METRO Publications Released To The Commons

Two library-related publications written and edited within the METRO community have been released under Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution licenses.

Digitization in the Real World (2010) and The Global Librarian (2013) are now freely available for download at Internet Archive and

digitizationintherealworld.pngBoth books highlight the innovative work our colleagues are doing to provide online access to digital materials, ensure communities remote and local receive equal access to information, and provide a global context for learning in our increasingly interconnected information environment.

"I'm thrilled that we're able to reflect the excellent work being done in our community by opening these books to the commons," says Jason Kucsma, METRO's Executive Director. "It is our hope that releasing these titles under a Creative Commons license furthers the knowledge- and experience-sharing these publications were intended to foster."

Published in 2010, Digitization in the Real World was edited by Kwong Bor Ng and Jason Kucsma and features case studies from small- to medium-sized digitization projects from thirty-four U.S.-based institutions. With a clear-eyed presentation of the challenges and opportunities unique to each project, this book provides practical advice from those who have embarked on digital projects under real-world circumstances.

globallibrarian.jpgThe Global Librarian shares the stories of more than two dozen librarians from academic, public, school, corporate, and the not-for-profit sectors. Each chapter demonstrates the innovative work librarians are doing to strengthen their communities, whether they are local or far-flung. Edited by Lisa Chow, Caroline Fuchs, Jason Kucsma, Carrie Netzer-Wajda, and Sandra Sajones in a partnership between METRO and ACRL/NY, The Global Librarian was published in 2013.

If you’d like to support METRO's publishing endeavors, please consider contributing to our thanks-for-ungluing campaign for both The Global Librarian and Digitization in the Real World. Your support will help us continue to publish insights from practitioners in the library and archives world.