METRO Meetups

We all have a lot to learn from each other. METRO loves to connect people who are doing similar work at different institutions.

One of the ways we do this is through our METRO Meetups program. Each Meetup group is convened by leaders in our field around a topic of interest to our community.

Don’t see any Meetups around the kind of work that you do? Check out our program guidelines to find more information about how to organize a Meetup.

Upcoming Events

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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LGBTQ/NTWRKNG

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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Meetup Groups

Accessibility (A11y) in Libraries

Lauren Kehoe and Brita Servaes, Co-organizers

Accessibility (A11y) in Libraries Meetup is open to all individuals and organizations that are interested in promoting, developing, and implementing accessible services, resources, and facilities in libraries.

Code4LibNYC

Esther Jackson, Organizer

Open to all library staff interested in the coding, deployment, and design of library software, systems, and web services. This local chapter of Code4Lib, known as Code4LibNYC, aspires to channel the spirit of the national organization. We were formerly known as the “Library 2.0” SIG at METRO. We want to provide a forum for software and web developers and programmers, who work at area libraries, to discuss their ongoing projects.

Digital Preservation

Stephen Klein, Organizer

Hosted by Metropolitan New York Library Council, the Digital Preservation Interest Group is an inclusive group designed to facilitate growth in the communities forming around initiatives to preserve a wide array of digital assets (software, multimedia and websites) using an array of methods & tools. We seek to support professionals in libraries, archives and museums engaged in digital preservation and web archiving, as well as students and others new to the field. With meetings and presentations held throughout the year we will provide a venue for professional development and a forum for open discussion of common interest.

Economic & Business Librarians

Lucy Heckman and Dan Hicks, Organizers

The Economic & Business Librarians Group brings together public, academic, and special librarians with a background and/or interest in business librarianship to discuss new resources or best practices in the field.

Instruction and Reference in Libraries

Linda Miles, Haruko Yamauchi, Kate Adler, and Shawnta Smith, Co-organizers

This group comes together to share ideas, questions, and experiences from our teaching and reference practice.

Library Assistants and Support Staff

Cheryl Marriott, Organizer

LASSA’s mission is to foster the recognition and support of the professional contributions of all library assistants, support staff and associates through the circulation of information, the availability of education, and constructive dialogue within the library community.

Library Resource Sharing/Interlibrary Loan MeetUp

Beth Posner, Organizer

The Library Resource Sharing/Interlibrary Loan MeetUp focuses on issues, news and discussions about traditional interlibrary loan services and all related library resource sharing activities.

Prison Library Support Network

Manuela Aronofsky, Mary Mann, and Mia Bruner, Co-organizers

The Prison Library Support Network is an information-based collective that aims to redistribute resources and provide support to incarcerated people. Our work is rooted in our recognition of systematic violence that the prison industrial complex creates. We believe that information is a tool for prison abolition, and that we must create space for people who want to commit and redistribute their own capacities and resources.

Racial and Social Justice in Libraries and Archives

Diana Moronta and Andrea Battleground, Co-organizers

Racial and Social Justice in Libraries & Archives welcomes all librarians, archivists, and other information professionals who are interested in activities on community-centered activism, social movements, and outreach. Through meetings, presentations, discussion groups, and other events, we will reflect on and rethink the intersections of libraries and archives with social justice struggles. Some questions we will explore include: How do the ways we preserve, analyze, document and mobilize our collections, instruction, and services connect with the work of community activists in their fights for racial, economic, and gender justice? What does it mean to have a commitment to social justice in our profession and practice? How does librarianship embrace, challenge, or hinder various forms of access to information, documentation, and archives?