Letter from the Director, October 2012

To The METRO Community:

Fall is - for my money - the best season of the year in the city. My reasons are both personal and professional. Shaking off summer’s sweltering heat is always a welcomed ritual. And immediately after Labor Day the library, archives, and museum communities start to hum, which sets a tone that we carry out through year end.

Over the past few weeks, we've assembled an impressive slate of workshops and special events, and we intend to keep the pace and set the tone for an exciting 2013 – both with METRO-sponsored activities and beyond. Recent and upcoming highlights include: 

* In mid-September, METRO announced the launch of a new study to assess the state of digital services in our membership, and we plan to share findings with this group later in the year

* Last week, we heard Mayor Bloomberg announce expansion of the MyLibraryNYC pilot, which brings together NYC schools and the public library systems in an effort to improve student and teacher support throughout the city

* And this Sunday marks the launch of New York Archives Week– the annual, citywide celebration organized by our colleagues at the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York – which increases visibility and appreciation for archival resources in metropolitan New York

And that’s not it. This morning we announced METRO's collaboration with international leaders in the linked open data for libraries, archives, and museums (LOD-LAM) initiative, specifically around the LODLAM 2013 Summit and a challenge to the community to share data visualizations, tools, mashups, and more. Later this month, more than 25 projects, ideas, and new initiatives will be shared at METRO’s Annual Meeting conference. And looking to November, we'll be convening member directors and delegates for an invitation-only round table event to stimulate conversation and cross-pollinate ideas – that is to say, bring together the brightest minds of the NYC LAM community for a good, old-fashioned bull session.    

Ending on a personal note, my first anniversary as METRO’s Executive Director coincides with our Annual Meeting, and I look forward to discussing this year’s progress with everyone at the event. More importantly, I’m excited to share our vision for the future. 

Thanks for reading,

Jason Kucsma
Executive Director
October 2, 2012