myMETRO Profile: Michael Santangelo

myMETRO Profile: Michael Santangelo


We’re excited about the recent launch of our individual membership program, myMETRO. In this occasional column, you’ll meet some of our newest members and find out how myMETRO is advancing their professional and networking goals.

Where are you currently employed?
I’m the Electronic Resources Specialist in the Office of Materials Selection at the Brooklyn Public Library. Before that, I was a children’s librarian for six years. My new job is quite diverse, since I work in so many areas, including material selection, youth services, staff training, web applications, marketing, IT, and public services.

Are you involved in any special projects at BPL?
More than I can count. We are working to revamp aspects of our web site. I’m also working to incorporate digital elements into our various Summer Reading programs. Another project involves our Reference Advisory Committee’s efforts to identify the best ways to share ideas and reference sources among our public service staff.

Your library is a METRO member, so what inspired you to join myMETRO?
I wanted to make professional connections outside of my institution. Not for the purposes of getting a new job, but to expand my knowledge of other aspects of librarianship and to see the interesting projects other people are working on. Also, too often children’s librarians become ghettoized and don’t get many opportunities to share their skills and experiences with the larger library world; I want to change that a little. Accessibility and inclusion are very important to children’s librarianship, so I think children’s librarians can bring valuable qualities to other services in libraries—including archives, IT, and marketing—to make those services even better and more accessible.

What METRO events have you attended lately?
I never miss the ALA Presidential Candidates Forum—it’s always helpful to hear what the candidates have to say in person. I also enjoyed the kickoff party for myMETRO, since I met colleagues from many different library venues. METRO’s “WALDO Updates” on trends in the electronic resources and library technology markets are a must for me. My favorite recent METRO program was a seminar on libraries and the millennial generation. It encouraged me to think comprehensively about the kinds of changes I should be looking to implement at my institution to meet the needs of this growing part of our user base.

In the future, libraries will…
Libraries will continue to be the essential informational and literacy access points they’ve always been. They’ll be filled with dedicated staff members, just as they are now, who will work hard to incorporate the latest important technological and artistic achievements in the services they provide to the public or to their specific clientele.

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