METRO Meetups

METRO is proud to support the work of our members through Special Interest Groups. Each group is convened by leaders in our field around a topic of interest to our wider community.

Library instruction

Linda Miles and Haruko Yamauchi, Co-organizers

Learn about a wide range of topics related to library instruction and meet to network and share information. Potential topics include navigating, implementing, and assessing ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy, instruction for targeted groups, library instruction in distance learning settings, developing assessment tools, and planning for the future of library instruction.

Circulation & Reserves

Monique Prince and Deborah Caesar, Co-organizers

The Circulation & Reserves Special Interest Group brings together individuals interested in discussing issues of shared concern. Possible topics for discussion include managing student and part-time workers, circulation and reserve software, fines and fees, policies, workflow, stacks maintenance, technology loans, assessment, and best practices.


Stephen Klein, Organizer

Open to all library staff interested in the coding, deployment, and design of library software, systems, and web services. This local chapter of Code4Lib, known as Code4LibNYC, aspires to channel the spirit of the national organization. We were formerly known as the “Library 2.0” SIG at METRO. We want to provide a forum for software and web developers and programmers, who work at area libraries, to discuss their ongoing projects.

Collective Access User Group

Robin Camille Davis, Organizer

The CollectiveAccess User Group at METRO was created in 2014. This group meets at METRO on a quarterly basis to discuss projects created with CollectiveAccess, development aspects related to the platform, and solutions for utilizing open source technology to manage collections.

Economic & Business Librarians

Lucy Heckman and John Balow, Organizers

This SIG brings together public, academic, and special librarians with a background and/or interest in business librarianship to discuss new resources or best practices in the field.

Interlibrary Loan

Beth Posner and Emma Raub, Co-organizers

The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Special Interest Group (SIG) is composed of individuals involved in strengthening local information resource sharing though interlibrary loan services, document delivery, etc. The group focuses on issues of common interest, such as OCLC, management software systems like ILLiad and CLIO, policies and procedures, technology, best practices, etc.

Librarians for College Readiness

Marifran DeMaine, Carl Andrews, Leanne Ellis, Co-organizers

This group provides an opportunity for high school and college librarians to share their experiences. The group will help high school librarians prepare students for college. Academic librarians will gain a better idea of where students are coming from and how they can help.

Through conversation, this SIG will work to ease students’ transition between high school and college. Topics of discussion and presentations include college readiness, the first year college experience, and enhancing critical thinking. Librarians from public and independent schools, college, and universities, as well as support staff, are welcome.

Library Assistants and Support Staff

Rita Gregory and Mildred Graham, Co-organizers

The mission of the LASSA SIG is to foster the recognition and support of the professional contributions of all library assistants, support staff and associates through the circulation of information, the availability of education, and constructive dialogue within the library community.

Outreach and Advocacy

Carl Andrews and Mark Aaron Polger, Co-organizers

The Outreach and Advocacy group discusses innovative methods to advocate for programs, services, and staff. Topics of discussion include developing outreach goals, establishing your library’s identity, creating a successful library campaign from start to finish, lemonading a library disaster into something positive, developing assessment tools to conduct community analysis, building partnership, and crafting visual materials.

Pop Culture

Caroline Fuchs and Michael Handis, Co-organizers

To best serve today’s patrons, librarians need a broad understanding of the wide spectrum of the arts and popular culture that are of interest to our users. From gaming to comics to cosplay to streaming video, librarians are becoming both advocates of and experts in these non-traditional collections. The Pop Culture SIG aims to engage librarians in a dialogue on the wide range of cultural productions and practices that are redefining library collections and the resulting changes in practice in librarianship. We welcome librarians from all types of libraries to join the discussion.

Reference Librarians Interest Group

Kate Adler and Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, Co-organizers

The Reference Special Interest Group is connects librarians interested in the issues related to the provision of reference services, including the similarities and differences between “reference” and “virtual reference.” Our SIG meets quarterly at the offices of METRO to hold informal discussions on issues of our choosing.

Science, Technology, Medical Librarians

Bruce Slutsky and John Carey, Co-organizers

The Special Interest Group (SIG) for Science, Technology and Medical Librarians is composed of individuals from libraries with substantial collections in the physical, life or natural sciences. Through meetings and other events, members work to identify and develop effectives strategies to promote the interests of professionals working in this area and their library organizations.

Racial and Social Justice in Libraries, and Archives

Diana Moronta and Julia Marden, Co-organizers

The Social Justice Special Interest Group welcomes all librarians, archivists, and other information professionals who are interested in activities on community-centered activism, social movements, and outreach. Through meetings, presentations, discussion groups, and other events, we will reflect on and rethink the intersections of libraries and archives with social justice struggles. Some questions we will explore include: How do the ways we preserve, analyze, document and mobilize our collections, instruction, and services connect with the work of community activists in their fights for racial, economic, and gender justice? What does it mean to have a commitment to social justice in our profession and practice? How does librarianship embrace, challenge, or hinder various forms of access to information, documentation, and archives?

User Experience (UX) in Libraries

Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas, Co-organizers

If you’re interested in the usability and user experience of libraries, the UX SIG is for you! Support our SIG for opportunities to collaborate on user experience projects, share ideas and resources, and to give and receive support and advice.

Web Archiving Interest Group

Sumitra Duncan and Alex Thurman, Co-organizers

Hosted by Metropolitan New York Library Council, the Web Archiving Interest Group is an inclusive group designed to facilitate growth in the communities forming around initiatives to preserve websites and other online resources. We seek to support professionals in libraries, archives and museums engaged in web archiving, as well as students and others new to the field. With meetings and presentations held throughout the year we will provide a venue for professional development and a forum for open discussion of common interest.