Access & Digitization Grants(Formerly known as RBDB Grants)
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.
We offer an informational webinar every grant cycle to go over all aspects of the application process and requirements. Applicants who have not previously received an Access & Digitization Grant are required to attend the webinar, view the webinar recording, or receive a private consultation. Previous grant recipients are strongly encouraged to arrange a private consultation prior to applying. Please contact Ryan Perry (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange for a consultation.
CLRC offers in-house digitization services through our DigLab. We can handle digitization and metadata for print-based documents and photographs. Through this service, we handle all aspects of the project, including uploading to NY Heritage or NYS Historic Newspapers. If you are interested in a quote for our services, you will need to contact Ryan Perry (email@example.com) by January 15, 2021.
Grant Program Timeline:
December 15, 2020: Informational webinar (also available as a recording)
January 15, 2021: Deadline for requesting a direct consultation or a quote for CLRC’s in-house digitization services
January 29, 2021: Application deadline
February 2021: Library Resources & Services Committee will review the applications, followed by a review by an external committee
March 2021: Board of Trustees will review the recommendations of the committees.
April 2021: Grant recipients announced
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.
Utica College, Frank E. Gannett Library: $1,420 to digitize issues of The Tangerine, the college student newspaper, from Sept. 2012 to the present
Utica College, Center For Historical Research: $2,100 to purchase new PCs for their community digitization program, which documents the history of the Mohawk Valley
Erwin Library and Institute: $4,050 to digitize yearbooks from the Adirondack Central School District, from 1934 – 2019
Town of Pompey Historical Society: $1,125 to digitize paintings by local artist John Calvin Perry (1837-1894)
Didymus Thomas Memorial Library: $1,980 to digitize yearbooks from the Remsen Central School District, from 1938 to present
Syracuse University College of Law Library: $1,800 to digitize student newsletters “Syndicus” (1956-2016) and “The Judge” (1973-1994)
Canastota Public Library: $2,500 to digitize Canastota Bee Journal newspapers, from 1900-1920
New Woodstock Free Library: $725 to digitize paintings by Daniel Tennant, Traci Schuster, as well as 5 other works
Erie Canal Museum: $4,995 to digitize a collection of 488 glass plate negatives depicting the construction of the current New York State Canal System
SUNY Polytechnic Institute: $9,455 to digitize newspapers—Utica Observer 1839 – 1843, Utica Daily Observer 1848 – 1884, Utica Observer, 1884 – 1894
Waterville Historical Society: $450 to digitize 63 photographs and perform metadata enhancement for 43 previously digitized photographs from the Main Street Collection
Kirkland Town Library: $150 to digitize five paintings from the library’s collection of local artwork
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry: $2,500 to perform Metadata enhancement of aerial photographs to overlay them on existing maps and track deforestation over time.
Skaneateles Historical Society, Museum at the Creamery: $8,000 to create metadata for photographs of Skaneateles and the surrounding area
Utica College: $2,707.50 to digitize issues of The Tangerine, the college student newspaper, from 1946 – 2012
New Woodstock Free Library: $750 to digitize the work of local sculptor Joseph Scala
CNY Chapter, National Railway Historical Society: $4,200 to digitize slides depicting railway scenes in Central NY
Hamilton Public Library: $2,880 to digitize The Emerald Press, Hamilton High School’s student newspaper, from 1990 – 2009
Onondaga Community College: $1,800 to digitize issues of the college’s student newspapers, 1964 – 2015
Manlius Library: $3,670 to digitize Voices, the Fayetteville-Manlius high school literary magazine
Onondaga County Public Library – Central Library: $3,430 to digitize issues of the the Syracuse New Times newspaper, from 1969 – 1984.
Oneida Public Library: $1,000 to digitize issues of Democratic Union and Oneida Free Press newspapers, including portions from 1872 – 1901
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry: $540 to digitize 25 scrapbooks by noted landscape architect Fletcher Steel
Kirkland Town Library: $600 to digitize a portion of the library’s art collection and create an online exhibit
Maxwell Memorial Library: $3,060 to digitize West Genesee High School yearbooks from 1954 – 2018
Mohawk Valley Community College: $1,440 to digitize 43 volumes of MVCC yearbooks
Little Falls Public Library: $500 to digitize a collection of photographs depicting Little Falls and the surrounding area
Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville: $3,806.25 to digitize issues of Suburban Life newspaper, from 1974 – 1989
Skaneateles Historical Society, Museum at the Creamery: $4,000 to create metadata for photographs of Skaneateles and the surrounding area
LaFayette Public Library: $1,440 to digitize LaFayette High School yearbooks, from 1920 – 2001
Westhill High School Library: $1,980 to digitize Westhill High School yearbooks, from 1962 – 2015