Metropolitan New York Library Council

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Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)
Founded 1964
Type Consortium
Location
Coordinates 40°43′59″N 73°59′32″W / 40.73316°N 73.99235°W / 40.73316; -73.99235Coordinates: 40°43′59″N 73°59′32″W / 40.73316°N 73.99235°W / 40.73316; -73.99235
Area served New York City and Westchester County
Product Member Services Institution
Key people Jason Kucsma (Director)
Website http://metro.org/
Metropolitan New York Library Council Service Area

The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) is a non-profit organization that provides library services throughout New York City and Westchester County. METRO's services are developed with the community input of library professionals, the organization's member libraries, a board of trustees, government representatives and other research and library operations specialists.[1]

History[edit]

In 1964, the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) was chartered by the New York Board of Regents under the Education Law of the State of New York[2] to "promote and facilitate utilization of existing resources and to develop additional library services in the New York metropolitan area."

Today, with 250 member organizations throughout New York City and Westchester County, METRO is the largest of New York State's nine Reference and Research Library Resources Councils (NY 3Rs Association, Inc.).[3]

Member institutions include the City University of New York Libraries, Columbia University, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Mercy College, Museum of Modern Art, New York Botanical Garden, New York Public Library, New York University, Rockefeller University, Westchester Library System, Sotheby's Institute of Art, Scholastic, Inc., and UNICEF.

Overview[edit]

As a membership-based organization, METRO offers archival and library training opportunities, facilitates research and local community initiatives, supports Special Interest Groups (SIGs),[4] and provides research, programming, and organizational tools for New York libraries, archives, and museums. It is also responsible for providing funding for internships and digitization projects[5] to member libraries. METRO digitization grants provide member libraries with the opportunity to digitize their collections, several of which are available via the Internet Archive in METRO's collection of ebooks and texts.

METRO members reflect a wide range of special, academic, archival and public library organizations. In addition to training programs and support services, METRO also works to bring members of the New York City and Westchester County library communities together to promote ongoing exchanges of information and ideas.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Metropolitan New York Library Council". Yelp. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Folts, James D. (1996). "History of the University of the State of New York and the State Education Department 1784 - 1996". Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "NY 3Rs - About". NY 3Rs Association, Inc. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Special Interest Groups". Metropolitan New York Library Council. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "About digitalMETRO". digitalMETRO. Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO). Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Documentary Heritage Program". Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO). Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Price, Gary (May 30, 2013). "METRO, SAA, NARA, Google, and Historypin Partner on "Hurricane Sandy: Record, Remember, Rebuild" Project". Library Journal INFOdocket. Library Journal. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 

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