myMETRO Researchers Bring Their Expertise to the NYC Community

The 2013 myMETRO Researchers Project came to a close on the evening of Monday, October 21, 2013 with presentations from each of the three research teams. Each group reviewed their progress over the preceding nine months, from the process of selecting a topic and team members to collecting and reporting on the data they found.

Final reports from each of these three teams can be found on our myMETRO Researchers Project page

The Independent Publishing team (Amy Ballmer, A.S. Municino, Judith Schwartz, and Robert Weiss) evaluated the dynamic between research libraries and independent publishers. Collecting data from each group proved the group's first challenge, as librarians returned data with zeal while publishing industry insiders resisted email contact. To correct this imbalance, group member Judith Schwartz traveled to the Book Expo America conference, where in-person conversation proved more effective.

Their final report showed interest from both libraries and independent publishers in working together to build solid research collections with materials from lesser known print houses. The Independent Publishing group's recommendations include reconfiguration of the P.O. process, increased attendance of librarians at publisher functions, and more activity from librarians writing reviews of books from independent publishing houses.

The Landmark Preservation team (Robin Naughton, Steven Essig, M.Rini Hughes, and Catey Farley) identified adaptive reuse (e.g. The High Line in Manhattan) as a research topic, and they were met with enthusiasm from their community partners, the Embankment Preservation Coalition. In an early meeting, the two groups opted to work toward a comprehensive annotated bibliography to support the work of the coalition in converting Jersey City's Harsimus Stem Embankment into a green space.

The final report from the Landmark Preservation team includes annotations to materials covering the history of adaptive reuse, a history of the embankment, online materials for identifying and registering historic landmarks, and preservation law and planning.

The Libraries and the Affordable Care Act group (Danielle Aloia, Marilyn Kahn, and Rajni Misra) recognized the challenges of providing health care information to the general public, and researched the implications of this landmark piece of legislation for libraries and librarians. Collecting information through a survey, the team found that academic librarians were particularly interested in the history of health care legislation, due in large part to students' research on the topic.

The ACA team's final deliverable includes a comprehensive guide to the Affordable Care Act. To assist librarians in addressing patron issues around this new legislation, the team created a METRO SIG devoted to the issue. All interested parties are welcome to join the ACA SIG's first meeting on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 4:00 PM. 


About the myMETRO Researchers Project

The myMETRO Researchers project provides an outlet for myMETRO members to develop their research capabilities while creating high-level, actionable research. All myMETRO members are welcome to participate. Stay tuned for an announcement regarding the opening meeting of next year's project.