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NJLA Library Advocacy Fortnight

NJLA News - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:16pm

Join us this April 3 to 17 as library staff and supporters visit the local offices of NJ legislators to talk about the roles of our libraries in our communities and schools as well as the legislative agenda of the New Jersey Library Association.  Our organization is advocating for four bills:

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NJLA Statement on Inclusion

NJLA News - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 1:56pm

The New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) and its Members are proud that NJ libraries are places of inclusion where all are welcome.  We are committed to assuring that the collections and services we provide meet the needs of all New Jerseyans and will continue working to address any barriers to library service.

Tags: Executive Board Statements and Resolutions
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Sarah Jessica Parker to unveil first Book Club Central pick at 2017 Annual Conference President’s Program

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 11:31am

“From an early age, books were my constant companions and my local library a place I could find a new friend on every shelf,” says award-winning television and film actor, producer, designer, library supporter and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker. During the President’s Program at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition on Saturday, June 24 at 3:30 p.m. in Chicago, Parker will unveil her first title selection as part of the official launch of ALA Book Club Central, for which she will serve as Honorary Chair.

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State Library Sessions at the 2017 NJLA Annual Conference

NJ State Library - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:14am

Annually, the NJ Library Association and the New Jersey Association of School Librarians invites librarians, all types of library workers, and supporters and vendors to participate in engaging discussion, thoughtful workshops and presentations, networking and professional development during the three-day NJLA Annual Conference. This year’s conference will take place on April 24-26, 2017 at  Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City, NJ.

The New Jersey State Library has several presentations and programs lined up for the event. Take a look at the full schedule of events featuring the State Library and its key subject matter experts below.

More information about the NJLA Annual Conference can be found on the conference website: http://www.njlaconference.info/

Monday, April 24, 2017 – 9:50am to 10:40am

The Importance of HTTPS with Let’s Encrypt

Join Let’s Encrypt and JerseyConnect in learning the value and implementation of HTTPS. This program is for both people new to the topic who want to learn and understand what HTTPS is and why it’s important, and those who are interested in learning about HTTPS implementation and validation.

Location:   Virtual (Adobe Connect)

Virtual Preconference sessions are included at no extra cost with all 2017 NJLA Conference registrations. At a later date, all attendees will receive an email (to the address provided on the registration form) that includes instructions for accessing all three offered virtual sessions.

Sponsoring Groups: Emerging Technologies Section, Intellectual Freedom Subcommittee

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – 9:00am to 9:50am

Mental Health Matters

Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. Mental Health Matters is a statewide initiative involving a partnership with the NJ State Library, LibraryLinkNJ, The National Network Libraries of Medicine Middle Atlantic Region and the Mental Health Association of NJ. Through a variety of programs to be presented throughout the state, librarians will learn how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries and the best electronic resources to consult. Approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed.

Presenter(s): Elaina Vitale, CE Coordinator, NN/LM MAR; Michele Stricker, NJ State Library; Karen T. Parry, East Brunswick Public Library

Location: Wildwood 10 & 11

Sponsoring Groups:  Reference Section

Tuesday, April 25, 20179:00am to 9:50am

ALSC’s Notable (Outstanding! Distinguished! Just Plain Great!) Children’s Books

Every year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) selects notable books of “especially commendable quality,” which “exhibit venturesome creativity.” This list includes both fiction and nonfiction titles for ages birth through 14. This program will describe ALSC’s process for developing the list and introduce some of our favorites on the 2017 list.

Presenter(s): Elizabeth Burns: Head of Reader Services & Youth Service, New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center and Dr. Ellen Pozzi: Assistant Professor, William Paterson University

Location:  Wildwood 6 & 7

Sponsoring Groups: Children’s Services Section, Professional Development Committee

Tuesday, April 25, 20179:00am to 9:50am

Successfully Applying for Grants: Tips from the Source

Public libraries can benefit from an array of competitive grant opportunities offered by government agencies, foundations and corporations. Finding and matching the best opportunity for your project and putting together a successful application can be a daunting challenge for both part-time and veteran applicants. Hear how it’s done from representatives of grant-making organizations and from a library grantee in this session about successfully applying for grant funds for your library.

Presenter(s):

Gigi Naglak, Director of Grants and Programs, New Jersey Council for the Humanities; Howard Miller, Chief of Customized and Literacy Training, NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development; Michelle Willis, Scotch Plains Public Library; Pamela Brooks

Location: Wildwood 14 & 15

Sponsoring Groups: Administration & Management, Diversity & Outreach Section, Member Communications Committee, NJ State Library, Professional Development Committee

Tuesday, April 25, 201711:30am to 12:20pm

Know Your Community: Using Demographic Data to Better Serve Your Communities

Correlating with national trends, NJ communities are continuing to see increased diversification linguistically, ethnically and culturally. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to find local demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau, including new immigrant populations, learn about tools that allow users to map the Census demographic information in order to visualize and target hyper-local communities and understand how to apply the local demographic data to library services and practices.

Presenter(s): Jaime L. Anno, Manager of Organizational Assessment, Queens Library

Location: Wildwood 12 & 13

Sponsoring Groups: Diversity & Outreach Section, NJ State Library, Reference Section, Urban Libraries Section

Tuesday, April 25, 20173:10pm to 4:00pm

Strategic Planning When You Can’t Afford a Consultant

So you have to develop a strategic plan for your library, but you cannot afford to hire a consultant? Let Michele Stricker, Deputy State Librarian for Lifelong Learning at the NJ State Library, provide you with the basic practices and resources for creating a practical framework for your strategic plan. Walk away with useful tips and techniques that you can apply to your own library.

Presenter(s): Michele Stricker, NJ State Library

Location:  Wildwood 20 & 21

Sponsoring Groups: Small Libraries Section

Tuesday, April 25, 20173:10pm to 4:00pm

Meeting Workforce Development and Literacy Needs in the Library

In December 2015, the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced two grant opportunities, totaling $2.5 million, for public libraries to support job seekers. Through a partnership with the NJ State Library, LWD provided grants to 18 libraries across NJ to create access points for workforce services and assist job seekers with the Career Connections digital platform. In addition, 11 libraries received Adult Literacy & Community Library Partnership grants from LWD to improve access and instructional opportunities for NJ residents and increase their Adult Basic Education and/or English Language proficiency skills. This program will provide an update on both grant programs, lessons learned, and thoughts on next steps.

Presenter(s): Mary Chute, New Jersey State Library; Howard Miller, New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development; Judith Loane, New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development; Lisa Kelly, Long Branch Free Public Library; Andrea Levandowski, New Jersey State Library

Location: Wildwood 25 & 26

Sponsoring Groups: Leadership & Education Subcommittee, Reference Section

Tuesday, April 25, 20173:10pm to 4:00pm

Choosing Diversity: Evaluating and Selecting Titles for Your Library’s Collection

What should you look for in materials reviews to help you select titles that represent diversity? What are some of the best titles to offer as alternatives to more mainstream portrayals and viewpoints? What are some of the most controversial diverse titles? Librarians will share their thoughts on what diversity means to them and how to select diverse fiction and nonfiction middle grade and teen titles for your library’s collection.

Presenter(s): Sharon Rawlins, NJ State Library; Elizabeth Burns, NJ State Library Talking Book and Braille Center; Dr. Ellen Pozzi, William Paterson University

Location: Wildwood 14 & 15

Sponsoring Groups: Children’s Services Section, Diversity & Outreach Section, Young Adult Services Section

Tuesday, April 25, 20174:10pm to 5:00pm

Home Delivery in the Digital Age

How do you make materials accessible to those community members who are unable to get to the library? Sure, there are digital resources, but come and find out the methods different libraries use to delivery materials, including how to get started, issues to consider and best practices.

Presenter(s): Mary Kearns-Kaplan, NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center; Gwen Lareau, Ocean County Library System; Mitch Greenburg, Morris County Library System; Selwa Shamy, Somerset County Library System; Faten Masri, Edgewater Public Library

Location: Wildwood 12 & 13

Sponsoring Groups: Diversity & Outreach Section, Emerging Technologies Section, Reader’s Advisory Roundtable, Urban Libraries Section

Tuesday, April 25, 20174:10pm to 5:00pm

Successful Business Outreach

The success of local business and entrepreneurs is an important part of any community. Reaching this group has many challenges but creates lasting partnerships with community leaders and decision makers. SCLSNJ has built a successful Business Outreach and Service model, and we will share our strategies for reaching large, mid-sized and small businesses, discuss how to create business programming, presentations and supporting materials, and strategies for dealing with the issues unique to this population.

Presenter(s): Cathy DeBerry, Warren Township Branch, Somerset County Library System; Carolann DeMatos, Somerset County Library System; Cynthia M. Lambert, Mary Jacobs Branch, Somerset County Library System; Andrea Levandowski, NJ State Library

Location: Wildwood 25 & 26

Sponsoring Groups: Reference Section

Tuesday, April 25, 20174:10pm to 5:00pm

Instructional Assessment Strategies at Your Library!

How do you know your library patrons are getting the most out of your classes? With practical and effective instructional assessments to help evaluate your students, of course! Learn about a variety of tools and procedures used for instructional assessments from a panel of librarians who use them, including an academic librarian, school librarian and librarian with years of experience teaching classes in public libraries.

Presenter(s): Arlen Kimmelman, Clearview Regional High School; Cara Berg, David & Lorraine Cheng Library, William Paterson University; Theresa Agostinelli, Middlesex County College

Location: Wildwood 20 & 21

Sponsoring Groups: College & University Section, NJ State Library, Professional Development Committee, Reference Section, Young Adult Services Section

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – 8:00am to 8:50am

State Librarian’s Breakfast

Join NJ State Librarian Mary Chute for coffee, breakfast and conversation about what’s new and exciting in the state of NJ libraries! The State Library will present its annual awards ceremony, honoring winning libraries in the Best Practices in Early Literacy, Multicultural Programing and Innovation categories.

Location: Wildwood 3

Sponsoring Groups:  NJ State Library

Wednesday, April 26, 20179:00am to 9:50am

State Librarian’s Program – Project Outcome: Better Data to Create Better Libraries

For the first time, public libraries have free access to an innovative and easy-to-use online platform which can be used to measure the outcomes of their programs and services – and ultimately affect change within their communities and beyond. This session provides an overview of the tools and shares lessons learned from libraries using Project Outcome.

Presenter(s): Emily Plagman, Project Manager, Project Outcome, Public Library Association, American Library Association

Location: Wildwood 6 & 7

Sponsoring Groups:  NJ State Library

Wednesday, April 26, 20179:00am to 9:50am

There is an Imposter in the Library…and It’s Me!

At some point, most people feel inadequate or anxious in their careers. However, for people with the imposter phenomenon (IP), characterized by a strong internal sense of being a fraud who has fooled others in order to achieve professional goals, those feelings can be overwhelming. This panel will explore what IP is and how to address it in yourself or in your staff. Attendees will also be welcome to share their own experiences and solutions.

Presenter(s): Andrea Simzak Levandowski, NJ State Library; Caitlyn Cook, Ocean County College; Cindy Czesak, Paterson Free Public Library

Location: Wildwood 20 & 21

Sponsoring Groups: Professional Development Committee

Wednesday, April 26, 20172:30pm to 4:30pm

Practical Conversations about Diversity, Inclusion, Intellectual Freedom and Our Role in Social Justice Work

Colleagues in librarianship and publishing will discuss issues pertaining to intellectual freedom, collection development and access, particularly as both professions address improving access to materials that are culturally diverse and inclusive. Librarians and book reviewers are playing an increasingly important role as their work intersects with social justice work like We Need Diverse Books and Black Lives Matter. How do we weave together our commitments to social justice and intellectual freedom in our collections, services and programs? What steps can we take to identify and dismantle personal biases? And how can we bring colleagues along in these ongoing conversations?

Presenter(s): Panel Two Speakers: Kiera Parrott, Reviews Director, Library Journal and School Library Journal; Pham Condello, Old Bridge Public Library; Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library; Kay Cassel, Rutgers University

Moderators: Sophie Brookover, LibraryLinkNJ; Eileen Palmer, LMxAC

Location: Wildwood 12 & 13

Sponsoring Groups:      Children’s Services Section, Diversity & Outreach Section, Intellectual Freedom Subcommittee, Young Adult Services Section

 

 

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Apply To Host Children’s Math and Science Story Time (MASST) Series

NJ State Library - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 9:33am

Math and Science Story Time (MASST) Series 

The NJ State Library and the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University are partnering to offer 10 public libraries the opportunity to participate in the Math and Science Story Times (MASST) Series: Bringing math and science to life through reading and art for preschoolers in a community-based setting, a STEM initiative that serves the Spanish-speaking community. Public Libraries and invited to apply to be selected to participate in hosting the series, and to receive resources kits, training, and be provided with a Spanish-speaking presenter, if needed.

MASST is a story time series focusing on children ages 3-6 and their families in Spanish, English, or both. The program includes 8 sessions, each focused on a different area of science or math. Session kits include lesson plans, books, and materials. Sessions involve reading, gross motor activities, singing, and hands-on creative projects that link to the focal topic. Children attend one or more MASST sessions with their family members or caregivers, and related handouts encourage families to extend learning into the home.

MASST was a co-developed between the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University and the New Brunswick Free Public Library (NBFPL) in 2012 to serve the Spanish-speaking population. MASST has been a part of NBFPL summer programming each summer since. Program evaluations have shown participation to increase awareness of library programming among patrons, to increase knowledge of parents about books and STEM activities to do with their children, and to increase children’s knowledge of key STEM concepts. The program expanded in 2016 to four libraries across two states. NBFPL has also been piloting a preschool version in which preschool teachers bring their classrooms to the library to participate.

Applicants who wish to participate in, and host the Math and Science Story Time (MASST) Series at their public library are required to read the guidelines and complete an application form. Ten public libraries will be selected to host and receive the materials for the MASST sessions, valued at $750 for each library.

Please email the completed application form along with supporting materials to Sharon Rawlins at srawlins@njstatelib.org by Friday, March 3, 2017 at 5 pm.

The winning libraries will be notified by email by March 14, 2017.

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Annual Training Gives New Library Directors Valuable Resources

NJ State Library - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:54am

Twenty-one new library directors from across New Jersey convened at the NJ State Library for a jam-packed day of training on Feb. 15, 2017, to learn more about State Library services and how to better perform in their jobs.

Topics covered library law, marketing, budgets & finance, grants, strategic planning, purchasing, and the issues and trends facing libraries.

New Jersey State Librarian Mary Chute welcomed the new directors to the State Library and discussed State Library resources.

The day also included a History & Tour of the State Library, and a discussion on Issues and Trends led by Mary Chute, State Librarian, and Peggy Cadigan, Deputy State Librarian for Innovation and Strategic Partnerships.

 

 

 

 

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ALA to launch Book Club Central with Sarah Jessica Parker

ALA United for Libraries - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 8:29am

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is creating Book Club Central, a new online platform of reading resources, including recommendations, expert book lists and other content for book clubs and their readers. Award-winning television and film actor, producer, designer, library supporter and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker is partnering with the ALA to serve as the Honorary Chair of Book Club Central.

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Applications for United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards due May 1

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 5:18pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania - United for Libraries is accepting applications for the Baker & Taylor Awards, given to friends of the library groups and library foundations. Applications are due May 1, 2017.

Given annually since 2000, the Baker & Taylor Awards have recognized more than 45 groups for outstanding efforts to support their library. Two winning groups will each receive $1,000.

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Consumer Health Training Workshops

NJ State Library - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 10:13am

CONSUMER HEALTH TRAINING WORKSHOPS created by the NATIONAL NETWORK LIBRARIES OF MEDICINE, MIDDLE ATLANTIC REGION

Sponsored by the New Jersey State Library in partnership with LibraryLinkNJ

Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator at NN/LM MAR, will be teaching two consumer health classes in one joint session.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library

This hands-on class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will be equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites, e-patient resources and collection development core lists. We will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach. The class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community

This presentation will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies to introduce community members to NLM resources in fun and engaging ways. Examples of programs for children, teens, adults and seniors using NLM and other National Institutes of Health center and office resources will be shared. This class is being taught in New Jersey for the first time.

These workshops are the second in a series of ongoing programming in the Mental Health Matters awareness initiative offered by NJSL and LLNJ.

WORKSHOPS ARE OPEN TO LIBRARY STAFF IN ALL TYPES OF LIBRARIES.

There will be five sessions offered daily from March 27 – March 31, from 9:00 to 1:00. A continental breakfast will be served.

Cost: $10

March 27: Wyckoff Public Library – 200 Woodland Ave, Wyckoff, NJ 07481

March 28: Hamilton Free Public Library – 1 Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. Way, Hamilton, NJ 08619

March 29: Somerset County Library System, Bridgewater Branch – 1 Vogt Dr., Bridgewater, NJ 08807

March 30: Cherry Hill Public Library – 1100 Kings Highway North, Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08034

March 31: Gloucester County Library System, Mullica Hill Branch – 389 Wolfert Station Road, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

REGISTER NOW

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Class Provides Valuable Tips on Managing a Conversation Group for English Learners

NJ State Library - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 9:36am

We learn our “native” language through conversation, taking our first words and putting them into a rough sentence to communicate with our parents, obnoxious sibling or the dog trying to get at our ice cream cone. With practice, encouragement, and vocabulary and grammar development, our command of our native language becomes more proficient and understandable by a wider audience outside our immediate family.

Mary Elizabeth Allen, Mercer County Library,Shirley Maurin,and Lee Ann Smith, South Brunswick Library, Matt Ford, program director, Literacy New Jersey, Gloucester County

That is the premise behind Conversation Groups for English Learners: establish a comfortable, family-like environment where those learning English can practice speaking in response to a variety of different scenarios, such as ordering a pizza over the phone or registering their child for a soccer league. The NJ State Library in partnership with Literacy New Jersey created the Tutor Training for ESL Conversation Groups for those who wish to teach/lead/facilitate ESL conversation sessions at a local library. The five workshops, scheduled at various locations from Jan. to May, are open to librarians, library staff and volunteers, and limited to 20 participants per training class at no cost.

Meeting the growing demands for ESL programs, especially in times of tight library budgets, has always been a challenge for public libraries. It has become essential for them to recruit and work with volunteer tutors within the community to offer various adult literacy classes. Volunteer tutors are crucial to students’ success and are the backbone of many library literacy programs. As the literacy needs of New Jersey’s foreign born and immigrant populations grow, the number of people seeking help at their public library also grows. People come to the library to use computers, access print and digital resources, search and apply for jobs and increase their knowledge of a subject. Basic functional literacy is an essential skill for an individual’s personal and professional growth. For decades, public libraries have been welcoming places for immigrant integration.

Matt Ford, program director Literacy New Jersey, Gloucester County, Amanda Decker, Franklin Park Library, Rebecca Crawford, Mary Jacobs Library

The three hour session held at the Monroe Public Library on Feb. 2, 2017, began with facilitator Matt Ford, program director for Literacy New Jersey, Gloucester County, getting the students to explain the difference between a facilitator and a teacher, and what the goal of a facilitator in an ESL Conversation Group would be. Mary Toole from the Middlesex Library suggested the goal was to create an environment to make [the students] comfortable. Nancy Demme from the Hightstown Library added that the facilitator should choose appropriate topics to discuss.

Ford’s facilitating of the class served as a perfect example of what those taking the class should be doing when they move on to conducting a Conversation Group. He immediately brought an energy to the group, got everyone engaged and made the class fun. His concentration was on the “how” of conducting a group, rather than on the activities.

Lee Ann Smith from the South Brunswick Library, had served as a substitute teacher in North Brunswick schools. “I feel strongly about literacy,” she said. “I’m taking this class so that I may be able to start another group at the library or be backup facilitator for the current group.” Shirley Maurin, also from the South Brunswick Library, currently facilitates the Conversation Groups there. “I get a great deal of satisfaction facilitating the groups.”

Amanda Decker attended the class because she is interested in starting a Conversation Group at the Franklin Park Branch of the Franklin Township Library. “There is a definite demand for it there,” said Decker, who is branch manager. “Taking this class is making me feel more comfortable about starting one.”

Training session topics include:

  • Effective group tutoring/facilitation/management
  • How to encourage students to speak
  • How and when to correct student mistakes
  • Tutoring tips and techniques for working with ESL students

Additionally, each participant in the training receives a set of eight lessons designed to encourage conversation and to help students improve their vocabulary and grammar in a real-life context. Conversation topics include health, food, shopping, customs and culture, body language, recreation, and holidays.

“The idea,” concluded Ford, “is to get people talking and conversing. That is what your role as facilitator as all about.”

Upcoming Schedule & Location – Classes run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

March 2 – CLASS FULL
Livingston Public Library
10 Robert Harp Drive
Livingston, NJ 07039

April 6 – CLASS FULL
Hasbrouck Heights Library
320 Boulevard
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604

May 4 – SEATS AVAILABLE
Gloucester County Library – Mullica Hill Branch
389 Wolfert Station Road
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

To register, go to: http://www.njstatelib.org/news/tutor-training-esl-conversation-groups/

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Two Friends groups win National Friends of Libraries Week Awards

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 3:24pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- Friends of the Glendale (Ariz.) Public Library and Holdrege (Neb.) Area Friends of the Library are winners of United for Libraries’ 2016 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards.

Each group received $250 and were recognized at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Friends of the Stirling Road Branch Library (Hollywood, Fla.) and Friends of the Tellico Village Library, Inc. (Loudon, Tenn.) earned honorable mentions for their efforts.

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The History of the Trent House

NJ State Library - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 2:21pm
Samantha Luft discusses the Trent House

If you want to tour an historic, 300-year old house on a rainy day, there is, perhaps, no better way to do it than to bring the house and museum director to you for a video tour. That is exactly what happened on Feb. 7, when the the New Jersey State Library presented a free lunch-time program on The History of the Trent House with Samantha Luft, manager of the 1719 William Trent House Museum, in the library’s 2nd Floor Reading Room, 185 West State St., Trenton.

 The 1719 William Trent House has a long history and is the oldest house in Mercer County. The name “Trenton” came from the settlement, which William Trent laid out and incorporated. Since he owned 1600 acres, the locals called the area Trent’s town, which became Trenton. He operated mills, orchards and farms on the property.

Trent was a Scottish shipping merchant, who made his fortune importing rum, whiskey and slaves. He lived in Philadelphia, but built this 11 room mansion as his summer residence in 1719, until he moved there permanently in 1721. The house has had many different uses throughout its history, including being a home for some of New Jersey’s governors, housing Hessians and being a supply depot for Washington’s army.  The building had many conveniences not usually found inside a main house, such as an operating kitchen, clockwork spit and beehive oven, (but they still used chamber pots).

As manager of the Trent House, Luft oversees programming, social media outreach, exhibit design, educational outreach, and partnering with outside agencies and consultants for the museum. Prior to her job as museum manager, she worked as the interim director and a docent. She graduated from Monmouth University with a B.A. in anthropology and a concentration in art history. She then went on to Seton Hall and completed her M.A. in museum studies with a concentration in registration.

Sam Stephens, vice president of the Board of Trustees, delved a bit further into the history of the 11 slaves who worked at the house, explaining how essential they were to running the household, and how, with local museums and scholars, research is being done to tell the stories of those 11 slaves.

The video tour whet everyone’s appetite to learn and see more, so when the rain, gloom and snow are gone, a leisurely walk through of the Trent House, should be on everyone’s list. The Trent House is open Wed. through Sun., 12:30 to 4 p.m.

For more about the Trent House, go to: http://williamtrenthouse.org/

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Rosetta Stone Training

NJ State Library - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 11:45am

Join us for a 1-hour webinar to take a deeper look at The Rosetta Stone Library Solution PLUS for Libraries through EBSCO Information Services. We will address everything from Methodology, Authentication, Remote Access, Supplemental Materials, Mobile Application, Reporting and more! There will be allotted time for Q&A, too!

Tuesday Training, 10AM EST

February 14th, March 14th, April 11th, May 9th:

JOIN MEETING

Connecting directly from a room system?

  1. Dial: 199.48.152.152 or bjn.vc
  2. Enter Meeting ID: 767369717

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  1. +1.408.740.7256 (US) +1.408.317.9253 (Alternate number) +1.888.240.2560 (US Toll Free (http://bluejeans.com/premium-numbers)
  2. Enter Meeting ID: 7673697173 Press #

Thursday Training, 2PM EST

February 16th:

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  2. Enter Meeting ID: 329127629

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  2. Enter Meeting ID: 329127629

March 16th:

JOIN MEETING

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  2. Enter Meeting ID: 615718407

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  2. Enter Meeting ID: 615718407

April 11th/May 11th:

JOIN MEETING

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  2. Enter Meeting ID: 312324046

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LEAP into Learning Assistive Technology!

NJ State Library - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 3:20pm

Are you 55 or older with a change in your vision? Free assistive technology classes are available for you at seven New Jersey public libraries through the Library Equal Access Program (LEAP)! Explore computers equipped with magnification & speech. Learn  to use the iPad! Register by calling Advancing Opportunities at 888-322-1918, extension 595. You will be amazed by the computer & iPad software available to assist your vision.

LEAP is brought to New Jersey through an innovative collaborative partnership. The New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, in partnership with the New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center, is offering this free training. Advancing Opportunities, a leader in assistive technology training, will provide the instruction.  The classes are offered at seven public libraries who have generously partnered for LEAP:

Questions?  Want to Register for a LEAP class?  Call Advancing Opportunities for the schedule of classes and for registration:  888-322-1918, extension 595.

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United for Libraries mourns the loss of Sandy Dolnick

ALA United for Libraries - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 4:49pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania – Sandra (Sandy) Friedman Dolnick, founder and former executive director of Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA), the preceding organization to United for Libraries, died on Dec. 11, 2016, after a long illness.

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Fade to Books Grant Application Available Soon

NJ State Library - Fri, 01/27/2017 - 2:11pm
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The New Jersey State Library, in partnership with the Long Branch Public Library and the Bridge of Books Foundation, is pleased to announce a new grant opportunity for public libraries who join with their local barbershops in an effort to promote youth literacy in their communities. Begun as a pilot project in Long Branch, Fade to Books recognizes the role of the barbershop as a community gathering space and the role of the barber as a mentoring figure for young men and boys.

In their grant applications, public libraries may identify up to five barbershops with whom they will work on the Fade to Books project. Selected public libraries will receive donations of reading materials suitable for children up to age 12 to be placed in each barbershop. Materials will be available in English, and if requested, in Spanish. Funds will also be designated for the cost of bookshelves in each partnering barbershop and for an end of project celebration. Barbers will encourage their young clients to select books to read as they sit in the waiting area and/or during their haircuts. Libraries and their partnering barbershops will determine additional ways to encourage reading and potential incentives, such as tracking the number of books read to earn a free haircut. Library staff will receive training. Additionally, marketing materials will be shared with the libraries and the barbershops.

Grant applications will be made available through the New Jersey State Library website on or before Wednesday, February 8th. An application review process will follow the April 7th deadline. Selected libraries will be notified by mid-May. Beginning July 1st, funding and books will be awarded over time to three cohorts of public libraries (for a total of up to 25 awards). Application criteria will include the demonstration of a community’s need to bolster its literacy rate, the role of the barbershop in the community, the strength of the library/barbershop partnership, and future sustainability of the project. Libraries are encouraged to partner with community groups to “adopt” a barbershop, to insure sustainability. One project has had barbershops adopted by local churches and by Rotary or other organizations, who have agreed to supply additional books as needed.

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NJ State Library Receives NEH Funding for Disaster Preparedness Training

NJ State Library - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 11:11am

The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a $6,000 Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions to the New Jersey State Library (NJSL), an affiliate of Thomas Edison State University, for a year-long project in partnership with the New Jersey Cultural Alliance for Response (NJCAR).

The funds will support training workshops to help New Jersey’s cultural heritage organizations prepare for and recover from disasters that could damage their invaluable humanities collections of photographs, rare books, maps, oral histories, paintings, textiles and historical objects.

The two-part workshops will be held in the northern, central and southern regions of the state in mid-2017. Workshop attendees will learn the basics of risk assessment, disaster plan development, salvage priorities and methods, and wet material recovery. Thomas Clareson of LYRASIS, a non-profit preservation consultant, has been contracted to lead the workshops.

NJSL is a lead partner in NJCAR, a statewide network of organizations and professionals dedicated to safeguarding New Jersey’s cultural heritage. Through workshops, webinars, and meetings, NJCAR works to empower New Jersey’s libraries, archives, museums, historical sites, performing arts venues, botanical gardens, and other organizations to preserve their valuable assets and sustain operations before, during, and after a disaster strike.

NEH awarded 78 Preservation Assistance Grants in December 2016 which will help small and mid-sized institutions across the United States improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections. The National Endowment for the Humanities was created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

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Matthew Quick among the authors at United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 2:21pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Matthew Quick (“The Silver Linings Playbook”) will join Lisa Wingate, Mary Kay Andrews, Pam Jenoff, Kathy Hepinstall and Emily Fridlund at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, Jan. 23 at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta.

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Career Connections Launched at East Brunswick Public Library

NJ State Library - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:07pm

On Thursday, Jan. 12, staff of the New Jersey State Library, the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and local officials joined the staff of the East Brunswick Public Library, 2 Jean Walling Civic Center, to officially open the NJ Career Connections service being offered there. Career Connections is a new job search and career navigation service provided at 19 libraries and all One-Stop Career Centers across the state. It offers local residents at all stages of their careers, access to effective job search and career navigation services. The library has a room with a computer dedicated to the program, which will be staffed 25 hours a week and offer one Saturday workshop per month for job seekers.

Taking part in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Career Connections service were, from left: Diane Seavers, deputy director of the Middlesex County Workforce Development Office, Nancy Pinkin, assemblywoman, Jen Podolsky, library director, Camille Clark, councilwoman.

“Job searching and career resources are two areas that our staff are always asked about,” said Jennifer Podolsky, library director. “This permits us to help our customers in a completely different way, and we are happy that we are better able to provide these services.”

Speaking at the event were Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, Diane Seavers, deputy director of the Middlesex County Office of Workforce Development, Camille Clark, councilwoman, and Andrea Simczak Levandowski, project manager for Small Business Development & Technology at the NJ State Library. “”Bringing this to the library is a great resource,” said Pinkin. “There is nothing more important than economic development and getting people jobs.”

Martha Hess (left) and Cathy Chern, will be staffing the Career Connections office and counsel job seekers.

 

Through a partnership with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the New Jersey State Library, nineteen libraries received New Jersey Libraries Career Connections Grants for Uniform Career Guidance and Job Search Assistance Services.  These libraries provide:

  • Staff available to assist job seekers
  • Access to the Career Connections website and staff trained as website navigators
  • Referrals to One-Stop Career Centers for more intensive reemployment services
  • Learning opportunities for job seekers

Some library locations offer additional services and support, including bilingual staff members, computer classes, and interviewing assistance.  For more information & locations of other Career Connections libraries, go to: http://www.njstatelib.org/services_for_libraries/consulting_services/business-technology-services/strategic-partnerships/?_sf_s=career+connections

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Donate to the Karen Avenick Scholarship

NJLA News - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:15am

Karen Avenick, NJLA Past President, died recently. Karen was a true library champion. She was the retired assistant director of the Camden County Library System.  She held numerous positions in NJLA prior to serving as president in 2002-2003.   After her retirement from Camden County Library System she worked for several years for NJLA providing consulting assistance for library trustees and friends groups. NJLA is accepting donations for a scholarship to be given this year in Karen’s name.  

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