Technology Programs and Grants


Regional Automation Program (RBDB)

Funding for many of RRLC’s technology related programs and services comes from the NYS funded Regional Bibliographic Databases and Interlibrary Resources Sharing (RBDB) Program.  Its intent is to enhance access to library content and information resources for library users throughout the region.

RDBD funds are used to support regional programs such our extensive Continuing Education program, our digitization services including  participation in  NY Heritage, NYS Historic Newspapers, and OCLC WorldCat participation and access.

Additionally funding is available for member initiated Technology Projects, especially those that have the potential for regional impact and improve cooperation among libraries of all types in our community.

2018 Grant Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 RRLC technology related grants through the NYS Regional Bibliographic Databases (RBDB) Program.

Nazareth College Archives, Lorette Wilmot LibraryDigitization of the Nazareth College Yearbook (Sigillum) Collection – $3500
This project will make the college’s yearbook collection publicly available in an easily searchable format through NY Heritage.

Parma Public LibraryHilton Record Digitized – $5,556
Many historic documents of the Village of Hilton and the Town of Parma will be digitized and made accessible on a computer at the Parma Public Library; materials will be available on Parma Public Library’s website for those Parma/Hilton natives who are no longer living in the area and on New York State Historic Newspapers for all to enjoy.

Perry Public Library/Pioneer Library SystemHenry Page Digitization Project – $2,250
This project will make unique and rare local history pictures available to the wider public.

Pioneer Library SystemDigital Inclusion Coalition – $5,000
The Pioneer Library System will work with the National Digital Inclusion Alliance and a variety of community stakeholders across the region to form a Finger Lakes Region Digital Inclusion Coalition and organize a local Digital Equity conference.

St. John Fisher CollegeMicrofilm/fiche reader replacement – $3,195
Grant funds will be used to partially cover the cost to replace a defunct microfilm/fiche reader and accompanying PC in order to resume filling ILL requests for material owned on film/fiche and providing a machine that SJFC patrons may use to read film/fiche arriving from other libraries.

The Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at the StrongPreservation of Endangered Media: U-matic Tape Pilot Project – $12,462
This project will establish an efficient, scalable, and cost-effective model for the region that identifies and assesses endangered media at the point of acquisition and converts and preserves the content to ensure future access.

Webster Public LibraryWebster Herald newspaper digitization – $669
WPL will work with RRLC to put digitized copies of the Webster Herald newspaper from 2006 through 2015 on the NYS Historic Newspapers website.