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Annual Appeal

NJLA Updates - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 6:14pm

December 12, 2017

Dear NJLA Members and Friends,

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Annual Appeal

NJLA News - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 6:14pm

December 12, 2017

Dear NJLA Members and Friends,

Tags: NJLA News
Categories: Library News Feeds

Sarah Jessica Parker selects Ayobami Adebayo’s “Stay with Me” for ALA Book Club Central pick

ALA United for Libraries - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 8:20am

CHICAGO – The latest American Library Association (ALA) Book Club Central SJP pick, chosen by Honorary Book Club Central Chair Sarah Jessica Parker, is “Stay with Me” by Ayobami Adebayo, published by Knopf, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

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Becoming a Wizard of Recovery: water, mold and bugs – oh my!

NJ State Library - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 12:41pm
Instructor Tom Clareson of LYRASIS shows how to properly wrap a wet book.

In six sessions during October and November 2017, the NJ State Library and the NJ Cultural Alliance for Response (NJCAR) presented a series of disaster preparedness training workshops for librarians and others who work at institutions where publications, artifacts, photos or artwork are housed. The two-part workshops were held at locations strategically located in north, central and south Jersey. The workshops were designed to help New Jersey’s small and mid-sized institutions improve their ability to preserve their humanities collections and note the significant risk to the state’s cultural heritage materials from natural disasters and other types of emergencies.

Taught by Tom Clareson, senior consultant for Digital and Preservation Services at LYRASIS, the workshops focused on risk assessment, disaster plan development, salvage priorities and salvage methods, and wet material recovery.

During the first session, attendees learned how to create a draft disaster plan or revise an old one; the elements of risk assessment; and what is needed in an Incident Command System. During the second session, Clareson discussed establishing salvage priorities and demonstrated recovery techniques for water damage on a variety of material, and how that damage, if not addressed, would lead to mold and insect issues.

From left: Jennilee Bukley, Dana Combs, Jayson Kelly assess wet material for recovery.

After lunch, it was hands-on exercise time as students got to practice setting salvage priorities, recovery techniques and proper recording of materials.

NJCAR empowers New Jersey’s cultural communities to preserve their valuable assets and sustain operations before, during and after disasters strike. The alliance is comprised of a network of organizations, associations, agencies and individuals dedicated to safeguarding the state’s cultural heritage.

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Partners Convene to Discuss Improving Health Literacy in Diverse Communities

NJ State Library - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:46am
Members of the panel: Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD, assistant professor of Family Medicine & Community Health, University of Pennsylvania, Robert Mackes, executive director, Health Sciences Library Association of NJ, Kate Flewelling, executive director National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic.

From nurses and social workers to librarians and parents of special needs children, hundreds of people, as diverse as the communities the serve, came together at the Holiday Inn National Conference Center, East Windsor, on Dec. 5 to discuss the health and literacy challenges experienced by diverse populations and communities, and initiate networking and collaboration to form better partnerships.

The conference’s overall goal was to show the importance of these partnerships in order to improve access to culturally and linguistically appropriate information, resources and programs for meeting health promotion and disease prevention objectives.

Following a keynote address by Cynthia Baur, Ph.D., endowed chair of the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, School of Public Health, University of Maryland College Park, on “Building Relationships to Create Health Literacy Partnerships and Healthy Communities,” attendees heard from panelists who successfully implemented and used community partnerships to promote health literacy.

Mary Kearns-Kaplan, adult outreach services coordinator, NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center

The conference included a Poster Session featuring programs from 8 agencies, including the NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center, and exhibits by 11 non-profit organizations, such as the East Brunswick Public Library, and health care provider Horizon NJ Health.

In the afternoon, participants were offered two sessions of nine different workshops covering a variety of topics, such as “Cultural Competence as a Determinant of Health Equity,” “Sexual Health Cultural Competency for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Providers” and “Health Information Resources for a Multilingual and Multicultural Community.”

Linda Devlin, director of the Camden County Library System, Shyamoli De, adult education/literacy coordinator for the Camden County Library System

Linda Devlin, director of the Camden County Library System, and Shyamoli De, adult education/literacy coordinator for the Camden County System, who is also director of Camden County’s Literacy Volunteers of America, detailed their unique strategy to meet the needs of students with English as a second language through their “Books and Cooks Mobile Culinary Program.” The program was created when library staff realized that Camden City is a US Dept. of Agriculture designated food desert, meaning residents have limited access to affordable, nutritious food. The mobile Books and Cooks kitchen travels among county library branch locations and other sites to meet residents in their communities.

Presenters’ handouts will be available at the NJ Statewide Network for Cultural Competence (NJSNCC) at www.nj.gov.njsncc.

The  NJSNCC’s mission is to facilitate access to equitable and quality services for individuals, families and communities through culturally and linguistically appropriate service delivery. Check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NJStatewideNetwork.

 

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Applications for United for Libraries Friend Conference Grant due Jan. 15

ALA United for Libraries - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 3:55pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries Friend Conference Grant through Jan. 15, 2018.

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NJLA Executive Board Statement to the NJLA Membership

NJLA Updates - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 2:04pm

The New Jersey Library Association Executive Board thanks the membership for participating in challenging conversations.  We are proud to serve and be members of a profession willing to take on uncomfortable and ongoing issues facing us in our work and in society.

The New Jersey Library Association condemns hate speech, oppression of any peoples, or bigotry of any kind. 

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NJLA Executive Board Statement to the NJLA Membership

NJLA News - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 2:04pm

The New Jersey Library Association Executive Board thanks the membership for participating in challenging conversations.  We are proud to serve and be members of a profession willing to take on uncomfortable and ongoing issues facing us in our work and in society.

The New Jersey Library Association condemns hate speech, oppression of any peoples, or bigotry of any kind. 

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School Librarians Convene in Long Branch for Annual Conference

NJ State Library - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:23pm
From left: Sharon Rawlins, Liz Burns & Jen Apgar prior to the workshop, “Thumbs Up or Down? Best Books for Young Adults.”

Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch saw hundreds of New Jersey’s school librarians turn out for the New Jersey Association of School Librarians 2017 Annual Conference, with the theme “Promoting Powerful Partnerships.”

The two  day event, Nov 16 & 17, was packed with informative, practice-changing and fun professional development sessions; exhibits; authors and illustrators; and awards.

Presenting workshops from the State Library were Sharon Rawlins, youth services consultant, Liz Burns, head of youth and reader services at the Talking Book and Braille Center (TBBC), and Jennifer Apgar, youth services at TBBC.

NJ State Librarian Mary Chute, Monica Dennler, Sharon Rawlins

On Friday afternoon, NJ State Librarian Mary Chute and Sharon Rawlins presented the Jean E. Harris Progressive School Library Media Program Award to Monica Dennler, of Eastampton Community School, Eastampton Township.

See all the photos at: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMZQ8QcRdD3Aj9qhfmkDgHtMwmplPkkxNlIKy3QZDItbkEIHSTvOugfqSv55534Sg?key=STFJQkhtcm45cnllUUZmSmotODRuck1RWFBqa3JR

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New Jersey’s Vital Role in World War I

NJ State Library - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:35pm

The New Jersey State Library’s three month commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of World War I culminated on Wednesday, November 15 with James Hockenberry discussing New Jersey’s Role in World War I: Sabotage Target and Key State in the War Effort. Hockenberry gave the last in a four lecture series on New Jersey’s role in the “War to End All Wars,” providing tidbits about the period and stories about why and how New Jersey became a main sabotage target of the Germans.

New Jersey played a key role in America’s efforts during the war. Seventy-five percent of troops sent overseas were trained here at Camp Merritt, Cresskill, and Fort Dix and shipped out of Hoboken. There was also a training center for women entering the Signal Corps.

New Jersey’s economic strength, both as a manufacturing force and shipping hub, started because of World War I, and was vital to the Allies’ success. Although proclaiming neutrality, the United States accepted the blockade of Axis countries and increased trade with the Allies. NJ supplied 40 percent of Allied material; 50 percent of all munitions. Without the United States and New Jersey, Germany would have won the war. This increased manufacturing and trade was a boon, but also had a down side. It made New Jersey a target of German sabotage, most notably the attack on Black Tom Island (now part of Liberty Park) in New York Harbor. The New York Times has described this incident as “the most destructive terrorist attack in America before 9/11.”  That explosion of 2 million pounds of explosives at the munitions plant registered 5.5 on the Richter Scale and made the Statue of Library glow orange. The talk described the events around this and other key incidents, such as the Henry Ford Peace mission, destruction of the Kingsland plant and other explosions at the Roebling plant in Trenton, and a plant in Haskell.

A career financial executive with a BA from Lafayette College and an MBA from Columbia University, Hockenberry has redirected his life to thriller writing with his planned “World War One Intrigue” series. The change has allowed him to interweave three of his long-time passions: history, literature and his German-American roots. His award winning first novel, Over Here, set in 1915-16, dramatizes the little known but extensive undeclared war Germany fought on American soil.

Hockenberry provided an interesting handout on the “59 Things You Didn’t Know about World War I” that he compiled.

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ALA Trustee Citation nominations due Jan. 15

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 4:21pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting nominations for the ALA Trustee Citation through Jan. 15, 2018.

The ALA Trustee Citation, estab­lished in 1941 to recognize public li­brary Trustees for distinguished service to library development, honors the best contributions and efforts of the esti­mated 60,000 American citizens who serve on library boards.

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Congratulations New Jersey – Library Construction Bond Act Passed!

NJ State Library - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 4:42pm

The New Jersey State Library is pleased to announce that the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act passed on Tuesday, November 7th, providing $125 million for a variety of construction, renovation and improvement projects designed to equip libraries to serve their 21st century customers.

Read the full press release here.

The passing of the Library Construction Bond Act would not have been possible without the contributions of our General Assembly, Senate and statewide organization supporters, residents who advocated on behalf of New Jersey public libraries and voted in favor of this bond issue, and the tireless work of our New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) and “NJ Libraries Build Communities” team.

New Jersey State Librarian Mary Chute, along with the staff of the New Jersey State Library, send their warmest congratulations to the staff and members of NJLA for their successful campaign to pass the Library Construction Bond Act, which passed by a 60 percent approval margin with New Jersey voters.

Certainly, most special congratulations to Patricia Tumulty, Executive Director of NJLA, and to Chris Carbone and Jeanne Marie Ryan, Co-Chairs of the Ballot Initiative Task Force, for their tireless commitment to develop champions in the legislature to sponsor the bill; their visits to other legislators to encourage them to support the bill; and finally, their outreach to the people of NJ who ultimately made the difference in casting their votes.

State Library staff look forward to working with NJLA, the library community, Thomas Edison State University, as well as other involved departments of state government, to ensure that the library construction bond program is run effectively and efficiently.

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Applications for United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant due Jan. 15

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 3:27pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant through Jan. 15, 2018.

The United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant enables a person who is active in his or her college or university Friends of the Library group, or an academic library staff member who works in development, to attend the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. A grant of $850, plus full ALA Annual Conference registration, will be awarded to the recipient.

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Experienced NJ Library Directors Convene at Summit

NJ State Library - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 1:34pm
From left: Deb Messling, Phillipsburg Library, Carolyn Reed, East Orange Library, Michelle Malone, Belleville Library, C.L. Quillen, Spotswood Library, ask Library Law questions of Attorney Michael Cerone.

The NJ Public Library Directors Summit for experienced library directors was held on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at the Holiday Inn, East Windsor. Hosted by the NJ State Library and LibraryLinkNJ, topics included Library Law with attorney Michael Cerone, an update of the Technology Infrastructure Study with consultant Carson Block, and a hilarious expose’ of Facility Management challenges with Michael Gannon. The conference concluded with Susan Quinn, Ocean County Library, Cindy Czesak, Paterson Public Library, and Michael Maziekien, Kenilworth Public Library, discussing how to “Communicate Effectively with your Community’s Officials and Organizations.”

Michael Gannon

At the beginning of the summit, attendees were asked to fill out a badge indicating what they were an expert in, followed by networking discussions.

See all the photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/njlibraryevents/with/24076384298/

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Youth Services Forum 2017

NJ State Library - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 1:09pm
Tara Lazar with beard

The Annual Youth Services Forum, Libraries Evolve, sponsored by the NJ Library Association, NJ State Library and NJ Association of School Librarians, was held on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan. Keynote address was given by children’s book author Tara Lazar (7 Ate 9: : The Untold Story; Way Past Bedtime; and others). She did a book signing after her session.

Billed as a day of hot topics and issues in library services for children and young adults, presentations included Carol Phillips and Eileen Palmer discussing “Free Speech, Inclusion, Diversity and Intellectual Freedom;” Anna Coats discussing “Junior Journalists,” an enrichment program for grades 3-5; and Lisa O’Shaughnessy and Marissa Lieberman discussing game show and escape room challenges.

Later sessions included Shaunterria Owens showing “How to use low-cost tech to create multimedia storytelling,” Jen Schureman and Pham Condello discussing the interactions between “Teens & Librarians,” and Matthew Murphy, Jennifer Breuer, Carissa Schanely and Lynn Pascale sharing their experiences using the Mobile Mini-Makerspace Kits obtained through a grant from the State Library.

For a description of the programs, go to: https://njla.org/sites/default/files/2017%20YOUTH%20SERVICES%20FORUM%20PROGRAM%20CHOICES.pdf

See all the photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/njlibraryevents/albums/72157661871841068

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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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