We’ve been working remotely since March 9, 2020. Among lots of other changes, this means we’ve had to rethink the ways in which our events are delivered. These days, we are offering online panel discussions, webinars on concrete topics, and networking events.

Here’s a list of all of our past events. Except in the cases of networking events, links to program outputs are included.

 

Managing a Branch Library From Home
Monday, March 30, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Public libraries around the country are closing their doors in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. This presents those of us in the industry with unforeseen challenges: how do we run a library from a distance? Join us for a Zoom call on Monday, March 30 at 4:00pm to hear how branch managers Lauren Comito (BPL) and Brian Hasbrouck (DCPL) are learning their way through managing library staff and facilities from their homes.

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Moving Library Instruction and Reference Services Offsite
Tuesday, April 7, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

We’re in an unprecedented time of moving library services entirely offsite to help maintain the health and wellbeing of our communities. In this virtual conversation, we’ll talk about how reference services and library instruction can be reworked to meet the moment. We’ll be joined by Kate Adler, Director of Library Services, Metropolitan College of New York and Linda Miles, Assistant Professor – Librarian, Hostos Community College, CUNY.

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Managing People and Projects from Home
Monday, April 13th, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Maintaining physical distance is especially tricky when you’re a manager of people and projects. Join our webinar on Monday, April 13 to hear how Emily Drabinski (CUNY Grad Center), Lisa Norberg (Cooper Union), and Alevtina Verbovetskaya (CUNY Office of Library Services) have been reworking their approaches to leadership in this radically altered environment. We’ll discuss working compassionately with reports, handling shifting priorities, and managing change in this stressful time.

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Working Mindfully in Uncertain Times
Tuesday, April 14, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

As month two of self isolation approaches, please join us for a lunch break discussion on how to work (or look for work) with mindfulness and self-compassion. Susanne Markgren and Linda Miles, authors of the recently-published How to Thrive as a Library Professional, will join us for a reflective conversation on maintaining your well-being, finding focus in chaotic times, and building and sustaining healthy habits. This conversation will include brief activities you can do from home to start (or continue) along the path of working mindfully.

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Documenting the Present Moment
Tuesday, April 21, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

For the first time in human history, we are living through a worldwide catastrophe as a networked society. Please join us for a webinar on Tuesday, April 21st at 4:00pm for presentations and a discussion on how web archiving can be employed to help us collectively remember this unprecedented and unique moment. Panelists include Mark Graham (Internet Archive), Nicole Greenhouse (New York University), Gary Price (Library Journal’s INFOdocket), and Alexander Thurman (Columbia University. This session will be moderated by Traci Mark (METRO Library Council).

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Web Accessibility Tools & Best Practices
Monday, April 27, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

As libraries move to remote service provision, online accessibility has become even more important to ensure that the library is offering inclusive services and reaching all patrons. In this hands-on online workshop, we will go over best practices for accessible web design and free tools for evaluating the accessibility of your web presence and third party resources. Carli Spina is an Associate Professor and the Head of Research & Instructional Services at the FIT Library. She regularly publishes, presents, and teaches on topics related to accessibility, Universal Design, and inclusivity in libraries.

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Information Inequity and Other Fault Lines Revealed by the Pandemic
Wednesday, April 29, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

The epidemic revealed what many of us have been working against for decades: the most vulnerable among us are disproportionately impacted by inequitable access to information. This online panel discussion will center those in our communities who are disproportionately suffering due to the spread of the novel coranavirus. We will discuss the challenges of providing services to marginalized communities in this crisis and share ways in which we might help. Panelists for this conversation include Kate Adler (MCNY), Leanne Ellis (DOE), Rhonda Evans Schomburg Center), and Sherell Walker (BMCC).

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It Takes a Village: A Community Call for Support and Self-Care during COVID-19
Wednesday, May 6, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

In light of the effects on COVID-19 on New York State, we felt it was necessary and important to host a community call for BIPOC librarians, archivists, educators, and library and cultural workers living/working in New York City and the surrounding areas. The purpose of this call is to provide a compassionate space, free of judgment, where we can share our thoughts, feelings, and insights on the current situation and provide mutual support. Anyone is welcome although we ask that you join the call with a spirit of empathy and respect for one another. For more information please refer to the METRO code of conduct.

The Community Call will be facilitated by Traci Mark (Studio Manager of METRO) and Zakiya Coller (Digital Archivist at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture) and will take place on Wednesday, May 6th from 2-3 PM.

 

Libraries and the Employment Crisis
Tuesday, May 12, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

One in six Americans are now out of work. That staggering statistic will certainly impact library operations, from staff reductions to the sheer number of patrons who will need our services. Please join us for an online discussion with NYPL’s Marzena Ermler, BPL and ULU’s Djaz Zulida, and Renaissance Solutions’s Steven Davis. We’ll discuss steps to take now in order to prepare for a job search, as what to do should employment at your current position come to an end. We will share advice to impart to patrons who, once we reopen, will inevitably seek our assistance with employment concerns of their own.

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How Libraries Are Updating their Complete Count Efforts During a Pandemic
Monday, May 18, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Libraries have been hard at work for months preparing for the U.S. Census. We learned how to keep patron data safe when completing the census at our libraries, became intimately familiar with the ways in which census data affects funding throughout the states, and trained staff on how to best accomplish a complete count. Just when we thought we’d cleared so many hurdles, library facilities closed in an effort to stop the propagation of a life-threatening virus. Panelists Jeff Behler (U.S. Census Bureau), Jay Brandon (New York Public Library), Dana Hysell-Alongi (Westchester Library System), Amy Mikel (Brooklyn Public Library), and Nayelli Valencia Turrent (Queens Public Library) will share their updated approaches for working toward a complete count when everyone is staying safe from Covid-19 at home.

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Accessibility and Social Media
Tuesday, May 19, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

As we all work remotely, social media has become an even more important part of libraries’ outreach strategies. In this session we will discuss best practices to make your library’s social media content accessible and inclusive of people with disabilities. In addition to best practices to that apply to all social media platforms, the session will also include specific discussions of several social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and advice about how to evaluate new social media platforms for accessibility. Carli Spina is an Associate Professor and the Head of Research & Instructional Services at the FIT Library. She regularly publishes, presents, and teaches on topics related to accessibility, Universal Design, and inclusivity in libraries.

A recording of this presentation is available here.

 

Sharing Memories: Oral History Projects During COVID-19
Wednesday, May 20, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

With facets of our everyday life constantly shifting, it is critical to document our feelings, thoughts, and experiences as we navigate through this pandemic. Despite the challenging times we’re facing, institutions and community organizations continue to collect recordings even when we can’t be in close proximity with one another. We admire their efforts and hope to learn from them. Please join us for a webinar on May 19th at 4:00pm for presentations about the creation and maintenance of oral history projects during COVID-19. Panelists include Kimberly Springer (Curator of Oral Histories at Columbia University) and Meral Agish (Community Coordinator for the Queens Memory Project).

This session will be moderated by Traci Mark (METRO Library Council).

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Scope Creep: Privacy During Lockdown
Tuesday, May 26, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

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 this new environment?Join us on Tuesday, May 26 to discuss the changes in privacy that have accompanied a massive shift to the internet for nearly every aspect of our lives. Erin Berman, Bill Marden, Gary Price will talk about the challenges to privacy that come with “the new normal” and how digital providers–both large and small–have come under increased scrutiny as libraries and their patrons are impacted by the closure of physical facilities while increasing the use of online services.

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How To Be A Good Ally
Monday, June 8, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Racism and oppression won’t come to an end until we all engage in the process of educating ourselves and taking action. This webinar seeks to open a discussion on de-centering our own whiteness as we work toward a just and equitable city, state, and country. Join panelists Jessie Daniels, Jessica Hochman, Maura Smale, and Polly Thistlethwaite as we discuss how white supremacy pervades our systems, how to do anti-racist work in all areas of our lives, and what it means to join in the fight — both online and in person — in ways that amplify the voices that must be heard.

 

Gathering Online: Tips for Planning and Managing Remote Engagement
Tuesday, June 9, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

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. She has taught workshops and courses, and facilitated professional development for parents, teachers, librarians, and kids. Dr. Hochman holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a PhD from Columbia University Teachers College.

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Gathering Online: Delivering one-shot instruction sessions
Tuesday, June 16, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

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 equitable, participatory, and dynamic way. Jessica Hochman, PhD, has 20 years of experience working in education as a teacher, professor, researcher, and consultant. She has taught workshops and courses, and facilitated professional development for parents, teachers, librarians, and kids. Dr. Hochman holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a PhD from Columbia University Teachers College.

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What’s That Rack? Preserving Indie Video Art: A METRO/XFR Collective Love Story
Wednesday, June 17, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

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 1980s downtown New York underground video art distribution org. XFR (pronounced “transfer”) Collective partners with artists, activists, and community organizations to lower the barriers to preserving at-risk audiovisual media – especially unseen, unheard, or marginalized works – through digitization, screenings, educational workshops, and pop-up events. Operating through a non-hierarchical model, we work to create an inclusive environment in which to explore practical methods for media preservation, archiving, and access.

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Data Privacy 101
Thursday, June 18, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Join us for an easy guide to protecting your online privacy. This webinar will cover: – a list of privacy concepts and terms that every librarian should know – a review of open tools to increase transparency and to reduce your digital footprint when using various web browsers and technology systems – a demonstrate how websites collect, use, and share user information – the use of social media and ways that using social media can impact the privacy of the library user – tools and resources to stay current on digital privacy issues This webinar will be presented by Gary Price (Library Journal’s INFOdocket) and Daniel Alaya (Secratic).

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PLSN Prison Abolition Book Club #5
Thursday, June 18, 6:00pm

On Thursday, June 18th at 6:00pm, the Prison Abolition Book Club returns to discuss the Session 5 readings from the Black & Pink prison abolition class syllabus.

 

BIPOC Community Call and Juneteenth Celebration
Friday, June 19, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen uprisings triggered by state-sanctioned violence against Black people including George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, and many others, but our suffering goes back further than the present moment. We are living through a time in which BIPOC are more likely to be victims of police violence, more likely to die from Covid-19 and more likely to hold essential jobs that endanger their health and the health of their loved ones. These stressors impact our lives and our work. Despite this harsh reality, it’s important that we take moments to hold space and be in community with one another as we’ve seen in moments of joy during protests. Join us in a BIPOC Community Call in celebration of Juneteenth as we discuss how we’re experiencing both joy and frustration in our work and everyday lives. We kindly ask allies and comrades who identify as non-BIPOC to sit this one out. The call will take place on June 19th from 2-3PM and will be facilitated by Traci Mark (METRO) and Zakiya Collier (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture).

 

How to Become an E-book Sleuth
Tuesday, June 23, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

In March, due to the inaccessibility of library spaces and print books, the Mina Rees Library at CUNY’s Graduate Center launched its first-ever E-book Detective Agency. Through a coordinated effort, the program helps faculty, staff, and students to locate e-books available to them — both freely accessible copies (from repositories, publisher websites, the open web, etc.) and copies that are available but sometimes not so discoverable through our subscription resources. As of June 1st, the team has searched for over 450 titles, with widespread positive feedback from patrons. ​ Join us to learn about this program as a potential extension of your library services. Kate Angell, Elvis Bakaitis, Jill Cirasella, and Adriana Palmer will demonstrate their search process and share the guides they’ve created.

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LGBTQ/NTWRKNG
Friday, June 26, 4:00pm – 5:30pm

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 not look like we remember, but we can still be here, queer, and proud of our careers. This event is open to library workers, students, and aspiring library workers/students who are trans, bisexual, lesbian, gay, queer, ace, pan, nonbinary, two-spirit, or who are otherwise not straight and/or cisgender. We respectfully ask allies to sit this one out. More networking events are coming!

 

Big Disruptions Can Lead to Big Opportunities
Thursday, July 2, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

The latest pandemic has stalled regular public library operations. How can we take advantage of this time to consider real change in operations and services that will benefit our communities? What might change for the good? This webinar will address a variety of areas of services, functions, staffing considerations, community role, and building design. Participants will have an opportunity to contribute some of their own thoughts and observations. Maxine Bleiweis has been at the forefront of change her entire public library career. She is known for questioning the status quo on behalf of the public and eliminating barriers to service. She created the first big makerspace in Westport, CT, to accommodate different learning styles. Her book, Helping Business, was the first how-to manual for librarians on serving the business community. Bleiweis received the 2015 PLA Charles Robinson Award for Innovative Leadership. She is now consulting and speaking nationally and internationally.

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Universal Design for Learning At Your Library
Wednesday, July 8, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Universal Design for Learning is an educational framework that builds on the concept of Universal Design to ensure that learning spaces and materials are accessible and inclusive for all learners. It’s principles can be applied in all sorts of library settings from children’s programming at public libraries to the design of learning spaces and materials at institutions of higher education. While UDL has a lot to offer in any instructional setting, it can be particularly useful as a means of focusing on accessibility and inclusion when planning remote and online educational programming whether this is a one-shot instruction session, a full semester class, or another type of program with educational goals. In this session, you will learn the principles of Universal Design for Learning and how these can be applied in various library settings. Carli Spina is an Associate Professor and the Head of Research & Instructional Services at the FIT Library. She regularly publishes, presents, and teaches on topics related to accessibility, Universal Design, and inclusivity in libraries.

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Neurodiversity in the Workplace
Monday, July 13, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Creating a sustaining diverse workplace brings numerous benefits. When teams value and give voice to different perspectives and support multiple modalities of thinking and interacting, they derive strength in their collective knowledge and participate in more effective decision-making and innovation. In this online panel discussion, panelists Stephanie (Cole) Adams, Lauren Comito, Halley Eacker, Tim Furgal will share their lived experiences, offer guidance for staying on task when everything is urgent and important, give advice on providing environmental support for neurodiverse colleagues, and discuss the ways in which neurodiversity comes into play when working in public service settings. This webinar is being presented in partnership with Urban Libraries Unite.

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From Downturn to Downturn: Applying 2010 Lessons in 2020
Tuesday, July 21, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

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 skill sets you already have, how to network effectively from scratch, and more. Tony Zanders is an award-winning software entrepreneur and library technology executive. He is the creator of Skilltype – a professional development platform for the library and information science community. Zanders is also the inaugural entrepreneur in residence at the Boston University Libraries, where he provides executive counsel to the University Librarian during the academic strategic planning process while designing new approaches to recruitment, retention, and training.

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Data Privacy + Big Tech: How Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google Deal With Data (And What It Means for You)
Tuesday, July 28, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

In this 60 minute online session, Daniel Alaya, Davis Erin Anderson, and Gary Price will review how our world’s largest tech companies view privacy. We’ll discuss the steps these businesses take to collect your data, share the personal impacts of data collection policies, and give you tips for what you can do to bring back a modicum of control over how your data gets shared. Topics will cover the reasons why we should care about how FAANG, as they’re known, treats our data; the freedoms we may be giving up in order to use these products; and what our data reveals about us.

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Media Care 101: Digital Preservation that Supports Activists
Thursday, July 30, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Creating a learning environment that empowers our patrons, community, and colleagues is imperative. Even though there is a larger system at play, we can still implement change in our daily practices as cultural workers, and as a collective. This webinar is meant for cultural workers, activists, and anyone interested in exploring practical tips surrounding digital preservation of media through a social justice lens. Join us on July 30th from 4-5PM for a presentation by Samantha Levin (Curator of Digital and Audiovisual Assets at FIT Library’s unit of Special Collections and College Archives) and Chris Nichols (Media Archivist at New York Municipal Archives). Yvonne Ng will also speak about the groundbreaking work being done at WITNESS. This presentation will be followed by a short Q&A. This webinar is a collaboration between XFR Collective and METRO.

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Racism, Capitalism, and Libraries
August 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join April Hathcock, Dave Ghamandi, and Emily Drabinski for a discussion on the connections between racism and capitalism. We’ll discuss the extent to which these concepts are intertwined and, indeed, inextricable. We’ll identify modes of rising up against both these concepts, and detail why we need to dismantle our economic system in order to repair the injustices that are visited upon individuals based on their race, class, and/or gender. And, as always, we’ll look to the library as a locus for working through these issues.

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Privacy Audits at The Library
Tuesday, August 11, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Looking to understand how your library is protecting the privacy of your patrons? Wondering how you might identify areas for improvement in safeguarding sensitive information? oin a webinar with Bill Marden (New York Public Library) and Erin Berman (Alameda Country Library) to hear how your library can audit its online and offline records, resources, databases, and more.

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Crafting a Great Resume
August 25, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

A great resume is a crucial component for securing job interviews. In this workshop, you will learn how to make your resume stand out to potential employers by effectively communicating about your work accomplishments. The presenter will also give some general guidelines about resume length and formatting.

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METRO’s Anti-racism Book Club – Meeting No. 2
Wednesday, August 26, 4:00pm – 5:30pm

We will be reading and discussing How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. In addition, we will talk about what we can do to bring our learning off the page and into real life. This book club meeting will focus on guided discussion questions and will take place in breakout rooms so that everyone has a chance to share. All are welcome, regardless of participation in our first meeting.

 

Resume One-on-ones
Tuesday, September 1, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Need some help crafting a truly excellent, eye-catching resume? Book a 20 minute appointment with one of our two experts, Djaz Frederick Zulida and Kae Bara Kratcha. Register here [link forthcoming] and we’ll be in touch to schedule a 20-minute time slot. Please be prepared to share your resume with us on or by Thursday, August 27 so that our hosts have time to review.

A few requests for participating in this event:

> Appointments are exclusively available to folks working in (or looking for work in) the library and archives fields
> Preference will be granted to METRO members
> Please be prepared to be available anytime between 6:30pm and 8:30pm on Tuesday, September 1st. We will work with you via email to book a specific time within that window
> Appointments are first come, first served
> We’ll take your preference for a coach into account but may not be able to grant all requests

Please reach out to events@metro.org with any questions.

 

Recent Graduates Community Chat
Wednesday, September 2, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

If you’ve graduated from library school/iSchool in the past year or two, join us for a community call on Wednesday, September 2 at 4:00pm. Graduating into a combo pandemic/recession and taking our first steps as professionals is… quite a mix. Let’s take some time to debrief and discuss what we’ve learned working in the field, share our journeys toward (hopefully) finding employment, and reveal our coping strategies.

This community call will feature breakout sessions; please come prepared to talk. Our chat will be moderated by Mary Bakija, Georgia Westbook, and Davis Erin Anderson.

 

Overcoming FLUs: Practical Advice for Furloughs, Layoffs, and Uncertainty
Wednesday, September 9, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Ping. The email hits your inbox. “We regret to inform you that…” Receiving news of a temporary or permanent separation is one of the unfortunate aspects of modern employment. While there’s only so much preparation one can do until it actually happens, we will share our personal experiences being impacted by employment separations. In this session, you’ll learn tips for navigating new financial circumstances, as well as ways to keep your job search moving forward under challenging circumstances.

As the Director of Library Assessment, Maurini Strub manages, leads, and collaborates on projects focused on gathering, analyzing, and using high-quality, actionable data to determine the value of library services, programs, learning spaces, and resources. She has a strong background in user-centered design, and recent assessment work has focused on spaces, services, and information literacy learning outcomes.

Tony Zanders is an award-winning software entrepreneur and library technology executive. He is the creator of Skilltype – a professional development platform for the library and information science community. Zanders is also the inaugural entrepreneur in residence at the Boston University Libraries, where he provides executive counsel to the University Librarian during the academic strategic planning process while designing new approaches to recruitment, retention and training.

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Community Call for Those Living Alone During This Pandemic
Tuesday, September 15, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

We’re nearing the six month mark of living under pandemic conditions. Not a single person has it easy these days, although living and working alone from home brings a new set of challenges. If you’re someone who lives by themselves, join us for some commiseration, wfh strategies, and (hopefully) advice on how to cope.

 

BIPOC Community Call
Wednesday, September 16, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Join us on September 16th from 2-3PM for a BIPOC Community Call. This meant for BIPOC cultural workers only, we kindly ask that allies and comrades who identify as non-BIPOC to sit this one out. Our intention is to create a space that offers community, joy and conversation during this time. Please come with a spirit of openness and empathy and we share thoughts and feelings without judgement. This call will be facilitated by Traci Mark (Studio Manager at METRO) and Zakiya Collier (Digital Archivist at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture).

 

Data Privacy + Web Conferencing Software
Monday, September 21, 1:00 pm – 2:00pm

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 relying on tech companies for most of our interactions with one another?

Join us on Monday, September 21 for a presentation and conversation with Daniel Ayala and Gary Price on the implications of this shift to technical infrastructure in place of face-to-face interactivity.

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Code4Lib NYC Presents: DevOps Practices for Library Services
Monday, October 5, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

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 finding solutions to real world issues.

Alan McCarthy-Behler is a certified project manager and MCSA who works as the Associate Museum Librarian for Library Systems in the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is interested in bringing non-traditional project methodologies into library service environments and has previous experience in the Library Systems departments of the Pratt Institute, The New School, and the New York Society Library.

 

Making Difficult Collection Decisions, Part 1 – Organizing Usage Data
Wednesday, October 7, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

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 it in an organized way. Attendees will be introduced to the COUNTER Code of Practice and learn techniques for consolidating and cleaning up usage data in Microsoft Excel.

Michael Fernandez is the Electronic Resources Acquisition Librarian at Yale University Library, where he manages a unit responsible for acquiring e-resources in all formats. His professional interests include accessibility, usage statistics, and collection management. He has previously presented on a range of e-resource topics at forums including ALA, ER&L, and IFLA.

Courtney McAllister is a Library Services Engineer at EBSCO. Prior to transitioning to a vendor role, she worked in resource sharing, acquisitions, and e-resource management in academic and public libraries. She is the Associate Editor of The Serials Librarian, a Director for the Charleston Conference, and a NASIG Board member.

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Critical Cataloging: Revealing and Dismantling Hegemonic Systems
Wednesday, October 21, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

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, October 21 for a conversation about the ethical implications of the way in which we in the library and archives field engage in the work of creating metadata and cataloging materials. This conversation will include discussion about classification standards and the technical systems in which we work.

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LGBTQ/NTWRKNG 2
Friday, October 23, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

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 to library workers, students, and aspiring library workers/students who are trans, bisexual, lesbian, gay, queer, ace, pan, nonbinary, two-spirit, or who are otherwise not straight and/or cisgender. We respectfully ask allies to sit this one out. More networking events are coming!

 

Writing A Great Cover Letter
Monday, October 26, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Don’t overlook this key step in your job search! Learn how to organize your cover letter to showcase your strengths.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How a cover letter complements your resume
  • How each paragraph of the cover letter should be structured to get your message across successfully
  • Examples of effective language in a cover letter

This webinar will be led by Eric Cohen, Job Training & Outreach Specialist, Business & Career Center
Brooklyn Public Library.

 

Making Difficult Collection Decisions, Part 2 – Analyzing Usage Data
Wednesday, October 28, 4:00pm – 5:00 pm

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 be discussed. By the end of the workshop, attendees will learn strategies for leveraging usage data to identify patterns, spot trends, and recognize outliers. This workshop will build off concepts introduced in Part 1, but both parts can be viewed independently.

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Recalculating: Agile Library Responses in Times of Crisis
Thursday, October 29, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Lightning Talks and Speakers:

  • “Corporate Annual Reports: Supply & Demand”, Elizabeth Marshall & Alie Visser, University of Western Ontario
  • “The Pandemic is the Precedent: Publishing Our First OER Adaptation in 2020”, Georgia Westbrook, Touro College Libraries
  • “Crisis vs. Change Management: An Appreciation in Light of COVID-19”, Corey Seeman, University of Michigan
  • “Study Abroad at Home: Library Collaboration with the School of Management Global Programs”, Carolyn Klotzbach-Russell, University at Buffalo
  • “Building Resilient Community Relationships During COVID-19”, Annette Bochenek, Purdue University Libraries (formerly of Barrington Area Library)
  • “Crises of Our Own Creation: Where Did the Time Management Go?”, Chloe Dufour, University of Pittsburgh
  • “Undercover: Strategies from a Librarian in an MBA Student’s Clothing”, Reece Steinberg, Ryerson University

 

Code4Lib NYC Community Call
Friday, November 6, 12:00pm – 1:00pmJoin our monthly c4l nyc community call to continue our conversation about DevOps for library services. Do you work in DevOps? Are you curious to learn more DevOps concepts and workflows? Regardless of your experience level, come to join the conversation or be a fly on the wall. (Note: Slides from Alan McCarthy-Behler’s October 5th presentation about DevOps in libraries are also available for view and download here: http://bit.ly/DevOpsLibrary)