METRO Announces New Digitization Grant Program

July 8, 2010 | News

Through an initiative funded by the Library Services and Technology Act and the State Library of New York, The Metropolitan Library Council of New York (METRO) is pleased to announce a pilot project to help METRO libraries digitize collections with the Internet Archive. The pilot program will subsidize the digitization of approximately 600,000 pages from METRO library collections focused on metropolitan New York history and culture. Libraries will share the costs of the digitization 50/50 via the Internet Archive (see Internet Archive FAQ) with METRO. Proposals will be reviewed and chosen by METRO’s Digitization Grants Review Committee.

Libraries interested in participating in this program should submit a letter of interest (not to exceed 500 words) explaining:

  • The collection of resources the library is interested in digitizing
  • The educational, cultural, and/or historical significance of the collection
  • The library’s financial and staffing commitment to its portion of the project
  • Libraries are encouraged to apply for up to $10k in matching funds from METRO, and up to three projects will be chosen for the pilot.

The letter should be co-signed by an authorized administrator at the library and/or the project manager and emailed to Jason Kucsma (jkucsma@metro.org). The deadline for letters of interest is August 15, 2010.