Digital Services

Digitization Grant Program

Funded Projects

Hosting Services

Data Services

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 over $880,000 in grants to support 87 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

Past Funded Digitization Grant Projects

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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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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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