Happy New Year! Preparing for a great 2013 at METRO

Happy New Year! 

I'm sure many of you join me in welcoming the conclusion of 2012 and are looking forward to a fresh start in 2013. Last year was challenging for many reasons, and our members demonstrated strength and perseverance in the face of extreme adversity. I find myself prouder than ever to be a member of our community, and in playing a role in helping us to continue to push forward. 

To that end, in just a few days, METRO is kicking off the new year off with our rescheduled and re-tooled full-day annual meeting on January 15th. The conference will include 30+ presentations from member libraries, archives, and museums, and will feature keynote addresses from Renee Hobbs of URI and Deanna Marcum of Ithaka S+R. We are thrilled about the agenda, which was designed to celebrate and promote the innovation, creativity, and hard work being done by our members in the service of their constituent communities.  

Speaking of communities, two new members of the METRO staff warrant special attention. In 2012, Jefferson Bailey joined as Strategic Initiatives Manager, a newly created position. He manages strategic initiatives, including program development, research and publications, new technologies and member services, and other special events and projects to support our strategic goals. Previously, Jefferson worked on digital preservation projects for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) and Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) program in the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the Library of Congress. And Davis Erin Anderson joined METRO as our Community Engagement Manager after working here as an intern in 2012. Davis extends our presence into the digital realm, and keeps friends, followers, and connections up-to-date on issues relevant to METRO by posting to social media channels and by writing and editing website content. A graduate of Pratt Institute's School of Information and Library Science, Davis also holds two degrees in music performance. Previously, she worked for five years in library at Boosey & Hawkes, a premiere classical music publishing company.

Finally, I extend a warm welcome to two new members of our Board of Trustees. At the ad-hoc November annual meeting (held at the inaugural Directors Round Table), members voted to add Joshua Greenberg (Program Director, Digital Information Technology at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation) and Louis Zacharilla (Director of Development at Intelligent Community Forum) to the Board. At the same time, we bid a fond farewell to and thank Hal Higginbotham for many years of service as Treasurer; Colleen Cuddy (Director Samuel J. Wood Library & C.V. Starr Biomedical Information Center at Weill Cornell Medical College) will succeed him in the role. 
I look forward to what I know will be a strong year for METRO and our members.

Thank you for reading. 

Jason Kucsma
Executive Director, METRO