As many of you know, our work at METRO is very much a team effort. One of the longstanding members of our team, Robert Schmidt, has announced his retirement from METRO after 18 years. He will be leaving METRO on April 16, and I hope you will join with us in expressing our gratitude for his many years of service to METRO and to our members.
During his tenure at METRO Robert has worn many hats. In recent years he has managed our delivery service, helping to make sure that this essential METRO member benefit runs smoothly. Even in this age of electronic information, the METRO delivery service continues to play a vital role in helping our members to expand access to important collections. Robert also maintains our Member Directory and handles a range of responsibilities in planning and execution of our Annual Meeting and other METRO events throughout the year.
Throughout our history, and especially during recent years when the economy has forced many libraries to do more with less, advocacy has been a critical focus for us at METRO. In our advocacy work, we fight for funding and regulatory support that can help our library members to face many challenges. In many of these efforts, Robert has represented the interests of our members with tireless energy. He has been a voice for our members in meetings with legislators and others in Albany. He has also worked to ensure that our academic library members have access to collection development funding from New York State for which they qualify.
Over the years, Robert has provided support to METRO under three different executive directors and through an era of historic changes in library operations. He has generously shared his experience and perspective with hundreds of library professionals and with all members of the METRO team. As we plan for his departure, he has been working closely with us to facilitate a smooth transition. Robert’s example of service and dedication to the library community will continue to inspire us as we help our members to face many new challenges in the years ahead.
We thank him for his outstanding work and for leaving METRO in a great position to continue to meet the needs of our members in many important areas.
If you'd like to drop Robert a congratulatory note to send him on his way, please send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm sure he'd appreciate hearing from you.
Executive Director, METRO