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Library Construction Bond Act

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

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

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

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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Research Your Past During National Family History Month

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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NJ Boasts a Plethora of World War I Monuments

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 2:15pm

In the north Jersey town of Bloomingdale, the Pequannock River ambles lazily along the Main St., bending slightly to allow for the tranquility of Sloan Park, near which war memorials sit. The location has been the focal point of annual Memorial Day parades for decades, with school bands, marching veterans groups and kids riding their patriotically decorated bikes along the route.  In his presentation on World War I monuments in NJ, Erik Burro, researcher and historian, rekindled the memory of being one of those kids when the picture of the “Hands off” monument popped up on the screen.

“Hands off” is engraved into the statue and it’s unclear if this is an admonition to the viewing public or if it’s somehow related to the World War I veterans being honored here warning the enemy to keep their ‘hands off’ their flag? Of course, in our macabre boyish minds at the time, we thought he was telling someone to cut off the hands of the enemy soldiers! Because you need hands to shoot.

In a fascinating travelogue, as part of the State Library’s series for the 100th Anniversary of World War I on Sep. 27, Burro made clear that there are World War I monuments all over the state, from Atlantic City and Tuckerton to Cresskill and Morristown, some much easier to check out than others. The largest is in Newark (photo below). Called the Wars of America Monument, it has 42 figures, including horses, and tells the story of America through the war years. The horses depicted are in honor of the 8 million steeds that died during the war. Another in Newark has the names of all 125,000 Newark residents who went to war on parchment in its base.The Camp Merritt Monument marks the location of Camp Merritt in Cresskill.  The memorial in Atlantic City is unlike any other. Liberty in Distress, located on the southern end, has a rotunda and Lady Liberty is nude and crying with dead bodies around her – presumably with hands still intact.

Burro is a historian and founder of the Pennjerdel House, a regional advocacy for increasing public awareness and appreciation of local history and preservation throughout the tristate area. While most of his business career was spent in corporate communications, he has simultaneously pursued a host of projects involving research, exhibitions, presentations and dramatizations of state, regional and American history.

In the past 40 years, Burro has made a variety of appearances as a guest speaker, master of ceremonies, host for cultural events, reenactor of historic characters both here and abroad, and a creator and participant in exhibitions on history-related topics. He has been involved with local media as well as NPR and the BBC.

During the past year, he independently researched and photographed the major monuments of the Great War here in New Jersey and surrounding states, in support of the American Centennial Commemoration of World War I. He continues to share his findings with the NJ Department of Preservation. His photography is on display at the Rutgers University WWI exhibit in New Brunswick and he recently participated at the NJ WWI Road Show in Toms River. He continues to provide support for the Armed Services Heritage Museum, Rutgers Radio’s Veteran’s Hour, the All Veterans Memorial, Mt. Olive, NJ, and refurbishment efforts for several doughboy monuments.

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Futures Conference: Trends + Signals + Patterns = Possibilities

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 12:43pm

The one clear takeaway from the 2017 Futures Conference, held Sep. 25 and 26 at the Borgata Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, is that the future will be here faster than ever before. Advances in technology, such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence and communications, will continue to accelerate at a pace not imagined just ten years ago. The Futures Conference examined how libraries, corporations, society and individuals must adapt to change and accept this rapid evolution for whatever positives or negatives it may bring.

“Futurists look at trends or signals of all types to get a sense of what may be, what could be or what will be, pushing the envelope of ideas and creativity,” said David Pescovitz, research director at the Institute for the Future, during his keynote address Our Magical Future: Science, Art and the Imagination. “These signals can reveal patterns for major change so better decisions can be made.”

Phil Bowermaster, A Matter of Days workshop

Cindy Ball of Oculus, showed how this magical combination of science and art can come together through virtual reality experiences. She demonstrated how this technology was not just for gaming, but for a variety of educational applications, permitting anyone to tour the International Space Station, climb Mt. Everest, tour the White House or visit other countries. In the medical field, virtual reality can provide on-the-spot medical training scenarios to doctors faced with an unusual disease or condition. Or imagine being able to experience another persons life through virtual reality? She concluded her presentation by asking “what do you, as libraries, want?”

A constant through all the presentations was the increased capabilities of digital infrastructure, described in detail by Phil Bowermaster, acceleration strategist and author, in his workshop A Matter of Days. Like Pescovitz, Bowermaster examined trends of the past to look toward the next 3,793 days in terms of self-driving cars, virtual friends, robotics, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and virtual reality. “Libraries are curators of multiple realities,” he said, so future needs must be considered in their roles as marketplace, laboratory, office and curated reality.

Kevin Mitnick, with a device that captures digital information from 3 feet away.

The conference not only highlighted many of the positives of advancing technology and digitization, but a major negative, as well.  Legendary hacker Kevin Mitnick, in a live demonstration, hacked into an attendees personal information in under a minute and made a copy of another attendees room key. For all of his illegal and legal hacking experiences, the “world’s most famous and elusive hacker” said his favorite was hacking the McDonald’s drive-through at 16 years old, which provided him with hours of entertainment.

The trends or patterns were reinforced by statistics analyzed by Anthony Iovino, architect, and Dr. James Hughes, professor and expert on demographics, housing and regional economics. Iovino pointed out during his presentation Design Trends in Architecture that because of increased demand for more seating and more social areas at libraries, collections are decreasing due to that reallocation of space. Hughes discussed the major Demographic, Economic and Technological Changes coming as the Baby Boomers, the largest and most dominant generation ever produced, leaves the workforce and is being replaced by Generation Y, the first generation raised in the digital age, as the major factor in the workforce. The Millennials tend to spurn suburbia;  digital technology makes their workplace anyplace, anytime; marriage is less important; online shopping and gaming is. Hughes predicted that 25 percent of mall inventory could be lost over the next five years.

Rakia Reynolds, Fan of Your Brand workshop

Rakia Renolds, CEO of Skai Blue Media, in her workshop Fan of Your Brand, told her audience that that the media has changed and that in today’s digital and social media word, “you have six seconds to tell a story. You can no longer use a long opening paragraph of who, what, where, when and why. You have to say what’s most important on top – start with the why. Why is it important to that audience?” She also advised that before you ask for anything, you establish yourself as a resource for people.

Nicole Baker Rosa, of the Futures School, and her team wrapped up the conference with some hands-on training, Workshop: 21st Century Mindsets need to Create the Future. “The future is here,” she said, “it’s just not evenly distributed,” meaning that some people, libraries, have more resources than others to keep transforming and adapting to changes. “We have to look at complexity as a natural order of growth.” To deal with volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity we have to accept it as natural and “we need a new breed of thinkers who are adaptable and resilient.

Hands-on training exercise during the Futures School workshop

“What is your next growth curve? Where are you going? What is your future?” she asked before starting participants on an exercise to create the future of libraries. Groups were given different trends and asked to discuss why it emerged; what would the implications be to libraries; and how might the trend continue to manifest.

See photos from the conference at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/njlibraryevents/with/37113627940/

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Futures Conference Scholarships – Winners Announced

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 1:38pm

The New Jersey State Library has awarded 11 New Jersey librarians and library staff members working in a New Jersey library (school, academic, special, public, etc.) with $500 scholarships to attend the Library Futures Conference taking place at the Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, September 25-26, 2017.

The scholarships cover the cost of conference registration and two nights stay at the Borgata Hotel & Casino. Breakfast and lunch for both days are also included as part of the registration.

Congratulations to the scholarship award recipients:

  • Jailene Betancourt, Library Assistant, Plainfield Public Library
  • Tanya Estrada, Director, Waterford Township PL
  • TJ Lamanna, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Cherry Hill PL
  • Christine Lopez, School Library Media Specialist, Dickinson High School
  • Shaunterria Owens, Head of Children’s Services, Belleville PL & Information Center
  • Will Porter, Director, Sussex County Library System
  • Aubrey Hiers, Library Director Otto, Bruyns Public Library
  • Violeta Mybar-Maki, Children’s Librarian, Union City Public Library
  • Elisabet Paredes, Reference/Social Media Coordinator, Johnson Public Library – Hackensack
  • Patricia J. Reilly, Asst Director of Libraries, Union County College – MacKay Library
  • Dee Venuto, Media Center Coordinator, Rancocas Valley Regional High School

The scholarship awards were made possible, thanks to generous grant awards from the Council of State Library Agencies in the Northeast (COSLINE), the New Jersey State Library, LibraryLinkNJ, and conference presenter, Oculus.

Additionally, Rutgers University awarded 6 additional library students with scholarships to attend the conference.

For more information about the Futures Conference, visit: http://www.njstatelib.org/event/futures-conference/

 

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NJ State Library Appoints Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer As Deputy State Librarian

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:47am

Ms. Moeller-Peiffer returns to the NJ State Library, bringing 40 years of experience in Library and Information Science

Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer will rejoin the New Jersey State Library (NJSL) as the new Deputy State Librarian for Library Support Services.  Reporting to the State Librarian, the Deputy State Librarian for Library Support Services oversees the interpretation of library law for New Jersey’s libraries and supervises statistical processes. The Library Support Services unit also manages the State Library’s grant programs, which includes the per capita state aid program and the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), for which Ms. Moller-Peiffer will serve as the LSTA Coordinator.

Ms. Moeller-Peiffer brings a wealth of experience to the State Library, including serving as State Librarian of New Mexico since 2015. She begins in her new capacity at the New Jersey State Library on October 16.

“I feel extremely fortunate to be able to welcome our colleague, friend, and former employee back to NJSL in what is a new role for her,” said Mary Chute, New Jersey State Librarian. “We have a number of important Library Support Services related issues in the works and it is a tremendous benefit to have someone in this role who is already familiar with the New Jersey library community and the State Library.”

“I am delighted to be returning to the New Jersey State Library,” said Ms. Moeller-Peiffer. “I very much enjoyed working with my colleagues at the State Library and within the New Jersey library community in my previous position, and I look forward to supporting statewide projects and initiatives along with the Library Support Services staff.”

Prior to joining the New Mexico State Library, Ms. Moeller-Peiffer served in a variety of positions at the New Jersey State Library, including Grants Specialist, Director of Library Development, Associate State Librarian for Legislative and Special Projects, and Deputy State Librarian for Lifelong Learning. Previously, she was the Head of the Information Technology Department at the Durham County Library (NC) where she was responsible for bringing staff and public Internet access to a Main Library, seven branches and a bookmobile, as well as writing LSTA grants in order to support and expand this project. Previously, she was County Librarian at the Orange County Public Library (NC), where she began a Friends of the Library group, purchased a new bookmobile and moved the library to a new facility. Her first professional job in the library field was as Assistant County Librarian at the Columbia County Public Library (FL).

Ms. Moeller-Peiffer is a graduate of the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She also holds an MSLS from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

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These books at the State Library are too good to miss

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

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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Display of World War I Artifacts Kicks off Special Centennial Series

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

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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NJ Public Library Directors’ Summit

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

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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Free EBSCO Database Training

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

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.

Register Now

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Work Skills Students Volunteer at TBBC

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!

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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