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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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Digital Public Library of America Hub Planned for NJ

NJ State Library - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:50am

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) was launched on April 18, 2013, to bring together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums making them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science.

Kelcy Shepherd, DPLA network manager

The DPLA hubs model is establishing a national network out of over forty digital libraries and major digital collections in the U.S., bringing together digitized and born-digital content from across the country into a single access point for end users, and an open platform for developers. New Jersey’s cultural heritage organizations are working together to establish a Service Hub for New Jersey to aggregate New Jersey’s digital content into DPLA. Planning for the Service Hub included a statewide digitization survey and a symposium, which brought together representatives of over 100 institutions on June 14 at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan, to assist in the state’s planning for the Digital Public Library of America Service Hub for New Jersey. The symposium was sponsored by the NJ State Library and LibraryLinkNJ.

According to Kelcy Shepherd, DPLA network manager, DPLA is a catalyst for getting things done that people have wanted to do for a long time. The platform provides one stop shopping for people to review data. It connects users with incredible collections from diverse places, such as museums, historical societies, libraries and all types of material such as books, photos, video and audio files. There are currently 19 Service Hubs serving 21 states, with three more expected to go live this summer. New Jersey is looking to work with Delaware to establish a Service Hub in about a year.

Tom Clareson, Liz Bishoff, Kelcy Shepherd

Some of the benefits of the platform include adding value to curated content; providing interfaces and tools many organizations may not be able to afford or have the capacity to do on their own; a curation team that can create exhibits; and it provides the opportunity to be a part of a larger community to solve problems they would not be able to solve alone. The Service Hub model increases capacity for the greater good.

Joe Lucia, from Temple University, was interested in the DPLA concept from the very beginning and was a key figure in developing the Pennsylvania Service Hub. “Libraries stand as a counter to the commercialization of information,” he said. “DPLA’s mission to keeping knowledge and culture open to everyone calls libraries together regardless of socioeconomic, political means or status. Cultural memory institutions of all sizes can be part of this. DPLA provides the opportunity for larger institutions to work with smaller ones to gather, bring together and expose information for the community.”

Tom Clareson and Liz Bishoff reviewed the data collected from a survey they created which had been sent to NJ cultural institutions. Ninety percent of the 109 respondents said they had digital collections, but how many of them were ready to participate was the primary focus of Bishoff’s presentation. She noted especially that training was needed on digitization, metadata harvesting, rights management, donor agreements and other topics. According to Bishoff, this is a long-term project for New Jersey, which could take about a year to implement. NJ would need 50,000 items to start.

One of the challenges indicated by the survey is that 50 percent of the respondents did not have in their donor agreements the rights to digitize and distribute, which would be necessary. DPLA has a standardized rights statement that is included in the metadata field.

At the end of the symposium, participants agreed that the State Library should move forward with this initiative.

For more information about the Digital Public Library of America, go to https://dp.la/info/.

For more photos, go to: https://www.flickr.com/photos/njlibraryevents/albums/72157684989691036

 

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Scott Turow and Kate White among authors at United for Libraries’ mystery panel at ALA Annual

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:01am

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present “It’s a Mystery to Me: Crime Fighting Authors” on Monday, June 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at McCormick Place West, W185a.

Join Scott Turow, Kate White, Brian Pinkerton, Diane Vallere, and Susanna Calkins as they discuss their latest books and their lives as writers. A book signing will follow. This program will be oderated by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal's Prepub Alert.

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Summer Reading Programs Building Across NJ

NJ State Library - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 9:46am

The New Jersey State Library is teaming up with its more than 450 public library locations to kick off its 2017 Statewide Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme and slogan for all ages is “Build a Better World.”

Young people and adults have the opportunity to access the vast resources of New Jersey’s public libraries and enjoy activities for all ages in the public libraries throughout the summer. Each library received summer reading manuals for all ages filled with programming ideas and promotional items to help them publicize this year’s program. The artist for the early literacy and children’s program is Caldecott-Award winner David Macaulay, illustrator of many books, including the Caldecott-Award winning Black and White and The Way Things Work Now. The artist for the teen program is Scott Sosebee, a freelance graphic designer, and graphic artist Larry Jones is the illustrator for the adult program

In 2016, over 173,000 people of all ages participated in the statewide summer reading program and read nearly 2 million books. There were over 30,000 activity programs offered, with over 635,000 young people and adults attending these programs.

“Public libraries offer great resources for kids and adults throughout the summer, and the New Jersey Statewide Summer Reading Program offers ways for people of all ages to enjoy reading and having fun at their local libraries,” said Sharon Rawlins, youth services consultant at the State Library and project manager of the Statewide Summer Reading Program.

Participating in reading and literacy activities in their libraries helps young people keep up their reading skills throughout the summer, preventing them from experiencing “summer slide” or the loss of reading comprehension over the summer break.

Public libraries are encouraged to partner with local schools and other local afterschool organizations to promote the summer reading program to the young people in their communities. Resources are available for public librarians to share with parents, educators, and children and teens on the NJ Summer Reading Program’s website, http://www.njsummerreading.org under the educator tab.

All of New Jersey’s public libraries are members of the national Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). Volunteers from CSLP participating public libraries across the US produce a unified summer reading theme along with professional art and evidence-based materials for all its member libraries to use.

The New Jersey Statewide Summer Reading Program is funded by the New Jersey State Library, which is responsible for the coordination, promotion, and funding of the New Jersey Library Network.

For more information contact Sharon Rawlins at srawlins@njstatelib.org, 609-278-2640 ext. 116.

 

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NJLA Correspondence with New Jersey State Library Regarding Rochelle Park Library

NJLA News - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 9:37am

June 5, 2017
Mary Chute, NJ State Librarian
New Jersey State Library
185 W. State St., Trenton, NJ 08625

Dear Mary,

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United for Libraries to host ‘Board Development for Library Trustees, Friends Groups, and Foundations’ at ALA Annual Conference

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 7:21am

Bryn Mawr, PENNSYLVANIA -- United for Libraries will host “Board Development for Library Trustees, Friends Groups, and Foundations” on Saturday, June 24, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at McCormick Place West, W181a, at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

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United for Libraries to dedicate the Lotos Club a Literary Landmark

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 7:21am

New York – United for Libraries, in partnership with the Empire State Center for the Book, will designate the Lotos Club in New York City as a Literary Landmark at a reception at the club on Wednesday, June 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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Celeste Ng among the authors at United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 7:20am

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Celeste Ng, author of the bestselling “Everything I Never Told You,” will join Jonathan Safran Foer, Allison Pataki, Elly Griffiths, Brianna Wolfson and A.J. Finn at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

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United for Libraries to present author of inaugural Book Club Central selection at “Engaging Book Clubs in Your Community”

ALA United for Libraries - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 1:06pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present “Engaging Book Clubs in Your Community,” featuring the author of the inaugural Book Club Central selection chosen by Sarah Jessica Parker, on Sunday, June 25, 10:30-11:30 a.m., at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

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Unsung Heroes of the American Revolution Topic of Author Talk with David Price

NJ State Library - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 1:35pm

On the anniversary of another battle that changed the course of a war -D-Day- author and historical interpreter David Price shared the stories of nine men and one mysterious woman who helped change the course of the American Revolution between December 25, 1776, and January 3, 1777. Drawn from his book, Price described how those ten helped Washington’s army gain the foothold they needed in New Jersey to set the colonists on the track to independence. Five were colonels, two captains, one sergeant and two civilians; they came from seven of the 13 colonies and one, John Haslet, was killed in battle.

Contributions ranged from managing Washington’s crossing of the Delaware on Christmas Eve by Captain William Blackler and saving James Monroe’s life by Dr. John Riker to the staunch defense at the Battle of Princeton and the Assunpink Bridge by Charles Scott, John Haslet and Joseph Moulder on January 3, 1777.

As an historical interpreter for the Friends of Washington Crossing Park, Price leads guided tours focusing on the “Ten Crucial Days” of the American Revolution and other historical aspects of Washington Crossing Historic Park in Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Crossroads of the American Revolution Association, the Museum of the American Revolution, the Old Barracks Association and the Princeton Battlefield Society. Price is a magna cum laude graduate of Drew University and holds an M.A. in political science from Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where he was an Eagleton Fellow. Formerly he worked for 31 years as a nonpartisan research analyst in the Office of Legislative Services of the New Jersey State Legislature.

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PR Sunday Spotlight to focus on public relations and marketing sessions at ALA Annual

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 9:39am

CHICAGO – New to this year’s ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition is the PR Sunday Spotlight on June 25, which will showcase innovative library public relations programming and events. This new series will give library communications and marketing staff the opportunity to attend five public-relations focused sessions all on the same day. PR Sunday Spotlight sessions include:

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United for Libraries, RUSA, and Chapter Relations to host ‘Crisis Communication: Who Speaks for Your Library?’

ALA United for Libraries - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 12:35pm

Bryn Mawr, PENNSYLVANIA -- United for Libraries, RUSA, and ALA Chapter Relations will host a joint discussion group on “Crisis Communication: Who Speaks for Your Library?" at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago from 1-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 25 at McCormick Place West, W194b.

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Emil Ferris among featured authors at United for Libraries’ ‘First Author’ panel at ALA Annual

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 1:45pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Emil Ferris (“My Favorite Thing is Monsters”) will be among the featured authors at United for Libraries’ “First Author, First Book panel from 3-4 p.m. on Sunday, June 25 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Joining Ferris will be C. Morgan Babst, Devin Murphy, Sarah Shoemaker, and Gregory Scott Katsoulis. A book signing will follow. The panel will be moderated by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal's Prepub Alert.

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United for Libraries to present Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations at ALA Annual Conference

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 1:43pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 23 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Library Trustees, Friends groups, Foundations, and staff are invited to join a free day of information and resource sharing, roundtable discussions, and learning opportunities. This year's theme will be board development. Speakers will include:

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The New Jersey Library Association’s Response to the Woodbridge Board of Education’s Unanimous Vote to Eliminate School Librarians

NJLA News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:20am

The New Jersey Library Association’s Response to the Woodbridge Board of Education’s Unanimous Vote to Eliminate School Librarians
May 23rd, 2017

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Position Paper on Political Speech/Campaigning at Public Libraries

NJLA News - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 2:38pm

MEMORANDUM
To: Patricia Tumulty, NJLA
From: Frank Corrado
Date: March 20, 2017
Re: Political Speech/Campaigning at Public Libraries

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Jonathan Safran Foer among the authors at United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 3:06pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Jonathan Safran Foer will join Allison Pataki, Elly Griffiths, Brianna Wolfson, A.J. Finn, and Celeste Ng at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

A light offering of tea, finger sandwiches and a variety of sweet treats will be served. A book signing will follow. United for Libraries will recognize the winners of the Baker & Taylor Awards during the program.

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Disaster Planning and Recovery Workshops

NJ State Library - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 10:34am

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.

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.

Deadline to register is May 22

Register Now

Group I

First Session – 6/6

Paterson Free Public Library
250 Broadway
Paterson, NJ 07501

Second Session – 8/7

Wall Township Police Department
2700 Allaire Road
Wall, NJ 07719

Group II

First Session – 6/7

Haddonfield Public Library
60 Haddon Ave.
Haddonfield, NJ 08033

Second Session – 8/8

Camden County Fire & Police Academy
420 Woodbury-Turnersville Road
Blackwood, NJ 08012

Group III

First Session – 6/8

Plainfield Public Library
800 Park Ave.
Plainfield, NJ 07060

Second Session – 8/9

Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute
281 Campgaw Rd
Mahwah, NJ 07430

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