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Online Collections of
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Global NICHE project

The original NICHE project (funded under Library Services and Technology Act for 1997-1998), located and assessed the number, size and content of local history collections in all 29 UHLS member libraries, and produced an electronic finding aid to those collections. As a continuation of NICHE, Global NICHE identified rare and important documents in the collections of six libraries - Berlin, Castleton, Cohoes, Nassau, Rensselaerville, and Voorheesville - digitized the documents, mounted them on the NICHE web page, and made local communities aware of these resources through collaborative public programs.

A Project Archivist visited each of the six sites to work with library staff and project partners on detailed identification of essential materials. The documents and photographs selected were electronically scanned and mounted on the NICHE web site.

Participating libraries partnered with museums and historical societies in their communities, including the Rensselaer County Historical Society, historians from the City of Cohoes, the Village of Berlin, the Village of Voorheesville, the Town of New Scotland Historical Society, and the Rensselaerville Historical Society to create public programs that highlighted these and other rare documents.

To view the online collection of one of the six Global NICHE libraries, click on the library name below:

Berlin Free Town Library

Castleton Public Library

Cohoes Public Library

Nassau Free Library

Rensselaerville Library


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This project was sponsored by the Upper Hudson Library System and supported by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, granted by The New York State Library.

If you have any questions or comments about the Global NICHE project, please contact Rachel Baum.


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