Online or off, METRO is a community space where we respect one another, as well as all comers.

We seek to hold boundaries that create room for sharing ideas. Please read our policies below.

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Statement on Viewpoints

Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) endeavors to bring our members; colleagues; and the library, archives, and museums community at large programs and events that represent and explore a range of ideas from across the field. We ask our program participants to understand that the viewpoints expressed on our channels are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the beliefs of METRO or its staff. 

METRO’s staff works to ensure that our presenters and program attendees have access to a space that is conducive to learning from one another. We operate under a code of conduct that reifies our interest in civil discourse, and we uphold and maintain policies that prevent racism, sexism, ableism, ageism, and any other dehumanizing patterns of thought and behavior at our programs. 

Thank you for your attention to these policies, and we look forward to seeing you at our upcoming event(s).

Code of Conduct

At METRO, we strive to:

  • Support an open exchange of ideas within a safe and respectful environment, free from all forms of harassment, including those based on gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, health status, race, age, class, citizenship, veteran status, religion, or beliefs.
  • Offer a space of learning for our community by welcoming and respecting individuals from all professions and with all levels of education and experience.

We ask that all community members adhere to the following expectations:

  • METRO has a zero-tolerance policy for all verbal, physical, and sexual harassment. Anyone who is asked to stop a hostile or harassing behavior is expected to do so immediately.
  • Participation in discussions and activities should be respectful at all times. Please refrain from making inappropriate comments. Create opportunities for all people to speak, exercising tolerance of the perspectives and opinions of others.

We work to ensure that METRO is a welcoming space for all. Please let a staff member know if you experience or witness any harassing behavior. Contact information can be found on our staff page.