METRO Launches New Member Option for Individual Library Professionals
New myMETRO membership category makes it possible for individuals to join METRO and take advantage of services in career training, networking events, discounts and much more.
NEW YORK, NY – (1/22/2008) – The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), one of the largest membership organizations for libraries and archives in the world, announced the launch of a new membership category that will make it possible for individual library professionals, students and retirees to join the organization and take advantage of a full range of services in professional development and career support. The new membership category – called myMETRO – includes access to METRO’s current range of services and the opportunity to take advantage of many special programs designed to support individual members.
Previously, METRO membership was limited to library, archive and research organizations. METRO benefits are available to employees at member institutions. Now individuals can become members of METRO, helping to bring METRO services to even more library professionals who need them in the years ahead.
“For more than 40 years, METRO has offered membership to qualifying library organizations in our service area – helping to make our services available to hundreds of library professionals each year. Now, with myMETRO, our services will be available to even more people who want to expand their skills, develop a network of professional contacts, be a part of our discussion listservs, explore new career options and take advantage of discounts on many popular products and services,” said Dottie Hiebing, executive director of METRO.
Individuals who join METRO through the myMETRO program can access
- Social events and symposia held throughout the year
- Issues forums, vendor showcases and much more
- Special members-only receptions
- Priority registration and discounts on METRO workshops
- Access to the METRO Job Magnet
- Opportunities to apply for professional development grants
- Free access to library referral cards
- Subscriptions to the @METRO e-newsletter and METRO course catalog
- Discounts on books from Neal-Schuman Publishers and Reed Business, publishers of Library Journal and Library Hotline.
“MyMETRO makes it possible for any library professional to customize membership to meet their needs perfectly. For that reason, myMETRO is a great option for anyone – even for employees at METRO member institutions,” said Tom Nielsen, METRO Member Services Manager.
Professionals, students and others who are trying to build a career can use myMETRO to access the METRO Job Magnet, the largest database of career opportunities for library professionals in the New York area. METRO also this year introduced a range of professional training programs specifically for myMETRO members.
The myMETRO annual membership fee is $100 for professionals and $50 for students and retirees. For membership information contact METRO Member Services Manager Tom Nielsen at (212) 228-2320 ext. 16 or at email@example.com.
About METRO For more than 40 years, the Metropolitan New York Library Council - METRO - has brought essential services and support to libraries throughout New York City and Westchester County. In key areas including digitization, advocacy, professional development, job placement, collection expansion, and shared services, METRO helps libraries of all kinds to protect and expand their role as vital resources for learning.