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  1. New York Python Meetup Project Night

    This spring, we are focusing on planning a Python event. As a first step, we are going to attend the New York City Python Meetup's weekly project night on Wednesday March 27 to learn more about Python and meet some people from the New York Python community. Please join us! All skill levels are welcome, from complete newbie to skilled programmer.

    Python is lightweight, easy-to-learn programming language used for a wide variety of projects in the library-archives-museum domain, from metadata remediation to building custom web applications.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: If you plan to attend, you need to RSVP at the New York City Python Meetup event page:

    Note also the New York City Python Meetup's code of conduct guidelines:


  2. The Bystander Effect discussion

    Join the Racial and Social Justice in LIS Meetup and let’s discuss “The Bystander Effect” and what can you do to become a more active bystander in your library.

    We will divide our time between discussing what the Bystander Effect is and what strategies to use when witnessing situations that require empathy to defuse or intervene in a situation.

    We will break into small groups, go over scenarios and talk about which strategies to use.

    The intention of this meetup is to provide a comfortable space where members can share their experience and strategies when witnessing or being the receiver of bullying.

    If you have time before the meetup please watch this video:


  3. Spring 2019 Library Resource Sharing: Interlibrary Loan Meetup

    Please join us at our Spring 2019 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 METRO Training Center (8th floor)

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

    This meeting will be focused on Interlibrary Loan, but everyone is welcome.

    Hope to see you there!


    Emma Raub & Beth Posner


  4. 21st Annual Library Assistants' Day Celebration

    METRO’s Library Assistants, Support Staff & Associates presents...

    “Library Support Staff Equals Strong Foundations”
    21st Annual Library Assistants’ Day Celebration

    Sponsored by: 

    METRO Library Council
    SUNY Downstate Medical Library
    Local 1930, NY Public Library Guild


    9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
    Registration / Breakfast

    10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
    Welcome / Introduction of LASSA group
    Val Colon, Cheryl Marriott, LASSA conveners

    10:15 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
    Reading of “Library Assistants’ Day Proclamation”
    Maxine Grandison

    10:20 a.m. -10:30 a.m.
    Introduction of METRO’s Program Manager, Davis Erin Anderson
    Anthony Wyche

    10:30 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.
    Introduction of Interim Director of Libraries, Mohamed Farouk Hussain
    Cheryl Marriott

    10:40 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
    2019 (41st Annual) NYSLAA Conference – Geneva, NY (Q & A)
    Mildred Graham

    10:50 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.
    Introduction of Louise Stamp
    Nina Manning

    10:55 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
    Louise Stamp, Correctional Services Program Associate, NY Public Library

    11:40 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

    11:50 a.m. -12:50 p.m.
    AM WORKSHOPS (see descriptions below)

    • Financial Planning
    • Self Care
    • Technology (Managing Google/Outlook)
    • Who Moved My Cheese?

    12:50 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    LUNCH (on site)

    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    PM WORKSHOPS (see descriptions below)

    • Health & Wellness
    • Retirement / Social Security
    • Self Care
    • Technology (Managing Google/Outlook)

    3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Raffles, Evaluations, Wrap Up
    Anthony Wyche, Rita Gregory


    Financial Planning (Credit, Debit, and FICO & All About Student Debts) 

    In this workshop, participants will walk through the basics of determining how best to manage their credit/debit cards and FICO score, and how to manage student debts.

    Presenters: Carol O’Rourke, Certified Financial Planner and Raul Rodriquez, DC 37

    Self Care (Taking Care of Oneself) 

    This workshop is designed to help individuals identify risks factors of burnout, and offer solutions through self-care, managing one’s energy, building emotional intelligence, and making use of mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques.

    Presenter: Michelle Melendez, SUNY Downstate, STAR Health Care Center

    Technology (Managing Google/Outlook) 

    This workshop offers participants hands-on demonstration on using Google’s and Outlook’s time saving features. It will provide useful, relevant, and surprising tips that will maximize personal productivity and time management.

    Presenter: Sarah Davis, NYPL

    “Who Moved My Cheese” 

    Change is constant - it's all around us, and it's inevitable. In this workshop, participants will examine generating and adapting actions to change, and managing transition in the workplace. It will take a peek at the #1 Best Seller business book by Spencer Johnson, M.D. called, “Who Moved My Cheese”. This workshop is fun learning, and it positively equips people to better understand and grow from change.

    Presenter: Violet O. Price, SUNY Downstate, Medical Research Library of Brooklyn

    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, Rain Senior Center, Bronx, NY

    Retirement / Social Security 

    This workshop walks participants through the basics of determining their optimal age to begin receiving Social Security benefits, given their unique set of financial and life circumstances.

    Presenter: Kathleen Kalmes, CFA Financial Resources Specialist

    Questions for this event can be referred to Anthony Wyche at [email protected]


  5. Tools for Digital Preservation Workflows

    In this talk, Shawn Averkamp of AVP will demo a number of tools that AVP has developed to help you automate and streamline your digital preservation workflows, including utilities for fixity checks, embedded metadata, and metadata quality control.

    Shawn Averkamp is a Senior Consultant with AVP [], a consulting and software development firm. Founded in 2006, AVP provides services to help overcome the challenges faced in the preservation and use of data. With a strong focus on professional standards and best practices, open communication, and the innovative use and development of technological resources, we use our broad knowledge base and extensive experience to help our clients from a variety of sectors efficiently and effectively ensure that content is manageable and accessible for the long-term.


  6. Entrepreneurship: Where We Are, Where We're Going

    Join the METRO Economics & Business Librarians Meetup Group to discuss opportunities for libraries and information professionals to support entrepreneurship.

    Our speakers include Helena Escalante (New York Public Library, SIBL) and Neely Tang (Cornell University, SC Johnson College of Business Management Library). Discover how Helena and Neely support innovation and work with interdisciplinary teams and founders as they launch new ventures.

    ***Neely and Helena would love to include your preliminary questions in their presentation. Please feel free to send your questions in advance in the form below.***

    Entrepreneurship: Where We Are, Where We're Going
    Date and time: April 17, 2019 (Thurs) from 10 AM - 12 noon
    Location: NYU's Bobst Library, Room 743

    Individuals outside of the business/economics disciplines with an interest in entrepreneurship are warmly invited to attend.

    See you there!
    Lucy Heckman (St. John's University) and Dan Hickey (NYU)
    SIG Co-Conveners


  7. Tour Center for Jewish History

    Please join us for a METRO members-only tour of Center for Jewish History. After meeting in the Great Hall, our group will tour the processing/digital lab, learn about the Reading Room & Genealogy Institute, and see a variety of special collections materials.

    Center for Jewish History and partner collections span a thousand years, with tens of millions of archival documents (in dozens of languages and alphabet systems), more than 500,000 volumes, as well as thousands of artworks, textiles, ritual objects, recordings, films, and photographs. The Center’s experts are leaders in unlocking archival material for a wide audience through the latest practices in digitization, library science, and public education.


  8. Webrecorder: web archiving for all!

    Rhizome's Anna Perricci will share with us the ease of using Webrecorder for WARC creation and Rhizome's other web archiving tools:


  9. PLSN Inaugural Book Club

    Want to learn more about prison abolition but not sure where to start? Looking to explore the role of information in the prison industrial complex? Excited to discuss ways we can collectively offer information skills as resources to address violence caused by mass incarceration?

    Join the club (literally)! This April, Prison Library Support Network (PLSN) is holding our first ever book club, where we'll meet over snacks to discuss the session 1 readings on the Black & Pink prison abolition class syllabus ( This is a space for anyone looking for collective support in learning about these ideas, regardless of familiarity with prison abolition. Just RSVP, and we'll see you there!


  10. Introduction to ArchivesSpace

    ArchivesSpace is an open source application for managing and providing web access to archives, manuscripts, and digital objects. Upon completing this full-day workshop, attendees will have been introduced to using ArchivesSpace to:

    • Create Accession records

    • Create Resource records

    • Create Digital Object records

    • Create and manage Agent and Subject records, and link them to Accession, Resource, and Digital Object records

    • Record and manage physical locations within a repository

    • Produce description output files in standardized data structures such as EAD and MARCXML

    • Import legacy data


    • Application overview

    • Getting started: repository and user records

    • Accession records

    • Resource Records

    • Break

    • Container management and locations

    • Digital Object records, with an emphasis on File Versions

    • Authority records -- agents, subjects, and classifications

    • Imports and exports

    • Participating in the ArchivesSpace community

    • Open discussion and extra practice time

    What to bring:

    • A laptop 

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


  11. Teaching Media Literacy to K-12 Students

    The way we use media is not just something to be concerned about in school. It has real world applications and life-long impact.

    Our workshop will strive to help understand the importance of media literacy, and the librarian's role in educating their students. We will focus on the prevalence of fake news and its impact on learning, as well as in life. We won't just look at fake news, but how the media landscape is changing, and how to best prepare our students to use information effectively.

    Alia Methven and Cherie Yanek from Avenues: The World School will explore this timely topic in an interactive workshop. Attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of fake news and programming ideas to apply to school and public environments.

    What to bring:

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

    About our instructors:

    Cherie Yanek is an Upper Division Librarian at Avenues: The World School, where she teaches research skills and media literacy to grades 5-12, and promotes reading and love of literature as much as she can. She has worked in public, nonprofit, corporate, and academic libraries. She has an MLS from Queens College and an MFA from Naropa University.

    Alia Methven is the Director of Library Media Services at Avenues: The World School. She is a NYS certified teacher and library media specialist, and has worked in both public and private schools for over 17 years. Providing a dynamic and collaborative school library program that supports 21st century learning and literacy has never been more timely nor important given the increasingly digital and information-driven world in which we live.





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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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