Last spring, METRO launched an exciting new initiative called "METROCasting: Best Practices in Building Networking Communities and How Web 2.0 Can Help." Supported by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the New York State Library, the METROCasting program brings the best of web 2.0 technologies—including wiki technology and podcasts—to the entire METRO community.
Librarians from a spectrum of member libraries in our area have completed the program's podcast training segment. They are: LaRoi Lawton (Bronx Community College, CUNY), Betsy Crenshaw (Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus), Sarah Couri (Teen Central, Donnell Library, New York Public Library), Susanne Markgren (Purchase College, SUNY), Sarah Laleman (Gimbel Design Library, New School Libraries), Richard Hickerson (Medgar Evers College, CUNY), Daisy Dominguez (City College, CUNY), Laura Schimming and Alan Krissoff (Gustave L. and Janet W. Levy Library, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine), Laura Bishop (New York Public Library, Hamilton Fish Branch), Olga Ganitch (Technical Career Institute), Barbara Hull (Thomas A. Edison Vocational and Technical High School), and Denise O'Shea (Farleigh Dickinson University).
"This project provided the training, server space, and hardware necessary for me to learn how to create and publish podcasts," says METROCaster participant Denise O'Shea. "I'm now able to record and make lectures, roundtable discussions, and other audio resources available to the university community and other libraries. In fact, my second podcast involved collaboration between Fairleigh Dickinson University and the Virtual Academic Library Environment (VALE) of New Jersey, a large consortium of academic libraries. We're just getting started with this technology and plan to do much more in the future, including screencasts and video."