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RBDB 2016 Grant Recipients

by Kariann Kakeh on 2016-06-02T00:00:00-04:00 | Comments

CDLC is excited to announce the recipients of the CDLC 2016 Retrospective Conversion, Metadata and Digitization grants.

These grants provide an opportunity for libraries, museums and historical societies in our region to make their undiscovered collections accessible for all to discover and enjoy.

Congratulations to the recipients and thank you for making your unique collections available!

Grant recipients are:

  • Albany Public Library, a member of the Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS), for cataloging eighty maps of Albany residing in their local history collection.
  • Darrow School, a member of the Questar III School Library System, for preserving documents in the Darrows Archives, to create finding aids for the collection and to provide access to these documents by digitizing each one in order to share the collection with the wider local, state, and worldwide community.
  • Guilderland Public Library, a member of the Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS), for digitization and creation of metadata for two previously undocumented collections using CONTENTdm software. One collection includes 21 photographs of structures in Guilderland, most of which no longer exist. It also includes early views of United States Highway 20, dating back to when it was an unpaved thoroughfare.
  • Hudson Valley Community College for cataloging photographs, yearbooks, handbooks, campus-produced video recordings, and other college publications.
  • Maria College for conversion and digitization of the Religious Sisters of Mercy and Maria College Glee Club albums to compact discs and MP3s.
  • NYS Military Museum for digitization of the third section of the 15th New York National Guard enlistment cards. These cards are for the historically African-American regiment for the years of 1920-1949.
  • Rensselaer County Historical Society for digitization of local newspapers The Clarion and The Sun which were published between 1886 and 1887 as labor papers for the large population of factory and industrial workers in Troy.
  • Rudolf Steiner Library for an ongoing retrospective cataloging project originally begun in 2009; primarily works by Rudolf Steiner and other anthroposophical authors, including Waldorf education materials.
  • Schenectady County Historical Society for digitization and creation of metadata for images that highlight the history of the city of Schenectady, specifically images of Schenectady's street scenes.
  • Union College for the creation of metadata in New York Heritage (NYH) for a variety of Civil War ­era material being digitized in the College Archives and targeted for uploading to NYH and for the enhancement of metadata for The Encyclopedia of Union College History, which has already been digitized and published on NYH.

Grant applications were reviewed by a grants sub-committee of CDLC’s Regional Automation Advisory Committee, comprised of Jennifer Ferriss (Southern Adirondack Library System), Tim McDonough (Waterford Public Library), and Nancy Poehlmann (University at Albany). Projects were considered that improved access to collections and content or raised the visibility of regional collections while meeting the goals of CDLC's Plan of Service.  Committee recommendations were approved by RAAC and the CDLC Board of Trustees.

These grants are made possible through funding by the New York State Regional Bibliographic Databases Program (RBDB).

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