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.


“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.


METRO’s Reference + Instruction Interest Group Presents: Case Studies in Critical Pedagogy

Monday, November 16, 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Whether critical pedagogy has been the focus of your reference/instruction practice and scholarship for years or you are wholly new to the subject, we invite you to join us as we begin the ongoing discussion within the METRO Reference & Instruction SIG community.

We will start by thinking together about how critical pedagogy practices may function in a remote environment, so often structured by corporate educational technologies and taking place at a time when the fault lines of inequality, access, and vulnerability are so pronounced. We invite you to consider how we can integrate critical considerations of these circumstances within our approaches to remote teaching practice. How are some of us engaging the complexities of the time while still supporting ourselves, faculty, students, patrons, and the public?

This event features presentations by Eamon Tewell, Head of Research Support and Outreach for Columbia University’s Science, Engineering, & Social Science Libraries; Julie Jones, Performing Arts Librarian, Cornish College of the Arts; Iris Finkel, Assistant Professor, Web and Digital Initiatives Librarian, Hunter College; and Debbie Krahmer,  Associate Professor, Accessible Technology & Government Documents Librarian, Colgate University.

Register here.


Recent Graduates Community Chat
Thursday, November 19, 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 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.


Jail & Prison Libraries in a Pandemic: a panel with PLSN + Correctional Services Library Staff

Wednesday, December 2, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Please join us for a conversation about the impact of COVID-19 on library access in New York City jails and prisons. On December 2nd at 3pm, the Prison Library Support Network (PLSN) will host a panel at METRO featuring NYC-based correctional services librarians discussing their experiences providing jail & prison library services in NYC, how they see COVID-19 playing out in facilities, and how volunteers can help!

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!