Become an HRVH Partner

The success of Hudson River Valley Heritage (HRVH) is the result of a formal partnership between the Southeastern NY Library Resources Council (SENYLRC) and its member organizations. Membership and participation in HRVH is open to any cultural heritage organization in the following counties of New York State: Columbia, Greene, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, and Westchester.

Partner organizations have full control over the development and maintenance of their digital collections. SENYLRC supports members by providing the technological infrastructure, training, documentation and tools needed to build robust digital collections. This collaborative approach greatly reduces the cost of digitization.

Why consider digitizing for online access?

  • Increase awareness of your collections.
  • Engage new audiences and encourage new scholarship.
  • Increase exposure to and value of your organization.

 

Why consider digitizing and contributing content to HRVH?

  • Increase awareness of your collections.
  • Engage new audiences and encourage new scholarship.
  • Increase exposure for your organization.
  • Extensive support and training offered by SENYLRC.
  • Shared infrastructure reduces the cost of digital collection building.

 

What does HRVH service include?

  • CONTENTdm software for building digital collections. Example
  • Omeka software for building online exhibits. Example
  • Web hosting of your collections and exhibits on HRVH.
  • Hosting of newspapers on HRVH Historical Newspaper site.
  • Four days of training at SENYLRC.
  • Documentation (guidelines, best practices).
  • On-site assistance by SENYLRC staff (15 hours/year).
  • Unlimited phone and email support by SENYLRC staff.
  • Access to an Epson Expression 10000XL scanner at SENYLRC.
  • Scanners and laptops for 3-month loans.
  • Membership in HRVH Users Group.
  • HRVH Email List.
  • Harvesting of HRVH records to WorldCat and the Digital Public Library of America.

 

Why go with HRVH? Aren’t there free tools online?

Yes, there are free tools, and for some organizations, that is the best choice. However, if you want a high-quality digital collection on a platform that goes beyond simple photo sharing, the costs start to multiply. When your collection is ready for the next level, the HRVH service gives you access to software, web hosting, server space, training, scanners, and documentation at a price that is much less expensive than what it would cost you to host your own digital repository. In addition, you will be part of a collaborative group of local HRVH users who offer experience, support, and cross-promotion of materials.

HRVH Participation Fees

As a non-profit organization with a mission to support members and enhance access to information for users, HRVH and SENYLRC strive to keep prices as low as possible. HRVH partners join by becoming members of SENYLRC in one of three categories:

  • Governing membership in SENYLRC ($607/year OR $331/year depending on the type of organization) Membership Application
  • HRVH membership for an individual organization ($220/year) Membership Application
  • HRVH membership for a consortia or group of organizations that wish to build one shared collection ($607/year) Membership Application

 
Membership dues must be paid annually to participate in the HRVH service.
 
In addition, there is a one‐time start‐up fee of $500 for all members. (This supports the initial start-up costs of training, print documentation, collection set-up, and server space.)
 
Additional annual service and hosting fee based on number of files in collection:
1‐250 Files:     $50/year
251‐1000:        $150/year
1001‐5000:      $250/year
5001‐10000:    $350/year
10001+:          $450/year
 
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Jennifer Palmentiero, Digital Services Librarian at SENYLRC (jennifer@senylrc.org OR 845-883-9065 x116).