Conference Updates

Still Time to Register for the 2014 NJLA Conference

May 20 2014 - 11:45am

Today marks the end to pre-registration for the 2014 NJLA Conference. This means that if you'd like to register online you need to do so by 11:59 PM tonight! Failure to do so could mean missing out on keynote addresses from NYT Bestselling Author Steve Berry and Nate Hill, creator of Chattanooga Public Library's 4th Floor project, not to mention the President's Program: Libraries in Space with Helen Klein Ross. You could miss out on regular session programs on hot topics like infographics, 3D printing, RDA, common core, coding, the changing social media landscape, and serving diverse communities, plus traditional favorites like Book Buzz and the Year's Best Graphic Novels. If you don't act now, you run the risk of missing out on all the social events like the NJLA Awards Reception, State Librarian's Breakfast, Leadership Bonfire and any number of happy hours at Revel Resorts!

So register today, and join us in Atlantic City for innovative program topics, fun events, and all the networking you can handle.

But don't worry, if you really can't make it happen today, you can always register on-site at Revel. See you in AC!

And This is How You Do Promo . . . Round 2

May 16 2014 - 3:39pm

There is a ton of really great promotion floating around featuring a complete variety of programs that will be offered at this year's Conference; we wanted to help share a sampling here!

Children's Services Section showed incredible creativity with this eye-catching map, connecting interests, programming, and librarians. 

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On Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. the Conference, Steve Hrubes and Tyler Rousseau will be sharing information and tips on easy-to-use software for generating 3D images, sponsored by the Emerging Technologies Section. There is no sorcery . . . but it should be pretty magical.

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On Tuesday at 4:10 p.m., find out how to create successful Minecraft Programs at Your Library with little expertise, also sponsored by the Emerging Technologies Section! Okay, so maybe it's a little more than just "Legos, but with death."

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Also on Tuesday at 4:10 p.m. . . .

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The Year's Best Graphic Novels will feature a great list of characters, suggesting some of the best graphic novels published during 2013 in adult, teen and children's categories.

And don't forget that fly website that features the Preconference program "Takin' It To the Streets: New Ideas for Transformational Outreach," sponsored by the Urban Libraries, Diversity & Outreach, Reference, and Young Adult Services Sections! 

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All this and more at the 2014 NJLA Conference, of course! Register today.

Just for You, Academics . . .

May 14 2014 - 3:44pm

You will not want to miss the excellent programs and events for academic librarians at the NJLA Conference at the Revel Resort in Atlantic City from June 2-4.

The College and University Section (CUS) Luncheon keynote speaker this year is the controversial librarian Jeffrey Beall from the University of Colorado, Denver, who created the online List of Predatory Publishers for the Scholarly Open Access community. This luncheon requires tickets, which can be purchased during registration, and will take place on Wednesday, June 3.

Also at Wednesday's CUS Luncheon will be the winner of this year's Distinguished Service Award, Kayo Denda, as well as the winner of the Research Award, Davida Scharf, and the winners of the 2014 Technology Innovation Award from Rowan University Cooper Medical School and Bergen Community College, respecitvely.

The CUS sponsored breakout sessions are also a must-see, covering Grant Opportunities, Virtual Reference, Emerging Technology, BIBFRAME, Information Literacy/Instruction, and Digital Library Collections.

The complete list of sessions, programs, posters and events for the NJLA 2014 Conference is available online at:

Register for the NJLA 2014 Conference today online at:!

-- Denise O'Shea, Past President, NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ Chapter

Hey School Librarians!

May 12 2014 - 4:32pm

School librarians are busier than ever. Not only are we working with more students than previous years, but we are doing so with smaller budgets, the implementation of Common Core, and necessary Student Growth Objectives . . . and that’s not even the half of it. It’s easy to feel isolated and overwhelmed. How do you meet the needs of your students and staff with so many items on your "to do" lists? We need to turn to each other and find the answers through group discussions, programs, and networking. School librarians often work alone, being the sole librarian in their schools, but by attending the New Jersey Library Association’s Conference you can network with other librarians and learn new ideas while obtaining professional development hours. It’s a win-win.

Like most of you, I am the sole librarian in my school. I purchase all materials, teach dozens of classes, advise clubs, and so much more. Most professional development that is offered by my school isn’t relevant to me. The NJLA Conference is.

This conference is relevant if you are thinking about starting a makerspace. Don’t have the funds? The NJLA Conference is offering a program on how to make unconventional makerspaces by sharing tried-and-true methods. Need a quick rundown of hot titles for your library? They’ve got it for you through dynamic book talks given by past Printz Award committee members. As someone who works in a high poverty area with a transient community, the program Kids in Transition is important as I am always striving in find new methods of connecting with these students and their families. Possibly the most notable program is one entitled We’re All in this Together. While we might be alone in our schools, we are not alone in our community. Public librarians know and understand how important our work is and recognize the difficulties we encounter. By attending not only this conference, but also this specific program, we give a voice to our passionate group of professionals. We connect with our fellow librarians and strive towards fulfilling our users’ needs through collaboration and cooperation.