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About digitalMETRO

Collection Policy

The digitalMETRO directory is intended to provide increased discoverability and access to online collections created and maintained by member libraries of the Metropolitan New York Library Council.

A collection may be included in the digitalMETRO directory if:

  • the creating institution is a member of the Metropolitan New York Library Council
  • the institution owns these resources and have permission for them to be accessed freely online
  • the collection includes at least 30 resources (images, audio files, finding aids, etc...)
See herefor information about submitting collections for inclusion in the directory. 

Directory Ownership and Accuracy of Information

The digitalMETRO directory is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. Rights for individual collections and associated images, however, are retained by the individual institutions responsible for creating and maintaining those collections. Owners of collections included in the portal agree to defend and hold METRO harmless from any claims or damages which may result from users who download or otherwise use data from the portal or website in violation of an owner’s rights under state or federal law.

Responsibility for accurate data rests with the institution distributing the digital content. METRO does not warrant any information on the digitalMETRO. METRO recommends all sites have an online means of collecting information regarding the content accuracy and a policy for the review and revision of the site.

Adding Your Collection to digitalMETRO

METRO began this project by surveying member library websites and adding collections as frequently as possible. In many cases, METRO member libraries have multiple collections. In these instances, we have cataloged five collections, and welcome the addition of more collections by librarians most familiar with the. Please consider assisting in this work by submitting each collection for inclusion with the Contribute Form. For institutions with more multiple collections, please contact digitalMETRO administrators for information about batch uploading collections to the directory.

Removal of Collections from the Directory

The digitalMETRO administrators may remove collections from the directory if:

  • the site is not consistently and reliably available;
  • the resources are no longer accessible free of charge;
  • the site fails to comply with best practices, standards, and guidelines;
  • there is evidence that site content is inaccurate, out of date, or unreliable;
  • there is evidence of copyright violation.

Stewards of particular collections may request removal of a given collection by contacting the digitalMETRO administrators.

Technical Information

digitalMETRO aims to collect all collections created and maintained by members of METRO in New York City and Westchester County. The pilot phase of this project began with ingest of collections that were created with METRO digitization grant funding distributed from the New York State Regional Bibliographic Databases Program.

digitalMETRO is hosted by Bluehost on an Apache 2 Web Server running on Linux. The project is running in a PHP5/MySQL5 Environment.

digitalMETRO is powered by .10beta version of Omeka, a free and open source collections based web-based publishing platform for scholars, librarians, archivists, museum professionals, educators, and cultural enthusiasts. This Omeka instance incorporates Contribute, Simple Pages, and COINs plug-ins and is based on the "Winter" theme. Alterations to this instance of Omeka include: modified thumbnail display, Embed Lightbox (Javascript) Image Viewer.

Descriptions of collections in digitalMETRO are based on the Basic Dublin Core Element Metadata Set and the built-in Omeka Additional Metadata Set. Project-specific metadata elements that have been added to each record include:

  • Local Project URL
  • Alternate URL
  • METRO Funded Project
  • Institution Type
  • Full Project Title
  • METRO Funding Year
  • Sample Item URL

Project Staff

Jason Kucsma, Project Manager jkucsma[at]
Kevin Reiss, Developer [kevin.reiss [at]
Angela Sidman, Metadata Librarian [angela.sidman[at]

Additional Credits

digitalMETRO is made possible, in part, through a generous donation from the Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust. The Metropolitan New York Library Council provides continued maintenance of the collection.

The following resources were consulted and adapted to create the collection development policy for digitalMETRO:
North Carolina ECHO Access to Special Collections Project Portal Collection Development Policy

New Jersey Digital Highway Collection Development Policy