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[UPDATED to reflect new date for "The Rights of Readers" webinar]
Professional development doesn’t need to get in the way of your summer plans.  Join METRO online this season for one of our upcoming webinars and enjoy an informative discussion from any computer with an internet connection.  From the Kindle’s effect on traditional readership to keeping your library relevant in the 21st century, the topics covered in this series are sure to pique your interest.  To learn more or to register, simply follow the links listed below or view our list of archived webinars to review at your convenience.  We hope you can join us!

Webinar: Letting Go of Legacy Services - A Sane and Sensible Approach
Thursday, July 14, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EDT
It’s impossible to create the information environment of the future while clinging to legacy services.  This program will investigate the concept of Planned Abandonment in libraries.  The presenters will discuss methods and means to evaluate legacy services, address how to market the end of a once-beloved service, and confront the staff and patron issues inherent in making thoughtful, lasting, mission-focused change in libraries.

Webinar: Proactive Libraries in the 21st Century - Keeping your Library Relevant to your Community
Thursday, July 21, 2011 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT
As access to information evolves, how do libraries remain relevant to their customers and communities? How can libraries serve the ever changing needs of their population while dealing with shrinking budgets and rising expectations? Maurice will discuss some ways to keep relevant, deal with lower funding coupled with increased demands and how to stay able to meet your communities' needs without knowing what those need will be in the future.
Webinar: The Rights of Readers and the Threat of the Kindle
Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT
What happens to our rights as readers when books go digital? Librarian Alycia Sellie and technologist Matthew Goins will challenge the status quo of book digitization and argue that a careless migration to electronic books may destroy well-established rights that readers have held historically with print. More than just an issue of convenience, this talk will examine restrictive licensing agreements and closed technologies used in current digitization projects and outline alternatives.
Please contact Laura Forshay at, 212.228.2320 x10 with any questions.
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