Conference Updates

Librarians for a Cause

Apr 21 2016 - 11:47am

The Urban Libraries section is teaming up with Diversity & Outreach and Small Libraries to host a clothing drive for Covenant House Youth at Risk. Covenant House is a refuge for homeless, runaway, and traficked youth to find shelter, food, crisis care, and other important services. We can do our part by donating items listed below in brand new condition:

  • Belts (black/leather--mens and womens, sizes S-XXXL)
  • Beach towels
  • Small duffle bags (not back packs but more like overnight bags)
  • Plain tee shirts (white, black, grey), Sizes S-XXXL
  • Umbrellas

Drop-off will take place beginning Tuesday morning at the Urban Libraries/Diversity & Outreach/Small Libraries Section Table and will be available throughout the rest of conference hours. Please donate to this very worth cause!

An Update from the 2016 Conference Committee

Apr 19 2016 - 11:57am

The NJLA Annual Conference is just four weeks away, and we have some updates to share!

First, a schedule change: We are very excited to be welcoming both Jay Asher and Cory Doctorow to Waterfront Conference Center at Harrah's Resort as our keynote speakers at this Conference. Please note that the Tuesday schedule will now host keynote Jay Asher, and the Wednesday schedule will host Cory Doctorow. This is a change from the original schedule. If you have any questions or concerns about how this impacts your Conference experience, please don't hesitate to reach out to
Early Bird registration rates have been extended! If you registered this past weekend, you may have noticed that you were offered the Early Bird rate; you can now still register through this Friday, April 22 at lower rates! Don't hesitate and register today!
We're also excited to announce that Stanley Newman will be a highlight of Monday night's Librarian Mixer and Trivia Night following the President's Program! We hope you can all join us for a great evening of fun, networking, and friendly competition. No separate registration is required for this event.
Don't wait to book your hotel room at Harrah's! NJLA's block of rooms will be held until this Sunday, April 24 at the rate of $124. Booking under the block "Library Association" entitles you to FREE parking (valet or self), a reduced resort fee, free wi-fi, and a room in the newest, nicest tower of rooms. There are plenty of rooms left! If you have any trouble getting a room for multiple nights in our block, please reach out to the Conference Committee or the NJLA Office as soon as possible.
Kate, Laura, and Kimberly, Co-Chairs of the 2016 Conference Committee

Is there such a thing as a perfect marriage?

Apr 18 2016 - 10:24am

Peter Pearson of Library Strategies is a library champion. Serving as the President of the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library for over 25 years, he is no stranger to fundraising and advocacy, some of the biggest challenges facing libraries today. If hearing how awesome this session is going to be from us is not enough, now you get to hear it from the man himself:

Don’t think about the couple who never fights (they do).  And, don’t think about the husband and wife who share chores, have perfect kids and are never in debt (all fiction). Instead think about what a perfect marriage in the library world would look like.

In today’s world, libraries are working harder to meet their community’s needs, closing branches, shortening hours and, generally, doing more with less resources.  Is there a way to turn this scenario into a positive picture?  I believe there is.

The libraries that are thriving in today’s challenging times are ones that have created “the perfect marriage”.  The marriage is a combination of engaging in fundraising for private support and conducting advocacy activities for ongoing public funding.  Doing only one of these is actually hampering the effort of the other.


Take fundraising…it’s a tough sell to go to individual donors, foundations and corporations if they view public funders (cities and counties) as not supporting the library adequately.  These private donors often see funding a library in this scenario as throwing money into a black hole.

Conversely…going to public funders with support from private sources leverages your request for more public dollars.  Political decision-makers see this as a statement that the library is a priority with individuals, businesses and foundations in the community and are more apt to pay attention to your library’s request.

The library’s perfect marriage is one of engaging all funding stakeholders in your library’s vision for the community.  Strategic, ongoing fundraising and advocacy will lead your library to a much rosier future.

Peter Pearson has been the President of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library  for 25 years and is a lead consultant with Library Strategies.  Pearson will be presenting a preconference workshop for the New Jersey Library Association at its annual conference in Atlantic City on Monday, May 16 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Check Out These Program Sessions!

Apr 14 2016 - 4:13pm

Public Policy is killing it this year with their conference PR! Who wouldn't want to attend these great programs:



If your section or committee is doing great PR like Public Policy, please forward that information to the Conference Committee and we'll share it on our blog and social media! And don't forget, Early Bird registration ends TOMORROW! So do not delay!

Great Learning, Great Networking, and Great Fun

Apr 14 2016 - 4:10pm

Coming to preconference on Monday, or coming the night before regular sessions begin on Tuesday? Check out this Members Services sponsored event Monday night! Just another incentive to register now before the early bird ends this Friday!

NJLA Isn't Just For Rutgers Students...

Apr 13 2016 - 11:05am

While Rutgers may be NJ's local library school outlet, conference is for students from all different universities! With more and more students doing programs online, or doing a combination of distance and virtual learning, there is an even greater pool of students who can benefit from attending conference. Whether you're attending Drexel, Pratt, San Jose State, Long Island University, or the 50+ other universities that offer ALA-accredited MLIS degrees, whether you're taking classes in person, online, or a little bit of both, whether you're testing out if library school is the place for you, there are great learning and networking opportunities available. 

Personal Anecdote: I attended my first NJLA Conference when I was still an undergraduate student and was bitten by the library bug! That was 5+ years ago and I haven't regretted my decision once! (Plus, I landed a library job before I even graduated. I'd say my involvement in NJLA didn't hurt...) There's no better way to test out your decision than meeting hundreds of other accomplished librarians from all across the Garden State and getting to hear what a variety of librarians do in their jobs on a daily basis.

So what are you waiting for! Get a leg up in your chosen profession and attend #njla16! Early Bird Registration ends THIS FRIDAY! Register now.

And for that extra vote of confidence, a fist-bump from me to you...

Emily Witkowski and the 2016 Conference Committee

Check Out this Program Session!

Apr 13 2016 - 10:34am
Looking for great tips and templates for integrating new hires into your library culture? Want to make sure your newbies start off on the right foot, and with a clear path to success? 
Then, check out this great program at NJLA#16 :
If you would like to share your section's PR for the conference, please forward that information to the Conference Committee and we'll share it on our blog and social media!

RU Going to Conference?

Apr 13 2016 - 10:06am

Tired of waiting at the College Hall Bus Stop?...

Take a break and come to the NJLA Conference at Harrah's Resort!

This year's New Jersey Library Association Annual Conference is just 5 weeks away!  Students who register before Friday (4/15) get the early bird price of $45 per day or $65 for both days (Tues & Wed, May 17th-18th). This is significantly reduced from the regular registration fee.  This year's conference at Harrahs Convention Center in Atlantic City presents a unique opportunity to have fun, network, and support Rutgers MI faculty and students.  Here is a taste of what you can expect from Rutgers at the Conference:

  • Nancy Kranich, who is teaching a "Community Engagement" Course this semester will be presenting on "Conscious Engagement for Every Library: Forming Stronger Bonds with Our Unique Communities" on Tuesday at 9am.  
  • See the research of Rutgers Librarians and students, like Judit Ward (Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies) who will be sharing updates from her project, "Reading for Recovery," and MLIS student James Howe, who will be sharing his project, "The Boy Who Researched: Harry Potter and Chatman's Theories of Information Poverty" during Poster Sessions on Tuesday from 11:15-12:15pm, 
  • Megan Lotts, of the Rutgers Art Library, will discuss ways that Academic Libraries have successfully engaged with their surrounding communities in the panel "Awesome Outreach by Academic Libraries" on Tuesday at 3:10pm.
  • A panel of MI educators, including Ross Todd, Joyce Valenza, Chirag Shah, and Moderator Lilia Pavlovsky, will discuss "The Changing Face of Education for Information Professionals" on Tuesday at 3:10pm.
  • Jonathan Sauceda, Rutgers Music Librarian, will co-present on "Music Advisory: Connecting Books, Music & Readers" on Tuesday at 4:10pm.
  • Rutgers' Dan O'Connor and GoUn Kim will attempt to answer the question, "Will Librarians be Ready When Professors and Students Move from Print Research Papers to Multimedia Presentations?" on Wednesday at 11:30am.  
  • Other presenters include Gracemary Smulewitz and Jessica Pellien, Director of Communications at the Alexander Library.

   For the full schedule and to see other opportunities for socializing and networking at the Conference, click here.  Don't forget to register by Friday to get the early bird special!

Michael Stirm and the 2016 Conference Committee

Check Out this Program Session!

Apr 13 2016 - 9:54am

If your section or committee is doing great PR like Public Policy, please forward that information to the Conference Committee and we'll share it on our blog and social media!

Exclusive virtual preconference sessions for all #NJLA16 conference registrants

Apr 12 2016 - 2:04pm
Once again this year we are offering two exclusive remote virtual conference sessions as a benefit to those who register for this years #NJLA16 annual conference. For anyone who registers for ANY part of the NJLA conference (preconference, one day or two day registration), you will be able to attend both sessions from the comfort of your computer, laptop or mobile device (via the Adobe Connect app). We are excited to be able to provided this value-added benefit to your registration... but you must be registered for conference to attend!
Note: All conference registrants will receive an email the week before conference with a link to use for the session and guidance on accessing the virtual room.
The two virtual preconference sessions this year are :
Monday 5/16
Session 1 : Yes, Our Collections Have Been Digitized: How Lyrasis' Digitization Collaborative Gets "Hidden" Collections Online
Time : 10-10:50am
Description : How often have you been asked if your newspapers or special collections have been digitized? While some librarians may debate techniques, strategies, and costs, one organization brings libraries together to accomplish the digitization in a collaborative approach. Come hear how it’s done in a talk show session format where the host queries the panelists, and then the audience joins the conversation.
Moderators: Debra Schiff
Laurie Gemmill Arp, Director of Digital and Preservation Services, Lyrasis
Paul Martinez, Cataloging Librarian and Archivist, Sprague Library, Montclair University
Sponsoring Groups: College & University Section / Emerging Technologies Section / History & Preservation / Reference Section / Technical Services Section
Session 2 : My Kids Bought Me an iPhone": Providing Tech Help to Patrons
Time : 11:10a-12p
Description : The purpose of libraries has historically been providing access to information patrons cannot get in their own homes. Today patrons come to the library looking for access to a computer, the internet, ebooks, and new technologies. With advanced technologies becoming more affordable, patrons should be able to look to the library to fill in the gaps about technology knowledge – how to use a device, how to access ebooks, how to make a webpage, how to code.
Kara Brehm, Cape May County Library
Sponsoring Groups:  Emerging Technologies Section
If you have not already registered for #NJLA16 yet, the time is now! 
Early bird registration ends this Friday, April 15th - and this will be a conference you will not want to miss! To register for conference, use this link : 
Really hoping to see you all there (virtually and in real life)!
Doug Baldwin and the 2016 Conference Committee


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