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ALA Trustee Citation nominations due Jan. 15

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

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

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

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Congratulations New Jersey – Library Construction Bond Act Passed!

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

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

Read the full press release here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Experienced NJ Library Directors Convene at Summit

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

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

Michael Gannon

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

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

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Youth Services Forum 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Jersey Library Association Statement on Privatization

NJLA Updates - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 4:05pm

Free access to information is an essential component for any democratic society. Historically, strong local public libraries have provided this service to New Jersey residents.

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New Jersey Library Association Statement on Privatization

NJLA News - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 4:05pm

Free access to information is an essential component for any democratic society. Historically, strong local public libraries have provided this service to New Jersey residents.

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Library Construction Bond Act

NJ State Library - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:03am

On Nov 7, 2017 the residents of New Jersey will vote on the NJ Library Construction Bond Act.  The bond, if passed, would provide $125 million in funding for library construction projects throughout New Jersey.

This investment into New Jersey’s economy would help the construction industries and small businesses, as well as provide an opportunity for libraries to upgrade their facilities so they can best serve their customers’ needs.

For more information, visit: http://njlibrariesbuildcommunities.org

 

 

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Dueling Mothers of World War I

NJ State Library - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 2:57pm

Dr. Lisa Mastrangelo, professor of English at Centenary University, began her presentation Women of Peace and Preparedness: The Use of Motherhood and Maternalism in World War I, stating that “we don’t know much about the women of World War I because there were fewer than in World War II.” Quite a bit fewer as it turns out: 33,000 mostly nurses and clerks in World War I; 350,000 women in World War II. In spite of that, and her statement, she was able to share a considerable amount of information about the activism of women, not directly involved in the war, during that period.

Her presentation made clear the meaning of its title: that there were two factions of women, women of peace and women of preparedness. The former defined motherhood as essentialism (to protect the country and its sons from war); the latter defined motherhood as patriotic (supporters of the country and its troops). Both groups were very active in giving speeches, parades, writing songs and editorials, hosting parties. Oddly, many of the women involved in the Peace Movement didn’t have children to protect from war. However, they were avid supporters of President Woodrow Wilson, whose campaign slogan, “He kept us out of war,” helped him defeat Charles Evan Hughes in 1916.

Once that slogan had to be cast aside, many individuals and organizations in the peace movement faded, with the Preparedness Movement growing. The 4 Minute Men/4 Minute Women group rose in support of Wilson’s changed stance and the war effort. They gave four minute speeches encouraging the buying of war bonds, war stamps and conservation, especially in movie theaters. It was sort of like today’s Twitter. The speeches were constrained to four minutes to coincide with the amount of time it took to change a movie reel at intermission.

The final installment of the State Library’s series on the 100th Anniversary of World War I will be on Nov. 15 at noon with author James Hockenberry discussing New Jersey’s Role in World War I.

 

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Small Business Workshops from Div. of Taxation at your Library

NJ State Library - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:35am

The New Jersey State Library is working with the New Jersey Division of Taxation’s Taxation University to bring business training to local libraries.  Workshops started in October at libraries across New Jersey to educate local business owners and entrepreneurs about starting and registering businesses in the state.  Sessions take about 100 minutes:

How to Start a Small Business in New Jersey

The Fundamentals of New Jersey Sales Tax

Construction Trades and New Jersey Tax

Online Businesses and New Jersey Tax

Photography and New Jersey Tax

For more information, schedule and to register go to:

http://www.njstatelib.org/services_for_libraries/consulting_services/business-technology-services/small-business-workshops-library/

 

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Talking Book & Braille Center Fall Festival

NJ State Library - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:43am
From left: Vicky Kumar and Patricia Moura, of Old Bridge, with Eve Posner demonstrating Orcam.

The biennial Fall Festival hosted by the NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center was held at The Grounds for Sculpture on Saturday, October 14, 2017. The event began with a continental breakfast with vendors exhibiting services and technology products for those with visual impairments. That was followed by art workshops and walking tours of the grounds.  See all the photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/njlibraryevents/albums/72157687399452330.

Claudia Schreiber teaching Creating Art Using Your Mind’s Eye workshop.

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Sarah Jessica Parker selects Mohsin Hamid’s “Exit West” for ALA Book Club Central’s fall pick

ALA United for Libraries - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 8:47am

CHICAGO – The latest American Library Association (ALA) Book Club Central SJP pick, chosen by Honorary Book Club Central Chair Sarah Jessica Parker, is “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid, published by Riverhead/an imprint of Penguin Random House. “Exit West” has been shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, longlisted for the ALA Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and is a finalist for the 2017 Kirkus Prize.

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PLA and United for Libraries to host Oct. 17 webinar on ‘Troubled Library Boards’

ALA United for Libraries - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 3:47pm

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) and United for Libraries are partnering to present a webinar designed to improve library boards of directors. The webinar, titled “Troubled Library Boards: Prevention and Survival” will be held at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

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Research Your Past During National Family History Month

NJ State Library - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 8:37am

In 2001, Congress first passed a resolution, introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, creating Family History Month. Hatch wrote, “By searching for our roots, we come closer together as a human family.” Family history enthusiasts continue to celebrate National Family History Month every October. It has grown and evolved on a national stage, with community groups, historians, storytellers, and genealogical and historical societies promoting and celebrating National Family History Month as way to commemorate each family’s rich and deep history.

The programs weave together the importance of sharing and capturing family stories and histories, which inspires families and communities to connect in real and meaningful ways. Events, like the ones being hosted by the NJ State Library during the month of October, are essential to educating and to encouraging families to research their histories and share their stories. All of these classes will be held in the State Library’s 5th floor meeting room, 185 West State St., Trenton, from noon to 1 p.m.

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, Regina Fitzpatrick, genealogy librarian, will tell stories gleaned from her own research about residents from long ago. Forbidden romances, lost relatives, pirates, even criminal activity are some of the things she will share about those folks unearthed from her genealogy digs.

The following Wednesday, Oct. 18, Katherine Ludwig, librarian at the David Library of the American Revolution, Washington Crossing, PA, will tell how to use the resources at the David Library to research family history from the colonial and revolutionary periods.

Researching Your Civil War Ancestors will be covered on Tuesday, Oct. 24, with Jon Bozard, reference assistant at the NJ State Archives. Bozard will discuss the military records available at the archives, what information can and cannot be expected to be found there, and what information might be available at other places, including the National Archives.

John Klett, director of the NJ State Archives and genealogist, will look toward the future of genealogical studies through what DNA testing, such as is offered by Ancestry.com, can reveal about a person and solve some genealogical mysteries. This program takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

To register for any or all of these classes go to the NJ State Library event calendar at http://www.njstatelib.org/event/

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ALA president calls for applicants to newly launched ALA Policy Corps

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 5:05pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. - American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal today launches and invites library advocates to apply for participation in the inaugural ALA Policy Corps initiative.

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‘Friend Your Library’ materials now available at no cost to United for Libraries statewide group members

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 1:11pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania —  United for Libraries is pleased to present the ALA Store’s new downloadable Friend Your Library bookmark and poster as a free benefit to all United for Libraries statewide group members in Texas, Nebraska and Michigan.

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United for Libraries and PLA to host Oct. 17 webinar on ‘Troubled Library Boards’

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 1:09pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries and the Public Library Association (PLA) are partnering to present a webinar designed to improve library boards of directors. The webinar, titled “Troubled Library Boards: Prevention and Survival” will be held at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

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Statement of the New Jersey Library Association Opposing the Privatization of the Vineland Public Library

NJLA Updates - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 10:48pm

Good evening.  I am Patricia Tumulty, Executive Director of the New Jersey Library Association. The New Jersey Library Association is the oldest and largest library organization in the state. We were established in 1890 to improve library services to all residents of New Jersey.

NJLA strongly opposes the privatization of the Vineland Public Library.  This is not the first time this corporation has been in New Jersey. We opposed previous efforts by this corporation to privatize libraries in New Jersey before and we do so now.

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Statement of the New Jersey Library Association Opposing the Privatization of the Vineland Public Library

NJLA News - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 10:48pm

Good evening.  I am Patricia Tumulty, Executive Director of the New Jersey Library Association. The New Jersey Library Association is the oldest and largest library organization in the state. We were established in 1890 to improve library services to all residents of New Jersey.

NJLA strongly opposes the privatization of the Vineland Public Library.  This is not the first time this corporation has been in New Jersey. We opposed previous efforts by this corporation to privatize libraries in New Jersey before and we do so now.

Tags: Testimony and Comments
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