Digitization Projects, 1998-2013, Funded by LSTA through the New York State Library

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Program in New York State

Library System



Brooklyn Public Library

LSTA Project Year 2000: Branching Out: BPL News and Information OnLine redesigned each of the 58 neighborhood library web sites, as well as those of the Central Library and Business Library. Each site will link to an online gallery featuring photographs from BPL's Brooklyn Collection that relate to the history of each branch and corresponding neighborhood.


LSTA Project Year 1999: Brooklyn Collection Digitization supported the digitization and cataloging of 6,500 photographs that reflect the history and development of Brooklyn.


LSTA Project Year 1998: The Brooklyn Collection planned and executed the digitization of 10,000 most requested images in the library's portfolios. Part of this project included digitizing The Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper, from 1841-1902. Project outcomes included building curriculum ties and providing new primary source documents for students. The collection also provided the impetus for literacy curriculum using this collection for Brooklyn area K-12 students.



Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

LSTA Project Year 1999: Digitization Planning Grant evaluated the feasibility, practicability, and cost of creating digital collections from important special collections in high public demand. The project evaluated participating libraries readiness to create or manage a digital collection.



Capital District Library Council

LSTA Project Years 2012-2013: Making the Capital District’s Heritage More Accessible provided the continued assistance from a Digitization Field Trainer to the participants in the New York Heritage and CDLC Digital Collections project.  This individual will train new participants in the project, as well as provide expertise to the larger New York Heritage project in areas such as metadata, training, and raising public awareness of the online collections.


LSTA Project Years 2010-2012: The CDLC Digital Collections expanded their project to include additional institutions in the region, and a Digitization Field Trainer was implemented to provide assistance to institutions in improving access to their digital collections, as well as helping to add more complex materials to their sites.  A merger with five other Reference Research Library Resources Councils allowed for digital collections from all six participating councils to reside on one server and to be accessed from one website.  The primary goals met by this project were to increase the knowledge of digitization among library staff members, and to improve public access to the unique materials held by libraries in the region.


LSTA Project Years 2008-2010: The CDLC Digitization Project has proposed the training of library personnel on standards and management of digital collections. Guidelines for metadata, CONTENTdm and digitization processes have been developed as training tools available to libraries. A project web site to showcase digital collections is in development. A primary outcome for this project will be expanding the knowledge of library staff, giving them the ability to add to the growing historical collections of the member institutions.


LSTA Project Year 2007-08: Don’t Be Afraid! Hands-on Digitization provided training to staff members of member libraries interested in digitizing a portion of their library materials. Training participants gained specific knowledge of digitization processes and procedures to incorporate into their library’s collection parameters and learned to promote the availability of these resources.  15 site visits and more than 100 follow-up consultations with a Field Trainer and project coordinators extended the impact of the training. Through workshops, 121 people from 11 participating institutions gained skills on digital collections. A complete digital record was completed for approximately 60 % of the resources planned, and further work in this endeavor has continued beyond the grant end date.


PLAN-Training Program Descriptions | Digitization Plan | Collections


Central New York Library Resources Council


LSTA Project Years 2012-2013: Showcasing Central New York’s History aims to assist participants in CLRC’s four-county service area to digitize a minimum of 15 collections for the New York Heritage site.  From implementing previous digitization projects, CLRC has made their main goal to provide assistance in the planning and selection process of new digitization projects.


LSTA Project Years 2008-10: Heritage CNY has proposed a broad modification of an earlier digitization plan and will begin creating digital collections for a public repository, rich in historical significance serving researchers, genealogists, students, tourists the world at large. This effort builds on a series of previous workshops which provided guidance to libraries on managing, sustaining and promoting digital collections.


LSTA Project Year 2003: Preparing Central NY History for the Future, Part II - trained libraries and cultural heritage organizations in the creation of digitized collections. Fourteen workshops and symposia with 170 participants addressed technical and web considerations, metadata tags and legal issues. One valuable product of the training was a web-based resource. Program topics included technology, vendors, standardized practices and use of metadata.


LSTA Project Year 2002: Preparing CNY History for the Future. Phase I provided staff and volunteers from libraries and historical agencies in Central New York with information and resources to develop a regional plan to make decisions about creating and using digital collections.




Long Island Library Resources Council

LSTA Project Years 2012-2013:  Long Island Memories proposed to further their regional digitization project through the implementation of training workshops, as well as a Symposium on Digitization, to provide guidance to the participants in the program.  Through the promoting of acceptable standards and process for digitization, the visual and oral histories of Long Island will be digitally accessible for the public.  The program also aims towards the development of digital libraries and museums.


LSTA Project Years 2010-2012:  Long Island Memories continued their project to digitize and provide access to visual and oral records of Long Islands’ history, culture, government and industry.  Through a collaborative effort of 45 libraries, historical societies, local government organizations, and one school library, the LILRC Regional Digitization Program has provided 80,530 images to the program.


LSTA Project Years 2008-10: Long Island Memories will undertake a digitization program promoting accepted standards and will provide training workshops for librarians and archivists to build access to the rich regional resources of Long Island. Invited speakers will address copyright, scanning and the management of collections in an open source format. The creation and launch of a new digitized collection will be the capstone for this project. Continuing partnership with area historical societies and smaller libraries throughout the area will be a rich resource for historical material.



Metropolitan New York Library Council

LSTA Project Years 2012-2013: Digitizing the Long Tail proposed the continuation of their digitization initiative from their 2010-2012 LSTA-funded grant program.  The main goal of the program is to expand the impact of the collaboration to other libraries in the METRO region to digitize and provide access to unique collections previously unavailable online.  Through the subsidizing of digitization costs these member libraries encounter, METRO hopes to allow libraries, who would previously be unable to participate due to budget constrains, to engage in digitization projects.


LSTA Project Years 2010-2012: Engaging Technologies to Improve Library Access proposed to help libraries and librarians use traditional and emerging technologies to manage challenges inherent in today’s current technological landscape.  One of these project initiatives was the support of libraries in the region to digitize library collections focused on New York history and culture.  Micro-grants ($3,000-$3,500) were awarded to members, and supported 6 libraries in their digitization efforts with Internet Archive.


LSTA Project Years 2005-2007: Planning and Training for Digitization created a comprehensive training program on digitization involving planning, selection, scanning, metadata creation, best practices standards, and mentoring to better position their members to initiate and complete digitization projects. METRO offered a series of digitization training classes, organized a digitization symposium on copyright and a vendor showcase, and developed a consultant/mentor network to provide "hands-on" digitization training and assistance. METRO hosted the METRO Digitization Expo on May 9, 2005, which included 15 vendors, and 13 workshops. 487 participants from over 75 member libraries attended the various events.


LSTA Project Year 2003-04: METRO Regional Digitization Initiative (Phase II) - Knowledge and Practice developed a regional digitization initiative to identify and conserve materials,  enhanced members' digitization plans, increased  hands-on knowledge of the processes needed for digitization and access to the created digital  resources and collections. The Phase II project goals included facilitating the implementation of digitization projects among smaller METRO members and increasing collaboration among METRO members in sharing skills and information about digitization projects. Symposia on digitization included: outsourcing, metadata and equipment. More than 100 participants attended.  In a follow-up satisfaction survey, the programs received a high rating (4.5/5.)


LSTA Project Year 2001-02: METRO Regional Digitization Initiative (Phase I) identified and encouraged member planning, as well as the actual creation of new digital collections. Member libraries contributed their records to a regional METRO Online Digitization Information Clearinghouse (MODIC) to help identify the new resources and their content. A Special Interest Group on Digitization was formed.  109 people from 74 institutions attended the symposium and/or downloaded the multimedia webcast presentation of the symposium online



Monroe County Library System






LSTA Project Year 2001-02: Developing a Digital Learning Network added selected documents and materials from regional institutions to the Rochester Images digital database, developed historical and contextual narratives to accompany the digitized materials and created pathfinders on the MCLS Web. The project was supported by collaborative partnerships with the Landmark Society of Western New York and the Genesee Country Village and Museum and focused on architecture.


LSTA Project Year 2001-2: Rochester Images. In collaboration with the Rochester Museum and Science Center, this project digitized large format maps and newspapers and created Internet access to these resources. 3,500 new images were scanned bringing the total of digitized items to 19,000. 6 pathfinders were created to support local school curriculum.


LSTA Project Year 2000: Rochester Images expanded its images database with 3,500 postcards and 1,500 photographic images from the City of Rochester’s Archives. The project adhered to a collection development process and worked on a uniform procedure for content and format for local history and map resources in the collections of Monroe County public libraries and those from town and village historians.


LSTA Project Year 1999: Prototype of Digital Project: Image Data Base Action Plan Images from City of Rochester and Photolab were distributed electronically as a database for resource-sharing.


LSTA Project Year1998: Image Data Action Plan: This cooperative project with the City of Rochester and area archives studied of the methods and costs of digitization and distributed an electronic data base of photographic and pictorial resources held by three agencies. The project entailed indexing, classification, and a prototype.


Rochester Images & Pathfinders Collection


Northern New York Library Network

LSTA Project Years 2012-2013:  Newspaper Digitization Project continues the newspaper projects started under previous LSTA-funded grant programs.  The intended results of this project are to permit the digital newspaper database Network to respond to requests by users for more newspapers, as well as improve the research and learning experiences of the uses of this project.  The project will also scan and upload more historic newspapers, and provide free access to them.


LSTA Project Years 2010-2012: Newspaper Digitization Project 2 aimed to expand and enhance the scope and utility of their previous newspaper project.  Towards this goal, participants in the region scanned and uploaded 108,907 pages to the NNYLN’s Historical Newspapers website.  Upgraded search capabilities of the database improved access to the collections.  The main project goal which was proposed and accomplished was the creation of free access to historical and genealogical materials for the public.


LSTA Project Years 2008-2010: Newspaper Digitization Project will offer access to a wider spectrum of historical newspapers for many localities in this region including those from Massena, Ogdensburg, Carthage, Lowville, and Malone. 124,000 additional pages will be digitized to expand the resources available through the network’s web site. This initiative will expand access to unique historical documents, records and audio-visual components sought by regional users.



LSTA Project Year 2003: Digital Services Training broadened participants’ knowledge of digitization through a series of 12 workshops on such topics as digital project management, intellectual access to digital content and copyright, scanning, and digital cameras. 134 participants attended training. 27% of 66 member libraries completed a follow-up survey which determined that training, availability of a consultant, funding, and the management of electronic bibliographic records posed challenges for libraries in this arena.


LSTA Project Year 2001: Digital Services Training provided scanning, copyright and technical training to 67 staff members representing 29 libraries in 6 training workshops.


Newspaper Gateway | Historical Collection


Rochester Regional Library Council (RRLC)



LSTA Project Years 2012-2013: Exploring the Future Library and Library User. Member libraries will receive training on the creation of high-quality digital content, as well as other technical and procedural matters, to encourage and enable member libraries to participate in New York Heritage, a digitization project.


LSTA Project Years 2010-2012: Libraries Exploring new Ideas and Technologies proposed training programs for library staff.  One of the main goals of the programs was to reach and educate potential contributors to the regional digital heritage program FLAG Heritage, which is a part of the state-wide digital heritage project New York Heritage.  Included in these programs were training on CONTENTdm, digital imaging and scanning, optical character recognition, and metadata.  Along with improved digitization knowledge, one of the outcomes of the project was 6 new digitized collections from participants in the region, which were added to the New York Heritage site.


LSTA Project Year 2000: Home of Women's Rights: Digital Biographies of Western New York Suffragists digitized primary resource materials on the Women's Suffrage Movement held by a variety of Rochester area libraries and archives. By placing the digital biographies on a web site, these resources -- many of which were fragile and underutilized -- became available to a wide audience of students, scholars, and the general public, without physically destroying the originals. This project developed a blueprint for regional digitization activities.


LSTA Project Year 1999: Home of Women's Rights: Digitizing Rochester Area Collections on Women's Suffrage prepared the content, technology and awareness of regional libraries in support of a regional project to digitize collections related to women's suffrage.    


Western NY Suffragists Collection | Collections


South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC)

LSTA Project Years 2012-2013: Bridging the Digitization Gap proposed hands-on training for three SCRLC members to digitize materials which support New York’s social studies curricula.  This training will help those participants in the region who have found digitizing collections challenging due to technical expertise or limited funds.  Another focus of this project is the investigation of the use of audio descriptions in digital collections to support access by the blind and low-vision community.


LSTA Project Years 2008-10: Practical Digitizing: Decisions, Details and Development has proposed a series of “Boot Camps” addressing project management, scanning, metadata, open source software and copyright, etc. Resulting training materials shall be hosted on the SCRLC web site to mentor future trainees. Collections developed through the program will be maintained for the public and as future teaching resources. Four additional interactive workshops will provide a forum for sharing tips, project ideas and interest in the use of digital collections. One expected outcome is wider “hands-on” practice in creating digital collections by area libraries and historical societies.


LSTA Project Year 2002: Planning for Digitizing Regionally - developed a regional plan identifying potential collections, strategic principles, priorities, current best practices, criteria for selection, long-term access, management and maintenance issues, and collaboration with other collection developers.


LSTA Project Year 2001:  Dialogues on Digitization held planning forums and a series of five symposia regionally to increase awareness about digitization in libraries in New York State. 113 participants attended. Out of state representation from California and Colorado provided rich examples of mature projects and their use.  



Southeastern New York Library Resources Council





LSTA Project Years 2008-2010: Hudson River Valley Heritage Historic Newspapers has proposed a model demonstration project to digitize select historical newspapers for potential use as primary source documents by genealogists, students and historians. Designing a workflow and audience for additional newspaper conversions is an expected outcome of this initiative.


LSTA Project Years 2005-2007:  Technology Training for Digital Projects provided a series of workshops to teach staff from libraries and cultural heritage institutions how to digitize materials for inclusion in a regional, digital collection. Thirty people were recruited from SENYLRC cultural institutions to learn specific skills such as scanning, creating metadata, and managing digital projects using standards associated with contributing to a shared regional resource. Products from this initiative included six workshops, two training documents and one web page. There were 172 participants. 131 digital objects were enhanced or created.


LSTA Project Year 2002: Southeastern Regional Digital Information Institute provided workshops addressing a number of technology issues facing staff in the libraries and archival communities.


LSTA Project Year 2001: Planning for a Southeastern Regional Digital Library developed a regional digital program plan that included identifying and prioritizing of collections for digitization. Participation in two workshops included representation by 51 participants. 173 public libraries and 4 historical societies were able to benefit from this initiative.   



Suffolk Cooperative Library System

LSTA Project Years 2008-10: Suffolk Historic Newspapers has proposed adding more newspaper content and local historical resources in an indexed and searchable digital collection. Collaboration with historical societies and schools on special topics will help build an audience of students, researchers and genealogists for these rare and unique regional resources.


LSTA Project Year 2007-08: Suffolk Historic Newspapers provided training and scanning of additional Suffolk County newspapers doubling the previous number of pages. Two new resources were digitized including early annals of The Sag Harbor Express and The Suffolk County News. Usage of the site has increased based in part on greater promotion and training for the public and library staff. Enlarging the educational focus was a continuing goal.


Suffolk Historic Newspapers Page


Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC)




LSTA Project Years 2008-2010: Expanding Western New York Legacy: Preserving and Digitizing Collections Training has proposed a series of institutes to develop staff skills in digitization and preservation. Participants will learn conservation methods and work with image and print collections that will be added to a regional online collection.  


LSTA Project Year 2005-7 Developing a Regional Approach to Digitization in Western New York developed a regional digitization plan in the project’s first year and monitored the successful implementation of regional projects in the second year. The regional digitization plan will provide a framework to be used by members and WNYLRC for conducting digitization projects in the region as well as providing in-depth information on emerging technologies, methodologies and specific standards that WNYLRC will adopt as a structural model for the region. A total of ten workshops were held for 131 attendees. A survey, a training booklet, one web page, and a Digitization Plan were developed.


LSTA Project Year 2000:  Development and Application of Guidelines for Digital Conservation Projects developed a model decision-making process for digital conversion projects in the region and the state; for integrating digital conversion projects into the larger, overall collection development process; and for helping to ensure that digital technologies will be employed in support of pragmatic access goals.


LSTA Project Year 1999:  Digital Libraries Access Planning Project supported Western New York regional efforts to develop individual and institutional capacity for building digital libraries.


LSTA Project Year 1998: Digitizing of Environmental Special Collections: Two Case Studies represented a collaboration between WNYLRC and the libraries of the University at Buffalo to use digitization as an access tool to make important content available to the region, state and nation. The two collections included records relating to the Love Canal and other hazardous waste issues in Western NY for the period of 1979-1990 and the text & extensive graphics of the entries in the biennial Rudy Bruner Award for Excellence in Urban Design. Documents are available through a publicly-accessible Internet Web site.


LSTA Project Year 1998:  Digital Library Training Program prepared staff to think strategically about creating and promoting a digital collection and conserving materials in a digital format for wider availability. Topics included document selection, regional partnerships and technical skill development.


Digitization Plan | Collection

    Total of all LSTA funded Digitization Projects 1998-2013


Last Updated: February 27, 2017