Highlights of METRO's 2009 Annual Meeting
METRO's annual meeting in October drew a record number of guests, with 170 METRO members and others in attendance. The meeting was held at the SUNY State College of Optometry and began with informal pre-meeting tours of the Harold Kohn Vision Science Library.
The official business of the annual meeting began with welcoming remarks by METRO Board of Trustee President Norman J. Jacknis and David A. Heath, President of the SUNY State College of Optometry. We then honored New York State Senator Tom Duane (29th Senate District), a tireless advocate for library services and long-time friend of METRO's constituency.
In her report to the membership, Executive Director Dottie Hiebing summarized the key milestones of 2009, including how METRO's new strategic plan is reshaping METRO's professional development priorities to help our members keep pace with an environment of continual technology-driven change. Hiebing also spoke about how METRO is adapting to a difficult economic situation by pursuing new funding sources, implementing only the most essential aspects of the strategic plan (which was completed just as the financial crisis of late 2008 took hold), and adopting a range of cost-saving measures while continuing to deliver high-value benefits for our members. Hiebing also announced the distribution of more than a half million dollars of grant funding in 2009 for digitization, the Hospital Library Services Program, and other initiatives. She also outlined METRO's forceful efforts in Albany to preserve government funding that supports libraries in New York City and Westchester.
The business meeting included a financial report and Board of Trustee elections. In addition to reelecting four Board members, our membership elected Betty A. Rosa as a new member of Board. As a member of the New York State Board of Regents representing the Twelfth Judicial District (Bronx County), Rosa has served as the Senior Superintendent of the Bronx and is currently the President of B.D.J. & J. Associates LLC. She was named "Educator of the Year"? in 2002 at the Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade and honored as an "Outstanding Educator"? by the New York State Assembly.
Next on the agenda was a keynote address by John Blyberg (Assistant Director for Innovation and User Experience at the Darien Library in Connecticut) on the evolving information technology ecosystem and its effects on the work of information professionals. After the keynote address, the meeting formally adjourned. At the reception that followed, METRO members and other attendees networked and reconnected with friends and colleagues.