In a typical time, our calendar is full of workshops, Meetups, panels, and symposia to help you learn new skills and meet fellow travelers in the library field. Nowadays, we’re hosting webinars and community calls we can take part in from home. See our calendar of events below.

We offer a limited number of scholarships to members who wish to participate in professional development events, networking opportunities, and learning programs (whether sponsored by METRO or not). All current individual members and institutional member employees are eligible to apply.


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

Scope Creep: Privacy During Lockdown

As society moved into lockdown, everyone who could do so collectively turned to online platforms like Zoom for our social sustenance. We flocked to Libby and OverDrive for access to ebooks and audiobooks. And, of course, we spent our shopping money on Amazon. How has the safety and protection of our data privacy changed in […]

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METRO Community Chat

In this new cycle of METRO community chats, we're moving to a bi-weekly meeting schedule. If you're like to join us on this phase of our journey, you'll need to register here. As always, we're looking for presenters and facilitators for 15-minute time slots. Please use this form to donate your energies to our community […]

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Gathering Online: Tips for Planning and Managing Remote Engagement

This workshop will help you focus your goals and plan with purpose. Whether you plan to host meetings, lead discussions, or teach small classes, you will create an online space where everyone can participate, learn, and engage. Jessica Hochman, PhD, has 20 years of experience working in education as a teacher, professor, researcher, and consultant. […]

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What’s That Rack? Preserving Indie Video Art: A METRO/XFR Collective Love Story.

Back in 2016, METRO and XFR Collective created an audio/video digitization rack for community use. Join us to learn more about our partnership model with XFR Collective. We’ll talk about XFR Collective’s origin story, digitization partnerships, and community education initiatives. We’ll also screen excerpts of a digitized tape from the Monday-Wednesday-Friday Video Club collection, a […]

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Queer library workers and LIS students are invited to come informally network with us on June 5 @ 4 p.m. We'll start out with a quick introduction and a few rules and break into smaller groups to do ice breakers, hang out, and make connections with library folks across the gender/orientation spectrum. Pride Month might […]

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Gathering Online: Delivering one-shot instruction sessions

This workshop will help instructors translate one-shot instruction into an online space. It includes the basics of planning a lesson, capturing and keeping your students’ attention, and leveraging technology for student engagement. Participants will have the opportunity to workshop their ideas, including their learning outcomes, activities, and strategies for managing a group online in an […]

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PLSN Prison Abolition Book Club #5

***PLEASE READ!! Unlike our previous book clubs, this is a capped (limited registration) remote event, which will be held via Zoom. Registered attendees will receive a Zoom link the day before the book club. Because we are limiting attendance, please DO NOT RSVP for this event unless you are certain you can attend.*** On Thursday, […]

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From Downturn to Downturn: Applying 2010 Lessons in 2020

Today, many library colleagues are entering a downturn for the first time, or are now in a different circumstance than the 2007 financial crisis. In this talk, Tony Zanders will share key lessons and heuristics for preparing for unexpected career shifts, how to reverse engineer the skill sets you want in order to build on […]

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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 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, 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

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 to make a reservation.