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.

We’re also hosting weekly informal community calls every other Thursdays at 2:00pm. A new registration link will be sent shortly.

In lieu of recordings, we are releasing write-ups of each webinar at metro.org/news.

 

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.

Register here.

 

Gathering Online: Tips for Planning and Managing Remote Engagement
Tuesday, June 2, 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.

Register here.

 

What’s That Rack? Preserving Indie Video Art: A METRO/XFR Collective Love Story
Wednesday, June 3, 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.

We hope you’ll join us! Register here.

 

LGBTQ/NTWRKNG
Friday, June 5, 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!

Register here.

 

Gathering Online: Delivering one-shot instruction sessions
Tuesday, June 9, 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.

Register here.

 

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.

Learn more and register here.

 

Past events

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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).

 

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.

 

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).

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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).