Research & Planning

Planning our Digital Futures Summit - Fall 2009

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On November 2nd and 3rd 2009, METRO hosted “Planning Our Digital Future,” an intensive two-day planning meeting at which 50 library leaders and stakeholders with a strong interest in digitization participated in setting strategic directions for our digitization-related services over the next three years. Representing the enormous diversity of METRO’s member institutions, participants hailed from a wide range of public, hospital, academic, and museum libraries and archives. The participants generated more than 80 recommendations via 15 different discussion groups on how METRO can facilitate the work of our member libraries and archives in a constantly evolving digital environment.


Digital Dilemmas Symposium - Spring 2009

Digital Dilemmas was a day-long symposium addressing some of the key strategic issues facing libraries as they work through what we might understatedly refer to as a "digital transition period." Digital Dilemmas brought together nationally recognized experts who: outlined the primary challenges facing libraries in a digital world; provided an understanding of the digital information economy and its effect on scholarship; and suggested future opportunities for libraries. The symposium provided librarians and library administrators with the opportunity to learn from leaders in the field and network with colleagues from the region working to address these challenges and seize potential opportunities.

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METRO Digital Library Services Plan 2007-2010

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The Metropolitan New York Library Council’s (METRO) Digital Library Services Plan builds on the efforts of the 2002-2006 and provides a flexible framework for 2007-2010. The program has evolved from creating awareness about digitization to developing a formal digital library program, establishing a grant program to support the digitization of member held collections, and implementing a shared digital asset management system enabling collections to be easily published on the Internet.


METRO 2006 Digitization Survey Final Report

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The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) conducted its third digitization survey in the summer of 2006. The 2006 survey focused on measuring the growth of digital activity at METRO member institutions, and gathering the information needed to develop plans for further expansion of METRO’s digital services.

Funding for this survey was provided in part by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.