METRO Appoints Kerri Willette as Empire State Digital Network Manager

Metropolitan New York Library (METRO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kerri Willette as New York’s first Empire State Digital Network Manager, beginning March 24, 2014.

As Empire State Digital Network Manager (EDSN), Willette will be responsible for coordinating activities of the Empire State Digital Network, a statewide service hub for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). ESDN is being administered by METRO in collaboration with eight allied regional library councils collectively working as NY 3Rs Association, Inc.

headshot.jpg“I am very excited for this opportunity.” said Willette. “METRO and NY 3Rs are in a prime position to expose and promote the state’s many unique and valuable collections to a vast audience through DPLA. I’m thrilled to be a part of that process!”

Willette will assemble a team that will include metadata and technology specialists to provide the core services needed to bring New York’s digital collections into the Digital Public Library of America. Descriptions for these open positions will be available for applicants in April on the METRO website.

“We’re very fortunate to be able to kick off the first year of this project with such a talented digital libraries project manager with experience in a wide range of institutions,” said Jason Kucsma, METRO Executive Director. “Kerri’s acute understanding of the opportunities (and challenges) inherent in rolling out a statewide digital initiative like Empire State Digital Network will be essential to the success of this program launch and establishing a solid foundation for long-term sustainability.”

"The Empire State Digital Network addresses one of the nine priorities that emerged from our Information Infrastructure for New York (I2NY) work, and we’re pleased to Welcome Kerri to New York to help increase access to our state’s rich digital cultural heritage." said Kathy Miller, Director of Rochester Regional Library Council and President of NY 3Rs Association, Inc.

Willette brings twelve years of experience working with digital collections and content in academic, museum, and consortial settings. Most recently, Willette was Emerging Technologies Librarian and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Her career has included metadata creation and digital project work at various institutions in Chicago including DePaul University Libraries, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Columbia College Chicago.

About Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)

Located in New York City, the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) is a nonprofit member services organization serving more than 260 libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage nonprofits in New York City and Westchester County. METRO has an almost 50-year tradition of providing a range of programs and services to its members, including grants, consultative and digital services, collaborative initiatives, and professional development and training.

About NY 3Rs Association, Inc.

Comprised of the nine Reference and Research Resources Councils, including METRO, the NY 3Rs Association brings together New York’s libraries and archives in the public, academic, school, research, hospital, non-profit and corporate sectors in order to ensure equal access to information for all New Yorkers.

Fostering collaboration within each region and across New York State, the NY 3Rs Association, provides a range of capacity building services for its more than 7,000 member libraries and archives -- continuing education, electronic resources, information services to the healthcare community, consulting, digitizing, information technologies, and advocacy.