METRO Professional Development Update

New Additions to
New training videos are now available online to METRO members at You can see all of their latest releases at To request free access through METRO, simply email Laura Forshay at, Subject: Lynda, with your name and member institution or myMETRO membership status.

Webinar: Collaborative Digitization Showcase – Local and Global Collaboration
Wed, July 11 | 3:00-4:00pm | There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.
Collaborative digitization projects are an important method of exposing library collections to a broader audience and meeting usersa�� growing demand for online resources. During this program, we will hear from colleagues at two METRO member libraries on their recent involvement with collaborative digitization projects on a local and global level.
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Introduction to Omeka
Thurs, July 12 | 10:00am-12:00pm | $35 METRO & myMETRO; $40 Non-Members
This will be an overall introduction to using Omeka to publish your cultural heritage objects on the web. Wea��ll cover the basics of how web publishing systems work, and where Omeka fits in that ecosystem, as well as how to add content, files, and metadata to an Omeka site.
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Introduction to Theming with Omeka
Thurs, July 12 | 1:00-2:30pm | $20 METRO & myMETRO; $30 Non-Members
We will look at the overall structure of Omeka themes, from the default templates to the best practices for developing your own themes for Omeka. This will be very hands-on, with activities to show how to override default templates, customize CSS and PHP, and write completely new template pages. Some experience with PHP and/or designing themes will be helpful, but not necessary.
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Introduction to Omeka Plugins
Thurs, July 12 | 3:00-4:30pm | $20 METRO & myMETRO; $30 Non-Members
Wea��ll coveer the basic Omeka plugin structure and common techniques for creating plugins to accomplish various kinds of tasks. This includes an introduction to the Model-View-Controller pattern, and how it is implemented in Omeka, as well as an introduction to Omekaa��s hooks and filters systems. Some experience with PHP, especially Object-Oriented PHP will be helpful for this session.
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Leadership Readiness: Are You Ready for the Challenge of Leadership?
Tues, July 17 | 10:00am-1:00pm | $25 METRO & myMETRO; $35 Non-Members
In this workshop, instructor Trevor Dawes will provide a brief overview of some types of leadership roles one can have within an organization or association and will lead attendees through a series of exercises to help them assess their readiness to assume these roles.
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Webinar: Being an Effective Facilitator
Tues, July 17 | 2:00-3:30pm | $10 METRO, myMETRO, & NY3Rs; $20 Non-Members
Focus groups, staff meetings, brainstorming sessions, learning sessions – all of these activities require an effective facilitator. Discover ways to improve participation and production both face-to-face and online.
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Webinar: NY3Rs Presents – Creating Mobile Websites
Wed, July 18 & Fri, July 20 | 1:00-3:00pm each day | $20 METRO, myMETRO, & Other NY3Rs Members
Your website is a crucial tool for your community. Is it mobile-friendly? In this overview course, we will discuss quick ways to see what your website might look like on a cell phone, methods for converting your site to mobile, and best practices to keep in mind.
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Webinar Screening: Libraries and Linked Data – Looking to the Future
Thurs, July 19 | 2:30-4:00pm | There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.
Join us at METRO for an in-person screening of this ALA TechSource webinar. Library Data Guru and consultant Karen Coyle will give attendees an overview of the tools currently available for the creation of linked data. Youa��ll get the most current information on linked data in libraries and discuss how it will shape the future of the library.
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Project Planning
This one-day workshop teaches participants how to create a project plan, manage a project, effectively communicate about the project, evaluate the success of the project, and close a project.
At METRO, 57 East 11th Street
Tues, July 24 | 10:00am-4:00pm | There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.
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At Westchester Library System, 540 White Plains Road, Suite 200
Wed, July 25 | 10:00am-4:00pm | There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.
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Webinar: NY3Rs Presents: Web Services Bootcamp – Adding Value to Library Apps and Services
Tues, July 31 & Wed, Aug 1 | 10:30am-12:30pm each day | $20 METRO, myMETRO, & Other NY3Rs Members
We will work through the basics of web services, simple to use embed code, and highlight resources to continue learning with an emphasis on mashups and web services as a means to practice these skills. Learn how to incorporate the a�?web of dataa�? into your library applications and services.
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Webinar: Dealing With the Unexpected at Work
Tues, July 31 | 12:00-1:30pm | $20 METRO & Other NY3Rs Members; $15 myMETRO; $30 Non-Members
Ulla de Stricker, known for her inspiring professional leadership, offers illustrations of how the attitude with which we encounter the unforeseen is paramount in retaining sanity and balance. Her straightforward tips apply to all types of work situations — and for that matter, life situations.
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Make a Difference: Common Core and the School Library
Thurs, Aug 2 | 10:00am-1:00pm | There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.
Open to school librarians in New York City and Westchester, this workshop helps you learn the why, how, and what of supporting teachers with developing and implementing lessons that support the Common Core standards. Attendees will leave with a toolkit for starting the next school year ready to support the Common Core in the library and classroom.
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Flipping the Library and Classroom Experience
Thurs, Aug 2 | 2:00-5:00pm | There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.
Flipped libraries and classrooms are active environments in which students and teachers work together during class time and traditional lectures and instruction are moved into a homework environment. Open to school librarians in New York City and Westchester, this workshop will show you what the flipped classroom is all about and how in the next school year you can start flipping some of your lessons and support teachers who want to flip their classrooms.
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Please contact Laura Forshay at, 212.228.2320 x 119 with any questions.

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