The 2015 NJLA Conference will be held on April 20-22 at the Jersey Shore's Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch! Come join hundreds of New Jersey librarians and contribute to the movement that is Libraries On the Edge!

Featuring Keynote Speakers

Rich Harwood & Jason Griffey

President's Program Speaker

Joe Connolly

You can register online or by downloading the print form and returning it to the NJLA Office.

Lodging Information
Ocean Place Resort & Spa
One Ocean Boulevard
Long Branch, NJ 07740 

  • Special room rates for NJLA Conference attendees
  • Room rate is $169.00 for single or double occupancy, including resort fee, but subject to taxes
  • All reservations must be made by April 7, 2015
  • Rooms should be booked online or by calling 800-411-6493 (press 2 for reservations)
2015 Registration Form.pdf

President's Program Announced: Joe Connolly


We are pleased to announce that the speaker for our President's Program will be reporter and radio broadcaster, Joe Connolly.

Joe Connolly is heard daily on WCBS NEWSRADIO 880 and has an extensive resume that includes highlights of his career. In addition to reporting and broadcasting, he travels and hosts Small Business Breakfast events to help small and emerging businesses publicize and promote themselves effectively. He often discusses topics from these sessions on his radio show, and is known to promote useful, everyday financial and business tips to a wide audience.

Joe has appeared on numerous broadcast outlets, including CNBC, Fox Business News and the CBS Evening News, and he has done radio stories for NPR and the Voice of America. Joe has covered the White House and Congress for the Associated Press and RKO Radio and he has filed reports on the Olympics, Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League.

In addition to all his reporting experience, Joe has also been a press secretary in the United States Congress and he has held management positions at an the all-news radio station in Washington, DC and at United Stations Radio in New York. Joe has won many awards which include being recognized from the New York Press Club and The New York Financial Planners Association for furthering financial education on radio. New York Magazine praised Joe for weaving instructive vignettes out of the day’s news. Joe's broadcasts on WCBS are heard by over 2 million people a week in the New York Tri-State Area over the air on 880AM.

Joe Connolly’s profile on Twitter says it all – Business News for Everyone. Follow Joe on Twitter @JoeConnollyBiz.

Keynote Speakers Announcement


We know you’ve all been anxiously awaiting exciting Conference details, so . . . 

Without further ado, we are pleased to announce our Keynote presenters for the 2015 NJLA Conference: Rich Harwood and Jason Griffey. 

Rich Harwood is founder and president of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, a national nonprofit organization that helps people and organizations address community challenges, improve their own effectiveness, and do their work in a way that makes communities stronger.

The Harwood Institute is currently partnering with the American Library Association on a project called Libraries Transforming Communities, an initiative which seeks to strengthen the role of librarians as core community leaders and change-agents. You’re invited to be part of this engaging session on Tuesday morning, April 21, 2015 at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa.


Jason Griffey, former Head of IT for the University of TN at Chattanooga Library and currently the founder and principal consultant at Evenly Distributed, a technology consulting firm for libraries and education, will share with us his expertise and forward-thinking as our Keynote on Wednesday, April 22.

Perhaps Jason is best known in the library community as designer and director of The LibraryBox Project, which gives users the ability to share digital files with anyone in a given location, without Internet or even electricity. LibraryBox has been featured in Make Magazine and BoingBoing, implemented in libraries around the world, and utilized for a variety of other innovative projects.

Libraries are on the edge of community-building, technology, and innovation in thinking and doing. The 2015 Keynote presenters will provide perspective and share with us specific experiences and trials to inspire us to continue to propel our libraries and our communities forward.

We could not be more excited to welcome these two outstanding innovators to the Jersey Shore for our 2015 Conference!

Stay tuned for more Conference updates later this week.

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