Regional Bibliographic Data Bases and Interlibrary Resources Sharing Program (RBDB)

The 2015 application period has ended. Grant recipients will be notified of their awards following the March 2015 CLRC Board of Trustees’ Meeting.

Reports for 2014 awards are due on June 30th, 2015.
These informal documents should include the amount spent, activities under the auspices of the grant, and an overall evaluation of the program.

The Regional Bibliographic Databases and Interlibrary Resources Sharing (RBDB) Program is a State funded program that improves access to library and information resources for library users through the regional development and coordination of automated library services. Under a Five-Year Regional Automation Plan, state funds are administered to do the following:

  • Coordinate and improve access to electronic information services and resources
  • Improve electronic access to library holdings in the regional database
  • Provide opportunities for area library staff to improve expertise in using information technology
  • Improve and expand electronically accessible holdings
  • Improve speed, efficiency, and equity of regional resource sharing

RDBD program funds are used to support regional programs and projects such as NY Heritage, WorldCat Discovery Services access, and training.

CLRC uses a portion of its RBDB funds for small grants to member libraries. The grants are awarded through a competitive application process for projects that meet the above criteria and have broad regional appeal. CLRC awards grants in three areas: Digitization, Metadata, and Retrospective Conversion.

Moon Library, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry: $6,500 for the project, Conversion of Time-Lapse and Forestry-Related Celluloid Film to Digital Files. The collection was created by an illustrious SUNY-ESF professor and will have broad appeal.

Onondaga County Public Library: $5,000 for the project CHAP 2014, Cataloging History give Access to the Public. The project will create quality cataloging records for rare or unique materials that currently have minimal cataloging in Onondaga County libraries.

Liverpool Public Library: $2,000 for Enhancing Metadata to Include New York Heritage Topic Terms. The project will bring Liverpool’s collections in line with current NY Heritage specifications.

Bird Library, Syracuse University: $8,000 for the project Arrangement and Description of the Forest J. Ackerman Collection.  Ackerman was considered the “Guru of Sci-Fi Fandom”. 200 linear feet of this collection remain untouched and this project will make them accessible.

Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary: $5,000 for the project Retrospective Conversion of Core Russian Orthodox Collection.  The library will continue to convert cataloging for its highly unique collections to machine-readable form so the collections are visible in OCLC’s WorldCat.

Mid-York Library System: $4,000 for Digitized Training for Staff and Patrons. This project will digitize already-created training materials and make them accessible to new audiences, as well as allowing delivery via mobile devices.

Moon Library, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry: for the project, Digitizing the Fletcher Steele Collection.  This project will digitize and share the popular Fletcher Steele landscape architecture collection.

Onondaga County Public Library: for the project CHAP 2013, Cataloging History give Access to the Public. The project will create quality cataloging records for rare or unique materials that currently have minimal cataloging in Onondaga County libraries.

Fayetteville Free Library: for the Fayetteville Historic Newspaper Digitization Project. The library will digitize microfilm reels for Fayetteville newspapers published between 1841 and 1923, and make these freely accessible to the public.

Bird Library, Syracuse University: for the project Arrangement and Description of the William Hobart Royce Honore de Balzac Manuscript Collection.  The library will arrange and describe 24 linear feet of archival material related to Balzac.

Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary: for the project Retrospective Conversion of Core Russian Orthodox Collection.  The library will continue to convert cataloging for its highly unique collections to machine-readable form so the collections are visible in OCLC’s WorldCat.

Guidelines

CLRC follows the guidelines issued by the New York State Library for RBDB grants. Click here to learn more.

Questions

Questions about RBDB? Email Debby Emerson (demerson@clrc.org)