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

Data Privacy + Web Conferencing Software

Data Privacy + Web Conferencing Software Six plus months after pandemic lockdown, we continue to offload many of our formerly in-person meetings onto web conferencing software. What does living and working on Zoom, Microsoft Meetings, and Cisco WebEx mean for our data privacy? How secure are these platforms? And what are the unforeseen pitfalls of […]

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Digital Bridge K-12 Initiative: Assessing Home Access Needs

With Grace Ting and Ellen Goldich, EducationSuperHighway An estimated 550,000 students in New York lack reliable Internet connectivity outside of the classroom. Identifying unconnected students is the first step in addressing the digital equity gap and being able to deliver remote learning. But inaccurate responses, inefficient collection processes, and incomplete datasets are common pitfalls for […]

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Queer library workers and LIS students are invited to come informally network with us on September 25 at 4pm. 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. This event is open […]

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Code4Lib NYC Presents: DevOps Practices for Library Services

DevOps is a set of practices that arose from the software development community which have had, and continue to have, a transformative effect on the culture of Information Technology. What are these practices, why do they exist, and how can you use them to improve your library services? Join us in exploring its use in […]

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Making Difficult Collection Decisions, Part 1 – Organizing Usage Data

Shrinking budgets and looming cancellations are increasingly a reality for many, if not most libraries. As librarians confront these pressures, being well-informed is essential to making difficult decisions, and usage data is one of the most powerful decision-making tools. This workshop will focus on gathering electronic resource usage data, putting it all together, and managing […]

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Critical Cataloging: Revealing and Dismantling Hegemonic Systems

From Linnaeus to Dewey, people in power have set the standard for the way in which things in the Western world are categorized. These hegemonic systems of classification inform the way in which we in libraries describe materials and, therefore, the way in which they are accessed. Join Violet Fox and Treshani Perera on Wednesday, […]

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Making Difficult Collection Decisions, Part 2 – Analyzing Usage Data

When making difficult decisions about electronic resource collections, librarians often examine valuable usage data. While organizing your data is an important first step, leveraging that data to make evidence-based collections decisions requires an additional layer of skill and strategy, which we’ll cover in this workshop. Best practices for how to approach difficult cancellation decisions will […]

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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.