The Northern New York Library Network is proud to announce the projects funded in the 2018-19 grant cycle. The Network awarded $47,010 to its member libraries, whose proposed projects pursue innovation or increased access to special collections in their libraries.

Congratulations to the cohort of grantees represented by the projects below, and an encouraging thanks to all who applied this year. Applications for next year’s round of grants will be released in June 2019, and it’s not too early to think about what project for your community could use a boost from NNYLN.

SUNY Oswego

Digitization Camera System, $2,647

The library will purchase imaging equipment with the intention of digitizing documents and three-dimensional material too large or fragile for a flatbed scanner.

Potsdam Public Library  

North Country Collection, $5,923

This project will refresh, repair, reorganize and relocate special local materials to highlight them in the library’s physical space.

ADK Experience Museum

Rehousing Unique and Undiscovered Adirondack Map Collections, $6,375

Funding will support the acquisition of flat file storage for 300 maps showing the history of development and resource extraction from Adirondack park.

Paul Smith’s College

Archives Policy Creation & Film Digitization, $10,000

The library will rehouse and digitize unique 16mm films (including documentation of Paul Smith’s fire) and upload footage to New York Heritage. They will also consult with an authority to update local policies and procedures related to local special collections.

1000 Island Arts Center

Traveling Exhibition, $4,849

The grant will be used to dismantle and remount 170 textile samples core to museum’s collection, making them suitable for handling and arranging into a mobile exhibition that can travel widely.

SUNY Potsdam

Crane Library Music Score Scanning, $5,500
Funding will be used to install a ST600 Overhead Book scanner in the Crane Library to support teaching and research outside the library for students and faculty.

Keene Valley Library Association

ADK Community: Capturing, Retaining, and Communicating the Stories of Who We Are, $6,560
In collaboration with the local historical society, KVLA will collect, preserve and publish online oral histories.

Canton Free Library

Books On Wheels, $5,156

This project aims to formalize library outreach methods and training into a manual for use throughout the region to build consistent, sustainable service in Canton and beyond. A major objective is to build a sense of stability for users who experience change and loss regularly and to prepare staff for the implicit challenges of this work.