METRO's 2014 Annual Conference brought together more than two hundred members of the library and archives community for a day full of sharing innovative and ongoing projects. Hosted at The Vertical Campus at Baruch College, the conference featured a business meeting and keynote followed by project briefing sessions in five tracks.
The event opened with a 30-minute business meeting with updates from METRO Board President Norman Jacknis, Treasurer Ann Thornton, and Executive Director Jason Kucsma. Special commendation was presented to Julie Sandorf, President of the Charles H. Revson Foundation, who applauded the city's public librarians on the work they do to support the economic development of the broader New York City community.
Keynote speaker Jessamyn West's remarks covered the strange territory that has been copyright in the past year, citing the evolving legal framework in which fair use is defined. Jessamyn's talk was highly regarded by conference participants for its approachable take on legal and ethical issues in the arenas of copyright and fair use. As many of the breakout sessions to follow touched on copyright and issues in open access, the keynote provided a great framework for discussions throughout the day.
The remainder of the conference highlighted projects spearheaded by METRO community members. Sessions in five tracks covered the full range of library services, from digital projects like Gilding the Gilded Age: Interior Decorating Tastes and Trends in New York City and Queens Memory Project to new service models including NYPL's TechConnect, a tri-library initiative to strengthen immigrant business, and a collaborative project to prepare high school students for college. Sessions on archiving the CD-R, "hacking structured data out of historical documents," and a collaborative model for web archiving provided plenty of discussion about trends in the digital sphere.
The final joint session brought the conference to a close with a brief discussion led by METRO's Executive Director Jason Kucsma. METRO staff were grateful to hear from conference participants on elements to build into future iterations of this event.
Presentation slides and a complete list of presenters at the conference are available on our 2014 Annual Conference microsite. Tweets from the event have been captured on this Storify page, and the Twitter conversation can be reviewed via #metrocon14. Photos from the day can be found on METRO's Flickr page.
METRO is grateful to the presenters, speakers, and administrative staff who the event a success. We look forward to doing this again in 2015!