I am pleased to share with you some important news from the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO). After serving for 12 years as executive director of METRO, I recently informed the Board of Trustees of my plan to retire within the next 12 months. This timeline provides the Board and our entire organization with the time necessary to plan and execute a successful search for a new executive director and an effective transition plan with no disruption in the services and support METRO delivers to members every day.
While I will be remaining in place for several months until a transition is completed, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the many members of the library community who have collaborated with METRO during my tenure. It has been my great pleasure to work closely with many of you who have been a part of METRO in recent years. Together, we have positioned METRO to provide many forms of essential support to libraries throughout New York City and Westchester – the most diverse and vibrant research community in the world. We have also worked together to identify and address many of the innovations and challenges that have affected libraries over the past decade, including the historic advances in technology, digitization and user experience.
In 2009, we started a critical strategic planning process (see 2009 Strategic Plan) to ensure that METRO and its members can successfully meet the challenges of the 21st century. As a result, METRO is very well positioned to identify and address the critical needs of the library community moving forward. I hope that you will continue to work with METRO in the years ahead. With your continued involvement, I am sure METRO will be an even stronger and more vibrant resource for the library community in New York.
I look forward to the opportunity to express my gratitude to you personally in the weeks ahead.