January 2, 2014

Library receives major grant for digital preservation

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) has been awarded a $188,219 share of a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The funding includes $132,864 from the IMLS and $55,355 from the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN).

The grant, which was awarded by the State Library of Ohio, represents a portion of a larger $760,421 grant to upgrade digitization equipment and software at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, the Cleveland Public Library and Columbus Metropolitan Library. The grant is designed to create a statewide network of coordinated “Digitization Hubs,” which will digitize historical materials held by participating institutions and create regional digitization centers serving other libraries, museums, archives and local communities. CML’s share of the project will serve primarily to purchase equipment – including a large format scanner and a book scanner – and digital storage.

“At Columbus Metropolitan Library, we serve broad and diverse communities with rich histories,” said CML CEO Patrick Losinski. “This grant allows us to continue preserving these histories by capturing local artifacts, documents and treasures in a digital format so they remain free and accessible to all.”

Click here to explore CML’s already-expansive Digital Collection.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning and cultural and civic engagement. Its grant making, policy development and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. For more information, visit www.imls.gov.

Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like Homework Help Centers, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Club and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college readiness and employment resources.

CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. Columbus Metropolitan Library has been rated a 5-Star Library by Library Journal for seven of the eight years the magazine has published its industry ratings.