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  1. Safeguarding and Activating Digital Video Information in Cultural Institutions

    Safeguarding and Activating Digital Video Information in Cultural Institutions

    In cultural organizations, internally-produced digital video materials often function both as vital information resources and as conduits for public engagement. As key components of institutional memory, these assets undoubtedly deserve to be safeguarded for future access. But implementing effective storage and access infrastructures for digital media can prove challenging, especially for organizations equipped with limited funding and staff.

    Co-organized by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) and the National Digital Stewardship Residency for Art Information (NDSR Art), this panel will bring together specialists from a diverse range of institutional contexts to share their experiences preserving and activating digital video.

    NDSR Art is a partnership of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and ARLIS/NA, made possible with generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) via a 2016 Laura Bush 21st-Century Librarian Program grant.


    Amye McCarther, Archivist and Media Conservator; New Museum

    Dave Rice, Archivist; CUNY Television

    Ben Fino-Radin, Founder and Lead Conservator; Small Data Industries

    Farris Wahbeh, Benjamin and Irma Weiss Director of Research Resources; Whitney Museum of American Art

    Panel Moderator:

    Jean Moylan, 2018-19 National Digital Stewardship Residency for Art Information fellow; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

    Reception to follow:

    6:00-7:00 p.m.

    The Landmark Tavern

    626 11th Avenue

    New York, NY 10036


    Please direct all inquiries to Jean Moylan at [email protected]


  2. Course Design for Librarians: Turning a One-shot into a Multi-session Class

    We all know that workshops and one-shots have varying degrees of success meeting students’ information literacy needs. Attendance, student engagement, and faculty buy-in are all impediments to success. What if you could turn your ideas into a multi-session course, giving you control of the curriculum and learning outcomes?

    During this day-long workshop intended for academic librarians, participants will take a topic they are interested in and turn it into a multi-session course. In the morning we will focus on course development, including determining learning outcomes and scaffolding assignments. In the afternoon we will focus on pedagogy, including creating lesson plans and leading a class session. We will also brainstorm ways to adapt this model to individual environments (based on needs, resources, staffing strengths/limitations, etc.).

    This workshop is hands-on. Participants are asked to come with an idea for a class in mind (for example: What is something you are interested in teaching more in-depth? What is a skill faculty say students are lacking? What topic would add to your school's curriculum?), as well as an internet-enabled device for independent and group work (laptop, tablet, etc.).

    Participants will come away with a rough syllabus for a multi-session course, a few lesson plans/assignments geared towards their topic, and an understanding of how to facilitate class sessions.

    What to bring:

    • A laptop or other internet-enabled device

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

    About our instructor:

    KellyAnne McGuire is the Outreach Librarian at the Alumni Library at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA. She has worked and volunteered at public, high school, and academic libraries in NY and MA. She has taught classes at the high school and undergraduate level both in-person and online, as well as numerous workshops for patrons of all ages. Most recently, she helped develop an information studies curriculum at Simon’s Rock consisting of ten, one-credit, half-semester (seven week) courses taught by librarians that provide opportunities for students to develop metaliteracy and resilience within academia and beyond. KellyAnne has a BA from Mount Holyoke College, and a MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


  3. Introducing Open Data to Your Library

    Get familiar with open data resources relevant to New Yorkers (and the surrounding metropolitan area). This workshop will introduce you to several local open data repositories and get you started with the tools and approaches you need to introduce open data as a valuable resource to patrons and coworkers alike!

    In this session, you will learn how to:

    • Use NYC Open Data and other regional open data resources

    • Find and evaluate datasets using data dictionaries

    • Download data for analysis or visualization

    • Introduce open data as a resource for patrons and coworkers

    What to Bring:

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

    About our instructor:
    Julia Marden is a data librarian and consultant, with a decade of experience working at the intersection of civic technology, education, and community engagement. With her firm, Tiny Panther Consulting, she brings data librarian services to the public, teaching data literacy workshops and helping socially-minded organizations collect and analyze data with the communities they serve. Julia commutes around NYC on a glitter purple bicycle, on a quest to demystify data and upset the balance of power in data-driven research.


  4. Who saves our stories for the future? A Preserve This Podcast Launch Party!

    Who saves our stories for the future? A Preserve This Podcast Launch Party!

    Come celebrate the launch of the Preserve This Podcast podcast! Preserve This Podcast is a campaign to preserve podcasts against the threat of digital decay. Episode 1 of the podcast drops on March 21. In celebration, the Metropolitan New York Library Council is hosting a party. There will be food, drinks, zines, dead disc commercials, a disco ball, and a panel discussion about the stories of our future -- and what we need to do to preserve them.

    Attendance is free and open to the public. There is limited space, so please RSVP.

    Schedule of events:

    6:00 Doors open

    7:00 Panel: Who saves our stories for the future?

    7:30 PARTY!

    9:00 Go home and ponder the future





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.

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