A Message From Dottie Hiebing

A Message from Dottie Hiebing

For many, summer is a time for slowing down. But here at METRO we're revved up to provide a rich selection of services to help our members enhance their skills, expand their networks, and meet the challenge of these times by finding ways—together—to do more with less.

In early June, we proudly co-sponsored an exciting event with Brooklyn College Library called LibCampNYC 2009—a user-generated "unconference"? where librarians, library staff, and students shared skills and knowledge on library technology and other issues of interest selected by attendees via online polling. More than 135 individuals attended this sold-out event. Media coverage on LibCampNYC can be found on the LibCampNYC wiki.

Now we're turning our attention to an exciting lineup of summertime workshops, webinars, tours, and other professional development opportunities on topics you, our members, have asked for—including tools for keeping up with tech trends, a wiki management intensive, an introduction to digital collection management systems, and much more. Take a look at our new Summer 2009 Professional Development Course Catalog to see our full slate of offerings.

METRO's Board of Trustees and staff are also moving full-speed ahead on implementing the recommendations laid out in our Strategic Plan 2009-2014. We're in the early stages of planning invited lectures, workshops, and issue briefs to enable our members and the wider library to optimize their services and organizational health in an ever-changing technological, social, and economic landscape.

Like many of you, METRO is working hard to protect the quality and scope of our services in a time of shrinking resources. As of this writing, we anticipate an 8% cut in New York State library system aid for the coming fiscal year. While striving to do more with less, we're determined to provide our members with the full spectrum of skills, knowledge, and resources they need to survive and thrive in these difficult times.

We encourage you to let us know what you need, and to make use of programs like our July 22 workshop on "Communicating the Value of Your Library,"? which will provide valuable insights on how to build financial and political support for your institutions' work. (See the Events & Resources section for details).

I wish you all a productive and enjoyable summer.

Dottie Hiebing
Executive Director

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