CONSULTATION AND PLANNING
SCRLC's Digital Services Librarian helps to evaluate our members' collections for digitization, assists in digitization project planning documentation, and helps develop workflows for our members and their staff. SCRLC also provides consultation for other areas in digital management, such as digital preservation.
SCRLC provides training for members on how to digitize their collections, using digitization best practices and standards. We provide recommended technical specifications, and help set up and use scanning equipment. We also provide training in cataloging and metadata, and in the use of various software used in the management of digital assets, which we cater to our members' individual technical needs.
SCRLC owns two Epson flatbed scanners that we lend to our members for use in digitization projects. These scanners will work with both PC and Mac computers.
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The Empire State Library Network has a license for OCLC's CONTENTdm, which is available to our members to use for no charge when adding items to the New York Heritage web site. An institutional CONTENTdm license costs minimally $3550 per year with an additional fee for server space. Member organizations may also use ESLN's licenses for ABBYY FineReader OCR software. ESLN also negotiates discounts for members for other various licenses and subscription services.
Hosting digital collections in New York Heritage Digital Collections and DPLA is provided with no charge or additional fees for our members. SCRLC and New York Heritage also actively promote exploration of digital collections via social media, blog posts, and online exhibitions.
SCRLC makes $25,000 of grant funds available annually to our members through the Regional Bibliographic Data Bases and Interlibrary Resources Sharing Program. Members can apply for up to $8000 for an individual project, or $12,000 for a collaborative project. RBDB grant funding can be used for retrospective conversion, digitization, or metadata projects. Any information technology project that will help share and improve access to your resources regionally may qualify for funding.