myMETRO Researchers

Now in its third year, the myMETRO Researchers program provides myMETRO members with an opportunity to develop high level research skills while creating necessary resources for the New York City and Westchester County library and archives community. 

Read more about our 20122013, and 2014 cohorts of myMETRO Researchers. 


myMETRO Researchers-in-Residence
Winter 2014

myMETRO Researchers-in-Residence is the revised myMETRO Researchers project. Our goal this year is to support independent research by myMETRO members.

The myMETRO Researchers-in-Residence program encourages myMETRO members to exercise their research, reference, writing, and critical-inquiry skills in pursuit of a self-guided research project on a topic that advances knowledge within the information professions.

Interested members will apply by proposing a research project (guidelines below), and those chosen for the program will have ten weeks to complete the project.

At the end of the research period, Residents will submit their project in a format that can be shared with the professional community such as a white paper, video, article, or website. Written projects should be five to six thousand words; other format guidelines can be negotiated with the Project Manager.

METRO will assist all Residents to expand the reach of their research. Examples include: creating a journal article, conference presentation, workshop, town hall/ panel discussion, or related activity.

METRO will provide each Resident with support services, such as: 

  • a project consultation with Tom Nielsen
  • two-hour coaching session for publishing or presenting your research
  • a group check-in meeting
  • use of METRO referral cards to access METRO libraries
  • use of METRO office space by appointment
  • a presentation venue
  • promotion of your project deliverables via METRO media channels and
  • scholarship money for conference or research purposes


Eligibility

Current myMETRO members are eligible. Lapsed or non-members whose application is accepted must renew their membership or complete the myMETRO membership process prior to the start of the project.


Application

A complete application consists of a current resume and a research project proposal, including: title, general project description, project format (e.g. website, white paper, etc.) and statement of benefit to the library or archives community. Applicants may be contacted by phone or email for additional information.

Send applications in single Word or pdf format file via email with subject line: myMETRO Researchers-in-Residence to Tom Nielsen, METRO Member Services Manager, at tnielsen@metro.org.


Evaluation

Up to four applicants will be accepted. Project proposals should address an issue or challenge facing the information professions or information professionals and should be reasonably scoped to be completed within the residency term.


Dates and Deadlines

Fellowship applications: due by Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Fellowships announced: Monday, February 24, 2014
Fellowship term: March 3, 2014 to May 9, 2014
Welcome Meeting: Week of March 3, 2014
Check-in Meeting: Week of April 7, 2014
Project Report: due on Monday, May 12, 2014


Contact

Questions can be directed to Tom Nielsen at 212 228 2320 x116 or tnielsen@metro.org