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Public library trustees have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the quality of life of their communities. Now more than ever before, New Jersey's public libraries rely on the wisdom, insights, diligence, and influence of their trustees. This site is designed to provide information and resources to guide trustees in their work as they promote the strength and stability of their libraries and as they advocate for support at all levels of government.

New Jersey Library Trustee Updates

ALA applauds FY2017 budget increase for IMLS, calls on library supporters to defend federal library funding in FY2018 budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday congressional negotiators reached agreement on a bill to fund the U.S. government through September. The “omnibus” bill included $231 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services – a $1 million increase over FY2016. American Library Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement:

South Brunswick's longest serving mayor dies after decades of public service

"Mayor Gambatese was an active member of the South Brunswick Library Board of Trustees and  a strong advocate for public library services.  He will be remembered for his wisdom, care and concern for others, his support for SBPL and his many efforts towards making our township a better place." Chris Carbone, Director, South Brunswick Public Library.

Great time to Attend ALA Legislative Day

Sign up for National Library Legislative Day 2017

This Year We NEED YOU

Registration for National Library Legislative Day 2017 is open! To find information about the event, to register, or to book a room in the hotel block, please visit ala.org/nlld.

As with previous years, National Library Legislative Day 2017 will be held at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, DC. Hotel can fill up quickly so reserve as soon as possible.

Robert Balentine dies; served Park Ridge schools, library

Robert Balentine’s dedication to Park Ridge continued after he retired in 1991 as schools superintendent. He turned his focus to the public library and led the effort to get it reopened after a massive storm left 40 inches of floodwater and ruined much of the collection.

Read the full obituary here: http://www.northjersey.com/story/obituaries/2017/01/09/robert-balentine-...

Draft Resolution and Letters of Support for Library Boards Supporting School Libraries and Library Capital Construction

NJLA has created templates for a model resolutions for Public Library Board to pass in support of school library programs (https://njla.org/sites/default/files/NJLA-School-Library-Resolution.docx) in New Jersey and letters of support for the New Jersey Library Capital Construction Bond Bill (http://njlibrariesbuildcommunities.org/how-you-can-help/).

New Jersey Library Advocates Headed to D.C.

 New Jersey Library advocates participate in American Library Association's Legislative Day May 3 in Washington, DC.  Supporters met with the staffs of  the entire New Jersey Congressional delegation.   Pictured left to right are: Josh Sanders, aide to Senator Robert Menendez; Peggy Cadigan, NJ State Library; Marcos Vargas, Secretary, Belleville Library Board of Trustees; Mary Chute, NJ State Librarian; Janet Clark, president, NJ Association of School Librarians; Adam Szczepaniak, NJ State Library;  and Esney Sharpe, board member of the New Jersey Library Trustee Association.
New Jersey Library advocates participate in American Library Association's Legislative Day May 3 in Washington, DC.  Supporters met with the staffs of  the entire New Jersey Congressional delegation.   Pictured left to right are: Josh Sanders, aide to Senator Robert Menendez; Peggy Cadigan, NJ State Library; Marcos Vargas, Secretary, Belleville Library Board of Trustees; Mary Chute, NJ State Librarian; Janet Clark, president, NJ Association of School Librarians; Adam Szczepaniak, NJ State Library;  and Esney Sharpe, board member of the New Jersey Library Trustee Association.

 

Tools You Can Use

Library Trustees have the responsibility for maintaining adequate financial support for their libraries.  Board members should forge good relationships with their local governments.  To do this it is important to know exactly how your local government operates.  Read the BCCLS Advocacy Committee's Trustee Info and Action Sheet

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