METRO Hosts New Resource-Sharing Initiative
On July 21, METRO hosted the inaugural meeting of the Metropolitan NYC Regional Library and Information Organizations, a new collaborative venture to increase the effectiveness of our member organizations and pool resources to maximize our reach.
A wide range of organizations took part in the first meeting, including the New York/New Jersey Chapter of the Medical Library Association, the New York Library Club, AIIM, New York Technical Services Librarians, Law Librarians Association of Greater New York, New York Black Librarians Caucus, Archivists of Religious Institutions, the Hudson Valley and Trenton Chapters of the Special Libraries Association, and the New York Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America, among others.
The participants identified priorities for collaboration and resource sharing, including fundraising and marketing best practices, event co-sponsorship, shared workdays, and more. METRO has launched a wiki and an email discussion list to enable members of this group to easily share information and resources, schedule events, and coordinate their activities.
The creation of the Metropolitan NYC Regional Library and Information Organizations exemplifies METRO's vigorous efforts to advance the goals set forth in our five-year Strategic Plan. Among those strategic goals is to provide leadership in the library and knowledge-management world by serving as a hub for dialogue and collaboration on critical issues. We view this dynamic new initiative as very much in keeping with this important aim.
Organizations wishing to join this new group are invited to contact Tom Nielsen, Member Services Manager, at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-228-2320 x 16.