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NJ Public Library Directors’ Summit

NJ State Library - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 2:03pm

The New Jersey State Library with LibraryLinkNJ, The New Jersey Library Cooperative is sponsoring the second Public Library Directors’ Summit on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at the Holiday Inn in East Windsor.

This one-day event will provide experienced public library directors with best practices and the latest developments in the areas of library law and other public library topics. The summit will feature programs on library law by Michael Cerone, facilities management by Michael Gannon, and a library technology infrastructure update by Carson Block.

9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Coffee and registration from 9:00 to 9:30 am. Program begins promptly at 9:30.

Registration for the Public Library Directors’ Summit 2017 opens 8/22.

Click here to register.

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NJ State Library Special Series for the 100th Anniversary of World War I

NJ State Library - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 9:33am

During the centennial year of the United States’ entry into World War I, the New Jersey State Library will host a series of special programs on New Jersey’s connection to the first global war in history. All presentations will take place in the State Library’s Level 2 Reading Room, 185 West State St., Trenton.

World War I Memorial in Westfield, NJ.

The Series will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 13, with John S. Niemic, a reenactor and military collector, discussing the events that led to the war and showcasing a display of uniforms, equipment and other memorabilia.

On Wednesday, Sept. 27, Erik Burro, a researcher and historian, will share stories about the many World War I monuments located throughout the Garden State.

Author Lisa Mastrangelo will discuss “Women of Peace and Preparedness: The Use of Motherhood and Maternalism in World War I” on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Mastrangelo, a professor of English at Centenary University, will be drawing from her paper The Rhetoric of Maternalism: The Use of Motherhood as a Trope in World War I for her presentation.

The program on Wednesday, Nov. 15, will feature James Hockenbury discussing “New Jersey’s Role in World War I: Sabotage Target and Key State in the War Effort.” The author will describe the events around the Black Tom Island explosion and other key incidents.

The event is open to the public. RSVP to Cindy Warrick at cwarrick@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 172.

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United for Libraries to designate the Sonoma County (Calif.) Library a Literary Landmark in honor of Charles M. Schulz

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 3:58pm

SANTA ROSA, California – United for Libraries, in partnership with the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center will designate the Sonoma County Library a Literary Landmark in honor of Charles M. Schulz on Thursday, Aug. 10 at 1 p.m.

As a resident of Sonoma County for more than 40 years, Schulz (1922-2000) is remembered for bringing to life stories of the Peanuts gang, including Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Lucy, who are seen through comic strips, books, television and the big screen.

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Free EBSCO Database Training

NJ State Library - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 3:25pm

EBSCO is offering free webinar training. Two sessions are available for each topic.

NoveList and NoveList K-8
NoveList is a comprehensive reader’s advisory service, including expert reading recommendations, reviews, articles, lists, and more. This session will review key features and functions, including searching and browsing by title, genre, award winners, “read-alikes”. We will also review other NoveList resources, including discussion guides, promotional materials, and common core support.

Tuesday, August 29 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm
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Wednesday, September 27 from 9:00 – 10:00 am
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Job and Career Accelerator
Job and Career Accelerator gives job seekers a comprehensive collection of job and career resources, including resume and cover letter builders, skill and interest assessments, job search tools, interview prep, and more. In this session, we will review these resources and learn how to set up a personalized dashboard for tracking job search progress.

Thursday, August 24 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm
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Wednesday, September 20 from 9:00 – 10:00 am
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Multilingual Resources in EBSCO databases and interfaces
This session focuses on Referencia Latina, a multi-disciplinary database including Spanish-language encyclopedia entries, reference books, full-text popular magazines and regional newspapers from Mexico, Central and South America. We will also review searching for non-English language content in other EBSCO resources, and translating English-language full text content.

Thursday, September 28 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm
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Wednesday, September 13 from 9:00 – 10:00 am
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EBSCO Explora
Explora is EBSCO’s engaging new interface for students, teachers, and librarians. Key features include: attractive, user-friendly design; easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topics; topic overviews providing starting points for research; and much more. In this 45 minute session, we will review features and functionality of the Explora interfaces for Primary and High Schools, and for Public Libraries. We will also preview new features planned for release over the coming months.

Tuesday, September 5 from 10:00 – 10:45 am
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Monday, September 11 from 2:00 – 2:45 pm
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EBSCO School Library Resources
The EBSCO student databases and interfaces are powerful resources for use by students in the classroom, the library and from home. In this session will provide an overview of student databases Primary Search, Middle Search Plus and MAS Ultra, and a review of the Explora student interfaces, Points of View Reference Center and Literary Reference Center. The session also includes an overview of resources on the EBSCO Support Site such as scavenger hunts, best practices, and tutorials.

Thursday, August 31 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
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Thursday, September 7 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm
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EBSCO Business and Legal Resources
In this session, we will provide an overview of the various business and legal resources available from EBSCO. The Small Business Reference Center includes full-text and video information on entrepreneurship, starting and running a small business, creating business plans, and more.  Business Source Elite provides full-text coverage for more than 1,110 business publications, and Legal Information Reference Center contains full-text consumer legal reference books, and printable state-specific legal forms. We will review each interface, including content and tips for effective searching.

Tuesday, August 22 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
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Thursday, September 21 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm
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Disaster Planning and Recovery Workshops

NJ State Library - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 11:53am

The New Jersey State Library (NJSL), an affiliate of Thomas Edison State University, and the New Jersey Cultural Alliance for Response (NJCAR), will present a series of disaster preparedness training for libraries and humanities-collecting institutions. Each two-session workshop will take place in three locations in the state: north, central, and south.

The workshops will focus on risk assessment, disaster plan development, salvage priorities and salvage methods, and wet material recovery. At the conclusion of the first session, workshop attendees will have learned the tools necessary for their “homework” of creating draft disaster plans or revising old plans for their institutions. At the second session approximately six weeks later, attendees will review their plans together with the workshop leader, Thomas Clareson of LYRASIS, and continue their training.

Statewide organizational members of NJCAR (who comprise its Steering Committee) will provide in-person follow-up with workshop attendees three months after the training.

The workshop and follow-up activities will help New Jersey’s small and mid-sized institutions improve their ability to preserve their humanities collections and addresses the significant risk to New Jersey’s cultural heritage materials from natural disasters and other types of emergencies.

These workshops are supported, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

BOTH SESSIONS OF THE WORKSHOPS MUST BE ATTENDED!

$50 for both sessions for continental breakfast and box lunch on both days. Both sessions run from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Deadline to register is October 2, 2017.

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Executive Board Member-At-Large Special Election

NJLA Updates - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 11:51am

With the election of NJLA Member-at-Large Leah Wagner to the position of First Vice President/President-Elect, the Executive Board must fill her vacant Member-at Large seat.  

At the first Board meeting of the new NJLA year on July 18, 2017 NJLA President Michael Maziekien and the Executive Board authorized a special NJLA election to fill this vacancy.  

At this time the NJLA Nominations and Elections Committee is seeking candidates for this great NJLA leadership opportunity.

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Executive Board Member-At-Large Special Election

NJLA News - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 11:51am

With the election of NJLA Member-at-Large Leah Wagner to the position of First Vice President/President-Elect, the Executive Board must fill her vacant Member-at Large seat.  

At the first Board meeting of the new NJLA year on July 18, 2017 NJLA President Michael Maziekien and the Executive Board authorized a special NJLA election to fill this vacancy.  

At this time the NJLA Nominations and Elections Committee is seeking candidates for this great NJLA leadership opportunity.

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Texas and Nebraska renew United for Libraries and ALA membership for their public library groups

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 11:57am

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- The Texas State Library and the Nebraska Library Commission have renewed their statewide membership in United for Libraries, granting more than 1,300 of Friends of the Library groups, Foundations and Boards of Trustees group membership in United for Libraries and the American Library Association (ALA).

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AT&T Michigan honored with United for Libraries Major Benefactor Citation

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 11:54am

TROY, Michigan – United for Libraries, along with Troy (Mich.) Public Library and the Troy Communication Foundation, honored AT&T Michigan with a Major Benefactor Citation during an event at the library on June 29.

During the event, Troy Public Library (TPL) unveiled their Donor Wall to invited Endowment Fund donors. The TPL Endowment Fund first launched in September 2016 with a goal of reaching $20,000 by the end of 2016. The occasion marked how quickly that goal was surpassed and honored the first group of donors to ensure the endowment fund’s success.

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Work Skills Students Volunteer at TBBC

NJ State Library - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 8:59am

Each summer, students from the Work Skills Preparation Program (WSPP) volunteer at TBBC to help inspect our books, label brochures and assist with mailings.  TBBC always looks forward to their time in our office. Their presence brightens our days!

The WSPP is a partnership between The College of New Jersey’s Center for Sensory and Complex Disabilities (TCNJ) and the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI). WSPP offers students with physical impairments and vision challenges the opportunity to make the transition from high school to the workplace by “sampling” different jobs within the community. Each student is assigned a job coach and lives on the TCNJ campus for four weeks to enhance independent living skills.

TBBC staffer, Mary Crain, always ensures the students receive a warm welcome and helps to shepherd them through their tasks. We thank them all greatly for the help they give to TBBC and to our members.

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LEAP into Learning Assistive Technology!

NJ State Library - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 2:15pm

Are you 55 or older with a change in your vision? Free assistive technology classes are available for you at eight 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 501. 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 eight 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 501.

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United for Libraries to host free webinar July 25: ‘Celebrating National Friends of Libraries Week’

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 11:47am

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host a free webinar on “Celebrating National Friends of Libraries Week: Promoting Your Group and Library” on Tuesday, July 25, 2 p.m. EDT.

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Two groups win United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 11:45am

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — The Williamsburg (Va.) Regional Library Foundation and the Friends of Smyrna (Tenn.) Library have been recognized with United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards for outstanding efforts to support their library. Each group receives $1,000 and a clock from Baker & Taylor to honor their achievements. The groups were recognized at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

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Registration Now Open for 2017 Futures Conference

NJ State Library - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 11:30am

Announcing a special opportunity for all New Jersey library staff to register for the 2017 Futures Conference to be held September 25 – 26, 2017 at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

This will be a unique conference where you will learn what the future might have in store for libraries through presentations by professional futurists and group discussions, and where you will engage in hands-on training in forecasting the future.

For more information about the event and a list of speakers, visit: http://www.njstatelib.org/event/futures-conference/

SPONSORING PARTNERS:

State Libraries:

Connecticut
Delaware
Maine
Maryland
New Hampshire
New Jersey
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Vermont
West Virginia

ADDITIONAL SPONSORING PARTNERS:

COSLINE
LibraryLinkNJ

REGISTRATION:

You may register by credit card or check by logging on to the Eventbrite website listed below. Once there, click on “TICKETS,” then click on “Enter Promotional Code” in the upper right. The cost of the tickets for New Jersey library personnel is $195. Please use the Access Code NJLIBRARY when registering to receive this reduced rate.   ****A full breakfast and a delicious lunch both days is included with the cost of your registration****

Access the registration page here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/futures-conference-imagination-inspiration-innovation-tickets-32919348658

HOTEL:

A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the Borgata at the rate of $114 (plus 14% Occupancy Tax and $5 Atlantic City Occupancy Fee) per night.  You will also notice a charge of $15/night for the ‘Resort Fee’. This resort fee will be waived at time of check out pursuant to our agreement with the Borgata. Reservations can be made through the registration page or by contacting the Borgata Hotel Reservations Department at 609-317-1000. Identify yourself as an attendee of the Futures Conference using Group Code: GBNJL17.

Be sure to join us for this special event.  Seats are limited so please register early.

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State Library Recognized for Excellence by Communications, Advertising and Marketing Association (CAMA)

NJ State Library - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:02am
Tiffany McClary, director of Communications, Marketing & Outreach, Anthony Schiavino, graphic design, webmaster & communications specialist, Gary Cooper, public relations and news media contact.

The best and brightest marketing and communications work from around the region was recognized by the New Jersey Communications, Advertising and Marketing Association (NJ CAMA) with the presentation of the prestigious ASTRA Awards on June 15 at the Hopewell Valley Golf and Country Club. Through the ASTRA Awards, NJ CAMA recognizes the top tier of the region’s marketing and communications work. This work runs the gamut from print and web design to broadcast and social media to envelope-pushing marketing and public relations.

The State Library received ASTRA Awards for Excellence in Writing for the feature story (pages 24-25) on Blindness Awareness Month; Brochure for the Literacy Bootcamp Yearbook; and Poster Campaign for the Author Talk series.

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Sarah Jessica Parker announces first pick for ALA’s Book Club Central

ALA United for Libraries - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 5:44pm

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) officially launched Book Club Central with the unveiling of its website and Honorary Chair Sarah Jessica Parker’s inaugural book selection, “No One Is Coming to Save Us,” by Stephanie Powell Watts, published by Ecco/an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Ms. Parker made the announcement during the ALA’s Annual Conference & Exhibition taking place in Chicago at McCormick Place, June 22-27, 2017.

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State Library Hosts Naturalization Ceremony

NJ State Library - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 1:21pm

On June 22, 2017, the NJ State Library hosted a naturalization ceremony for 48 new citizens of the United States at the War Memorial Building, Trenton.

Keith Dorr, Tamika Gray, Mary Chute certificate presentation

Attendees were welcomed to the event with patriotic music played by the Old Barracks Fife and Drum Corps.
Presiding at the ceremony were Keith Dorr, USCIS, Tamika Gray, acting USCIS Newark district director, and Mary Chute, NJ State Librarian.

One of the new citizens, Birgit Grimm, said a few words. Isabelle, Andrew and Natalie Garcia helped lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Their father took his oath as a new citizen.

See the photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/njlibraryevents/albums/72157682419917544

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