November Tech Classes at METRO

I'm excited about this month's line-up of classes here at METRO -- so much so, that I thought I'd share them here. November finds us offering a host of courses geared toward helping librarians, archivists, and information professionals learn how to not only create and manage digital collections, but also to understand the impact that open access and open source technologies are having on our libraries. Please read on for details about these professional development opportunities

11.04 - The Open Movement and Libraries

"Openness", which has become a hallmark of the new Web, has long been a mission in libraries. The philosophy of free and open access to information and technology has become a critical subject for information and technology leaders and practitioners. This workshop will give an overview of open source technologies (such as content management systems and ILS programs) which are being used by libraries today, explore the latest efforts of the open access movement, open courses and learning initiatives, open conferences and “camps”, and open licenses (like GPL and Creative Commons).

Instructor: Elyssa Kroski
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11.05 - Introduction to Koha: Where Open Source and ILS Intersect

Koha is rapidly becoming the open source ILS solution, and a number of NYC libraries are poised to roll out their new Koha systems soon. This session will give participants a fundamental understanding of open source software, why it's a reliable choice for the library ILS, and examine in-depth how Koha compares with other systems
Instructor: Joshua Ferraro
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11.06 - Building a Digital Library Using PHP and MySQL (a 3-day workshop)

It is almost unimaginable for an interactive, dynamic and fully functional web site or digital library to be designed and built without using server-side technologies. PHP and MySQL are among the most popular server-side technologies because of their flexibility, power and reliability. This three-day workshop will provide a general introduction to developing web-based applications using PHP and MySQL.
Instructor: KB Ng
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11.13 - Advanced CONTENTdm: Bringing Your Collection to the Next Level

This intermediate/advanced CONTENTdm class builds upon the introductory class, “How to Create Digital Collections Using CONTENTdm.” Through a series of demonstrations and hands-on exercises, you will expand your breadth of CONTENTdm knowledge.
Instructor: Joyce Rambo
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11.19 - Preserving the Sound of History: An Introduction to Archiving Sound Recordings

This 2 will begin with a brief review of the physics of sound and how that is captured (in analog and digital); survey the most common carriers of sound recordings and their preservation strengths and weaknesses; translate digitization specifications in library-speak; weigh the options for digital storage; discuss metadata standards (or lack thereof); plan for migration; review current initiatives in the field.
Instructor: George Blood, Safe Sound Archives
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 If you have questions or need assistance with registration,
please contact Aleksi Merilainen @ 212-228-2320 x 19 or

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