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C-Span visits the State Library

NJ State Library - Fri, 05/12/2017 - 2:22pm

Recently C-Span visited the State Library as part of their Cities Tour series. The feature for this episode is Trenton. The Cities tour series looks at the literary life and history of a selected city. Pictured is C-Span Video Journalist Tiffany Rocque (left) and the State Library’s New Jersey Collection Librarian Deborah Mercer (right) who is explaining the history behind some of the State Library’s rare books and documents.

The C-Span Trenton feature will be aired on C-Span 2 on May 21 & 22. Please check your local listings to see what time it will be aired.  You can also view the episode after it airs by clicking here and looking through the video files of the Cities Tour series.

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Scottoline and Serritella to appear at ‘The Laugh’s On Us’ sponsored by Ingram Content Group

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 1:56pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Mother-daughter duo Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella will be featured in the lineup of United for Libraries’ “The Laugh’s On Us,” sponsored by Ingram Content Group, featuring headlining standup comedian and author Paula Poundstone, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 25 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

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United for Libraries to host President’s Program with Andy Weir at ALA Annual Conference

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 1:54pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries President Susan Schmidt will host the President’s Program featuring bestselling author Andy Weir, part of the Auditorium Speaker Series, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Monday, June 26 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

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United for Libraries presents Public Service Award to Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.)

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 1:53pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  On May 1, United for Libraries Executive Director Sally Reed presented Sen. Jack Reed (D.-R.I.)  with United for Libraries’ Public Service Award for his support of libraries during a special reception in the Hart Senate office building.

Sen. Reed authored key sections of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and seeks to fix the No Child Left Behind education law that was signed into law nearly 14 years ago.

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NJLA President, Chris Carbone's Statement to Woodbridge School Board

NJLA News - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:22pm

Good evening.  My name is Chris Carbone, President of the NJ Library Association and Director of the South Brunswick Public Library.

As the leader of a tax funded, local government educational institution, I understand the harsh realities of budgets, tax rates, making hard choices and setting priorities.

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Long Branch Public Library Receives Innovative Partnership Award from N.J. State Library

NJ State Library - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:27am

New Jersey State Librarian Mary Chute presented the 2017 Innovative Partnership Award to the Long Branch Public Library for its Fade to Books program during a breakfast at the New Jersey Library Association Annual Conference, on April 26. The library received a $1000 award.

The Innovative Partnership Award, presented by NJ State Librarian Mary Chute (4th from left) was accepted by Tonya Garcia, library director, (3rd from left) and representatives of the Bridge of Books Foundation and participating barbers.

Read about the award at: http://www.njstatelib.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/2017njstatelibraryawards.pdf

 

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NJ State Library Recognizes Four Libraries for Multicultural Programming

NJ State Library - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:14am
Bergenfield Library from left: Mimi Lee, State Library Diversity & Literacy Services Consultant, Louise Moroses, Allison Moonitz,, Mary Chute, NJ State Librarian.

New Jersey State Librarian Mary Chute honored four New Jersey libraries for conducting outstanding multicultural programs to engage cultural and ethnic communities in meaningful and effective partnerships during a breakfast at the New Jersey Library Association Annual Conference, on April 26.

“As State Librarian, I am extremely pleased to recognize our award recipients,” said Chute. “These programs are exceptional examples of libraries developing partnerships and delivering exceptional comprehensive cultural programming and promotion to their communities.”

Metuchen Library from left: Mimi Lee, State Library Diversity & Literacy Services Consultant, John Arthur, Mary Chute, NJ State Librarian.

Winning libraries were:

Bergenfield Public Library – One Town, Many Stories

 Metuchen Public Library – Lunar New Year Celebration

 Newark Public Library – The Rhythm and the Beat: Drums and Percussion in Latin America

Nutley Library from left: Mimi Lee, State Library Diversity & Literacy Services Consultant, Kiran Patel, Mary Chute, NJ State Librarian.

 Nutley Public Library – International Day

 

Each library received a $1000 award presented by Chute and Mimi Lee, Diversity and Literacy Services Consultant for the NJ State Library.

Newark Library from left: Mimi Lee, State Library Diversity & Literacy Services Consultant, Yesenia Lopez, Ingrid Betancourt, Heidi Cramer, Mary Chute, NJ State Librarian.

 

 

 

Read about the awards at: http://www.njstatelib.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/2017njstatelibraryawards.pdf

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NJ State Library Recognizes Three Libraries for Best Practices in Early Literacy

NJ State Library - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 9:57am
Camden County Library, from left: Linda Devlin, David Lisa, Lisa Brandenburg, Mary Chute, NJ State Librarian, Christen Orbanis, Sharon Rawlins, State Library Youth Services Consultant.

New Jersey State Librarian Mary Chute honored three New Jersey libraries for conducting outstanding early literacy programs on behalf of their youngest library users and their families during a breakfast at the New Jersey Library Association Annual Conference, on April 26.

“As State Librarian, I applaud these public libraries on their exceptional programs that highlight some of the best early literacy programs being offered around the state,” said Chute. “All show that it’s not the size of the budget of the library that counts, but the desire of these libraries to encourage young children to experience the joy of reading.”

Gloucester County Library, Logan Branch from left: Carolyn Oldt, Anne Wodnick, Heather Marquette, Mary Chute, NJ State Librarian, Sharon Rawlins, State Library Youth Services Consultant.

Winning libraries were:

Camden County Library – First Visit Kits

Gloucester County Library – Logan Branch – Library Children’s Garden

Sussex County Library, from left: Jenise Sileo, Rachel Burt, Heather Lubchansky, Mary Chute, NJ State Librarian, Sharon Rawlins, State Library Youth Services Consultant.

Sussex County Library – The Read and Play Program

Each library received a $1000 award presented by Chute and Sharon Rawlins, Youth Services Consultant for the NJ State Library.

 

Read about the awards at: http://www.njstatelib.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/2017njstatelibraryawards.pdf

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Mark Miller named ALA Trustee Citation recipient

ALA United for Libraries - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 1:16pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania – The American Library Association and United for Libraries has named Mark Miller, chair of the Loudon County (Va.) Library Board of Trustees, a recipient of the ALA Trustee Citation.

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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Beth Nawalinski named United for Libraries executive director

ALA United for Libraries - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 3:24pm

CHICAGO – Today the American Library Association announced Beth Nawalinski, deputy executive director, United for Libraries, as its new executive director, effective July 31, 2017.  Following a nationwide search, Nawalinski will fill the position being vacated by the retirement of Sally Reed.   

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Send a Letter to Your Legislators to Support the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act (A222/S2171)

NJLA News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 8:49am

Public libraries in New Jersey need your help! It has been more than fifteen years since there has been a program for capital construction in New Jersey’s public libraries. Library buildings need to meet the evolving needs of our communities. The New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act (A222/S2171) would authorize $125,000,000 in general obligation bonds to finance capital projects in public libraries.

Take Action: http://cqrcengage.com/alanj/app/write-a-letter?8&engagementId=338893 Tags: NJLA News
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Take action for libraries during Virtual Library Legislative Day

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:35am

For National Library Legislative Day, May 1-2, 2017, hundreds of library supporters will convene in Washington D.C., where they meet with their members of Congress to rally support for library issues and policies.

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United for Libraries to dedicate Literary Landmarks™ for Children’s Book Week

ALA United for Libraries - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 5:22pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — In celebration of  Children’s Book Week (May 1-7, 2017) United for Libraries will dedicate three Literary Landmarks™ celebrating children’s book authors. This program was spearheaded by Rocco Staino, director of the Empire State Center for the Book, and is presented in conjunction with the American Library Association/Children’s Book Council Joint Committee.

The following Literary Landmarks will be dedicated:

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Caulkins wins United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grant

ALA United for Libraries - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 5:21pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries has awarded the 2017 United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grants to Sandi Caulkins of the Friends of the Kirbyville (Texas) Library.

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Skip Dye elected 2018-2019 United for Libraries president

ALA United for Libraries - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 3:53pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Skip Dye, VP, library marketing and digital sales at Penguin Random House, has been elected 2018-2019 United for Libraries president. Dye will serve as president-elect during 2017-2018 under United for Libraries President Steve Laird.

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Take United for Libraries’ survey for a chance to win a set of free bestsellers

ALA United for Libraries - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 4:07pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania – What can United do for you?

United for Libraries is seeking Trustees, Friends of the Library groups, Foundations, library directors, library staff, and others to complete a survey by April 30 about its resources and what is needed by those who govern, support, or fundraise for their libraries.

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United for Libraries to host May 9 webinar on ‘Taming the Troublesome Trustee’

ALA United for Libraries - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 4:05pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present the webinar “Taming the Troublesome Trustee” at 2 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, May 9.

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Spring Taxation University Classes Will Aid Small Business Entrepreneurs

NJ State Library - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 1:42pm
Joyce Olshansky teaches the Taxation University class at the Old Bridge Public Library.

The New Jersey State Library in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Treasury’s Division of Taxation was able to connect local small business owners and entrepreneurs with vital information through classes taught at 18 local libraries this past autumn. A new round of classes will begin in February at 23 more libraries across the state. Morning, afternoon and evening classes have been scheduled. The half-day Small Business Workshops will be taught by staff from the Taxation University, an outreach and training unit within the Division of Taxation.

The free workshops cover the twists, turns, nuances and basic information about starting and running a small business, including:

  • Developing a business plan,
  • Choosing a business structure with licensing and tax filing requirements for each,
  • Using the free resources from Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) and Small Business Administration (SBA),
  • Where and how to register a business,
  • Meeting employer responsibilities, such as how to calculate federal and state withholding taxes and filing the New Hire Reporting form,
  • The difference between an employee and a contractor (this is determined by the Dept. of Labor & the IRS),
  • Understanding sales and use tax.

Deborah Hodge of Middletown attended the workshop at the Middletown Public Library in December. “I looked at starting a consulting business last year,” she said “but everything was very confusing. I needed a step-by-step guide to make things clear and this class does that.”

The size of the workshops is being kept small to enable attendees to ask questions about their specific situations and get the answers they needed. Such was the case with Ben Cole of Red Bank and Taharka Sankara of Long Branch. Both have established small businesses, but had specific questions about changes they wanted to make. Cole is looking at changing his Partnership-type of business to an S-Corporation for tax purposes, while Sankara was ready to start hiring employees for his successful three-year old business and needed to know what to do.

“This class gave me the pieces of information I need to change my business structure,” said Cole. “It is very helpful; answered my questions,” said Sankara.

“Acquiring the knowledge to start and run a business is a primary criterion for success,” said Andrea Simzak Levandowski, project manager of Small Business Development & Technology at the New Jersey State Library. “These workshops have provided new and aspiring small business owners with vital information on how to get their business started and navigate their tax requirements.”

Upcoming sessions:

Library City Date Time Library Link to Register Edison Public Library Edison, NJ February 6 1:00pm – 4:00pm Register West Orange Public Library West Orange, NJ February 9 4:30pm – 7:30pm Register Maplewood Library Maplewood, NJ February 13 10:00am – 1:00pm Register Parsippany Troy Hill Library Parsippany, NJ February 16 10:00am – 1:00pm Register Johnson Public Library Hackensack, NJ February 23 1:00pm – 4:00pm Register Burlington County Library System – Cinnaminson Branch Cinnaminson, NJ February 27 4:30pm – 7:30pm Register Willingboro Public Library Willingboro, NJ February 28 4:30pm – 7:30pm Register Sayreville Public Library Parlin, NJ March 2 10:00am – 1:00pm Register Piscataway Public Library Piscataway, NJ March 10 1:00pm – 4:00pm Register Burlington County Library System Westampton, NJ March 15 4:30pm – 7:30pm Register New Brunswick Public Library New Brunswick, NJ March 16 1:00pm – 4:00pm Register Atlantic County Library – Mays Landing Branch Mays Landing, NJ March 22 4:30pm – 7:30pm Register Burlington County Library System – Bordentown Branch Bordentown, NJ March 23 4:30pm – 7:30pm Register Washington Township Public Library (Morris County) Long Valley, NJ April 10 10:00am – 1:00pm Register Maurice M. Pine Free Public Library Fair Lawn, NJ April 19 4:30pm – 7:30pm Register Phillipsburg Library Phillipsburg, NJ April 24 4:30pm – 7:30pm Register Livingston Public Library Livingston, NJ April 27 4:30pm – 7:30pm Register Long Branch Free Public Library Long Branch, NJ April 28 10:00am – 1:00pm Register Burlington County Library System – Evesham Branch Marlton, NJ May 2 10:00am – 1:00pm Register Montclair Public Library Montclair, NJ May 8 10:00am – 1:00pm Register Fort Lee Public Library Fort Lee, NJ May 10 10:00am – 1:00pm Register Camden County Library – Voorhees Branch Voorhees, NJ May 16 10:00am – 1:00pm Register Edison Public Library – North Edison Branch Edison, NJ May 18 4:30pm – 7:30pm Register

Please visit the Taxation University’s website for additional training locations.

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Update from the New Jersey State Library on Proposed Federal Budget Cuts

NJ State Library - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 1:01pm

In recent weeks the White House announced the President’s budget proposal which calls for the elimination of the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding.  NJ residents and the library community have reached out to express concern about this development, so in response we’d like to provide the following information about the current use of federal funding for libraries in NJ. It is important to note that we are at the beginning of the federal budget process.  In the coming weeks we will also see budget proposals from both the House and Senate.

Libraries in every state in the nation benefit from funds allocated by Congress for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), the only federally funded program specifically dedicated to supporting libraries. Last year, libraries received just under $183 million in LSTA funding, about $156 million of which flowed to states as matching grants.

Libraries use these funds to, among other things, build and maintain a 21st century library that facilitates employment and entrepreneurship, adult and early literacy, digital literacy, community engagement, and individual empowerment.

Last year, New Jersey received approximately $4 million in LSTA funding and this money was used to benefit New Jersey’s residents in many ways, including:

  • The NJ State Library Talking Book and Braille Center – the State’s library for blind and print-impaired residents, or those not able to hold a book due to a physical injury or impairment, or those who suffer from a reading disability or brain injury. (Read more about TBBC’s support for veterans here.)
  • Jersey Connect – provides the technology backbone for over 300 libraries in the state.
  • JerseyClicks Statewide Electronic Resource Licensing – provides access to quality information resources not available for free on the Internet to all NJ residents through NJ’s multi-type libraries (public, school, academic, and special).
  • Sub-grants were awarded (using federal funds) to public libraries to support various adult literacy programs in local communities across the entire state.

The New Jersey State Library recently completed an independent evaluation of our activities supported with LSTA funds, which is now available on our website.

While the projects and services listed above are those currently funded through federal support, we must keep in mind that these are not necessarily the projects and services that would go away if we lose our federal funding.  With this kind of a seismic shift, all library programs and services would have to be reprioritized – including those that are not currently supported by federal funds.

The following link to the current NJ profile on IMLS’s website provides the most complete picture of how our work accomplished through federal funding is used: https://www.imls.gov/grants/grants-state/state-profiles/new-jersey

ALA’s press release regarding the President’s proposal may be found at this link.

Additional information about how the NJ library community is responding to this matter can be found on the New Jersey Library Association’s website: https://njla.org/content/federal-budget-cuts.

 

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Kippur wins United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant

ALA United for Libraries - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 1:13pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries has awarded the 2017 United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grants to Lisa Kippur, executive assistant to the deans at University of Colorado Boulder Libraries.             

Kippur will receive $850 plus full conference registration to attend the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. A formal presentation to the grant winners will be made at the conference at “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations” on Friday, June 23, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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