We hope you’re doing as well as can be expected during these challenging times. We’ve organized the following online events that might be of interest to you, with more on the way.

Our growing archive of past online events can be found here.


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.

Register here.


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!

Register here.


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.

Register here.


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.

Register here.


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

Register here.


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)Register here.


“Where Do We Go From Here?”: Fundamentals of Design for Uncertainty, Parts 1 and 2
Tuesdays, November 10 and 17, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

How do we prepare for futures we can’t easily predict or anticipate What are the fastest, simplest ways to make effective decisions in turbulent times? These two sessions offer simple, practical tools for planning and acting under uncertain conditions.

By the end of this series of two webinars, you will be able to:

  • Map uncertainties facing the environment in which you operate
  • Identify areas of opportunity or concern based on those uncertainties
  • Use structured questions to prioritise and develop actions to address those uncertainties

This series is presented by Matt Finch. Matt helps libraries & institutions with strategy, planning, and engagement work, and is a facilitator on the scenario planning course at Oxford’s Saïd Business School. See more at www.mechanicaldolphin.com.

Register here for part one.

Register here for part two.


Recent Graduates Community Chat
Thursday, November 19, 4:00pm – 5:00pmIf you’ve graduated from library school/iSchool in the past year or two, join us for a community call on Thursday, November 19 at 4:00pm. Let’s 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 and Georgia Westbook.Register here. 

Community Call for Those Living Alone During the Pandemic
Monday, November 23, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

The holidays are fast approaching. With social distancing requirements firmly in place, those of us living alone could likely use a bit of fellowship to boost our spirits. This community call is intended for those who live alone (or with a pet or several). On this call, we will share how we’re coping, exchange ideas for how to stay engaged with the world, and support one another during a very strange time.

Register here.


METRO’s Anti-racism Book Club No. 3
Monday, December 7, 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Join us for a discussion of Caste by Isabel Wilkerson. 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 two meetings. We will be reading Caste: The Origins of our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson. Those who RSVP will receive an email with a link to our online meeting room on the morning of December 7.

Register here.


METRO’s Online Holiday Mixer
Wednesday, December 9, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Come drop by and say hello during our holiday mixer on Tuesday, December 15! We’ll have some nice friendly breakout rooms going so you can chat with friends and colleagues in the NYC library and archives community.

Register here.


Check out our archive of past online events!