Metropolitan New York Library Council’s 2014 Annual Conference

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In mid-January I photographed the annual conference of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO). The conference was held at Baruch College’s Vertical Campus. A business meeting was followed by a keynote speech by Jessamyn West, who is an author, community technology librarian, and community manager of the massive group blog MetaFilter.com. The remainder of the day featured breakout sessions for METRO members to attend depending on their areas of interest.

I learned an important lesson that day. At the back of my closet I found an old pair of shoes I had never worn. The shoes seemed in brand new condition and looked better than the pair I planned to wear, and I thought they looked pretty good with my suit. I tried them on and they fit well and felt good. But after the first hour of the five-hour event, both soles fell off. I guess the glue had dried up. I had no choice but to continue shooting, and no one seemed to notice. I headed from the conference directly to a nearby shoe store, and the silver lining is that I found a beautiful pair of Italian loafers on sale. I’ve already tested the loafers so I can be confident they’ll hold up on my next shoot.

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