Project Archivist
Brooklyn Academy of Music

Natalie Milbrodt (2014-2015)
Digital Content & Strategy Coordinator
Director, Queens Memory Project
Queens Library

Henry Raine (2015-2016)
Director of Library Digital and Technical Services
New York Historical Society

Madeleine Thompson (2015-2016)
Institutional Archivist and Digital Resources Manager
Wildlife Conservation Society

Kyle Triplett (2015-2016)
Librarian, Rare Book Division
New York Public Library

Nicholas Webb (2014-2016)
Assistant Archivist
Mount Sinai Medical Center


Anne Karle-Zenith
Digital Services Manager

Margo Padilla
Strategic Programs Manager

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