Join Us in Marking METRO's 45th Year at Our 2009 Annual Meeting


Join Us in Marking METRO's 45th Year at Our 2009 Annual Meeting

Date & Time: Thursday, October 29, 2009, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: SUNY State College of Optometry (33 West 42nd Street, in Manhattan)
Registration Fee: None
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2 p.m. to 5 p.m.—Business Meeting, Keynote Address, and Reception

Our business meeting will feature updates on METRO's 2009 activities, including the steps we are taking to implement our five-year Strategic Plan (2009-2014) and our tireless efforts to ensure that New York State continues to provide the highest possible level of financial support to library organizations during these challenging times. The meeting will include a Board of Trustees election and a financial report.

New York State Senator Tom Duane

We are pleased to be joined at this, our 45th annual meeting, by New York State Senator Tom Duane (29th Senate District), a stalwart advocate for library services and longstanding friend of METRO's constituency. Recently, Senator Duane made a generous $10,000 legislative grant to support METRO's Delivery Service, which provides essential support for our library members by enabling them to expand access to their collections and services for their users. We look forward to honoring Senator Duane's strong record of promoting and protecting library services, even in tough times.

John Blyberg (Photo Credit: Cindi Trainor)

This year's keynote speaker, John Blyberg (Assistant Director for Innovation and User Experience at the Darien Library in Connecticut), will deliver a speech entitled, "Getting Out of the Weeds: Understanding and Managing an Ecology of Information."? The talk will explore the nature of information in our 21st century lives—how it influences our decisions, affects our judgments, and enriches our lives. The presentation will probe the question of how we, as information professionals, deal with the flow of information, and what all of this means for the future of our profession.

A Library Journal "Mover and Shaker,"? Blyberg speaks nationally and internationally about libraries, user experience, innovation, and technology. He has received the 2009 LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award for his work on the SOPAC Application Suite and has written for Library Journal, American Libraries, and many other publications.

After the keynote address, a lively reception will offer refreshments and ample opportunity to meet the keynote speaker, network with leaders in the library and research fields, and reconnect with friends and colleagues.

Before the business meeting, we'll be offering informal tours of the Harold Kohn Vision Science Library, which houses an extensive collection of antique optometric instruments, including spectacles, visual acuity charts, refracting devices from the early 1900's, and more. The collection is on loan from Dr. Ben Freed, a SUNY Optometry clinician. Pre-meeting tours will run from approximately 1 p.m. until 2 p.m.

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Sam Streed
Author: Sam Streed
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