Conference Updates

Why should STUDENTS attend the 2016 NJLA Conference?

Mar 16 2016 - 10:44am

If you don't think someone who has been a librarian and has been going to conference for years knows what they're talking about, take it from MLIS student Michael Stirm!



Library students! 

This year's annual conference at Harrah's in AC is going to be a fun, informative, and opportunistic experience.  

Fun: enjoy a New Librarian/Student mixer, take a yoga class, and party at Harrah's Pool.  

Informative: Learn about where the field is going and what others in our profession are excited about, like Gamers Nights at Academic Libraries, Harnessing the Power of Fandom, and Music Advisory in libraries.  

Opportunistic: Get the opportunity to meet a variety of other students and potential colleagues/mentors while gaining invaluable knowledge about topics like Winning Strategies for scholarships, how to stand out and land your first Librarian job, and even tips on library management from real NJ library directors.  

There are few other chances during the year to have fun, be inspired, and connect with the wider New Jersey library world.  When school's out, head to AC for the NJLA Conference on May 16th-18th!


Michael Stirm and the 2016 Conference Committee

So You Registered... Now How Are You Getting Here and Where Are You Staying?

Mar 9 2016 - 3:21pm

How are you planning to get to Atlantic City for the NJLA Conference? Are you looking for a roommate?

The NJLA Conference Committee is offering two services to assist in coordinating ride-shares and roommate matches: a Ride-Share forum and Roommate Matching service.

Take advantage of the Ride-Share and Roommate Matching services to:

  • save on travel and hotel costs
  • meet new people (or reconnect with old ones) and network on the go
  • have the opportunity to stay in the center of all the action by booking with us at Harrah's Resort & Hotel!


How does the Ride-Share service work?

  • Join the NJLA Conference Ride-Share Google Group:
  • Post to the group to let people know that you are interested in sharing a ride to Conference.
  • This group is for the use of Conference attendees who are both looking for a ride AND those planning to drive and willing to offer rides to others. Opportunities for everyone!


How does the Room-Share Match work?


Don't let cost hold you back from getting this most out of your Conference experience! Check out the Ride-Share Forum and Roommate Match form, available for your convenience here and on the Hotel & Travel section of the Conference website. Spread the word! 

Jenny Zbrizher and the 2016 Conference Committee

Welcome to Harrah's!

Mar 2 2016 - 10:05am
So, let me tell you a few things about Harrah's Resort on the Waterfront in Atlantic City. I had the pleasure of getting the grand tour a few months ago when we were doing some preliminary planning for the conference. It. Is. Awesome.
Let's just start with the meeting space itself. Everything is within steps of each other! Meeting rooms, luncheon spaces, exhibits, the NJLA store, registration -- all on one floor, all together in the same area. No long, dark hallways to navigate, no 20 minute treks to get a cup of coffee.  It's all right there. If you're looking for a particular program, you can just sidle up to the digital schedule board and look it up!  We're talking ALA-quality meeting accommodations here. Very swanky. And really new - only a few groups have used the space before us.
Right around the corner from the meeting space (not kidding - RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER) is a food court (coffee! pizza! sandwiches! salads!), an amazing glass-ceilinged indoor pool (for grown-ups only!) and the elevators to the NJLA block of hotel rooms. All right there! Just a few steps more and there's a bar (and another bar, and, I think, another bar), plus an amazing collection of restaurants from budget-friendly to upscale. Of course, there's also a casino...
The rooms we'll be staying in are very well appointed, comfortable - chic. The views over the water are fabulous. The wi-fi is free! Have you booked your room yet? What more do you need to know? How about the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa? The fitness center? Shopping? Clubs? Harrah's has it all. 
I am counting down the days to May.  See you in Atlantic City!
Kimberly Paone and the 2016 Conference Committee

Meet the Keynote: Jay Asher

Feb 28 2016 - 1:22pm

Jay Asher, author of the New York Times bestseller, Thirteen Reasons Why will be presenting our Wednesday Keynote address.  Jay knows how powerful and profound words can be.  The reader reaction he receives to his first novel is remarkable.


Jay spent a year traveling the United Sates discussing bullying and suicide prevention during the 50 States Against Bullying Campaign.


Bracelets with the phrase, “ReasonsWhyYouMatter” were distributed and worn proudly.  Students and teachers completed “ReasonsWhyYouMatter” cards for themselves and others in order to promote positivity and empathy.  This is a message that we can all benefit from, because after all, we are all in this together. 

Laura Leonard and the 2016 Conference Committee

Why YOU should attend the 2016 NJLA Conference

Feb 24 2016 - 11:14am

Registration for NJLA’s 2016 Annual Conference All Together Now is NOW OPEN! Visit to register,and the sooner the better to ensure you get our Early Bird Rate!

Now, for those of you who feel that us simply saying “Conference is amazing! You should register!” isn’t enough, here are the top 5 reasons why YOU should attend conference.

1. Network: If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times, every industry is all about networking. And what’s so great about the New Jersey library community is so many of us know each other, but never get the chance to get out of our libraries and actually see each other. So here’s our chance! Meet the faces behind the emails and webinars and other communications once and for all.

2. Learn: A lot of great information gets shared at conference, and why not benefit from it? Attending the conference introduces you to new perspectives and ways of thinking that will help to get your creative juices flowing for when you return to your own library.

3. Explore: There are lots of great ways to explore at the conference, from scouring the rows at the exhibit hall, to attending a session on a topic you may know nothing about. This is your chance for low-anxiety, low-stakes exploration. Consider conference your sandbox.

4. Opportunity:​You’d be surprised what opportunities may arise simply from attending a conference. You may meet someone new whom you form a collaboration with; you may meet a new mentor; you may stumble upon the chance of a lifetime! One never knows, unless they attend!

5. Have fun!: The best part of conference is it is a chance to get outside of your own walls, meet old and new friends, and take a bit of a mental break from the daily grind. And hey, being in a major casino in Atlantic City isn’t so bad, either...

Emily Witkowski and the 2016 Conference Committee

A Program Proposal Update

Dec 11 2015 - 12:00am


The 2016 NJLA Conference Committee is hard at work considering your 2016 NJLA program proposals!  

But we’d like to take a moment to THANK YOU all for your brainstorming and legwork.  We were very pleased to see the significant quality in all of the proposals submitted this year.  Of course, as much as we'd like to just say YES, not everything can be accepted  -  We only have two and a half days of conference after all...

For those of you who submitted proposals here is what will happen next:

  • The committee will be reaching out to members who submitted proposals with any questions that came up during  our review.
  • Once we collect all of the facts we'll be solidifying our choices and working on the grid to place programs on the calendar and in specific time slots.
  • Then comes the fun part! We will alert all proposal submitters so we can start preparing for conference.  

As you can imagine, this is a HUGE task, so please be patient with us. We hope to get back to all proposal submitters by the end of December.

Enjoy the holidays, and as soon as you get those 2016 calendars, be sure to circle May 16-18.  We look forward to seeing you in Atlantic City!

Kimberly Paone and the 2016 NJLA Conference Committee 

Are You Ready?

Oct 2 2015 - 12:04pm

We are very ready to gear up for the 2016 NJLA Annual Conference at Harrah's brand new Waterfront Conference Center! The online form for program proposals is up and running. Please remember that proposals are only accepted from the established representative (provided to the Conference Committee at the Program Planner's Orientation in September) from each NJLA Section, Committee, or Roundtable. If you have a great idea for a program but are not the representative, reach out to the appropriate group to determine how you can work together. Also, keep in mind that we're excited to work altogether now in our work for and with NJ Libraries. You are encouraged to think outside the box to collaborate with other local and state-wide community-minded organizations. If you have any questions or are just looking for some guidance, feel free to contact the NJLA Conference Committee at, using the subject line "NJLA 2016 Question."

Are You Ready for the 2016 NJLA Conference Keynotes?!

All are invited to join us at a special President's Program on Monday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. hosted by NJLA President James Keehbler featuring Stanley Newman. Stanley Newman ( has been the editor of the Newsday Daily Crossword since January 1992. Today, the Newsday Crossword is syndicated worldwide to over 200 daily, Sunday and Internet newspapers. As a puzzle solver, he holds the world’s record, set in 1996 under Guinness Book conditions, for the fastest completion of a New York Times crossword: 2 minutes, 14 seconds. He is the author or editor of more than 150 books of crosswords and word games, as well as the memoir/instructional manual Cruciverbalism and 15,003 Answers: The Ultimate Trivia Encyclopedia.