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Disaster Planning and Recovery Workshops

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 10:34am

The New Jersey State Library (NJSL), an affiliate of Thomas Edison State University, and the New Jersey Cultural Alliance for Response (NJCAR), will present a series of disaster preparedness training for libraries and humanities-collecting institutions. Each two-session workshop will take place in three locations in the state.

The workshops will focus on risk assessment, disaster plan development, salvage priorities and salvage methods, and wet material recovery. At the conclusion of the first session, workshop attendees will have learned the tools necessary for their “homework” of creating draft disaster plans or revising old plans for their institutions. At the second session approximately six weeks later, attendees will review their plans together with the workshop leader, Thomas Clareson of LYRASIS, and continue their training.

Statewide organizational members of NJCAR (who comprise its Steering Committee) will provide in-person follow-up with workshop attendees three months after the training.

The workshop and follow-up activities will help New Jersey’s small and mid-sized institutions improve their ability to preserve their humanities collections and addresses the significant risk to New Jersey’s cultural heritage materials from natural disasters and other types of emergencies. 

These workshops are supported, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

BOTH SESSIONS OF THE WORKSHOPS MUST BE ATTENDED!

$50 for both sessions for continental breakfast and box lunch on both days.

Deadline to register is May 22

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Group I

First Session – 6/6

Paterson Free Public Library
250 Broadway
Paterson, NJ 07501

Second Session – 8/7

Wall Township Police Department
2700 Allaire Road
Wall, NJ 07719

Group II

First Session – 6/7

Haddonfield Public Library
60 Haddon Ave.
Haddonfield, NJ 08033

Second Session – 8/8

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

Group III

First Session – 6/8

Plainfield Public Library
800 Park Ave.
Plainfield, NJ 07060

Second Session – 8/9

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

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C-Span visits the 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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Long Branch Public Library Receives Innovative Partnership Award from N.J. 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

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

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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Spring Taxation University Classes Will Aid Small Business Entrepreneurs

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

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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A State House Tour for the Visually Impaired

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 9:36am

On March 28, a small group of patrons of the NJ State Library’s Talking Book and Braille Center participated in a pilot program for a tour of the State House for those with visual impairments. Conceived by David April, tour program coordinator, and Jennie Leibert, tour program educator, the tour received rave reviews from the participants.

David April, tour program coordinator, describes State House Dome using model.

Beginning in the Rotunda, participants were given a description of the area and then were able to touch a model of the State House Dome and the State Seal. Next stop was the Governor’s Outer Office where they all had the opportunity to step behind the podium where governor’s have given many press conferences. At the entrance to the Legislative Chambers, the Boehm porcelain figure, featuring official NJ flora and fauna, was described. Noted was the reason for the presence of one ladybug.

Jennie Leibert, tour program educator, describing State Seal.

Participants then got to sit in the seats of legislators in the Assembly and Senate chambers, learn how voting takes place and got to hear a few minutes of a recorded meeting.

Participants were enthusiastic about the program continuing. Some of the comments were: “wonderful tour,” “I liked being able to touch things in the rooms,” “I liked being able to touch the seal and the dome model.” All said they would recommend the tour and would promote it in their groups.

 

To see all the photos, go to: https://www.flickr.com/photos/njlibraryevents/albums/72157680236673900

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Makers Day Fun at NJSL

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 9:35am
From left: Cindy Warrick, Warren Spengler, Mary Chute, Ben Saracco driving a toy car with fruit.

Makers Day 2017 at the NJ State Library was held on Friday, March 24, from noon to 2 p.m. and attracted quite a crowd of state employees and other visitors making everything from sock snowmen to driving a toy car with fruit.

New Jersey Makers Day began in 2015 to enhance community engagement and develop connections among New Jersey residents by collaborating with multi-type libraries, museums, small businesses and others to promote and explore new opportunities for entrepreneurship, innovation and hands-on learning experiences.

In 2016, New Jersey Makers Day was expanded to be a two-day event, which allowed sites not able to host events during the weekend (like schools, colleges and universities, manufacturers, local businesses, etc.) to still be able to provide programs, demonstrations and other events for their communities. The ultimate goal of NJ Makers Day is to enhance community engagement and facilitate connections among New Jersey residents by exploring new and interesting opportunities for community-wide education, entrepreneurship and hands-on learning experiences.

See all the photos from the State Library’s Makers Day at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/njlibraryevents/with/32867139173/

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Telling the History of NJ through Images

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 2:09pm

If you were putting together a book on the history of your family using only pictures, newspaper clippings and other documents now stored in boxes in your closet or attic, what would you choose? Of those thousands of images, what would you select to pass on to your grandchild to explain the family’s genealogy? Now, imagine doing that for a state, albeit a small one. That was the undertaking of Maxine Lurie and Richard Veit in compiling their book Envisioning New Jersey. The enormity of their task and the result was the topic of the March 7 author talk at the NJ State Library.

Richard Veit and Maxine Lurie answer questions about their book following their Author Talk presentation.

“We thought this was going to be easy,” said Lurie, who was one of the first authors to participate in the State Library’s Author Talk series back in February 2010. “But it took four years; it as quite an adventure.” The duo had to find high quality images, get permissions for use and whittle the enormous amount of material down to 654 images.

Veit, another returning author from February 2012, and Lurie alternated giving the very informative narrative of the selected images they presented. The related stories gave interesting perspectives to incidents and personalities of the state. Images showed New Jersey’s first Royal Governor Lord Cornbury; an article on Aaron Burr’s indictment for “murdering” Alexander Hamilton; a photo of a WPA painting of a Revolutionary War scene done in 1939 on the wall at the New Brunswick Post Office; World War II German Prisoners of War working farms in south Jersey; and what history of NJ would be complete without a photo commemorating the day aliens landed in Grover’s Mill?

The first illustrated book on New Jersey that covers its complete history, Envisioning New Jersey shows the transformation of New Jersey over time. Lurie and Veit, leading authorities on the history of New Jersey, present 654 images along with narrative which show and tell New Jersey’s history from prehistoric times to the present. The images used include paintings, photographs, documents and maps, and were located by looking through the collections of 150 institutions and individuals.

Lurie is professor emerita of history at Seton Hall University and chairs the New Jersey Historical Commission. She also collaborated with Veit on New Jersey: A History of the Garden State and is co-editor of The Encyclopedia of New Jersey and Mapping New Jersey, as well as the editor of two editions of A New Jersey Anthology.

Veit, is professor of anthropology and chair of the Department of History and Anthropology at Monmouth University where, in 2007, he was the recipient of Monmouth University’s distinguished teacher award. As a North American historical archaeologist, his research focuses on the Middle Atlantic Region between the late 17th and early 19th centuries.

Veit has authored or co-authored numerous articles, reviews and six books including Digging New Jersey’s Past: Historical Archaeology in the Garden State, New Jersey Cemeteries and Tombstones History in the Landscape (co-authored with Mark Nonestied), and New Jersey: A History of the Garden State (co-authored with Maxine Lurie). He also regularly presents on topics relating to historical archaeology and New Jersey history and has been a TED speaker.

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New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project Selects Three Newspapers for Digitization

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 12:27pm

(PRESS RELEASE)

19th- and early 20th-century issues of West-Jersey Pioneer and Bridgeton Pioneer, Jersey City News, and Perth Amboy Evening News will be digitized and made available through Chronicling America website

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Library of Congress has approved the New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project’s selection of three historical New Jersey newspapers for the National Digital Newspaper Program. Through a collaboration between Rutgers University Libraries, the New Jersey State Archives, and the New Jersey State Library, microfilm of these newspapers from the New Jersey State Archives will be scanned and made publicly available on the Library of Congress website Chronicling America (chroniclingamerica.loc.gov).

The three selected papers provide news from northern, central, and southern regions of New Jersey and span a period of over 70 years, from before the Civil War to after World War I. The West-Jersey Pioneer (later the Bridgeton Pioneer), “An Independent Family Newspaper Devoted to Agriculture, Arts, Education, Morality, Local and General News,” will be digitized from 1851 to 1917; the Jersey City News, “Democratic in Principles and Independent in its Views on Local Questions,” from 1889 to 1906; and the Perth Amboy Evening News, “An Independent Newspaper,” from 1903 to 1922.

A list of 72 potential newspapers was initially reviewed by the New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project advisory board, which includes archivists, librarians, museum directors, historians, journalists, and educators from across the state. The three titles ultimately emerged because of their statewide and regional influence as well as their coverage of a broad range of ethnic, political, economic, cultural, and regional groups.

“From Lincoln’s assassination and the capture of spies during World War I, to an inquiry on freeholder corruption, these papers offer local perspectives that simply cannot be found elsewhere,” notes Mary Chute, New Jersey State Librarian and member of the advisory board.

To project leader Caryn Radick, digital archivist for Special Collections and University Archives at Rutgers University, the nearly complete runs for the selected years and quality of the microfilm make these papers particularly good candidates for digital conversion.

“We selected papers based on content quality and how they appear on the microfilm,” she explains. “Our goal was to increase our impact by ensuring that researchers will be able to search, view, and analyze the newspapers easily using the latest textual analysis tools.”

The New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project is supported by a $186,204 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities that was awarded in August 2016. Upon its completion, 100,000 pages of New Jersey newspapers will join millions of pages from 43 other participating states online in a fully searchable, digital format. The scans are expected to become available to the public by the end of the year.

“We are proud to make these contributions to Chronicling America on behalf of our state,” says Joseph Klett, director of the New Jersey State Archives and member of the advisory board. “That these resources will be available at the click of a button anywhere, at any time, without the need for an onsite microfilm reader, is a major boon to anyone interested in researching New Jersey’s unique place in the history of our country.”

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ABOUT RUTGERS UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
Rutgers University Libraries support and enrich the instructional, research, and public service missions of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey through the stewardship of scholarly information and the delivery of information services. With more than five million volumes and thousands of digital resources located in 26 libraries, centers, and reading rooms in New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden, Rutgers University Libraries rank among the nation’s top research libraries.

ABOUT SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES
Special Collections and University Archives, located within the Archibald S. Alexander Library on the College Avenue Campus of Rutgers University–New Brunswick, collects, preserves, and makes available primary sources of a rare, unique, or specialized nature to support advanced research in the humanities and social sciences, including the largest and most comprehensive collections of materials relating to New Jersey and the region’s history and culture. Its four major divisions are the Sinclair New Jersey Collection, the Manuscript Collection, the Rare Book Collection, and the University Archives. The collections are available for use by Rutgers students and faculty, visiting scholars, and the general public. For more information, visit libraries.rutgers.edu/scua.

ABOUT THE NEW JERSEY STATE LIBRARY
The New Jersey State Library (NJSL), an affiliate of Thomas Edison State University (TESU), connects people with information and resources through its service to libraries, government, TESU students and staff, and New Jersey residents, including those with special needs. NJSL provides support for public, school, academic, and special libraries, and continues to promote services for learners of all ages, including key areas of continuing need such as literacy, business outreach, workforce development, disaster preparedness and technology. For more information, visit njstatelib.org.

ABOUT THE NEW JERSEY STATE ARCHIVES
The State Archives is New Jersey’s official research center for public records of enduring historical value. Considering that many vital records, land documents, probate records and military service papers were filed centrally by the Colony and State of New Jersey, the State Archives is a treasure trove for genealogists and historians. The records date from the founding of New Jersey as a British colony in 1664 up to the present. For more information, visit nj.gov/state/archives/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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State Library Sessions at the 2017 NJLA Annual Conference

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:14am

Annually, the NJ Library Association and the New Jersey Association of School Librarians invites librarians, all types of library workers, and supporters and vendors to participate in engaging discussion, thoughtful workshops and presentations, networking and professional development during the three-day NJLA Annual Conference. This year’s conference will take place on April 24-26, 2017 at  Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City, NJ.

The New Jersey State Library has several presentations and programs lined up for the event. Take a look at the full schedule of events featuring the State Library and its key subject matter experts below.

More information about the NJLA Annual Conference can be found on the conference website: http://www.njlaconference.info/

Monday, April 24, 2017 – 9:50am to 10:40am

The Importance of HTTPS with Let’s Encrypt

Join Let’s Encrypt and JerseyConnect in learning the value and implementation of HTTPS. This program is for both people new to the topic who want to learn and understand what HTTPS is and why it’s important, and those who are interested in learning about HTTPS implementation and validation.

Location:   Virtual (Adobe Connect)

Virtual Preconference sessions are included at no extra cost with all 2017 NJLA Conference registrations. At a later date, all attendees will receive an email (to the address provided on the registration form) that includes instructions for accessing all three offered virtual sessions.

Sponsoring Groups: Emerging Technologies Section, Intellectual Freedom Subcommittee

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – 9:00am to 9:50am

Mental Health Matters

Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. Mental Health Matters is a statewide initiative involving a partnership with the NJ State Library, LibraryLinkNJ, The National Network Libraries of Medicine Middle Atlantic Region and the Mental Health Association of NJ. Through a variety of programs to be presented throughout the state, librarians will learn how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries and the best electronic resources to consult. Approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed.

Presenter(s): Elaina Vitale, CE Coordinator, NN/LM MAR; Michele Stricker, NJ State Library; Karen T. Parry, East Brunswick Public Library

Location: Wildwood 10 & 11

Sponsoring Groups:  Reference Section

Tuesday, April 25, 20179:00am to 9:50am

ALSC’s Notable (Outstanding! Distinguished! Just Plain Great!) Children’s Books

Every year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) selects notable books of “especially commendable quality,” which “exhibit venturesome creativity.” This list includes both fiction and nonfiction titles for ages birth through 14. This program will describe ALSC’s process for developing the list and introduce some of our favorites on the 2017 list.

Presenter(s): Elizabeth Burns: Head of Reader Services & Youth Service, New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center and Dr. Ellen Pozzi: Assistant Professor, William Paterson University

Location:  Wildwood 6 & 7

Sponsoring Groups: Children’s Services Section, Professional Development Committee

Tuesday, April 25, 20179:00am to 9:50am

Successfully Applying for Grants: Tips from the Source

Public libraries can benefit from an array of competitive grant opportunities offered by government agencies, foundations and corporations. Finding and matching the best opportunity for your project and putting together a successful application can be a daunting challenge for both part-time and veteran applicants. Hear how it’s done from representatives of grant-making organizations and from a library grantee in this session about successfully applying for grant funds for your library.

Presenter(s):

Gigi Naglak, Director of Grants and Programs, New Jersey Council for the Humanities; Howard Miller, Chief of Customized and Literacy Training, NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development; Michelle Willis, Scotch Plains Public Library; Pamela Brooks

Location: Wildwood 14 & 15

Sponsoring Groups: Administration & Management, Diversity & Outreach Section, Member Communications Committee, NJ State Library, Professional Development Committee

Tuesday, April 25, 201711:30am to 12:20pm

Know Your Community: Using Demographic Data to Better Serve Your Communities

Correlating with national trends, NJ communities are continuing to see increased diversification linguistically, ethnically and culturally. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to find local demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau, including new immigrant populations, learn about tools that allow users to map the Census demographic information in order to visualize and target hyper-local communities and understand how to apply the local demographic data to library services and practices.

Presenter(s): Jaime L. Anno, Manager of Organizational Assessment, Queens Library

Location: Wildwood 12 & 13

Sponsoring Groups: Diversity & Outreach Section, NJ State Library, Reference Section, Urban Libraries Section

Tuesday, April 25, 20173:10pm to 4:00pm

Strategic Planning When You Can’t Afford a Consultant

So you have to develop a strategic plan for your library, but you cannot afford to hire a consultant? Let Michele Stricker, Deputy State Librarian for Lifelong Learning at the NJ State Library, provide you with the basic practices and resources for creating a practical framework for your strategic plan. Walk away with useful tips and techniques that you can apply to your own library.

Presenter(s): Michele Stricker, NJ State Library

Location:  Wildwood 20 & 21

Sponsoring Groups: Small Libraries Section

Tuesday, April 25, 20173:10pm to 4:00pm

Meeting Workforce Development and Literacy Needs in the Library

In December 2015, the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced two grant opportunities, totaling $2.5 million, for public libraries to support job seekers. Through a partnership with the NJ State Library, LWD provided grants to 18 libraries across NJ to create access points for workforce services and assist job seekers with the Career Connections digital platform. In addition, 11 libraries received Adult Literacy & Community Library Partnership grants from LWD to improve access and instructional opportunities for NJ residents and increase their Adult Basic Education and/or English Language proficiency skills. This program will provide an update on both grant programs, lessons learned, and thoughts on next steps.

Presenter(s): Mary Chute, New Jersey State Library; Howard Miller, New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development; Judith Loane, New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development; Lisa Kelly, Long Branch Free Public Library; Andrea Levandowski, New Jersey State Library

Location: Wildwood 25 & 26

Sponsoring Groups: Leadership & Education Subcommittee, Reference Section

Tuesday, April 25, 20173:10pm to 4:00pm

Choosing Diversity: Evaluating and Selecting Titles for Your Library’s Collection

What should you look for in materials reviews to help you select titles that represent diversity? What are some of the best titles to offer as alternatives to more mainstream portrayals and viewpoints? What are some of the most controversial diverse titles? Librarians will share their thoughts on what diversity means to them and how to select diverse fiction and nonfiction middle grade and teen titles for your library’s collection.

Presenter(s): Sharon Rawlins, NJ State Library; Elizabeth Burns, NJ State Library Talking Book and Braille Center; Dr. Ellen Pozzi, William Paterson University

Location: Wildwood 14 & 15

Sponsoring Groups: Children’s Services Section, Diversity & Outreach Section, Young Adult Services Section

Tuesday, April 25, 20174:10pm to 5:00pm

Home Delivery in the Digital Age

How do you make materials accessible to those community members who are unable to get to the library? Sure, there are digital resources, but come and find out the methods different libraries use to delivery materials, including how to get started, issues to consider and best practices.

Presenter(s): Mary Kearns-Kaplan, NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center; Gwen Lareau, Ocean County Library System; Mitch Greenburg, Morris County Library System; Selwa Shamy, Somerset County Library System; Faten Masri, Edgewater Public Library

Location: Wildwood 12 & 13

Sponsoring Groups: Diversity & Outreach Section, Emerging Technologies Section, Reader’s Advisory Roundtable, Urban Libraries Section

Tuesday, April 25, 20174:10pm to 5:00pm

Successful Business Outreach

The success of local business and entrepreneurs is an important part of any community. Reaching this group has many challenges but creates lasting partnerships with community leaders and decision makers. SCLSNJ has built a successful Business Outreach and Service model, and we will share our strategies for reaching large, mid-sized and small businesses, discuss how to create business programming, presentations and supporting materials, and strategies for dealing with the issues unique to this population.

Presenter(s): Cathy DeBerry, Warren Township Branch, Somerset County Library System; Carolann DeMatos, Somerset County Library System; Cynthia M. Lambert, Mary Jacobs Branch, Somerset County Library System; Andrea Levandowski, NJ State Library

Location: Wildwood 25 & 26

Sponsoring Groups: Reference Section

Tuesday, April 25, 20174:10pm to 5:00pm

Instructional Assessment Strategies at Your Library!

How do you know your library patrons are getting the most out of your classes? With practical and effective instructional assessments to help evaluate your students, of course! Learn about a variety of tools and procedures used for instructional assessments from a panel of librarians who use them, including an academic librarian, school librarian and librarian with years of experience teaching classes in public libraries.

Presenter(s): Arlen Kimmelman, Clearview Regional High School; Cara Berg, David & Lorraine Cheng Library, William Paterson University; Theresa Agostinelli, Middlesex County College

Location: Wildwood 20 & 21

Sponsoring Groups: College & University Section, NJ State Library, Professional Development Committee, Reference Section, Young Adult Services Section

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – 8:00am to 8:50am

State Librarian’s Breakfast

Join NJ State Librarian Mary Chute for coffee, breakfast and conversation about what’s new and exciting in the state of NJ libraries! The State Library will present its annual awards ceremony, honoring winning libraries in the Best Practices in Early Literacy, Multicultural Programing and Innovation categories.

Location: Wildwood 3

Sponsoring Groups:  NJ State Library

Wednesday, April 26, 20179:00am to 9:50am

State Librarian’s Program – Project Outcome: Better Data to Create Better Libraries

For the first time, public libraries have free access to an innovative and easy-to-use online platform which can be used to measure the outcomes of their programs and services – and ultimately affect change within their communities and beyond. This session provides an overview of the tools and shares lessons learned from libraries using Project Outcome.

Presenter(s): Emily Plagman, Project Manager, Project Outcome, Public Library Association, American Library Association

Location: Wildwood 6 & 7

Sponsoring Groups:  NJ State Library

Wednesday, April 26, 20179:00am to 9:50am

There is an Imposter in the Library…and It’s Me!

At some point, most people feel inadequate or anxious in their careers. However, for people with the imposter phenomenon (IP), characterized by a strong internal sense of being a fraud who has fooled others in order to achieve professional goals, those feelings can be overwhelming. This panel will explore what IP is and how to address it in yourself or in your staff. Attendees will also be welcome to share their own experiences and solutions.

Presenter(s): Andrea Simzak Levandowski, NJ State Library; Caitlyn Cook, Ocean County College; Cindy Czesak, Paterson Free Public Library

Location: Wildwood 20 & 21

Sponsoring Groups: Professional Development Committee

Wednesday, April 26, 20172:30pm to 4:30pm

Practical Conversations about Diversity, Inclusion, Intellectual Freedom and Our Role in Social Justice Work

Colleagues in librarianship and publishing will discuss issues pertaining to intellectual freedom, collection development and access, particularly as both professions address improving access to materials that are culturally diverse and inclusive. Librarians and book reviewers are playing an increasingly important role as their work intersects with social justice work like We Need Diverse Books and Black Lives Matter. How do we weave together our commitments to social justice and intellectual freedom in our collections, services and programs? What steps can we take to identify and dismantle personal biases? And how can we bring colleagues along in these ongoing conversations?

Presenter(s): Panel Two Speakers: Kiera Parrott, Reviews Director, Library Journal and School Library Journal; Pham Condello, Old Bridge Public Library; Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library; Kay Cassel, Rutgers University

Moderators: Sophie Brookover, LibraryLinkNJ; Eileen Palmer, LMxAC

Location: Wildwood 12 & 13

Sponsoring Groups:      Children’s Services Section, Diversity & Outreach Section, Intellectual Freedom Subcommittee, Young Adult Services Section

 

 

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Apply To Host Children’s Math and Science Story Time (MASST) Series

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 9:33am

Math and Science Story Time (MASST) Series 

The NJ State Library and the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University are partnering to offer 10 public libraries the opportunity to participate in the Math and Science Story Times (MASST) Series: Bringing math and science to life through reading and art for preschoolers in a community-based setting, a STEM initiative that serves the Spanish-speaking community. Public Libraries and invited to apply to be selected to participate in hosting the series, and to receive resources kits, training, and be provided with a Spanish-speaking presenter, if needed.

MASST is a story time series focusing on children ages 3-6 and their families in Spanish, English, or both. The program includes 8 sessions, each focused on a different area of science or math. Session kits include lesson plans, books, and materials. Sessions involve reading, gross motor activities, singing, and hands-on creative projects that link to the focal topic. Children attend one or more MASST sessions with their family members or caregivers, and related handouts encourage families to extend learning into the home.

MASST was a co-developed between the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University and the New Brunswick Free Public Library (NBFPL) in 2012 to serve the Spanish-speaking population. MASST has been a part of NBFPL summer programming each summer since. Program evaluations have shown participation to increase awareness of library programming among patrons, to increase knowledge of parents about books and STEM activities to do with their children, and to increase children’s knowledge of key STEM concepts. The program expanded in 2016 to four libraries across two states. NBFPL has also been piloting a preschool version in which preschool teachers bring their classrooms to the library to participate.

Applicants who wish to participate in, and host the Math and Science Story Time (MASST) Series at their public library are required to read the guidelines and complete an application form. Ten public libraries will be selected to host and receive the materials for the MASST sessions, valued at $750 for each library.

Please email the completed application form along with supporting materials to Sharon Rawlins at srawlins@njstatelib.org by Friday, March 3, 2017 at 5 pm.

The winning libraries will be notified by email by March 14, 2017.

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Annual Training Gives New Library Directors Valuable Resources

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:54am

Twenty-one new library directors from across New Jersey convened at the NJ State Library for a jam-packed day of training on Feb. 15, 2017, to learn more about State Library services and how to better perform in their jobs.

Topics covered library law, marketing, budgets & finance, grants, strategic planning, purchasing, and the issues and trends facing libraries.

New Jersey State Librarian Mary Chute welcomed the new directors to the State Library and discussed State Library resources.

The day also included a History & Tour of the State Library, and a discussion on Issues and Trends led by Mary Chute, State Librarian, and Peggy Cadigan, Deputy State Librarian for Innovation and Strategic Partnerships.

 

 

 

 

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Consumer Health Training Workshops

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 10:13am

CONSUMER HEALTH TRAINING WORKSHOPS created by the NATIONAL NETWORK LIBRARIES OF MEDICINE, MIDDLE ATLANTIC REGION

Sponsored by the New Jersey State Library in partnership with LibraryLinkNJ

Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator at NN/LM MAR, will be teaching two consumer health classes in one joint session.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library

This hands-on class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will be equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites, e-patient resources and collection development core lists. We will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach. The class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community

This presentation will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies to introduce community members to NLM resources in fun and engaging ways. Examples of programs for children, teens, adults and seniors using NLM and other National Institutes of Health center and office resources will be shared. This class is being taught in New Jersey for the first time.

These workshops are the second in a series of ongoing programming in the Mental Health Matters awareness initiative offered by NJSL and LLNJ.

WORKSHOPS ARE OPEN TO LIBRARY STAFF IN ALL TYPES OF LIBRARIES.

There will be five sessions offered daily from March 27 – March 31, from 9:00 to 1:00. A continental breakfast will be served.

Cost: $10

March 27: Wyckoff Public Library – 200 Woodland Ave, Wyckoff, NJ 07481

March 28: Hamilton Free Public Library – 1 Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. Way, Hamilton, NJ 08619

March 29: Somerset County Library System, Bridgewater Branch – 1 Vogt Dr., Bridgewater, NJ 08807

March 30: Cherry Hill Public Library – 1100 Kings Highway North, Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08034

March 31: Gloucester County Library System, Mullica Hill Branch – 389 Wolfert Station Road, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

REGISTER NOW

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Class Provides Valuable Tips on Managing a Conversation Group for English Learners

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 9:36am

We learn our “native” language through conversation, taking our first words and putting them into a rough sentence to communicate with our parents, obnoxious sibling or the dog trying to get at our ice cream cone. With practice, encouragement, and vocabulary and grammar development, our command of our native language becomes more proficient and understandable by a wider audience outside our immediate family.

Mary Elizabeth Allen, Mercer County Library,Shirley Maurin,and Lee Ann Smith, South Brunswick Library, Matt Ford, program director, Literacy New Jersey, Gloucester County

That is the premise behind Conversation Groups for English Learners: establish a comfortable, family-like environment where those learning English can practice speaking in response to a variety of different scenarios, such as ordering a pizza over the phone or registering their child for a soccer league. The NJ State Library in partnership with Literacy New Jersey created the Tutor Training for ESL Conversation Groups for those who wish to teach/lead/facilitate ESL conversation sessions at a local library. The five workshops, scheduled at various locations from Jan. to May, are open to librarians, library staff and volunteers, and limited to 20 participants per training class at no cost.

Meeting the growing demands for ESL programs, especially in times of tight library budgets, has always been a challenge for public libraries. It has become essential for them to recruit and work with volunteer tutors within the community to offer various adult literacy classes. Volunteer tutors are crucial to students’ success and are the backbone of many library literacy programs. As the literacy needs of New Jersey’s foreign born and immigrant populations grow, the number of people seeking help at their public library also grows. People come to the library to use computers, access print and digital resources, search and apply for jobs and increase their knowledge of a subject. Basic functional literacy is an essential skill for an individual’s personal and professional growth. For decades, public libraries have been welcoming places for immigrant integration.

Matt Ford, program director Literacy New Jersey, Gloucester County, Amanda Decker, Franklin Park Library, Rebecca Crawford, Mary Jacobs Library

The three hour session held at the Monroe Public Library on Feb. 2, 2017, began with facilitator Matt Ford, program director for Literacy New Jersey, Gloucester County, getting the students to explain the difference between a facilitator and a teacher, and what the goal of a facilitator in an ESL Conversation Group would be. Mary Toole from the Middlesex Library suggested the goal was to create an environment to make [the students] comfortable. Nancy Demme from the Hightstown Library added that the facilitator should choose appropriate topics to discuss.

Ford’s facilitating of the class served as a perfect example of what those taking the class should be doing when they move on to conducting a Conversation Group. He immediately brought an energy to the group, got everyone engaged and made the class fun. His concentration was on the “how” of conducting a group, rather than on the activities.

Lee Ann Smith from the South Brunswick Library, had served as a substitute teacher in North Brunswick schools. “I feel strongly about literacy,” she said. “I’m taking this class so that I may be able to start another group at the library or be backup facilitator for the current group.” Shirley Maurin, also from the South Brunswick Library, currently facilitates the Conversation Groups there. “I get a great deal of satisfaction facilitating the groups.”

Amanda Decker attended the class because she is interested in starting a Conversation Group at the Franklin Park Branch of the Franklin Township Library. “There is a definite demand for it there,” said Decker, who is branch manager. “Taking this class is making me feel more comfortable about starting one.”

Training session topics include:

  • Effective group tutoring/facilitation/management
  • How to encourage students to speak
  • How and when to correct student mistakes
  • Tutoring tips and techniques for working with ESL students

Additionally, each participant in the training receives a set of eight lessons designed to encourage conversation and to help students improve their vocabulary and grammar in a real-life context. Conversation topics include health, food, shopping, customs and culture, body language, recreation, and holidays.

“The idea,” concluded Ford, “is to get people talking and conversing. That is what your role as facilitator as all about.”

Upcoming Schedule & Location – Classes run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

March 2 – CLASS FULL
Livingston Public Library
10 Robert Harp Drive
Livingston, NJ 07039

April 6 – CLASS FULL
Hasbrouck Heights Library
320 Boulevard
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604

May 4 – SEATS AVAILABLE
Gloucester County Library – Mullica Hill Branch
389 Wolfert Station Road
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

To register, go to: http://www.njstatelib.org/news/tutor-training-esl-conversation-groups/

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The History of the Trent House

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 2:21pm
Samantha Luft discusses the Trent House

If you want to tour an historic, 300-year old house on a rainy day, there is, perhaps, no better way to do it than to bring the house and museum director to you for a video tour. That is exactly what happened on Feb. 7, when the the New Jersey State Library presented a free lunch-time program on The History of the Trent House with Samantha Luft, manager of the 1719 William Trent House Museum, in the library’s 2nd Floor Reading Room, 185 West State St., Trenton.

 The 1719 William Trent House has a long history and is the oldest house in Mercer County. The name “Trenton” came from the settlement, which William Trent laid out and incorporated. Since he owned 1600 acres, the locals called the area Trent’s town, which became Trenton. He operated mills, orchards and farms on the property.

Trent was a Scottish shipping merchant, who made his fortune importing rum, whiskey and slaves. He lived in Philadelphia, but built this 11 room mansion as his summer residence in 1719, until he moved there permanently in 1721. The house has had many different uses throughout its history, including being a home for some of New Jersey’s governors, housing Hessians and being a supply depot for Washington’s army.  The building had many conveniences not usually found inside a main house, such as an operating kitchen, clockwork spit and beehive oven, (but they still used chamber pots).

As manager of the Trent House, Luft oversees programming, social media outreach, exhibit design, educational outreach, and partnering with outside agencies and consultants for the museum. Prior to her job as museum manager, she worked as the interim director and a docent. She graduated from Monmouth University with a B.A. in anthropology and a concentration in art history. She then went on to Seton Hall and completed her M.A. in museum studies with a concentration in registration.

Sam Stephens, vice president of the Board of Trustees, delved a bit further into the history of the 11 slaves who worked at the house, explaining how essential they were to running the household, and how, with local museums and scholars, research is being done to tell the stories of those 11 slaves.

The video tour whet everyone’s appetite to learn and see more, so when the rain, gloom and snow are gone, a leisurely walk through of the Trent House, should be on everyone’s list. The Trent House is open Wed. through Sun., 12:30 to 4 p.m.

For more about the Trent House, go to: http://williamtrenthouse.org/

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