The library community encompasses a vast spectrum of interests, specializations, and disciplines. To support the interests of our members, METRO hosts an array of Special Interest Groups (SIGs).
SIGs are open to staff from METRO member libraries, myMETRO members, and other interested individuals. SIG meetings are open to the public, and members interested in any particular SIG are welcome to join the SIG's discussion list.
Affordable Care Act
With October 2013 marking the beginning of insuranceenrollment through the new marketplace, librarians are facing a high demand for information on the ACA. A recent METRO hosted survey indicated that in addition to consumer-oriented material, many researchers are seeking in-depth analysis about all aspects of the ACA. The Affordable Care Act SIG brings together individuals interested in sharing knowledge and insights about how librarians can best provide resources about the law beyond the insurance marketplace. Possible topics for discussion around the ACA would include where to access information on economic, legislative and policy issues, public opinion and information literacy.
The Advocacy SIG is composed of individuals interested in the many aspects of library advocacy. Meetings throughout the year cover a wide range of library advocacy topics and offer important opportunities for networking and information sharing. The SIG also provides professional development opportunities through group discussion, and presentations by group members, library advocates and others.
The Bibliographic Instruction Special Interest Group (SIG) is composed of individuals interested in various aspects of library instruction. Meetings throughout the year cover a wide range of instruction topics and offer important opportunities for networking and information sharing. The SIG also provides professional development opportunities through group discussion, and presentations by group members, vendors and others. Topics targeted for future meetings include instruction for targeted groups, distance learning and bibliographic instruction, developing assessment tools, and planning for the future needs of bibliographic instruction.
Circulation & Reserves
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.
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.
The Digitization SIG focuses on the sharing of information and strategies related to the many aspects of implementing digitization projects but also what can be done with these projects once they have been created. Next-generation library tools take advantage of Web 2.0 technologies and can enhance the use of digitized materials. Group membership includes any librarians and library workers who are interested in digitization initiatives or managers of digitized projects who want to keep up with current technological trends and how it can enhance access to their projects. All members of varying levels of technological expertise and comfort levels are welcome.
The revamped DH+ SIG now focuses on the awareness of, and practical uses for next-generation library tools which take advantage of Web 2.0 technologies. These include social networking tools, social tagging software, digital library systems, institutional repositories, subject repositories, federated search tools, and next generation OPACS. Group membership includes any librarians and library workers who are interested in keeping up with current trends in Web 2.0 technology and its potential impact on libraries. This group welcomes members of varying levels of technological expertise and comfort levels.
The Distance Education Special Interest Group (SIG) is composed of individuals interested in different aspects of distance education. Meetings throughout the year cover a range of distance education topics, such as marketing services to faculty members and students, providing effective bibliographic instruction, and developing appropriate collections for the DE community. The SIG also provides professional development opportunities through group discussion, and presentations by group members, vendors and others. Topics targeted for future meetings include free software useful for distance education librarians, and establishing effective liaison with distance education faculty members.
Economic & Business Librarians
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.
Depository libraries provide free access to government documents collections, including electronic resources. The METRO Government Documents Special Interest Group is comprised of librarians from the depository libraries in the NYC area and others interested in access to government information. This group meets twice a year to learn more about issues and resources related to government information. The group provides a network of support for resource sharing, collaborative collection development, and other support for documents librarians.
High School to College Transition SIG
The High School to College Transition SIG 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.
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.
Library Assistants and Support Staff
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.
The Smart Phones and Mobile Computing Special Interest Group (SIG) is born from the PDA and Handheld Computing SIG, which ceased activity in March 2008. This group is composed of individuals from all types of libraries interested in personal digital assistants and other handheld electronic technologies (e.g. smart phone, tablet PCs). Through meetings, events and other shared-learning opportunities, members explore innovative ways libraries can use these technologies to enhance staff workflow, provide patron services, and support users. You may also want to check out the Mobile Computing in Libraries Libguide for more resources.
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
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.
The Social Media SIG is for those who are involved (and those who would like to be!) with their organization’s social media channels and social media strategy. This SIG will serve as a means of sharing ideas, learning about new social media channels and tools, sharing best practices, and hearing social media success stories. The social media SIG is a great way to stay on top of current changes and challenges.
Read more about SIG Policies and Procedures. You can also download METRO's flyer about SIGs (pdf). If you have specific questions about METRO’s SIGs, contact Davis Erin Anderson, Community Engagement Manager, at (212) 228-2320, ext. 122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.