Monday, October 31, 2011

METRO Professional Development Update, New York, NY

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.

Inside the Hiring Process
Mon, Nov 7 | 6-8pm | $20 METRO & myMETRO; $30 Non-members
At this panel discussion, we’ll uncover some of the mystery about how employees are hired in different types of libraries. Our panelists, representing academic and special libraries as well as a library recruiter, will talk candidly about the ins and outs of hiring the best candidate for the job.
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Vendor Demo: Backstage Library Works
Tues, Nov 8 | 12:30-1:30pm | There is no charge to attend, but registration is required
Join us for a lunchtime vendor demonstration by Backstage Library Works, an established leader in providing services to all types of libraries, archives, museums and publishers. Celebrating its 25th year, Backstage continues to innovate and grow its core services of cataloging, data formatting archival digitization, preservation, microfilm, and on-site services. Feel free to bring your lunch; we’ve got the dessert and coffee!.
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Webinar: Expanding Your Career Potential - Construct a Plan to Attain New Levels of Expertise, Employment, Compensation, and Career Satisfaction
Wed, Nov 9 and Wed, Dec 14 | 3-4:30pm each day | $50 METRO, myMETRO, SLA-NY, & New York 3Rs Council Members; $75 Non-members (covers both days)
This two-part webinar will offer practical advice to help information professionals assess and expand their existing skill sets and develop new areas of expertise to broaden their career potential, maximize their earnings in their current positions, or gain that competitive edge for landing their next jobs. Participants will explore a variety of settings outside the library realm where information professionals are working and thriving.
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Introduction to Web Programming Using JavaScript and DOM
Mon, Nov 14 and Mon, Nov 21 | 10am-4pm each day | $150 METRO; $125 myMETRO; $200 Non-members (covers both days)
JavaScript has become the technology that all Web developers must learn, and over the course of this two-day workshop, instructor KB Ng will help you master JavaScript with DOM (Document Object Model). DOM is an application interface for manipulating web pages and is an extremely important part of everyday JavaScript coding.
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METRO & ACRL/NY Present: Change in the Digital Age - Metadata Trends for Libraries
Wed, Nov 16 | 5:30-7:30pm | $10 METRO, myMETRO, & ACRL/NY Members; $25 Non-members
Metadata has become a key piece in managing and discovering information resources in the digital environment. Speaker Rebecca Guenther will highlight trends in the metadata arena, particularly focusing on descriptive and technical metadata standards and how changes might affect institutions creating and maintaining metadata for library and other resources.
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Preservation Management Fundamentals for Libraries and Cultural Heritage Institutions
Wed, Nov 30 and Thurs, Dec 1 | 10:00am-4:00pm each day | $175 METRO; 125 myMETRO; $250 Non-members (covers both days)
This two-day workshop will cover preservation program basics, including environmental control, disaster preparedness and recovery, collections care and storage issues, digitization and digital preservation basics, and grantwriting/fundraising basics for preservation and digitization projects.
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Preservation Metadata: The Cornerstone of Long-Term Digital Preservation Practices
Wed, Dec 7 | 10:00am-4:00pm | $75 METRO; $60 myMETRO; $125 Non-members
This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the PREMIS Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata, the key standard in this area, and how it is being implemented world-wide. Topics will include an introduction to the PREMIS data model, an examination of the Data Dictionary, and its implementation in XML and METS within the context of larger digital library issues.
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Introduction to Encoded Archival Description (EAD)
Fri, Dec 9 | 10:00am-4:00pm | $60 METRO; $50 myMETRO; $100 Non-members
Instructor Lara Nicosia will begin with a brief introduction to EAD, its applications, and its relationship to other standars (LCSH, DACS, etc.). After learning about the basic structure of an EAD document and the elements required by DACS for minimum-level description, participants will use an EAD template to encode a basic finding aid. The afternoon will be spent working with common tags such as those needed to create an inventory list. Other topics include project workflow, best practices, ways EAD is being used, and additional tools for getting started.
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Upcoming Special Interest Group Meetings:
Library 2.0
Tues, Nov 1 | 10am-12pm | Learn more & register at:

Government Documents: 2010 Census Training at Pratt SILS
Wed, Nov 9 | 9:30am-12pm | Learn more & register at:

Bibliographic Instruction
Wed, Nov 9 | 10am-12pm | Learn more & register at:

Advocacy: How to Get Started With Advocacy
Tues, Nov 15 | 10am-12pm | Learn more & register at: