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RBDB 2017 Grant Recipients

by Kariann Kakeh on 2017-02-21T00:00:00-05:00 | Comments

CDLC is excited to announce the recipients of the CDLC 2017 Retrospective Conversion, Metadata, Digitization, and Newspaper grants which provide an opportunity for libraries, museums, and historical societies to make their undiscovered collections accessible for all to discover and enjoy. This year we were able to provide total funding of $35,000 to thirteen institutions.

Congratulations to our recipients and thank you for making your unique collections available!
  • Crandall Public Library, a member of the Southern Adirondack Library System (SALS), will be adding 250 objects related to the greater Glens Falls region to their New York Heritage collection. Highlights include H.A. Ferguson's "Covered Bridge over the Hudson River" (1882), a pin from the Boys Savings Club (a project of our founder Henry Crandall), and a hand-painted bass drum of the Glens Falls City Band circa 1915.
  • The Dudley Observatory will create metadata for approximately eight cubic feet of documents that were produced concerning micro-meteorite research done at the Observatory thereby increasing access for educators and researchers. The documents include, micro-meteorite images, reports on findings, grant proposals, and even contracts with NASA.
  • Hudson Valley Community College will expand digital access to documents published pre-1960, while also developing a collegiate sports and athletics sub-collection to New York Heritage.
  • Irish American Heritage Museum will contribute 400 titles related to the Irish and Irish American History, heritage, and culture to OCLC and the CDLC catalog, creating increased access for resource sharing.
  • Maria College Library will digitize "The Mariale," the college’s spring literary magazine from 1961-1964 and 1966-1976 and add them to New York Heritage. With over 446 creative works contained within, the paper provides a glimpse into an important time in American History.
  • Museum of Innovation and Science will be adding 250 historic audio recordings to New York Heritage. These include experimental sound-on-film recordings from 1929, oral history recordings of GE engineers and researchers, historic local broadcasts from the 1940’s and 1950’s including several episodes of “Your Home Town”, a local history radio program and more.
  • Pember Library and Museum (Granville), a member of the Southern Adirondack Library System (SALS), will contribute early issues of the Granville Sentinel for inclusion in the NYS Historic Newspapers database. The paper gives a unique historical perspective of the Slate Valley region and the many people who migrated there to work in the quarries.
  • Saratoga Springs Public Library a member of the Southern Adirondack Library System (SALS), will increase digital access to their Robert Joki Stereoscopic Collection by adding images to New York Heritage, their Omeka digital collection, and creating finding aids through Empire ADC.
  • Schenectady County Historical Society will digitize and add the Glen Family Letters Collection to New York Heritage. This collection will be particularly valuable for researchers of Early American History. Henry Glen was a merchant, politician and deputy quartermaster general based in Schenectady during the American Revolution.
  • St. Mary's Institute, a member of HFM BOCES School Library System, will convert the school library's 4000+ card catalog records to MARC records, enabling them to join the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery (HFM) BOCES centralized digital catalog. This will allow them to offer their students more seamless access to the many resources a centralized library catalog provides.
  • Troy Public Library, a member of Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS), will digitize the early years of the Lansingburgh Gazette from the end of 1798 through mid 1883. Newspapers are an important tool for genealogists and researchers, providing access to marriage and death notices which predate the New York State Department of Health’s mandate for registering vital records. The newspaper will be available through the NYS Historic Newspapers database.
  • Union College will add three Civil War-era archival collections to New York Heritage. Written by men who fought and died in battles like Antietam and the Battle of Cold Harbor, these collections include letters about daily and camp life, military maneuvers, and passages concerninng several Acts of Congress that enabled African Americans to enlist in the military.
  • University at Albany will provide original cataloging for over 250 Master's theses titles dating from 1914 through 1979 in the areas such as Education, Atmospheric Sciences, and Public Policy. These theses are important to researchers in the history of graduate education and the records will be added to OCLC and UAlbany's catalog thereby facilitating resource sharing.
Grant applications were reviewed by a grants sub-committee that included members 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), and Tessa Killian (SENYLRC.) 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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