METRO Meetups

METRO is proud to support the work of our members through our METRO Meetups program. Each group is convened by leaders in our field around a topic of interest to our wider community.

Curious about organizing a Meetup? Check out our program guidelines.


Stephen Klein, 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.

Economic & Business Librarians

Lucy Heckman and Dan Hicks, Organizers

This SIG 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.

Librarians for College Readiness

Leanne Ellis, Organizer

This group provides an opportunity for high school and college librarians to share their experiences. The group will help high school librarians prepare students for college. Academic librarians will gain a better idea of where students are coming from and how they can help.

Through conversation, this SIG will work to ease students’ transition between high school and college. Topics of discussion and presentations include college readiness, the first year college experience, and enhancing critical thinking. Librarians from public and independent schools, college, and universities, as well as support staff, are welcome.

Library Assistants and Support Staff

Anthony Wyche and Valentine Colon, Co-organizers

The mission of the LASSA SIG 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: Circulation, Interlibrary Loan & Reserves

Monique Prince, Deborah Caesar, Beth Posner, and Emma Raub, Co-organizers

The Library Resource Sharing: Circ, Interlibrary Loan & Reserves Meetup Group began as two METRO Special Interest Groups, one for Circulation and Reserves library specialists and one for interlibrary loan specialists. Members are involved in strengthening local information resource sharing though interlibrary loan services, document delivery, etc. The group also focuses on issues of common interest, such as OCLC, management software systems like ILLiad and CLIO, policies and procedures, technology, best practices, and more.

Outreach and Advocacy

Carl Andrews and Mark Aaron Polger, Co-organizers

The Outreach and Advocacy group discusses innovative methods to advocate for programs, services, and staff. Topics of discussion include developing outreach goals, establishing your library’s identity, creating a successful library campaign from start to finish, lemonading a library disaster into something positive, developing assessment tools to conduct community analysis, building partnership, and crafting visual materials.

Racial and Social Justice in Libraries, and Archives

Diana Moronta and Julia Marden, Co-organizers

The Social Justice Special Interest Group 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?

Science, Technology, Medical Librarians

Bruce Slutsky and John Carey, Co-organizers

The Special Interest Group (SIG) for Science, Technology and Medical Librarians is composed of individuals from libraries with substantial collections in the physical, life or natural sciences. Through meetings and other events, members work to identify and develop effectives strategies to promote the interests of professionals working in this area and their library organizations.

User Experience (UX) in Libraries

Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas, Co-organizers

If you’re interested in the usability and user experience of libraries, the UX SIG is for you! Support our SIG for opportunities to collaborate on user experience projects, share ideas and resources, and to give and receive support and advice.

Web Archiving Interest Group

Sumitra Duncan and Alex Thurman, Co-organizers

Hosted by Metropolitan New York Library Council, the Web Archiving Interest Group is an inclusive group designed to facilitate growth in the communities forming around initiatives to preserve websites and other online resources. We seek to support professionals in libraries, archives and museums engaged in 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.