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METRO Annual Report 2011/12

METRO Annual Report 2011/12

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Annual Report for the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), 2011/12
Annual Report for the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), 2011/12

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Published by: Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) on Nov 19, 2012
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In 2009, our Board of Trusteespresented a Strategic Plan to themembership. Our mission: helpnavigate the library, archives, andmuseum (“LAM”) communitiesthrough a period of unprecedented and uncertain — transformation. Two years later, I took the helm atMETRO, and today I’m pleased to report that we’remaking great strides toward realizing our goals.While the Strategic Plan specified numerousdirectives provide outstanding services, expandmembership and organizational profile, strengthenleadership, and ensure financial health METRO itself was tasked with defining tactics and determining themost effective paths to success.In our pursuit of these directives over the past30+ months, we’ve had our fair share of wins,losses, and ties. The digital revolution has affectedour communities as acutely as it has others, sostanding still was not (and is not) an option. In acomplex economic and technological landscape, wenecessarily embrace experimentation, new models forcollaboration, and defining success. In an environmentin which change is constant, program success isdifficult to predict.With this in mind, we have embraced the credo:“Leading Through Change.” In many ways, METROhas had a truly banner year in 2011/2012:
• Attracted more than 2,000 people to join us for
workshops & events
• Added two experienced library professionals to
our leadership ranks
• Revitalized a newsletter that reaches 7,000+ people
twice-a-month, and is on pace to expand readershipto 10,000+ in the coming 24 months
• Optimized a multi-functional website that we expect
to attract more than 1,000,000 page views and over15,000 hours spent on the site
• Launched a Community Partners program to
catalyze idea-sharing, inspiration, and enthusiasmamong community leaders and membership
• Expanded the annual meeting to a full day of conference programming with project briefings
from the membershipWhile I am pleased to highlight these METROaccomplishments, I am proud to say that ourcommunity at-large is faring well in this face of unprecedented adversity and that METRO’sprogress is merely a bellwether of the membership.Jason Kucsma
Executive Director 
It is with great pleasure that theBoard looks back on this past yearbecause of the official appointmentof Jason Kucsma as the newExecutive Director of METRO.He has truly picked up the torchfrom Dottie Hiebing and begunto establish a firm footing forMETRO in this new knowledge-centric century. This year’s Annual Report highlights the many waysthat METRO is providing new and useful servicesand learning programs which will help libraries andlibrary professionals flourish amidst much changeand tightened financial circumstances. Using newtechnologies along with long known patterns of collaboration, Jason has also begun to establish linksthat connect METRO and the library community withthe large number of information professionals in themetropolitan area and beyond.I also want to thank the members of METRO fortheir strong support and encouragement during ourtransition to new leadership. We will continue todepend upon you to participate in building METROand the larger community it serves.Norm Jacknis

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