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NJLA Annual Conference

SAVE THE DATE and prepare to SPEAK FREELY at the 2018 NJLA Conference. We'll be back at the Waterfront Conference Center at Harrah's on Wednesday, May 30 through Friday, June 1, 2018.

We are now accepting program proposals for the 2018 Conference! Proposals must be received by Friday, November 10, 2017 to be considered.

Proposals must be submitted for all events, including pre-conference programs, regular sessions, luncheons, meetings, and special/social events. All proposals must be submitted online. Please review the details on the proposal form thoroughly.

The 2018 New Jersey Library Association Conference theme is a big one. Speak Freely comes at a time where we all need to feel comfortable and confident in expressing ourselves, and it also recognizes the need for all library workers and supporters across the state, regardless of library type, to feel valued within NJLA -- this is truly YOUR association.

In honor of this important message, the NJLA Conference Committee has opened up program proposals so that anyone can submit a program to be considered for this year’s conference, regardless of membership status. In the past, we have limited proposals to active NJLA sections and committees, and while we still recommend collaboration within our professional groups, we want everyone to have the opportunity to share their expertise and ideas and to feel that they can speak freely.

We are very much looking forward to celebrating the wealth and diversity of knowledge, experience and creativity that will come from our speakers and programs!

The program proposal form must be filled out completely online and submitted by Friday, November 10, 2017 to be considered for approval for the 2018 NJLA Conference: https://fs19.formsite.com/njla/2018proposals/index.html. Programs will be reviewed by the NJLA Conference Committee and notification of program approval will be sent in January 2018.

All program planners are invited to an online planning session on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 2:00pm by logging in as a Guest (with your name and affiliation) at http://njla.adobeconnect.com/confplan. This virtual meeting will provide important details and tips for the planning process, as well as an opportunity for networking and collaboration.

Each and every year, NJLA and NJASL invites all types of librarians and library workers, supporters and vendors to participate in engaging discussion, thoughtful workshops and presentations, networking and professional development during this three-day conference. On this website, you'll find information for those interested in planning and submitting programs, details for Conference attendees, and information for vendors, nonprofit organizations and potential sponsors (please review the Exhibitors tab).

Need to know more or can't find what you're looking for? Please review our FAQ page for help.

The Chairs of the 2018 Conference Committee are Kate Jaggers (Piscataway Public Library), Adriana Mamay (Middlesex County College Library) and Emily Witkowski (Maplewood Public Library). Email us at njlaconference@njlamembers.org.