SCRLC made funds available to support a round of DEI grants to support two (2) to six (7) hours of consulting time with Dr. Kawanna Bright. Members of SCRLC --governing or affiliate-- were encouraged to apply for this expert assistance to help their organization make systematic changes related to DEI. Projects were encouraged to include but were not limited to the following:
Assessing where your organization is at with respect to DEI and the development of a plan to address DEI;
Creating and conducting DEI assessments for your organization;
Determining a plan to incorporate DEI following a DEI assessment.
Applications were due July 1, 2023.
Consulting must be completed between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024.
For your reference, the DEI Consulting Grant Application can be found here: .DOCX or .PDF
2023 Grant Recipients
Alfred University Libraries were awarded 7 hours of consulting time, valued at $2,450 to reflectively review their Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) work and consider next steps, i.e., what would it look like organizationally to more deeply integrate anti-racism and anti-oppression efforts as a core part of their daily library work? AUL created a Commitment to Anti-Racism & Anti-Oppression in 2020 and they have been working toward various concrete steps necessary to "walk the walk" of their commitment. Their work with Dr. Bright will help this effort to move forward.
Ithaca College Library was awarded 7 hours of consulting time, valued at $2,450 for projects involving collections, classification, and policies in technical services. The Collections component will include increasing access to works that are authored by or focus on voices from communities that have traditionally been marginalized or excluded from academic scholarship. For Classification, they will remove LGBTQ+ materials from Library of Congress classification to mitigate harm to LGBTQ+ patrons. For Policies, they will 1) update their collection development policy to formally commit to diversifying their collections; 2) create/post a statement on potentially offensive and harmful content; and 3) review/update other existing policies as appropriate.
Seymour Library (Auburn) was awarded 6 hours of consulting time, valued at $2,100 to 1) re-examine and potentially revising their current DEIA statement; 2) align their DEIA initiative with their new strategic plan/develop metrics to ensure forward movement with DEIA; 3) incorporate DEIA in ongoing decisions at the Board and staff level; and 4) empower staff and Board to respond to any negative comments about the Library's DEIA efforts.
Congratulations to all recipients! They will share the results of their work in a webinar to be held in April or May of 2024. SCRLC hopes to offer a similar grant opportunity next year. Contact Mary-Carol Lindbloom with any questions.
SCRLC routinely supports creative proposals to improve regional access and resource sharing through technology. Digitization projects allow materials to be accessed regionally through New York Heritage, New York State Historic Newspapers, the Empire Archival Discovery Cooperative, and the Empire State Immersive Experiences projects.
For 2023-2024, applications are especially encouraged for:
partnerships increasing representation of and with communities that have been historically and systematically oppressed
geographically underrepresented communities in the SCRLC region
innovative approaches to availing digitized collections, e.g., walking tours, virtual tours (e.g. participation in the 360-degree Empire State Immersive Experience project), and HistoryForge participation.
Applications are due by Friday, April 12, 2024.
The application packet for 2024-2025 can be viewed here: .DOCX or .PDF
Historic Ithaca & History Center in Tompkins County: $7,651 to digitize a collection 5,600+ of tax assessment photographs and add them to New York Heritage and HistoryForge.
Seneca Falls Library: $1,457 to digitize early historical documents about the canal and add them to New York Heritage.
Seymour Public Library District: $2,000 to create and digitize oral history interviews and add them to New York Heritage.
Southern Tier Library System: $5,234 to digitize newspapers from Angelica, NY for New York State Historic Newspapers.
Waterloo Library & Historical Society: $3,550 to digitize 15 microfilmed newspapers for New York State Historic Newspapers and a collection of student written magazines and add them to New York Heritage.
2022 Grant Recipients
Cayuga Onondaga BOCES SLS: $2,856 to digitize 96 yearbooks from Weedsport Central School District and add them to New York Heritage.
Chenango County Historical Society: $2,500 to continue digitizing materials from their archives for New York Heritage.
Elmira College: $3,960 for the digitization of their Catalogues and Bulletins, 1855 - 2010, for inclusion on New York Heritage.
Waterloo Library & Historical Society: $3,705 to digitize Seneca County newspapers for New York State Historic Newspapers.
Wells College: $5,720 for a necessary update to their scanner in order to digitize a scrapbook collection for New York Heritage.
2021 Grant Recipients
Waterloo Library & Historical Society (WLHS): $5,868 - The Executive Director of WLHS, Cyndi Park-Sheils and WLHS Researcher Pamela Becker have 40 microfilmed reels of newspapers from Waterloo, NY dating from 1873 to 1961 digitized and made available on NYS Historic Newspapers.
Southern Tier Library System (STLS) and Cuba Circulating Library: $8,000 - The Director of Cuba Circulating Library, Tina Dalton and STLS's Engagement Consultant, Erika Jenns, will digitize 50 reels of microfilmed historic newspapers from Cuba in Allegany County, spanning from January 1866 to December 1986. These newspapers will be made available on NYS Historic Newspapers. See Southern Tier Library System's final report for 2021 here.
SUNY Cortland: $7,565.87 - SUNY Cortland's archivist, Jeremy Pekarek, will digitize 5,000 pages of the Cortland Normal News, spanning 1879 through 1913. The college will also digitize other student newspapers, including the Co-No Press (1925-1942), and The Dragon Chronicle (2013-2017). After the Normal News project is complete SUNY Cortland newspapers will be fully searchable from 1879-2017 online on NYS Historic Newspapers. See SUNY Cortland's final report for 2021 here.
Chemung County Library District: $2,000 - Maggie Young, the Genealogy & Local History Librarian of Steele Memorial Library of CCLD will digitize their popular but rapidly deteriorating collection of Elmira city directories, which span from 1857 to 1924. Once digitized, these directories will be available on New York Heritage Digital Collections. See Chemung County Library District's final report for 2021 here.
2020 Grant Recipients
Scholes Library of Alfred University $6,883 to digitize 114 hours of at-risk audio recordings on a variety of subjects relevant to the history of Alfred University, the College of Ceramics, and the region. Includes 20 tapes on the topic of "Voices of Native North America." See Schole Library's final report for 2020 here.
Seymour Public Library District $4,500 for a collaborative project with Cayuga Museum of History and Art to collect oral histories documenting historically oppressed groups in Auburn, NY, including African American, Latinx, LGBTQ+ and immigrant communities. See Seymour's final report for 2020 here.
Wells College $8,325 to digitize the collection of the Howland Stone Store Museum. This collection includes materials relating to women's rights, the Underground Railroad, and the education of formerly enslaved people post-Civil War. See Wells College's final report for 2020 here.
Yates County History Center $4,094 to digitize historical items held in nine rural townships underrepresented in the historical record of Yates County.