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.

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?