The myMETRO Researchers project is now in its second year. After a very successful pilot program in 2012, METRO continued to provide an outlet for myMETRO members to develop their research capabilities while creating high-level, publishable research.
This project includes a series of check-in meetings and wraps with a public presentation of each team's research findings. Last year's myMETRO Researchers had an opportunity to speak at METRO's Annual Conference in January.
If you are interested in participating in a future phase of this project, please contact METRO Member Services Manager, Tom Nielsen.
Members: Amy Ballmer (Graduate Center, City University of New York); A.S. Municino (Metro.org); Judith Schwartz (Medgar Evers College, City University of New York); Robert Weiss (Adelphi University)
The final deliverable includes an overview of the current state of the publishing industry, supplemented by an annotated bibliography. It then proceeds to a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the responses to our questionnaire to research librarians that focuses on their collection development policies with particular emphasis on their relationships with independent and small publishing houses. It concludes with a comprehensive annotated list of resources pertaining to indie publishing that identifies distributors, book bloggers, self-publishers, and related institutions and events. The ultimate objective is to create some type of conduit between these publishers and research libraries.
Members: Robin Naughton, Steven Essig (MLS, Merchandising, Metropolitan Opera), M.Rini Hughes, Catey Farley
Libraries and the Affordable Care Act
Members: Danielle Aloia (New York Academy of Medicine), Marilyn Kahn (Eastern School of Acupuncture), Rajni Misra
The final deliverable is an analysis of the information needs of METRO member libraries vis-a-vis the Affordable Care Act. Also included is an ACA LibGuide available through METRO’s web site, and a proposal for an in-person event which would bring librarians together to discuss challenges in meeting information needs related to the ACA. The intended audience includes academic, medical, and public librarians as well as others interested in learning more about the ACA.
Occupy Wall Street
Members: Darcy Gervasio (SUNY Purchase), Angela Ecklund (Rutgers), Arieh Ress
The final deliverable is an annotated bibliography accompanied by an analytical introductory statement/discussion (a mini literature review). The resources they gathered were sent to the organizers of and OWS event on climate change, Connect the Dots.
Members: Marie Sciangula (SUNY Purchase), Kim Detterbeck (SUNY Purchase), Nicole LaMoreaux (SUNY FIT and LIM College)
The final deliverable includes a literature review, information gathering methodology, conclusions drawn from survey results, and overall observations about the research methods and information needs of fashion bloggers. The intended audience is primarily researchers/librarians working with/for fashion bloggers. This group presented their research at the ARLIS/NA 41st Annual Conferece.
Members: Susan Chute, Robert Weiss, Marilyn Kahn-Wilen, Rajni Misra
The final deliverable includes:
- Definition of lifelong learning as it relates to the senior population and other demographics, with commentary based on current research, including the social component of programs.
- Descriptions of current national initiatives.
- Field research of local implementations: descriptions of selected Lifelong Learning sites in the METRO region.
- Samples of senior initiatives in METRO area public libraries, including NYPL.
- Overview of opportunities to learn at home (online, telephone).
- Summary of libraries and lifelong learning in local communities and accompanying bibliography.
Members: Evelyn Shunaman (Queens College GSLIS), Judy Lee, Ann McGettigan
The myMetro Research Project helped Friends of PS 217 by providing research and guidance in the following areas:
- determining methods to identify potential donors and other funding sources
- using social media effectively in this effort
- creating appropriate content for social media tools
- identifying best practices (and lessons learned) from similar groups operating elsewhere