Training Opportunities at METRO for the Month of August

Webinar: Simple Strategies and Tools for Keeping Up with Tech Trends

When: Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm
Location: Online
Presenter: Jason Kucsma, Emerging Technologies Manager, METRO
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As the World Wide Web matures, the amount of information we have access to is increasingly overwhelming. And the rapid speed at which technologies change make it even harder to keep up with what’s new, what’s important, and what’s not worth your time and attention. Still, it’s important for librarians to be familiar with changes in technology, because they will inevitably influence our users’ expectations and may have implications on how we adapt to meet those expectations. This webinar will provide you a few simple strategies for keeping up with shifts in technology without having to devote valuable work time that could be used effectively. This webinar will also detail some of the freely available tools to help you implement these strategies.

Using Omeka to Build Digital Collections for Libraries and Archives

When: Friday, August 7, 2009 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: METRO, 57 E. 11 St, New York, NY 10003
Presenter: Jeremy Boggs, Creative Lead at Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and Omeka’s Project Manager
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Omeka is a free and open source collections based, web-based publishing platform for scholars, librarians, archivists, museum professionals, educators, and cultural enthusiasts. Its “five-minute setup” makes launching an online exhibition as easy as launching a blog. Omeka is designed with non-IT specialists in mind, allowing users to focus on content and interpretation rather than programming. It brings Web 2.0 technologies and approaches to academic and cultural websites to foster user interaction and participation.

This workshop will introduce Omeka, provide a brief background on developing the software, show examples of different types of websites created with Omeka and teach participants how to use Omeka to build a website for your institution. Topics will include data entry, data migration, using/developing Themes, and using/developing plugins.

By the end of the program, participants will:

  • Understand how to install Omeka, and manage content and enter Collections data in Omeka
  • Install and modify public themes
  • Install and manage plugins

Essential Wiki Master: How to Use, Install, Customize, Extend and Manage Wiki

When: August 11 & August 13, 2009 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: METRO, 57 E. 11 St, New York, NY 10003
Presenter: Kwong Bor Ng (Ph.D), Associate Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies of Queens College, CUNY
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Wikis have become an almost ubiquitous tool for collaboration among library staff or communication with the communities we serve. Still many of us know little about what’s “under-the-hood” that makes our wikis work. This two-day course will provide participants with valuable experience and knowledge working with server-side technology. If you’re looking to add more skills to your technology toolbox, this course combines lecture and hands-on exercises to deliver a well-rounded skillset that can be applied to more than just installing and maintaining wikis.

By the end of the program, participants will:

  • Be able to use advanced formatting techniques to create and edit wiki pages
  • Setup and manage a wiki and handle tools like extensions, templates, skins and bots
  • Have access to a practice wiki though the internet for 2 weeks

Who should attend and prerequisite skills: System librarians, electronic resources librarians, web masters, digital archivists and others interested in installing and managing Wiki for Collaborative Content Building. Participants should know basic HTML and how to create and maintain a simple web site, but no programming skills required.

Site Visit: Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

When: Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 – 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location: Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, 70 Washington Square South, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10012
Presenter: Dr. Michael Nash, head of the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
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The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University form a unique, internationally known center for the study of labor history and progressive politics. Archives, manuscript collections, photographs, books, and pamphlets document the history of labor, socialism, communism, anarchism, and utopian experiments. The collections also include important materials relating to the women’s movement, the cultural left, the history of labor law, and the struggles for civil rights, academic freedom, and civil liberties. The Tamiment Library houses the Archives of Irish America and the records of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.

The Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives administers the records of more than 250 national, regional, and local labor organizations. These archives describe the history of organized labor, as well as the impact of immigration, social reform movements, and race relations on the worker and American society.

For questions or assistance with registration, please call 212-228-2320 x10 or write to

One response to “Training Opportunities at METRO for the Month of August

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