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  1. How to Take the Lead: Leveraging your role as a problem-solver in your institution

    How to Take the Lead: Leveraging your role as a problem-solver in your institution

    The facilitators of this session will use their own experiences to help participants fill the role of “internal consultants,” employees who “influence [their institutions] through credibility, expertise, skills, knowledge and understanding and to change something.” The workshop will offer practical methods of:

    · Filling the role of an internal consultant
    · Explaining your value to committees that solve problems and take advantage of opportunities
    · Identifying, understanding, and solving the institutions' problems and opportunities to help the institution realize their full potential
    · Helping find solutions by, for example, searching the literature and facilitating brainstorming sessions with other employees

    This session will consist of an hour-long interactive talk by Sheryl Ramer and Deborah Goss, who have begun to view themselves as internal consultants, followed by several short presentations by librarians who have helped institutions to solve problems.

    Abour Our Instructors

    ​​Sheryl Ramer is Director of the health science library at New York City Health + Hospitals / Elmhurst. She is an integral member of the hospital’s Workforce Development committee, which promotes employee engagement, and the Collaborative Care committee, which improves patient experience. Sheryl identified the need for and piloted a program with CE Direct, an online educational product for health care professionals. The pilot persuaded the administration to purchase CE Direct for all hospital employees. She will soon be featured in the hospital newsletter describing her continuous quality improvement in the library and her work with the 3D printer, which was purchased with a grant from METRO.

    Deborah is the Chief Medical Librarian at NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens, where she has worked for the past 6 years. Recently, she has become involved in hospital-wide initiatives to apply strategic deployment to population health management. Her professional interests include healthcare delivery reform & information discovery in the digital age. She currently serves as President of BQSIMB Health Sciences Librarians.

    This event is co-sponsored by METRO and BQSIMB (Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan and the Bronx Health Sciences Librarians). To learn more about BQSIMB, visit their website at


  2. Introducing Historypin's Storybox: Community Memory and Social Change

    Introducing Historypin’s Storybox: Community Memory and Social Change

    Historypin’s Storybox, launching in June 2018, is a unique story sharing program that brings people together to ask big questions, share the stories of life, and illuminate the things we have in common.

    In this workshop, we’ll demonstrate hands-on story sharing sessions designed to be run in libraries and community organizations, and look at some of the science and methodologies behind this approach.

    Learning outcomes include: how to facilitate community conversations around shared local history; how to utilize a theory of change to measure social impact in library civic engagement programs; why story sharing is more effective than information-based treatments in driving attitude change.

    Session agenda:

    • 4:00-4:10 PM, Intro to Historypin and Storybox
    • 4:10-5:00 PM, Abbreviated story session
    • 5:00-5:10 PM, Break
    • 5:10-5:40 PM, Methods behind Storybox and a variety of ways to design civic engagement programs in your community
    • 5:40-6:00 PM, Q&A

    About our instructor:

    Based in New Orleans, Jon is the Director of  Shift Inc (US), part of a global non-profit that designs consumer products and builds social ventures to help solve social problems. He is also Strategic Partnerships Director for Historypin, where more than 4,000 cultural heritage organizations are working to strengthen communities through intergenerational and intercultural storytelling and local history.

    Jon co-founded the International Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives & Museum Summit in 2011 to help build an open ecosystem of historical data across libraries, archives, and museums worldwide. In 2016, he co-founded the Cultural Heritage and Social Change Summit to bring together cultural heritage professionals to address issues of cultural equity in our collective narrative of history.


  3. Portable Network Kits, or How to Build Your Own Local Internet

    Portable Network Kits, or How to Build Your Own Local Internet

    Join us to explore, build, and test a brand new Portable Network Kit. In this hands-on session, we'll configure wireless access points, a router, and a Raspberry Pi server in order to create a local pop-up network.

    At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    - identify the components of a local network

    - specify how these components work together in a network

    - be able to build a PNK!

    Prerequisite skills and/or interests for this session fall into three categories:

    • Technologist: Comfortable with routine computer use. Fond of tinkering. Can follow step-by-step directions. Endless patience.

    • Handy Person: Glue gun savvy, understands velcro, zip ties, cable wrapping and scissors

    • Organizer: Notetaker, documentarian, spreadsheet enthusiast, storyteller, wrangler


    1-1:30pm Intro / Icebreaker / PNK Vocab Slam

    1:30-2pm Use it!

    2-3:30pm Build it!

    3:30-4pm Test it!

    What to bring:

    • At least one WiFi-enable device (Laptops, tablets, or smartphone) per person.

    About our facilitator:

    Raul Enriquez is the technology & training manager at New America’s Resilient Communities Initiative. As an educator, he believes a classroom should be visceral, safe, and collaborative. Enriquez also believes food is the ideal conduit for ideas to flow throughout a community. Let's have a potluck. We'll talk. Prior to New America, Enriquez was the computer teacher at The Doe Fund in NYC. While there, he taught men with histories of homelessness, incarceration, and substance abuse the value of computer literacy, computer arts, and CompTIA A+ certification. As a guest artist, he taught graduate courses at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and at CalArts | California Institute of the Arts. When left alone, Enriquez engages in aural/moving image arts, siesta, and culinary buffoonery.


  4. Basics of Analog Video Deck Cleaning

    Basics of Analog Video Deck Cleaning

    Any die-hard video preservationist will tell you that a big part of the work of digitizing analog video involves maintaining--that is, fixing and cleaning--old equipment. But opportunities to learn how to maintain analog machines from knowledgeable practitioners are pretty rare.

    On April 4th from 6:30 to 8:00 PM, METRO and the XFR Collective will host a public workshop, Basics of Analog Video Deck Cleaning, with instruction by Kelly Haydon (A/V Archivist at NYU's Fales Library) and Michael "Flip" di Filippo. This event is free to attend, but registration is limited. No prior experience necessary.

    About our instructors:
    Kelly Haydon is the Audiovisual Archivist at New York University libraries. Previously, she cleaned a lot of decks at Bay Area Video Coalition as their Preservation Manager.  She holds an MA from the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program at New York University, where she focused on digital preservation strategies, community archiving, and the conservation of audiovisual material. Through her project work in the program, she implemented cataloging systems for Anthology Film Archives and for the Institute for African Studies in Accra, Ghana.


  5. Working in the Digital Art Landscape

    Working in the Digital Art Landscape

    This workshop will teach the basics of operating within a creative landscape that requires manipulation and creation of assets for print and digital media. Participants will gain an overall understanding of the tools available in Adobe’s Creative Suite and how they work together to create usable, quality content.

    Need to edit a photo, prepare files for a printer, or make a GIF? The workshop will cover:

    Photoshop Basics - Uses and Goals

    • File Setup: Sizing and Resolution
    • Photo Editing: Non-Destructive Editing and Adjustments

    Illustrator Basics - Uses and Integration

    • Raster vs Vector: Best Practices and Use Cases
    • Workflows between Creative Suite Applications

    Indesign Basics - Layout and Integration

    • Formatting for Print

    By the end of the class, participants will be able to work within the Creative Suite and format content for various platforms. While we plan to walk through a project that touches upon all of the above areas, participants are encouraged to bring questions related to their own work or design initiatives.

    What to bring:

    • A laptop (or click here to borrow one of METRO's for $5.00).

      Please have Adobe Creative Suite pre-loaded. If you don't own a license, you can download a free, 7-day trial version of Creative Cloud here

    About our instructors:

    Austin Eustice is a designer for Food Network where he creates content across platforms, from social media videos and on-air branding, to magazine art. In his 10+ years of experience as a graphic designer and illustrator, he has worked for academic institutions, ad agencies, on-air television networks, and publishers.

    Katie Martinez is the Archives Manager at Trisha Brown Dance Company and a graduate of Pratt Institute’s School of Information. Her study and practice of digital design began eight years ago when she co-opened a vintage clothing and books boutique, The Fine Art of Design. Understanding the fundamentals of information layout frequently contributes to her work as an archivist.


  6. Every Story, a Phantom: A Poetic Study of Erasure, Compression, and White Space

    Every Story, a Phantom: A Poetic Study of Erasure, Compression, and White Space

    Erasure, compression, redaction, and impermanence are topics that librarians and archivists confront in their everyday work. This workshop will be an interactive, generative look at “erasure texts” and what they tell us about how information gets condensed, saved, lost, and reinterpreted over time. We will looks at works by poets like Mary Ruefle and Robin Coste Lewis, and consider the legacies of poets like Sappho whose work survives only in fragments. By investigating texts that have been redacted into new texts, we will ask questions about the permanence of texts, how to understand and document the revision process, and the material nature of the poetic page. This workshop will include several original writing exercises.

    Learning objectives include participants:

    1. encountering erasure as a poetics, with a broad view of its history and current practices;

    2. developing new revision strategies based on erasure, with an emphasis on compression and redaction;

    3. and introducing subtext and depth into their poems by negotiated what is said versus what is left unsaid.

    While no prerequisite knowledge or experience is required for this workshop, a general, readerly interest and/or knowledge of poetry will be helpful.

    What to bring:

    • A pencil and paper

    About our instructor:

    Emilia Phillips is the author of three poetry collections from the University of Akron Press, most recently Empty Clip (2018) and Groundspeed (2016), and three chapbooks, most recently Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike (Bull City Press, 2015). Her poems and lyric essays appear widely in literary publications including Agni, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Poem-a-Day, Poetry, and elsewhere. She’s an assistant professor in the MFA Writing Program and the Department of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


  7. Dismantling the Dominant Narrative: Reframing History at the Black Lunch Table

    Dismantling the Dominant Narrative:
    Reframing History at the Black Lunch Table

    Organized around literal and metaphorical lunch tables, the Black Lunch Table (BLT) project takes the lunchroom phenomenon as its starting point.

    BLT roundtable sessions provide both physical space and allotted time for interdisciplinary and intergenerational discussions, bringing together a diversity of community members and fostering candid conversations. BLT Wikipedia edit-a-thons stage a collective authoring and improvement of a specific set of articles pertaining to the lives and works of Black artists.

    Join BLT co-founder, Heather Hart to learn how the BLT project evolved, how you can use parts of it in your communities, and about the dynamic online archive BLT is building as an interface to the roundtable sessions they've collected. Together we will explore how to make our archives more equitable.

    What to bring:

    • A laptop (or click here to borrow one of METRO's for $5.00).

    About our instructor:
    Heather Hart, based in New York, is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the power in thresholds, questioning dominant narratives and creating alternatives to them through viewer activation. She was awarded grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, NYFA, Harpo Foundation and Creative Capital. Hart’s solo work includes exhibits in Storm King Art Center, The Kohler Art Center, Eastern Illinois University, Greensboro, NC, Seattle Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum, University of Toronto and a collaborative show at The Drawing Center. Hart's project, The Black Lunch Table (BLT), is an ongoing nomadic collaboration founded in 2005 with artist and SAIC professor. BLT’s primary aim is the production of discursive sites, wherein cultural producers engage in dialogue on a variety of critical issues. BLT has taken the form of salons, peer teaching workshops, meet-ups, Wikipedia Edit-a-thons and their roundtable project that builds a dynamic online oral history archive.


  8. 20th Annual Library Assistants' Day Celebration: Looking Back, Moving Forward

    “Looking Back, Moving Forward”

    METRO’s Library Assistants, Support Staff & Associates

    Sponsored by:

    • Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)
    • District Council 37
    • The New York Public Library


    8:30-9:30: Registration & Breakfast

    9:30-9:45: Welcome & Introduction of LASSA/SIG - Val Colon, Cheryl Marriott, LASSA/SIG

    9:45-9:50: Reading of “Library Assistants Day Proclamation” - Maxine Grandison

    9:50-10:00: Introduction of Kyle Brown, General Manager, METRO – Anthony Wyche

    10-10:10: Introduction of Henry Garrido, Executive Director, DC 37 – Val Colon

    10:10-10:20: 2018 (40th Annual) NYSLAA Conference – Rita Gregory

    10:20-10:30: BREAK

    10:30-10:35: Introduction of Christopher Platt, Chief Branch Library Officer, NYPL – Nina Manning

    10:35-11:15: Keynote Speech – Christopher Platt, Chief Branch Library Officer, NYPL

    11:15-12:15: *AM WORKSHOP

    12:15-1:30: LUNCH

    1:30-1:45: Introduction of Jennifer Leveque, Director of Total Rewards, NYPL (Finance Info. Session) – Val Colon

    1:45-2:45: ** PM WORKSHOP

    2:45-3:00: PM BREAK

    3:00-3:30: Raffles, Evaluations, Wrap-Up - Rita Gregory, Anthony Wyche

    Workshop Descriptions

    I. "Conflict Resolution"
    This 1-hour session reviews the concepts of the New York Public Library's "Dealing with Conflict" training, and provides practical application in working with tense situations in public service.

    Presenter: Craig Senecal, NYPL

    II. "Google Drive"
    If you ever wished you had one system to streamline your work, Google Drive is that system! Google Drive is a personal cloud storage service that is web-based from Google. With Google Drive you are able to store and synchronize data from your laptop, computers, tablets and smartphone devices. This workshop will show you how to use Google Docs, Sheets and Slides that you can work on, but also share with your teammates in real time. Participants must must bring a laptop, iPad, tablet or smartphone.

    Presenter: Sarah Davis, NYPL

    III. "Emergency Preparedness"
    This workshop discusses the importance of preparing for emergencies. Provides guidance in creating an effective emergency plan, addressing current issues, lessons learned, and best practices related to all phases of Emergency Management.

    Presenter: Abigail Banks, NYC Service Corp Fellow

    IV."Staff/Career Development"

    In this session, the participants will understand the tools available for all staff at the Library to develop their skills.

    Presenter: Craig Senecal, NYPL

    Craig Senecal is the Director of Talent Development and Employee Engagement for the New York Public Library. Through partnerships and the work of his team, training programs for our 2,900 staff members are developed, launched and measured. The Learning team has a hand in everything from Early Literacy to Dealing with Conflict and Strategic Plans.

    V. "Health & Wellness (featuring, Bodies in Motion)"
    In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to support healthy living exercise. This course will include a warm up, cardio, toning and stretching prior to a full workout collaboration of the Cha-Cha, Salsa, Yoga-lite, and R&B movements. Moving your body is good for your mind. Physical activity is good for your body, brain and mind.

    Presenter: Ola Waymmann

    VI. "Safety in the Workplace"
    This workshop will give an overview of workplace violence. Any location can become a target, so get some ideas on how to make your library more secure. The following topics will be discussed -

    • The different types of Workplace Violence.
    • How to recognize potential offenders behaviors.
    • How to report these incidents to proper authorities.
    • Employee responsibilities

    Presenter: John Abraham, NYPL


  9. Teaching Research Data Management and Reproducibility: Ways to Engage Your Community in Research Stewardship

    Teaching Research Data Management and Reproducibility: Ways to Engage Your Community in Research Stewardship

    By understanding researchers' workflows, teaching data management is that much more efficient. In this session, Vicky Steeves (Librarian for Research Data Management and Reproducibility, New York University) will give an introduction to those looking to start offering services around research data management and reproducibility.

    Steeves will introduce the concepts, terminology, and best practices of data management and reproducibility from both the perspective of librarians and researchers. Steeves will also demonstrate existing open-source infrastructure and workflows that enable best practices in data management and working more with more reproducibility. Participants will experiment with online tools, engage in discussions, and work on small group activities. Folks walking away from this workshop will have a better idea of how to engage with researchers on these topics, offer more research services, and foster a community of stewardship within their institutions.

    Learning objectives:

    • Participants will gain an understanding of some basic concepts in data management and reproducibility
    • Participants will know about available tools that help work towards research reproducibility
    • Participants will understand how to offer and scale services around data management and reproducibility
    • Participants will be able to, at the very least, know what to look up when Googling

    This is an introductory workshop; no prerequisite knowledge or experience is required.

    What to bring:

    • A laptop (or click here to borrow one of METRO's for $5.00)

    About Our Instructor

    ​Vicky Steeves is the Librarian for Research Data Management and Reproducibility, a dual appointment between NYU's Division of Libraries and Center for Data Science. In this role, she works supporting students, faculty, staff, and researchers in creating well-managed, high quality, and reproducible research through facilitating use of tools such as ReproZip. Her research centers on integrating reproducible practices into the research workflow, advocating openness in all facets of research (code, data, analysis tools, etc.), and building/contributing to open infrastructure.​


  10. Tour of Federal Reserve Bank of New York

    • What we'll do
    METRO Economics and Business Librarians Meetup: Tour of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

    On April 18, 2018, the METRO SIG Economics and Business Librarians Meetup Group is sponsoring a tour of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, from 10 AM to 12 noon. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is located at 33 Liberty Street. We will meet at 9:30 AM. Please bring a valid, government-issued ID for admission. Please register no later than April 7, 2018. Please take the opportunity to visit and tour the Federal Reserve Bank of New York!

    • What to bring
    Please bring valid, government-issued ID for admission

    • Important to know
    Tickets will be issued in early April


  11. EBSCO Health Showcase

    Join us for an EBSCO Health educational event led by HLSP Program Manager, Nathalie Reid.

    Participants will learn about various EBSCO Health tools from experts, meet the EBSCO Health sales and support team, and have the opportunity to network with peers.

    This event is free to attend, but participation will be limited to the first 30 individuals who RSVP. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

    Sessions & Speakers:

    • EBSCO Discovery Service Health(TM): The Who, What, and Why
      Discovery services have a stigma of being unacceptable for users of medical libraries. Come learn how EBSCO and METRO made a massive investment in their member libraries and technology resources to do something different; make discovery effective and accessible for HLSP hospital librarians and their researchers to promote evidence-based, patient-centric, team-based care.

      Tim Heiges, EBSCO Health VP of SaaS Sales
      Tim Heiges has long been a highly-active participant and advocate in the library industry. Having been with EBSCO for twenty years, he is a regular speaker at numerous regional, national, and international library and publisher conferences and serves as a Guest Lecturer at the library shcools at the Universities of Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Denver. Tim also works closely with medical librarians as part of a library advisory council to help shape EBSCO's Software as a Service product line for its worldwide researchers.

    • DynaMed Plus: How Does It Stack Up Against Other Clinical Decision Support Tools
      DynaMed Plus is the evidence-based reference tool clinicians use to get answers to clinical questions quickly and easily. Content is written by a world-class team of physicians who synthesize the evidence and provide objective analysis. Join practicing physician, Alan Ehrlich, a user of both DynaMed Plus and other clinical decision support tools to find out how DynaMed Plus stacks up with real world examples.

      Alan Ehrlich, MD, Executive Editor, DynaMed Plus
      Alan Ehrlich, MD is Executive Editor at DynaMed and a Clinical Associate Professor in Family Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is board certified from the American Board of Family Medicine. Alan graduated from Rutgers Medical School and completed his residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He currently teaches Evidence-Based Medicine to 3rd year medical students and writes the Evidence-Based Medicine column for Clinical Advisor magazine.

    • Tips and Tricks for the Perfect CINAHL Search
      CINAHL, the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health is a highly-recognized and well-used research tool. CINAHL provides broad content coverage including 50 nursing specialties, speech and language pathology, nutrition, general health and medicine and more. The presentation will focus on search tips and techniques (including limiters) to obtain comprehensive and/or precise search results.

      Ellen Westling, Senior Engagement Manager - EBSCO Health
      Ellen is an experienced medical librarian who has been providing customer support and training and working with medical customers at EBSCO for 18 years. Prior to joining EBSCO she worked as the Associate Director at the Countway Library of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and also as a medical librarian at the Treadwell Library at Massachusetts General Hospital.


  12. Spring 2018 Library Resource Sharing: Interlibrary Loan Meetup

    Please join us at our Spring 2018 Library Resource Sharing: Interlibrary Loan Meetup

    We'll have an open forum for interlibrary loan librarians and other parties interested in posing interlibrary loan related questions or sharing their latest ideas and resources. Please send us any agenda items you’d like to discuss.

    The event will be held at:

    The new METRO Training Center (8th floor)

    599 Eleventh Avenue (between 44th Street and 45th Street)

    Please note, the METRO Interlibrary Loan SIG and the METRO Circulation and Reserves SIG have combined to become the Library Resource Sharing: Circulation, Interlibrary Loan and Reserves MeetUp group. In this way, new groups can be accommodated by METRO, and you will get more information about our shared interests through a shared MeetUp page and emails. We will also make it clear to everyone which meetings are focused on Interlibrary Loan and which are focused on Circulation and Reserves so that you can attend either one (or both, if you like!). This meeting will be focused on Interlibrary Loan, but everyone is welcome.

    Hope to see you there!


    Emma Raub & Beth Posner


  13. Intro to Code: Javascript, data, and poetry

    Intro to Code: Javascript, data, and poetry

    This workshop is a beginner-friendly introduction to coding as a hands-on, sketch-driven exploration of basic computer concepts. We'll use Javascript to learn how to create data types and program control flow (i.e., loops, if statements), how data enters and exits a computer, and to build a basic understanding of computing concepts. Awareness of the shifting boundary between human and computer language teaches us how computers excel and how we can shape the flexible parts of our ideas to make our lives easier. The workshop will culminate with writing our own Markov chains and poetry zines generated from literary texts from Project Gutenberg.

    Students will learn the basic vocabulary of computer code, basic javascript, how to make an interactive HTML page, and how to parse and store data that comes in from the internet.

    This workshop is for students who have experience with computers like using a keyboard and navigating your way around folders. However, no coding experience is required.

    Topics covered will include:

    • What is code? Human and computer languages

    • Peeking inside of files - the rich text file format

    • HTML and CSS in under 5 minutes

    • 3 things computers can do in a program: storage, algebra/compare, and control flow

    • Interactive javascript applications inside of HTML files

      • Text games

      • Drawing with the mouse

    • Fetching data from the internet with JQuery

    • Generative content with Markov chains

    What to bring:

    About our instructor:

    Robby Kraft is an creative engineer and instructor at Parsons School of Design and the School for Poetic Computation. He codes creative interactive visualization tools and installations and works on new origami designs and the mathematics of folding.


  14. Understanding Data on the Web: data traces, Tor browser, and SecureDrop

    Understanding Data on the Web:
    data traces, Tor browser, and SecureDrop

    In this workshop, we'll talk about some of the physical parts of the internet and how they fit together. We'll look at our own data traces to see what snoopers and our ISPs can see when they look at our web traffic. We'll spend the last section of the workshop talking about how the Tor browser hides some of the data traces that would otherwise visible. We'll also cover a few specific uses of the Tor browser, including submitting documents securely and anonymously to newsrooms via SecureDrop.

    During this workshop, we'll:

    - Use cards with pictures of different pieces of internet infrastructure (router, ISP, etc.) to lay out how the internet works.
    - Download a few applications that let us dive deeper into how information travels across the internet:

    • A packet sniffing application called Herbivore (if you don't know what "packet sniffing" is, don't worry! We'll talk about it in the workshop)

    • The Tor browser

    - Walk through one specific use of the Tor browser: using it to submit documents securely and anonymously to news outlets and non-profits

    Learning outcomes include:

    • Participants know how the basic building blocks of the internet—including routers, ISPs, servers, and data packets—fit together

    • Participants have an understanding of the digital data traces we create when we use the internet

    • Participants know how to use Tor and can decide when it makes sense to use based on the situation

    Prerequisite knowledge and/or experience:

    • What’s assumed: Basic computer fluency, including how to browse the web and download free software from the internet.  

    • We’ll learn together: Basics of internet infrastructure, like what role a router plays in getting a webpage to our computer; what a "data packet” is; what metadata is; what we mean when we talk about security and anonymity online.

    What to bring:

    • A laptop (or click here to borrow one of METRO's PC laptops for $5.00).
      Herbivore, which we’ll download and demo during the workshop, only works on Mac computers, but we’ll briefly discuss an alternative for Windows.
      All software options we’ll look at are free.

    About our instructor:
    Jen Kagan is a programmer, writer, and teacher. She's a recent graduate of NYU-ITP, where she's currently a research resident, and she's also a tech fellow at


  15. Photography & Photoshop Essentials, Part 1: Essential Lighting Techniques for 3D Objects and Flat Art

    Photography & Photoshop Essentials, Part 1:
    Essential Lighting Techniques for 3D Objects and Flat Art

    This session, originally scheduled for March 15th, will now take place on Thursday, June 21st.

    We are putting more and more of our cultural heritage objects online as digital images. Learn how to photograph 2- and 3- dimensional objects in a way that captures and enhances the detail and beauty of the originals. In this session we will cover techniques that you can apply to online exhibits, promotional materials, or digitization work.

    The first in a series of three workshops centered on photography and photoshop, this session will give participants an introductory understanding of essential lighting techniques for 3D objects and flat art. Topics covered will include:

    • Understanding light

    • Types of light sources

    • Direct light vs. diffused light

    • Lighting techniques for three-dimensional objects

    • Lighting techniques for two-dimensional objects and flat art

    No prerequisite knowledge or experience is required for this session. Students are encouraged to bring their own cameras in order to participate in hands-on exercises throughout the workshop.

    About our instructor:
    Oscar Frasser is a professional image-maker and storyteller with a focus on human rights human rights issues and Latin American topics. With over 20 years of experience as a photographer, cinematographer and filmmaker, Oscar has worked extensively in the areas of documentary filmmaking, photojournalism, media education and advertising. Oscar has won multiple awards in both the United States and internationally for his films and photo exhibitions. Oscar is currently specializing his cinematography work with drones, teaching as an Adjunct Professor of Filmmaking­ at The New School and working as a freelancer in video and photojournalism for the Associated Press at the United Nations and Notimex, a National News Agency of Mexico.




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Participant Cancellation

All registration cancellations must be submitted in writing to [email protected]

In order to receive a refund, we must receive your cancellation email at least 24 hours prior to the event start time. If METRO does not receive your cancellation email before that deadline, an invoice will be sent to recoup any unpaid fees. If you are unable to attend a workshop, you may choose to send another person in your place without penalty if you notify us in advance. Refunds are provided by credit card or check and will be processed within about four weeks.

Private Space

METRO will make private space available to nursing mothers upon request. Please contact us at [email protected] to make a reservation.