When METRO’s new Digital Services Manager, Anne Karle-Zenith, is asked about what triggered her move to libraries she quickly points to the time she spent creating Taste of Brooklyn — a website she ran with her partner in the late 90s that predates the Brooklyn foodie craze by about 20 years. "I was looking to change careers and thought I'd pursue something related to food/cooking," Anne says, "but instead I became interested in the challenges of managing information online." With that curiosity she returned to Michigan (her home state) to pursue graduate studies at the University of Michigan's School of Information. After graduating, Anne worked as a Metadata Librarian at Michigan State University for a few years before returning to University of Michigan. Back at the UM Library, she served as project coordinator for the UM/Google Books partnership to digitize the Library’s collections, and then transitioned to manage a project to build a copyright review management system for works in the HathiTrust Digital Library, funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The breadth and depth of Anne’s professional background — including her experience working in an academic library setting and a general appreciation of the diversity of METRO's membership — made Anne a perfect fit at METRO. “Anne has a keen understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing all types of libraries working to provide essential services in digital environments,” METRO Executive Director, Jason Kucsma, states. Indeed, she does. In her new position Anne brings along a mission to, she says, “help members provide access to collections that are hidden away and help libraries leverage new and tested technologies to make that work easier.” Anne says she was drawn to the position at METRO because she saw it as an opportunity to use some of her experience to benefit the diverse range of academic, public, special, and school libraries in New York City and Westchester County.
Anne has been with METRO for just a few weeks, but she is already getting more familiar with the membership and learning what institutions have been doing so far in areas of digitization and digital preservation. She will be working to continue programs around these member needs and developing new services and programs to help METRO members thrive in the digital arena. And when she's not mapping out the future of libraries, Anne's busy mapping out the best places to catch a good bite in the city.