Date & Time: Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Special pre-meeting tours from 10:00 a.m. to noon require separate pre-registration.)
Location: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (515 Malcolm X Boulevard, at 135 Street in Manhattan)
Travel Info: Subway (#2 or #3 train to 135th St.); bus (M7 or M102 to 135th St.)
Registration Fee: None
Register for the annual meeting and pre-meeting tours.
METRO’s annual meeting, to be held at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, will offer an enriching blend of business, learning, and fun. Here’s the lineup:
10:00 a.m. to Noon—Pre-Meeting Tours of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Attendees will have an opportunity to tour the Schomburg, a renowned national research library devoted to collecting, preserving, and providing access to resources documenting the history and experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world. Pre-registration is required for the pre-meeting tours.
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.—Business Meeting, Keynote Address, and Reception
This year’s business meeting will feature updates on METRO’s 2008 activities, including the successful launch of myMETRO (our individual membership program), METRO’s strategic planning process, and vigorous efforts to ensure that New York State continues to provide the highest possible levels of financial support to library organizations during the current economic downturn. The meeting will also include a Board of Trustees election and a financial report.
We will then hear from our keynote speaker, David W. Lewis, Dean of the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) University Library and nationally recognized authority on library and research issues. His talk on “The Changing Role of Libraries in the Age of Google” will explore the effect of the information revolution on research organizations and shed light on how libraries can meet the challenges to come.
Following the keynote address, a lively reception will offer refreshments and ample opportunity to meet the keynote speaker, network with thought leaders and innovators in the library and research fields, reconnect with friends and colleagues, and revel in the Schomburg’s extraordinary surroundings—including its special exhibit, Aaron Douglas: African American Modernist. Douglas was considered the Harlem Renaissance’s foremost visual artist, and this exhibit is one you won’t want to miss.