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  1. Creating Sustainable Websites with GitHub Pages and Jekyll

    A stable, sustainable, and attractive website is key for libraries, archives and other public organizations to stay connected to their communities. Up-to-date content like public programming details, photo galleries and blogs outwardly reflect the interior vibrancy of information/cultural heritage orgs.

    The barriers to creating and updating an active website have been drastically lowered in recent years thanks to static site generation software and low-risk options for web hosting. This workshop will cover how to use a popular combination for building low-maintenance websites: Jekyll, a blog/content-generating software for creating easy HTML page templates, and GitHub Pages, a free hosting platform.

    By the end of this two-hour workshop, attendees will:

    • Be able to identify the difference between dynamic and static websites, and the particular benefits of static sites

    • Publish a basic, live Jekyll website hosted on GitHub Pages

    • Learn how to update that site with their own content via the GitHub web editor or a local text editor

    Prerequisite knowledge/experience:

    • Some familiarity with git and/or GitHub (strongly encouraged)

    What to bring:

    • A Mac or Windows laptop with GitHub Desktop and a “text editor” of user’s choice previously installed. E.g. for Mac: Atom, Sublime Text, BBEdit, TextMate; for Windows: Atom, Sublime Text, Visual Studio Code, Notepad++ (required)

      • Or click here to borrow one of METRO's PC laptops for $5.00

    • A GitHub user account (required)

    About our instructor:

    Ethan Gates is a freelance writer, educator and technical consultant in Hartford, CT. He has worked with NYU's M.A. program in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation, XFR Collective, METRO and more to lead workshops that demystify technology for archiving and information professionals.


  2. Tour Brooklyn Academy of Music's Hamm Archives

    We invite you to a lecture and collection tour of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Hamm Archives. The Hamm Archives tell the 150-year history of BAM, but they also tell a story of the people and communities—civic and artistic—that made BAM what it is today. The Archives provide a rich and unique resource for those interested in BAM artists, the history of performing arts in the U.S., and in Brooklyn's social history.

    Comprised of approximately 3,000 linear feet of documents and photographs dating from 1857 to the present, the Archives includes items such as playbills, posters, architectural plans, administrative files, production records, press clippings, and video. The collection is housed at the BAM Hamm Archives Center in a modernized facility at 1000 Dean Street in Crown Heights.

    The visit will include a talk on the unique materials held in the Hamm Archives, as well as projects undertaken for the recent launch of the Leon Levy Digital Collection, the Archives’ online digital collection containing over 25,000 images and documents.

    Please note that this event is open to METRO institutional and individual members only. There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.


  3. NYC Open Data's Metadata for All Initiative: Project Presentation

    Come check out progress we’ve made in order to develop new and improved Data Dictionaries for NYC Open Data!

    We’re unveiling a new user-friendly approach for NYC Open Data’s data dictionaries.  Explore popular datasets from the Taxi & Limousine Commission, Department of City Planning, 311, and other agencies, and see how new metadata standards make it easier to find and use the data you’re looking for.

    If you’re an information professional, librarian, data manager, or use NYC Open Data, join us for a recap of this summer’s Metadata for All project, networking, and a discussion of where we can go next. 

    About the Metadata for All Project

    For the past six months, a team of data librarians has been working with the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA), and the broader NYC Open Data Team, to find ways to make the metadata of the top 100 most-used datasets on NYC Open Data more usable  and explore new ways to ensure that metadata is user-friendly for all New Yorkers. The Metadata for All project is made possible by a grant from the Sloan Foundation and partnerships with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, METRO, Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics, NYC Open Data Team, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Public Library, New York Public Library and Tiny Panther Consulting.


  4. Tour New York Public Radio's Archives

    Join us for an afternoon tour of the NYPR Archives!

    After a visit to NYPR’s overall facilities and the NYPR Archives in particular, visitors will see a presentation describing how archive staff manage the documentation and repatriation of the content of a nearly 100-year-old broadcaster, while also attempting to keep up with the current output of a very active production facility.

    The New York Public Radio (NYPR) Archives was established in the year 2000 by Archives Director Andy Lanset.

    Please note that this event is open to METRO institutional and individual members only. There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.


  5. Tour New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room

    You’re invited to a tour of the New York Academy of Medicine’s Rare Book room.

    The Academy is home to one of the most significant historical libraries in medicine and public health in the world, safeguarding the heritage of medicine to inform the future of health.

    METRO members will visit the Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Reading Room, which houses much of the rare book collection, and also contains many secondary sources in the history of medicine and the history of books and printing; as well as visiting the Digital Lab, a FADGI-compliant studio developed to support the creation and preservation of our digital assets internally, particularly rare, fragile and unique materials.

    Special subject strengths of the collections include anatomical atlases, cardiology, cookery, dermatology, healthy living regimens, history of medicine of the City of New York, homeopathy and alternative medical systems, medical Americana, medical botany, neurology, surgery, and women and children's health.

    Please note that this event is open to METRO institutional and individual members only. There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.


  6. Financial Literacy Resources and Services

    METRO Economics and Business Librarians Meetup Group is presenting a program on Financial Literacy Resources and Services on October 17, 2018 from 10 A.M. until 12 noon at the NYU Bobst Library, Room 743.

    Our speakers will be Dan Hickey (NYU Bobst) and Kathleen Kalmes (NY Public Library, SIBL).

    Please join us for this topic of concern for all and resources. services and programs available to assist our patrons.

    We look forward to seeing you.

    Lucy Heckman (St. John's University Library); Dan Hickey (NYU Bobst)




We accept payment by credit card or by invoice. Please note that we do not accept cash payment, on site or otherwise.

Workshop Cancellation

METRO reserves the right to cancel any workshop or to substitute instructors. In the event of a cancellation, postponement, or substitution, registrants will be notified in advance (if possible) via email and may receive a full refund of the registration fee.

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.