by Davis Erin Anderson, Community Engagement Manager, METRO
METRO's 2015 Annual Conference was a sell-out, to say the least! We're honored that so many of our members opted to share their say with us, and we're looking forward an even bigger conference in 2016.
Our day started with a quick business meeting in which our Board President Norman Jacknis shared the news that our Executive Director, Jason Kucsma, will be leaving METRO at the end of this month. Needless to say, the staff at METRO is sad to see Jason go, but we know we can expect great things from him no matter where he locates his standing desk.
Our business meeting also included Jason's remarks about METRO's accomplishments through the fiscal year 2013 - 2014, newly elected Board Treasurer Bonnie Tijerina's update on the state of METRO's finances, and Columbia University Librarian Emeritus James G. Neal's receipt of our commendation for a career of service to libraries and the people they serve.
We were excited to hear from Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of The Googlization of Everything and Why We Should Worry, Anarchist in the Library, and Copyrights and Copywrongs. His wide-ranging talk entitled "The Operating System of Our Lives" covered the landscape of information systems and services that are increasingly gaining control over our digital lives -- which are arguably inseperable from other facets of our lives.
The day proceeded with six concurrently-running sessions detailing innovative and ongoing projects taking place within the NYC/Westchester County library, archives, and museums sphere. Read up on these projects with the presentation slides for each session. We captured hundreds of tweets and 'grams from our conference, so you can reminisce or catch up on what you missed here at our Storify page and also here on our Flickr stream.
If this year's conference is any indication, you won't want to miss METRO's 2016 Annual Conference. Turn your dial to METRO's channels -- including our newsletter (sign up here), our one-way discussion list, and our Facebook and Twitter handles -- to receive breaking news regarding next year's event.