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New Jersey Library Association Statement on Privatization

NJLA Updates - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 4:05pm

Free access to information is an essential component for any democratic society. Historically, strong local public libraries have provided this service to New Jersey residents.

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New Jersey Library Association Statement on Privatization

NJLA News - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 4:05pm

Free access to information is an essential component for any democratic society. Historically, strong local public libraries have provided this service to New Jersey residents.

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Library Construction Bond Act

NJ State Library - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:03am

On Nov 7, 2017 the residents of New Jersey will vote on the NJ Library Construction Bond Act.  The bond, if passed, would provide $125 million in funding for library construction projects throughout New Jersey.

This investment into New Jersey’s economy would help the construction industries and small businesses, as well as provide an opportunity for libraries to upgrade their facilities so they can best serve their customers’ needs.

For more information, visit: http://njlibrariesbuildcommunities.org

 

 

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Dueling Mothers of World War I

NJ State Library - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 2:57pm

Dr. Lisa Mastrangelo, professor of English at Centenary University, began her presentation Women of Peace and Preparedness: The Use of Motherhood and Maternalism in World War I, stating that “we don’t know much about the women of World War I because there were fewer than in World War II.” Quite a bit fewer as it turns out: 33,000 mostly nurses and clerks in World War I; 350,000 women in World War II. In spite of that, and her statement, she was able to share a considerable amount of information about the activism of women, not directly involved in the war, during that period.

Her presentation made clear the meaning of its title: that there were two factions of women, women of peace and women of preparedness. The former defined motherhood as essentialism (to protect the country and its sons from war); the latter defined motherhood as patriotic (supporters of the country and its troops). Both groups were very active in giving speeches, parades, writing songs and editorials, hosting parties. Oddly, many of the women involved in the Peace Movement didn’t have children to protect from war. However, they were avid supporters of President Woodrow Wilson, whose campaign slogan, “He kept us out of war,” helped him defeat Charles Evan Hughes in 1916.

Once that slogan had to be cast aside, many individuals and organizations in the peace movement faded, with the Preparedness Movement growing. The 4 Minute Men/4 Minute Women group rose in support of Wilson’s changed stance and the war effort. They gave four minute speeches encouraging the buying of war bonds, war stamps and conservation, especially in movie theaters. It was sort of like today’s Twitter. The speeches were constrained to four minutes to coincide with the amount of time it took to change a movie reel at intermission.

The final installment of the State Library’s series on the 100th Anniversary of World War I will be on Nov. 15 at noon with author James Hockenberry discussing New Jersey’s Role in World War I.

 

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Small Business Workshops from Div. of Taxation at your Library

NJ State Library - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:35am

The New Jersey State Library is working with the New Jersey Division of Taxation’s Taxation University to bring business training to local libraries.  Workshops started in October at libraries across New Jersey to educate local business owners and entrepreneurs about starting and registering businesses in the state.  Sessions take about 100 minutes:

How to Start a Small Business in New Jersey

The Fundamentals of New Jersey Sales Tax

Construction Trades and New Jersey Tax

Online Businesses and New Jersey Tax

Photography and New Jersey Tax

For more information, schedule and to register go to:

http://www.njstatelib.org/services_for_libraries/consulting_services/business-technology-services/small-business-workshops-library/

 

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Talking Book & Braille Center Fall Festival

NJ State Library - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:43am
From left: Vicky Kumar and Patricia Moura, of Old Bridge, with Eve Posner demonstrating Orcam.

The biennial Fall Festival hosted by the NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center was held at The Grounds for Sculpture on Saturday, October 14, 2017. The event began with a continental breakfast with vendors exhibiting services and technology products for those with visual impairments. That was followed by art workshops and walking tours of the grounds.  See all the photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/njlibraryevents/albums/72157687399452330.

Claudia Schreiber teaching Creating Art Using Your Mind’s Eye workshop.

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Sarah Jessica Parker selects Mohsin Hamid’s “Exit West” for ALA Book Club Central’s fall pick

ALA United for Libraries - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 8:47am

CHICAGO – The latest American Library Association (ALA) Book Club Central SJP pick, chosen by Honorary Book Club Central Chair Sarah Jessica Parker, is “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid, published by Riverhead/an imprint of Penguin Random House. “Exit West” has been shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, longlisted for the ALA Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and is a finalist for the 2017 Kirkus Prize.

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PLA and United for Libraries to host Oct. 17 webinar on ‘Troubled Library Boards’

ALA United for Libraries - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 3:47pm

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) and United for Libraries are partnering to present a webinar designed to improve library boards of directors. The webinar, titled “Troubled Library Boards: Prevention and Survival” will be held at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

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Research Your Past During National Family History Month

NJ State Library - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 8:37am

In 2001, Congress first passed a resolution, introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, creating Family History Month. Hatch wrote, “By searching for our roots, we come closer together as a human family.” Family history enthusiasts continue to celebrate National Family History Month every October. It has grown and evolved on a national stage, with community groups, historians, storytellers, and genealogical and historical societies promoting and celebrating National Family History Month as way to commemorate each family’s rich and deep history.

The programs weave together the importance of sharing and capturing family stories and histories, which inspires families and communities to connect in real and meaningful ways. Events, like the ones being hosted by the NJ State Library during the month of October, are essential to educating and to encouraging families to research their histories and share their stories. All of these classes will be held in the State Library’s 5th floor meeting room, 185 West State St., Trenton, from noon to 1 p.m.

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, Regina Fitzpatrick, genealogy librarian, will tell stories gleaned from her own research about residents from long ago. Forbidden romances, lost relatives, pirates, even criminal activity are some of the things she will share about those folks unearthed from her genealogy digs.

The following Wednesday, Oct. 18, Katherine Ludwig, librarian at the David Library of the American Revolution, Washington Crossing, PA, will tell how to use the resources at the David Library to research family history from the colonial and revolutionary periods.

Researching Your Civil War Ancestors will be covered on Tuesday, Oct. 24, with Jon Bozard, reference assistant at the NJ State Archives. Bozard will discuss the military records available at the archives, what information can and cannot be expected to be found there, and what information might be available at other places, including the National Archives.

John Klett, director of the NJ State Archives and genealogist, will look toward the future of genealogical studies through what DNA testing, such as is offered by Ancestry.com, can reveal about a person and solve some genealogical mysteries. This program takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

To register for any or all of these classes go to the NJ State Library event calendar at http://www.njstatelib.org/event/

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ALA president calls for applicants to newly launched ALA Policy Corps

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 5:05pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. - American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal today launches and invites library advocates to apply for participation in the inaugural ALA Policy Corps initiative.

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‘Friend Your Library’ materials now available at no cost to United for Libraries statewide group members

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 1:11pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania —  United for Libraries is pleased to present the ALA Store’s new downloadable Friend Your Library bookmark and poster as a free benefit to all United for Libraries statewide group members in Texas, Nebraska and Michigan.

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United for Libraries and PLA to host Oct. 17 webinar on ‘Troubled Library Boards’

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 1:09pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries and the Public Library Association (PLA) are partnering to present a webinar designed to improve library boards of directors. The webinar, titled “Troubled Library Boards: Prevention and Survival” will be held at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

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Statement of the New Jersey Library Association Opposing the Privatization of the Vineland Public Library

NJLA Updates - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 10:48pm

Good evening.  I am Patricia Tumulty, Executive Director of the New Jersey Library Association. The New Jersey Library Association is the oldest and largest library organization in the state. We were established in 1890 to improve library services to all residents of New Jersey.

NJLA strongly opposes the privatization of the Vineland Public Library.  This is not the first time this corporation has been in New Jersey. We opposed previous efforts by this corporation to privatize libraries in New Jersey before and we do so now.

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Statement of the New Jersey Library Association Opposing the Privatization of the Vineland Public Library

NJLA News - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 10:48pm

Good evening.  I am Patricia Tumulty, Executive Director of the New Jersey Library Association. The New Jersey Library Association is the oldest and largest library organization in the state. We were established in 1890 to improve library services to all residents of New Jersey.

NJLA strongly opposes the privatization of the Vineland Public Library.  This is not the first time this corporation has been in New Jersey. We opposed previous efforts by this corporation to privatize libraries in New Jersey before and we do so now.

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NJ Boasts a Plethora of World War I Monuments

NJ State Library - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 2:15pm

In the north Jersey town of Bloomingdale, the Pequannock River ambles lazily along the Main St., bending slightly to allow for the tranquility of Sloan Park, near which war memorials sit. The location has been the focal point of annual Memorial Day parades for decades, with school bands, marching veterans groups and kids riding their patriotically decorated bikes along the route.  In his presentation on World War I monuments in NJ, Erik Burro, researcher and historian, rekindled the memory of being one of those kids when the picture of the “Hands off” monument popped up on the screen.

“Hands off” is engraved into the statue and it’s unclear if this is an admonition to the viewing public or if it’s somehow related to the World War I veterans being honored here warning the enemy to keep their ‘hands off’ their flag? Of course, in our macabre boyish minds at the time, we thought he was telling someone to cut off the hands of the enemy soldiers! Because you need hands to shoot.

In a fascinating travelogue, as part of the State Library’s series for the 100th Anniversary of World War I on Sep. 27, Burro made clear that there are World War I monuments all over the state, from Atlantic City and Tuckerton to Cresskill and Morristown, some much easier to check out than others. The largest is in Newark (photo below). Called the Wars of America Monument, it has 42 figures, including horses, and tells the story of America through the war years. The horses depicted are in honor of the 8 million steeds that died during the war. Another in Newark has the names of all 125,000 Newark residents who went to war on parchment in its base.The Camp Merritt Monument marks the location of Camp Merritt in Cresskill.  The memorial in Atlantic City is unlike any other. Liberty in Distress, located on the southern end, has a rotunda and Lady Liberty is nude and crying with dead bodies around her – presumably with hands still intact.

Burro is a historian and founder of the Pennjerdel House, a regional advocacy for increasing public awareness and appreciation of local history and preservation throughout the tristate area. While most of his business career was spent in corporate communications, he has simultaneously pursued a host of projects involving research, exhibitions, presentations and dramatizations of state, regional and American history.

In the past 40 years, Burro has made a variety of appearances as a guest speaker, master of ceremonies, host for cultural events, reenactor of historic characters both here and abroad, and a creator and participant in exhibitions on history-related topics. He has been involved with local media as well as NPR and the BBC.

During the past year, he independently researched and photographed the major monuments of the Great War here in New Jersey and surrounding states, in support of the American Centennial Commemoration of World War I. He continues to share his findings with the NJ Department of Preservation. His photography is on display at the Rutgers University WWI exhibit in New Brunswick and he recently participated at the NJ WWI Road Show in Toms River. He continues to provide support for the Armed Services Heritage Museum, Rutgers Radio’s Veteran’s Hour, the All Veterans Memorial, Mt. Olive, NJ, and refurbishment efforts for several doughboy monuments.

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Futures Conference: Trends + Signals + Patterns = Possibilities

NJ State Library - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 12:43pm

The one clear takeaway from the 2017 Futures Conference, held Sep. 25 and 26 at the Borgata Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, is that the future will be here faster than ever before. Advances in technology, such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence and communications, will continue to accelerate at a pace not imagined just ten years ago. The Futures Conference examined how libraries, corporations, society and individuals must adapt to change and accept this rapid evolution for whatever positives or negatives it may bring.

“Futurists look at trends or signals of all types to get a sense of what may be, what could be or what will be, pushing the envelope of ideas and creativity,” said David Pescovitz, research director at the Institute for the Future, during his keynote address Our Magical Future: Science, Art and the Imagination. “These signals can reveal patterns for major change so better decisions can be made.”

Phil Bowermaster, A Matter of Days workshop

Cindy Ball of Oculus, showed how this magical combination of science and art can come together through virtual reality experiences. She demonstrated how this technology was not just for gaming, but for a variety of educational applications, permitting anyone to tour the International Space Station, climb Mt. Everest, tour the White House or visit other countries. In the medical field, virtual reality can provide on-the-spot medical training scenarios to doctors faced with an unusual disease or condition. Or imagine being able to experience another persons life through virtual reality? She concluded her presentation by asking “what do you, as libraries, want?”

A constant through all the presentations was the increased capabilities of digital infrastructure, described in detail by Phil Bowermaster, acceleration strategist and author, in his workshop A Matter of Days. Like Pescovitz, Bowermaster examined trends of the past to look toward the next 3,793 days in terms of self-driving cars, virtual friends, robotics, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and virtual reality. “Libraries are curators of multiple realities,” he said, so future needs must be considered in their roles as marketplace, laboratory, office and curated reality.

Kevin Mitnick, with a device that captures digital information from 3 feet away.

The conference not only highlighted many of the positives of advancing technology and digitization, but a major negative, as well.  Legendary hacker Kevin Mitnick, in a live demonstration, hacked into an attendees personal information in under a minute and made a copy of another attendees room key. For all of his illegal and legal hacking experiences, the “world’s most famous and elusive hacker” said his favorite was hacking the McDonald’s drive-through at 16 years old, which provided him with hours of entertainment.

The trends or patterns were reinforced by statistics analyzed by Anthony Iovino, architect, and Dr. James Hughes, professor and expert on demographics, housing and regional economics. Iovino pointed out during his presentation Design Trends in Architecture that because of increased demand for more seating and more social areas at libraries, collections are decreasing due to that reallocation of space. Hughes discussed the major Demographic, Economic and Technological Changes coming as the Baby Boomers, the largest and most dominant generation ever produced, leaves the workforce and is being replaced by Generation Y, the first generation raised in the digital age, as the major factor in the workforce. The Millennials tend to spurn suburbia;  digital technology makes their workplace anyplace, anytime; marriage is less important; online shopping and gaming is. Hughes predicted that 25 percent of mall inventory could be lost over the next five years.

Rakia Reynolds, Fan of Your Brand workshop

Rakia Renolds, CEO of Skai Blue Media, in her workshop Fan of Your Brand, told her audience that that the media has changed and that in today’s digital and social media word, “you have six seconds to tell a story. You can no longer use a long opening paragraph of who, what, where, when and why. You have to say what’s most important on top – start with the why. Why is it important to that audience?” She also advised that before you ask for anything, you establish yourself as a resource for people.

Nicole Baker Rosa, of the Futures School, and her team wrapped up the conference with some hands-on training, Workshop: 21st Century Mindsets need to Create the Future. “The future is here,” she said, “it’s just not evenly distributed,” meaning that some people, libraries, have more resources than others to keep transforming and adapting to changes. “We have to look at complexity as a natural order of growth.” To deal with volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity we have to accept it as natural and “we need a new breed of thinkers who are adaptable and resilient.

Hands-on training exercise during the Futures School workshop

“What is your next growth curve? Where are you going? What is your future?” she asked before starting participants on an exercise to create the future of libraries. Groups were given different trends and asked to discuss why it emerged; what would the implications be to libraries; and how might the trend continue to manifest.

See photos from the conference at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/njlibraryevents/with/37113627940/

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Support Disaster Relief Funds for Florida, Texas and Abroad

NJLA Updates - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 9:15am

Florida: Visit the Florida Library Association's homepage to make a donation, http://www.flalib.org/.

Texas: All persons wishing to help financially are encouraged to donate online to the TLA Disaster Relief Fund.

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Support Disaster Relief Funds for Florida, Texas and Abroad

NJLA News - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 9:15am

Florida: Visit the Florida Library Association's homepage to make a donation, http://www.flalib.org/.

Texas: All persons wishing to help financially are encouraged to donate online to the TLA Disaster Relief Fund.

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Futures Conference Scholarships – Winners Announced

NJ State Library - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 1:38pm

The New Jersey State Library has awarded 11 New Jersey librarians and library staff members working in a New Jersey library (school, academic, special, public, etc.) with $500 scholarships to attend the Library Futures Conference taking place at the Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, September 25-26, 2017.

The scholarships cover the cost of conference registration and two nights stay at the Borgata Hotel & Casino. Breakfast and lunch for both days are also included as part of the registration.

Congratulations to the scholarship award recipients:

  • Jailene Betancourt, Library Assistant, Plainfield Public Library
  • Tanya Estrada, Director, Waterford Township PL
  • TJ Lamanna, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Cherry Hill PL
  • Christine Lopez, School Library Media Specialist, Dickinson High School
  • Shaunterria Owens, Head of Children’s Services, Belleville PL & Information Center
  • Will Porter, Director, Sussex County Library System
  • Aubrey Hiers, Library Director Otto, Bruyns Public Library
  • Violeta Mybar-Maki, Children’s Librarian, Union City Public Library
  • Elisabet Paredes, Reference/Social Media Coordinator, Johnson Public Library – Hackensack
  • Patricia J. Reilly, Asst Director of Libraries, Union County College – MacKay Library
  • Dee Venuto, Media Center Coordinator, Rancocas Valley Regional High School

The scholarship awards were made possible, thanks to generous grant awards from the Council of State Library Agencies in the Northeast (COSLINE), the New Jersey State Library, LibraryLinkNJ, and conference presenter, Oculus.

Additionally, Rutgers University awarded 6 additional library students with scholarships to attend the conference.

For more information about the Futures Conference, visit: http://www.njstatelib.org/event/futures-conference/

 

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NJ State Library Appoints Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer As Deputy State Librarian

NJ State Library - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:47am

Ms. Moeller-Peiffer returns to the NJ State Library, bringing 40 years of experience in Library and Information Science

Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer will rejoin the New Jersey State Library (NJSL) as the new Deputy State Librarian for Library Support Services.  Reporting to the State Librarian, the Deputy State Librarian for Library Support Services oversees the interpretation of library law for New Jersey’s libraries and supervises statistical processes. The Library Support Services unit also manages the State Library’s grant programs, which includes the per capita state aid program and the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), for which Ms. Moller-Peiffer will serve as the LSTA Coordinator.

Ms. Moeller-Peiffer brings a wealth of experience to the State Library, including serving as State Librarian of New Mexico since 2015. She begins in her new capacity at the New Jersey State Library on October 16.

“I feel extremely fortunate to be able to welcome our colleague, friend, and former employee back to NJSL in what is a new role for her,” said Mary Chute, New Jersey State Librarian. “We have a number of important Library Support Services related issues in the works and it is a tremendous benefit to have someone in this role who is already familiar with the New Jersey library community and the State Library.”

“I am delighted to be returning to the New Jersey State Library,” said Ms. Moeller-Peiffer. “I very much enjoyed working with my colleagues at the State Library and within the New Jersey library community in my previous position, and I look forward to supporting statewide projects and initiatives along with the Library Support Services staff.”

Prior to joining the New Mexico State Library, Ms. Moeller-Peiffer served in a variety of positions at the New Jersey State Library, including Grants Specialist, Director of Library Development, Associate State Librarian for Legislative and Special Projects, and Deputy State Librarian for Lifelong Learning. Previously, she was the Head of the Information Technology Department at the Durham County Library (NC) where she was responsible for bringing staff and public Internet access to a Main Library, seven branches and a bookmobile, as well as writing LSTA grants in order to support and expand this project. Previously, she was County Librarian at the Orange County Public Library (NC), where she began a Friends of the Library group, purchased a new bookmobile and moved the library to a new facility. Her first professional job in the library field was as Assistant County Librarian at the Columbia County Public Library (FL).

Ms. Moeller-Peiffer is a graduate of the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She also holds an MSLS from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

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