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Digital Services

Hosting Services

Data Services

Digitization Grant Program

Funded Projects

Hosting Services

METRO works with our member organizations to develop digital asset management solutions that fit almost any use case. With our baseline solution, all of your digital assets are made available as part of a shared repository called the Digital Culture of Metropolitan New York, or (DCMNY). DCMNY currently provides access to dozens of METRO members’ digital collections. In addition, DCMNY is an easy on-ramp to the DPLA, meaning the content is discoverable in this greater national context as well.

METRO uses (Islandora), an open-source software configuration that uses Drupal, Solr, and Fedora. Islandora is designed to help institutions and organizations and their audiences collaboratively manage and discover digital assets using a best-practices framework. In addition to our baseline solution, we can also design a customized service plan based on your organization’s resources and needs. METRO never writes any proprietary or hidden code, and we always give you full access to your own system.

Please contact us if you have further questions.

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Data Services

METRO partners with New York’s libraries, archives, and museums to share our history and treasures with a global audience.

Libraries have spent years making the historical treasures of New York – its papers, photos and public records – easier to find by scanning and putting digital copies online. But with so many different websites and databases to turn to, it can be difficult for residents, students, and researchers to uncover the rich history of our state.

In 2013, the Empire State Digital Network (ESDN) was launched at METRO to help the Empire State Library Network (ESLN) collect New York State’s digital collection materials and bring them all together in one place.

METRO aggregates descriptive metadata from hundreds of libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage institutions and shares that data with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

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Digitization Grant Program

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 approximately $800,000 in grants to support 76 digital projects.

Please note: Funding for digitization projects is on hold at this time. We are currently working on re-envisioning METRO’s Digitization grants to more effectively serve the needs of our members. For more information please contact Anne Karle-Zenith, METRO’s Digital Services Manager at [email protected].

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Funded Projects

2015

Baruch College - CUNY
Revealing the Hidden History of Reform Government in America: The Archives of the Bureau of Municipal Research & Institute of Public Administration
Solo Digitization Project Grant

Carnegie Hall Archives
Digitizing Carnegie Hall’s Booking Ledgers 1955 - 2007
Solo Digitization Project Grant

Research Foundation for SUNY on behalf of SUNY Maritime College, Stephen B. Luce Library
Sailor’s Snug Harbor Inmates Records
Solo Digitization Project Grant

A.C. Long Health Sciences Library, Columbia University
Digitization of Columbia University Medical Center Annual Reports, 1920-2010
Digital Conversion Grant

Fordham University
Political and religious pamphlets of the Risorgimento (Italian unification, 1815-1871)

Digital Conversion Grant

Lloyd Sealy Library, John Jay College
Digitizing Policing: Opening Access to Law Enforcement Resources
Digital Conversion Grant

2014

Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Academy of Music
Digitizing Brooklyn Institute of Arts & Sciences Periodicals: Phase One
2014 Collaborative Digitization Project Grant

Frick Art Reference Library
Documenting Art Collections In Gilded Age New York
2014 Solo Digitization Project Grant

New-York Historical Society
Robert L. Bracklow Photograph Collection
2014 Solo Digitization Project Grant

Yeshiva University
New York Synagogue Bulletins Collection
2014 Solo Digitization Project Grant

Weill Cornell Medical College, Samuel J. Wood Library
Documenting Health Care in NYC: Publications form the NY-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center Archives
2014 Digital Conversion MicroGrant

Hospital for Special Surgery Kim Barrett Memorial Library
Hospital for Special Surgery Annual Reports
2014 Digital Conversion MicroGrant

Mount Sinai Medical Center, Levy Library
Mount Sinai Journal and Nursing Publications, 1934-2010
2014 Digital Conversion MicroGrant

Brooklyn Public Library
New York City Directories on microfilm, 1796-1986
2014 Digital Conversion MicroGrant

New York University Health Sciences Libraries
Publications from the NYU Medical Archives
2014 Digital Conversion MicroGrant

2013

New York Academy of Medicine and New York Public Radio Archives
Digital Conversion of Broadcast Public Health Talks
2013 Collaborative Digitization Project Grant

The Jewish Theological Seminary and Educational Institute Oholei Torah
Highlights from the Brooklyn Jewish Center, 1920-1945
2013 Collaborative Digitization Project Grant

Center for Jewish History
American Soviet Jewry Movement in New York: Posters and Photographs
2013 Solo Digitization Project Grant

Fordham University School of Law, Leo T. Kissam Memorial Library
Fordham Law School Bulletin 1905-1980
2013 Digital Conversion MicroGrants

Weill Cornell Medical College, Samuel J. Wood Library
Documenting Women’s Health Care and Graduate Education in New York City
2013 Digital Conversion MicroGrants

Mount Sinai Medical Center, Levy Library
Publications from the Mount Sinai Archives
2013 Digital Conversion MicroGrants

Wildlife Conservation Society Archives
Wildlife Conservation Society Annual Reports, 1922-2008
2013 Digital Conversion MicroGrants

2012

The College of New Rochelle and Manhattanville College
Social Action and The National Federation of Catholic College Students
2012 METRO Collaborative Digitization Grant

Frick Art Reference Library
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
2012 METRO Collaborative Digitization Grant

2011

The Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary, American Jewish Historical Society and the Center for Jewish History
Early New York Synagogue Archives
2011 METRO Collaborative Digitization Grant

Frick Art Reference Library and Brooklyn Museum
Documenting the Gilded Age: New York City Exhibitions at the Turn of the 20th Century (Phase 2)
2011 METRO Collaborative Digitization Grant

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Whitney Museum of American Art
Art Resources from the Mid-20th Century: Digitized Highlights from the Libraries of Hilla Rebay and Juliana Force
2011 METRO Collaborative Digitization Grant

Wildlife Conservation Society and New York Botanical Garden
Views of Bronx Park: Collaborative Project to Digitize the Postcards of the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden
2011 METRO Collaborative Digitization Grant

2010

Center for Jewish History and Hadassah Archives at American Jewish Historical Society
Hadassah Newsletters and Audio Reels (Newsletters | Audio)
2010 METRO Collaborative Digitization Grant

The Frick Collection and Brooklyn Museum
Documenting the Gilded Age: New York City Exhibitions at the Turn of the 20th Century
2010 METRO Collaborative Digitization Grant

New York Public Library and Fashion Institute of Technology Library
André Studios 1930-1941
2010 METRO Collaborative Digitization Grant

Queens College Library (CUNY) and Queens Borough Public Library
Queens Memory Project
2010 METRO Collaborative Digitization Grant

2009

American Jewish Historical Society
Jacques Judah Lyons Papers
2009 METRO Digitization Grant

Center for Jewish History
Jewish Social History in 19th Century
New York City
2009 METRO Digitization Grant
Resources from Leo Baeck Institute, American Jewish Historical Society, and Yeshiva University Museum

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Library
Design Digitized: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Library’s Rare Books
2009 METRO Digitization Grant

CUNY Graduate Center
Remember Me to Herald Square: 34th Street from River to River
2009 METRO Digitization Grant

Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary
Mordecai Kaplan Diaries
2009 METRO Digitization Grant

Manhattanville College
Social Action at Manhattanville
2009 METRO Digitization Grant

Wagner College - Horrmann Library
Edwin Markham Christian Socialism Letters
2009 METRO Digitization Grant

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Yivo Bleter, 1966-2003
2009 METRO Digitization Grant

2008

American Jewish Historical Society
Franks Family Papers
2008 METRO Digitization Grant

Center for Jewish History
Audio Digitization Pilot Project
2008 METRO Digitization Grant
Oral history collections from Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and American Sephardi Federation

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Library
Shedding Light on New York: Edward F. Caldwell & Co.
2008 METRO Digitization Grant

CUNY City College
Free Academy in New York
2008 METRO Digitization Grant

CUNY Graduate Center
Digital Murray Hill
2008 METRO Digitization Grant

Greenburgh Public Library
The Land and People of Greenburgh: History in the Making
2008 METRO Digitization Grant

Lehman College Library
Childhood in the Bronx
2008 METRO Digitization Grant

Leo Baeck Institute
Rare Book Collection: Art and Illustrated Books
2008 METRO Digitization Grant

New York Public Library
Wonders! Images of the Ancient World
2008 METRO Digitization Grant

Rockefeller University
Student Theses: DSpace Project
2008 METRO Digitization Grant

2007

American Museum of Natural History
Picturing the Museum
2007 METRO Digitization Grant

Brooklyn Botanic Garden,
Elise M. Kittredge Collection
2007 METRO Digitization Grant

Center for Jewish History
Yiddish and Hebrew Children’s Books
2007 METRO Digitization Grant

Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary
Rare Wedding Poems
2007 METRO Digitization Grant

Lehman College Library (CUNY)
Digital Preservation of Publishing in Irish America
2007 METRO Digitization Grant

New York Academy of Medicine
The Resurrectionists
2007 METRO Digitization Grant

New York Public Library
24 Hours with The New York Public Library - The Best of Public Programs
2007 METRO Digitization Grant

2006

Brooklyn Museum Library & Archives
Brooklyn Bridge and the Brooklyn Museum - Spanning Art and History
2006 METRO Digitization Grant

Brooklyn Public Library
Brooklyn Sheet Music Collection
2006 METRO Digitization Grant

Brooklyn Public Library
Brooklyn Theater Playbills and Programs
2006 METRO Digitization Grant

John Jay College Library (CUNY)
Crime in New York 1850 - 1950
2006 METRO Digitization Grant

Maritime College Library (SUNY)
Sailors’ Snug Harbor Archives
2006 METRO Digitization Grant

New School Libraries
Fashion Design History Database
2006 - 2007 METRO Digitization Grant

New York Public Library
New York City Postcards
2006 METRO Digitization Grant

Pratt Institute Libraries
Ex Libris Collection
2006 METRO Digitization Grant

Sarah Lawrence College
World War II Scrapbooks
2006 METRO Digitization Grant

2005

Brooklyn College Library Archives
Brooklyn College Library: Brooklyn Democratic Party Scrapbooks
2005 METRO Digitization Grant

Brooklyn Public Library
Fulton Street Trade Card Collection
2005 METRO Digitization Grant

CUNY Graduate Center Library
Erie Canal
2005 METRO Digitization Grant

Lehman College Library (CUNY)
Bronx Business for Everybody
2005 METRO Digitization Grant

Leo Baeck Institute Library
Rare Book Collection
2005 METRO Digitization Grant

New York Public Library
Early Real Estate Insurance Maps of New York
2005 METRO Digitization Grant

Pratt Institute Libraries
A Historical Snapshot of Campus and Area
2005 METRO Digitization Grant

Queens College Graduate School of Library & Information Studies (CUNY)
Queens College Archives
2005 METRO Digitization Grant

Queens College Library (CUNY)
Queens College Archives
2005 METRO Digitization Grant

Yeshiva University Library
Prague Bible
2005 METRO Digitization Grant

Digital Services Advisory Council

Charge

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.

Chair

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

Members

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

Staff

Anne Karle-Zenith
Digital Services Manager
METRO

Margo Padilla
Strategic Programs Manager
METRO

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