Central NY Library Resources Council Announces Grant to SUNY Poly Library to Digitize 19th, 20th Century Observer-Dispatch Newspapers

Central NY Library Resources Council Announces Grant to SUNY Poly Library to Digitize 19th, 20th Century Observer-Dispatch Newspapers

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Central NY Library Resources Council News Release

We have announced grant recipients 2021 cycle.  We will begin accepting applications for our next round beginning in November 2021.

CLRC’s Access & Digitization Grant program, previously known as “RBDB Grants,” empowers member libraries and institutions to make resources available to a wider audience.  Grants are available to facilitate projects involving digitization, metadata creation, and retrospective conversion.  In order to be eligible for a grant, an institution must be a CLRC member in good standing at the Affiliate or Full level; for more information, see our Membership page.

CLRC uses a portion of its RBDB funds from New York State for small grants to member libraries.  The Regional Bibliographic Databases and Interlibrary Resources Sharing (RBDB) Program improves access to library and information resources for library users through the regional development and coordination of automated library services.  RBDB funds are used to support regional programs and projects such as NY Heritage, WorldCat Discovery Services access, and training.

Access & Digitization Grants are awarded through a competitive application process for projects that have broad regional appeal. CLRC follows New York State’s RBDB program guidelines when reviewing applications.  Applications are reviewed by our Library Resources & Services Committee and an external review committee, then approved by our Board of Trustees.

Grant Recipients:

Canastota Public Library: $2,500 to digitize Canastota Bee Journal newspapers, from 1888-1909.

New Woodstock Free Library: $450 to digitize 30 works of art by Jim Ridlon, a former professor from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University.

Hamilton Public Library: $1,760 to digitize remaining Hamilton High School yearbooks, from 1919 to the present.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute: $8,600 to digitize Utica Observer newspapers, from 1894 – 1918.

Colgate University Libraries: $480 to digitize the papers of Alma Gracey Stokey, a noted botanist.

Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville: $7,600 to finish digitizing Suburban Life newspapers, from 1975-1978 and 1985-1989.

Town of Pompey Historical Society: $350 to digitize 40 glass plate negatives, by local residents by Gary Lyon and Roy Clapp, circa 1910-1930.

Baldwinsville Public Library: $8,600 to digitize Baldwinsville Gazette, Farmers’ Journal, and Messenger newspapers, ranging from 1846-1965.

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry: $5,000 to digitize 1,000 images from the Roosevelt Wild Life Station collection.

Manlius Library: $1,380 to digitize remaining Fayetteville-Manlius yearbooks.

Onondaga Community College Library: $1,452 to digitize five music score titles from the donated collection of a local composer.

Oneida Community Mansion House: $4,500 to create metadata for 1,500 photographs of Oneida Community members, workers, and properties, from 1848-1900.

Syracuse University Libraries: $1,000 to create metadata for 200 objects from the collection of La Casita Cultural Center;  $5,000 to digitize and transcribe Oakwood Cemetery burial registers, dating back to 1859.

Skaneateles Historical Society: $5,000 to create metadata for over 450 photographs of local residents and locations.

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