During the pandemic, we’re hosting webinars and community calls we can take part in from home. See our calendar of events below.

Programming is curated by METRO staff and our interest groups.

Coming Up at METRO

Registration is required for participation in  our workshops, meetups, and symposia. 

If you have ideas for workshops you’d like to see at METRO, please drop a note in our suggestion box or contact our events staff at [email protected]

Data Breaches: What Libraries Can Do To Prevent Them

Data breaches are terrifying, and cause for a lot of consternation. Join this session with our experts Dan Ayala and Gary Price to talk through what can be done on an individual level as well as by library IT staff to avoid having sensitive information compromised. We will also discuss resources libraries can share with their […]

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Compassionate Career Services, Part Three: When and How to “Teach People to Fish”

We're finally emerging from the worst of this historic pandemic, and current economic trends finally favor workers. Businesses are hiring again and benefits are ending. Meanwhile, the digital divide is still an issue we have to contend with and many of the patrons we work with need us more than ever. Libraries are uniquely positioned […]

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Heavy Metal: Hardware Solutions for People Who Digitize Tapes

Videotape (and audiotape) preservation is all about equipment: sourcing equipment, getting the right equipment for the formats you’re digitizing, paying attention to how your equipment is functioning, repairing or finding experts to repair equipment for you, and putting all of these pieces together. In this hour-long webinar, Kelly Haydon and Benjamin Turkus, audiovisual preservationists and […]

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Navigating Productivity Culture

We’ve been navigating productivity culture since far before the pandemic started. And the abrupt transition meant, for many of us, an increase in working hours, as time set aside for commuting was funneled into our daily work. We’ve had to alter our way of working throughout this time whilst also facing the necessary demands for […]

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Mindfully Reopening: Reducing Re-entry Anxiety

As cultural institutions are at the beginning stages of reopening, now is the perfect time to examine how to do this with care, consideration, and empathy for staff and patron needs. There are likely certain parts of remote working that we would like to leave in the past, and some parts we hope continue in […]

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Propose a Workshop

Everyone is an expert at something. Share what you know with the METRO community by proposing a workshop.


Lifelong learning and collaboration are central to METRO’s mission. We know that not all of our members have funds available to attend professional conferences, learning programs, and networking opportunities. 

To make things easier for you, a limited number of scholarships are available to individual members and institutional member employees who wish to participate in a professional development event, which may or may not be sponsored by METRO.

You may request up to $250 to go toward event registration, and we’ll ask you to write up a few words about your experience, for possible publication on METRO’s Blog. Scholarship terms, deadlines, and the application form are available here. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.


We are committed to providing a welcoming and productive environment for all. Please check out our Code of Conduct for more information. Please reach out to us with your events-related questions; our email address is [email protected], and our phone number is (212) 228-2320.

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

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.

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.

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