Monday, April 25, 2011

METRO Professional Update

Every month, METRO offers an exciting range of learning and networking opportunities – details and registration are just a click away!

Whether you want to expand your skills or join us for exciting industry presentations and discussions, all the information you need is available online at To make sure you never miss out on news about METRO programs and events, you can also subscribe to the METRO Calendar RSS feed in your favorite reader.

Webinar: Introduction to Major Changes from AACR2 to RDA
Wed, April 27 10-11:30am $20 METRO & myMETRO, $40 Non-membersThis webinar will provide an entry-level introduction to aspects of RDA records that differ from AACR2, and what catalogers should expect to see in RDA records generally.Learn more & register at

Webinar: Managing the Implementation of RDA at Your Library - What Administrators Need to Know
Fri, April 29 10-11:30am $20 METRO & myMETRO, $40 Non-membersInstructor Chris Cronin will inform library administrators and cataloging managers on how to begin thinking about preparing staff and systems for the transition from AACR2 to RDA.Learn more & register at

Introduction to Metadata for Digital Collections
Tues & Wed, May 3 & 4 10am-4pm $275 METRO, $225 myMETRO, $325 Non-membersInstructor Dr. Marcia Zeng will examine the role of metadata in the digital environment during this two-day workshop. The main focuses will be given to 1) the applications of metadata standards for distinct domains and information communities and 2) the creation of application profiles according to local needs.
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Enriching Metadata Services through Linked Data
Thurs, May 5 10am-1pm $20 METRO & myMETRO, $30 Non-membersThis workshop will explain the principles, concepts, and the potential usage of Linked Data in libraries of all sizes. It will not cover technical implementation topics.
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Suddenly Solo: What to Do, What to Expect, and Where to Find Expert Help
Thurs, May 5 5:30-8pm There is no fee to attend, but registration is required. Please join SLA NY, the SLA Solo Librarian’s Division and METRO as we present a panel of experienced Solo Librarians discussing the challenges and joys of becoming Suddenly Solo.
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VRA Core: An Introduction to Metadata for Cultural Materials
Mon, May 9 1-4pm $40 METRO, $30 myMETRO, $60 Non-members
Instructor Elisa Lanzi will cover the overall benefits of using the VRA Core in order to ensure streamlined inputting of crucial information about works and images, and to improve searching and user understanding.
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Digital Rights Management for Library and Archives Projects
Wed, May 11 10am-4pm $75 METRO, $60 myMETRO, $100 Non-members
This workshop will approach copyright from the collections and project management perspective. Topics will include an overview of Section 108 and how to analyze underlying or third-party rights in textual, visual, audio, and moving image content.
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Webinar: The Future for Libraries
Tues, May 17 10-11am $20 METRO & myMETRO, $40 Non-members
Sarah Houghton-Jan, author of the popular blog, “Librarian in Black” will discuss how the current budget crisis will change the way we provide services to our patrons. This webinar will be of particular interest for anyone interested in finding out what digital services libraries can build upon to better serve their communities now and in the future.Learn more & register at

myMETRO Presents: An Evening of Presentation by myMETRO Student Members
Wed, May 18 6-8pm There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.Join us for a sample of cutting edge research in librarianship from three students, including an investigation of the impact of recommender systems; risk management applied to digital asset preservation; and a collaborative project to connect to LIS students.
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Using XML in Libraries
Thurs, May 19 and Thurs, May 26 10am-4pm each day $75 METRO, $60 myMETRO, $100 Non-members (covers both days)
This two-day intensive workshop is designed to teach beginners how to use XML in the library environment, with a focus on using the language for resource description, metadata management, and electronic text encoding.
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Introductory Photoshop and Digital Imaging
Mon, May 23 10am-4pm $75 METRO, $60 myMETRO, $100 Non-members
This workshop will introduce participants to an exemplary imaging workflow and the principles behind image capture and image editing. Common image editing tools and techniques will be demonstrated and emphasis will be placed on image quality control routines to ensure productivity and repeatability.
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Webinar: Free and Cheap Web Services for Libraries
Tues, May 24 10-11:30am $20 METRO & myMETRO, $40 Non-members
In this webinar, Librarian and blogger Sarah Houghton-Jan will describe some quick and free services that any library can add to its website with minimal time or expertise. This session will cover twenty easy steps that libraries can take to improve their websites with ease.
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Managing File-based Collections for Small Institutions
Wed, June 1 10am-4pm $25 METRO, myMETRO, & Non-members
This workshop introduces digital collection caretakers to utilities and processes that will help them perform routine archival tasks in the file-based domain.
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Using Technology in Library Management: Skills for More Efficient Administration and Communication
Thurs, June 2 and Thurs, June 9 2:30-4pm each day $10 METRO, myMETRO, & Non-members (covers both days)In this two-part webinar screening, library director and technology expert Kenley Neufeld offers simple, practical steps for using free or low-cost technology to help make library administration and communication with staff more effective and efficient.
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Webinar: Keys to Successful Digital Collaboration
Fri, June 3 1-3pm $20 METRO & myMETRO, $40 Non-members
Designed for organizations that are either embarking on digital collaborative projects, this webinar will examine the role of project leadership, developing strategies for defining roles and responsibilities, and ask participants to share how they will define the audience for their collaborative projects.
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Upcoming Special Interest Group Meetings:
Smart Phones and Mobile Computing: Mobile Information and Literacy Panel - Are You In the Know About Info to Go?
Fri, May 6 3-4:30pm Learn more & register:

Career Transition: Bullying in the Workplace
Tues, May 10 6-8pm Learn more & register:

Digitization: Introducing the Newly Re-designed OCLC CONTENTdm
Mon, May 16 10am-12pm Learn more & register:

Distance Education: Share Your Experience
Wed, May 25 10am-12pm Learn more & register:

Please contact Laura Forshay at, 212.228.2320 x 10 with any questions.