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These books at the State Library are too good to miss

NJ State Library - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 12:52pm

Are you looking for a great read?  Well we’ve got some for you.  We’re calling them “books too good to miss.”  In the non-fiction area, while the books did not make the bestseller lists, they were recognized by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, or Library Journal as “good reads.”  Book titles include City of dreams: the 400 year epic history of immigrant New York by Tyler Anbinder; The limousine liberal: how an incendiary image united the right and fractured America by Steve Fraser and We were feminists once: from Riot Grrrl to Covergirl, the buying and selling of a political movement by Andi Zeisler.

For those of you who love fiction, titles include Edwyn Ivey’s To the bright edge of the world and Martha Hall Kelly’s Lilac girls: a novel.

If we’ve whet your readers appetite, you can find the whole list by clicking here.
Remember, you will need a New Jersey State Library card to check these out.  September is national sign up for a library card month, so I hope you have one of our cards.  Then you have access to check out these books and more great titles from our collections.

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NJ at the National Book Festival

NJ State Library - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 2:00pm
From left: Sharon Rawlins, NJ State Library Youth Services Consultant, Mary Chute, NJ State Librarian, and Jackie Spritzer, from NJ Center for the Book, spent the day giving out salt water taffy at the NJ booth.

The Library of Congress National Book Festival is an annual literary event that brings together best-selling authors and thousands of book fans for author talks, panel discussions, book signings and other activities. It was held on Saturday, September 2 in Washington, DC. It was created by Laura Bush and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington at the suggestion of Mrs. Bush, who had created the Texas Book Festival. Over its 16-year history, the National Book Festival has become one of the pre-eminent literary events in the United States. The first festival was Sept. 8, 2001. Mrs. Bush served as honorary chair of the festival through 2008. The festival is funded by private donors and corporate sponsors who share the Library’s commitment to reading and literacy.

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Support the Florida Library Association Disaster Relief Fund

NJLA News - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 12:30pm
Visit the Florida Library Association's homepage to make a donation, http://www.flalib.org/.
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Support the Florida Library Association Disaster Relief Fund

NJLA Updates - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 12:30pm
Visit the Florida Library Association's homepage to make a donation, http://www.flalib.org/.
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Display of World War I Artifacts Kicks off Special Centennial Series

NJ State Library - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 12:16pm

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 take place in the State Library’s Level 2 Reading Room, 185 West State St., Trenton.

The series began on Wednesday, Sept. 13, with John S. Niemiec, a reenactor and military collector, discussing the events that led to the war and showcasing an impressive display of uniforms, equipment and other memorabilia. Niemiec started collecting World War I items in 1962, roaming flea markets in Lambertville, Columbus and other places to find the treasures.

 

The display included items from the U.S., our allies and Germany, ranging from various types of helmets, uniforms and bandoliers to grenades, stick bombs, knives and knuckle-dusters. There were also photos and dioramas.

German military items U.S. military diorama

 

 

 

 

 

 

The series continues on Wednesday, Sept. 27, with Erik Burro, a researcher and historian, who 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 host Oct. 17 webinar on ‘Troubled Library Boards’

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 4:47pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present a webinar on “Troubled Library Boards: Prevention and Survival” at 2 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Troubled library boards are increasingly common. Serving on a troubled board is stressful, and it can take the focus away from a board’s primary mission. What essential practices can prevent or minimize board problems? When a board does become dysfunctional, how can those involved survive and create change?

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September is National Preparedness Month: Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can

NJ State Library - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 11:50am

Is your community ready to deal with a Hurricane Harvey or Irma or another type of disaster? Have we gotten complacent five years after Superstorm Sandy? Think about it. To prepare, you must have a plan in place first. Then you can help members of your community find resources to make their preparedness plans. This September, National Preparedness Month focuses on planning, with the theme “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”

To plan ahead, spend a few minutes reviewing the following information resources from the National Library of Medicine:

 

 Week 1 (September 1-9): Make a Plan for Yourself, Family, and Friends

 Find resources for making personal preparedness plans: 

Week 2 (September 10-16): Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community

Now that you are ready to respond to a disaster, here are resources to help your community prepare:

Week 3 (September 17-23): Practice and Build Out Your Plans

Practicing and drilling plans are essential activities:

  • Find over 200 exercises to drill on, from NLM Disaster Lit® Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
  • Which of your apps will work without internet connectivity? You may not have internet during a disaster. Turn on airplane mode if you have it, or open your settings and turn off both Wi-Fi and cellular data connectivity. Now test your apps to see what functionality they still have, if any.
  • Bonus: try a new app from the NLM Disaster Apps for Your Digital Go Bag webpage.

Week 4 (September 24-30): Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger

Join the Disaster Information Specialist Network! It includes a discussion listserv, bi-monthly webinars, and free training to bring your skills up to capacity for supporting response efforts in your community. https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disasterinfospecialist.html

Stay Connected: https://disaster.nlm.nih.gov/updates.html

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United for Libraries to designate Grant Cottage a Literary Landmark

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 4:21pm

GANSEVOORT, New York – United for Libraries, in partnership with Empire State Center for the Book and the Friends of the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage, will designate the U.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site a Literary Landmark.

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United for Libraries to designate Bethlehem (Pa.) Area Public Library a Literary Landmark in honor of Hilda Doolittle (H.D.)

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 4:29pm

BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – United for Libraries, in partnership with Lehigh University and Bethlehem (Pa.) Area Public Library, will designate the library a Literary Landmark in honor of Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) on Friday, Sept. 8, 4 p.m.

Growing up, H.D. (1886-1961) lived in a home located just across the plaza from the library, where city hall now stands. Her innovative and experimental poetry and prose established her as a leading Modernist artist in the 1910s and 1920s. She remains a key literary figure in the Lehigh Valley.

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Support the Texas Library Association Relief Fund

NJLA Updates - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 11:34am
All persons wishing to help financially are encouraged to donate online to the TLA Disaster Relief Fund.
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Support the Texas Library Association Relief Fund

NJLA News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 11:34am
All persons wishing to help financially are encouraged to donate online to the TLA Disaster Relief Fund.
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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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