Upcoming METRO Events, June 2012

Webinar: The New Serendipity – How Small Demons Can Help Patron Discovery
Fri, June 1  |  4:00-5:00pm  |  There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.
Join us online for this presentation of Small Demons, a website that identifies all the cultural references in fiction and narrative nonfiction and connects them, allowing us to create powerful discovery tools based on the metadata we derive from books.
Learn more & register at http://metro.org/events/200/.

Introduction to Metadata for Digital Collections
Tues and Wed,  June 5 & 6  |  10:00am-4:00pm each day  |  $275 METRO; $225 myMETRO; $325 Non-Members
This two-day workshop will examine the role of metadata in the digital environment.  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.  Issues in metadata interoperability, vocabulary control, quality control and evaluation, and the practices in Linked Data-enabled metadata encoding will also be discussed.
Learn more & register at http://metro.org/events/92/.

Using jQuery and AJax
Mon, June 11 and Mon, June 18 |  10:00am-4:00pm each day  |  $150 METRO; $125 myMETRO; $200 Non-Members
Instructor KB Ng will teach participants how to use the jQuery library and AJax to build pages that work across browsers with interactive functionality, from complex animation effects to dynamic page formatting.  Participants should know basic HTML, but no programming experience is required.
Learn more & register at http://metro.org/events/195/.

Managing File-based Collections for Smaller Institutions
Tues, June 12  |  10:00am-4:00pm  |  $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.  Attendees should have a basic understanding of running applications, managing files, and differences between file formats.
Learn more & register at http://metro.org/events/194/.

Webinar Screening: Best Practices in Virtual Reference – What the @#$?  Dealing with Rude Patrons Online
Thurs, June 14  |  1:00-2:00pm  |  There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.
Join us at METRO for this in-person webinar screening.  Not all virtual reference exchanges are friendly chats, despite our best efforts.  Hear and share some effective ways to deal with rude users without losing your cool.  Stick around for discussion with METRO’s Reference Special Interest Group immediately after the screening.
Learn more & register at http://metro.org/events/204/

Webinar: NY3Rs Presents – Marketing Your Library Services Using Social Networking Tools
Mon, June 18  |  2:00-4:00pm  |  $10 METRO & other NY3Rs Members
This two-hour webinar will teach you how utilizing social software can help you promote library activities and services to connect with your users.
Learn more & register at http://metro.org/events/202/.

Webinar: Collaborative Digitization Projects Showcase
Tues, June 19  |  2:00-3:15pm  |  There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.
Please join us for this webinar highlighting three recent METRO-funded collaborative digitization projects.  Attendees will hear first-hand from project participants about their experiences.  Speakers will provide an overview of their projects and discuss the nature of collaborative efforts, as well as share issues encountered and lessons learned in the process.
Learn more & register at http://metro.org/events/197/.

Upcoming Special Interest Group Meetings:

Reference
Thurs, June 14 | 2-4pm |  Learn more & register at: http://metro.org/events/205/

Please contact Laura Forshay at lforshay@metro.org, 212.228.2320 x 119 with any questions.

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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