Wednesday, January 25, 2012

METRO Professional Development Update

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

New Member Benefit

METRO institutional member employees and individual myMETRO members can now access’s online learning resources for a nominal fee through METRO. hosts over 1,000 video tutorials focusing on software, home computing, select business skills, and more. For $10, METRO members can request access to one of our user licenses for a period of two weeks. For more information on and how to request access through METRO, please visit

Webinar: Seeking Synchronicity
Tues, Jan 31 | 3:00pm-4:30pm | There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.
Lynn Silipigni Connaway and Marie Radford will discuss the key findings of their multi-year study that were recently published in the report, “Seeking Synchronicity: Revelations and Recommendations for Virtual Reference.”
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Vendor Demo: Brainfuse, Inc.
Thurs, Feb 2 | 4:00pm-5:30pm | There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.
Brainfuse is America’s leading provider of live online tutoring and online job search support for your patrons. Join us and learn why libraries throughout New York State and the country enhance their patron support with HelpNow, JobNow, and StudyNow.
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Webinar: Expanding Your Career Potential - Part 1: Broadening Your Existing Skill Set
Wed, Feb 15 | 6:00pm-7:30pm | $25 METRO, myMETRO, 3Rs Council, & SLA-NY Members; $40 Non-members
In this first session we will identify and discuss those skill sets that are in the greatest demand in the library/information world. The presenters will also examine alternative jobs and potential career paths for librarians and information professionals contemplating a career change or transitioning into a non-traditional role.
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Library Assessment
Thurs, Feb 23 | 10:00am-4:00pm | $60 METRO; $40 myMETRO; $100 Non-members
This full-day workshop covers the difference between, and strengths of, qualitative and quantitative data; various ways to gather data; how to run focus groups; how to plan effective surveys, and how market research can help you to run your library.
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LOD-LAM-NYC: A Day of Linked Data Discussion & Activities for the NY Metropolitan Area
Thurs, Feb 23 | 9:00am-6:00pm | There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.
Join us at the New York Public Library for a day of LOD-LAM (Linked Open Data for Libraries, Archives, and Museums) discussions for the cultural heritage sector in the NY Metropolitan Area. This event will be comprised of a morning plenary and an afternoon hands-on session.
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Upcoming Special Interest Group Meetings:
Tues, Feb 7 | 10am-12pm | Learn more & register at:

Science, Technology & Medical Librarians: New Developments in STEM Publishing
Fri, Feb 24 | 2-4pm | Learn more & register at: