2016 NYS Historic Newspapers Grant Recipients
The Capital District Library Council (CDLC) is pleased to announce the recipients of a pilot grant for participation in the NYS Historic Newspapers, a site that provides free online access to a wide range of New York newspapers. CDLC offered this grant opportunity to member libraries in our ten-county region as a way to increase access to and visibility of their collections.
The 2016 Grant Recipients are:
The Greenwich Free Library, a member of the Southern Adirondack Library System, has been awarded a grant in the amount of $7,900* to digitize 171 years of the Washington Journal, spanning 1842-2013.
RCS Community Library, a member of the Upper Hudson Library System, has been awarded a grant in the amount of $10,100* to digitize 123 years of the Ravena News-Herald, spanning 1873-1996.
Schenectady County Public Library, a member of the Mohawk Valley Library System, in partnership with the Schenectady County Historical Society, has been awarded a grant in the amount of $3,400* to digitize 50 years of the Schenectady Reflector, spanning 1835-1885.
*All grant amounts are approximate, depending on production costs.
This pilot grant program was extremely competitive with 12 member libraries requesting almost $300,000 to digitize 22 titles. The grants were awarded based on the length of the publication run, the age of the newspapers, and their ability to increase the geographic representation in NYS Historic Newspapers. Based on the interest this grant generated, the Regional Automation Advisory Committee (RAAC) of CDLC will explore offering the grant again next year.
The New York State Historic Newspaper project is administered by the Northern New York Library Network. It is an Empire State Library Network (ESLN) initiative, and participation in this project is available to all CDLC members.