Diversity & Outreach Section

Practical Conversations about Diversity, Inclusion, Intellectual Freedom and Our Role in Social Justice Work

Colleagues in librarianship and publishing will discuss issues pertaining to intellectual freedom, collection development and access, particularly as both professions address improving access to materials that are culturally diverse and inclusive. Librarians and book reviewers are playing an increasingly important role as their work intersects with social justice work like We Need Diverse Books and Black Lives Matter. How do we weave together our commitments to social justice and intellectual freedom in our collections, services and programs?

Dress for Success Donation Drive

Let's give back to the community! Help the young people mentored by Covenant House Atlantic City find success in the business world. The NJLA Urban Libraries and Diversity & Outreach Sections are accepting donations of "gently used" professional clothing: suits, dresses, ties, shoes. The outfit that no longer fits? -- Dry clean and donate!

Library Workers Today: Strong Staff Equals Strong Service

Running a library is hard and no one knows this better than those doing the work! A shifting workplace, public misconception of our job, and side effects of doing more with less are among the challenges library workers face. How can we balance our dedication to our profession and our communities with our own well-being? Join us for these conversations about the relationship library staff has to libraries and the work we do.

Libraries Without Limits: Serving Developmentally Challenged Patrons of All Ages

Adult Social Hours, Special Needs Library Time, Inclusive Storytime, Job Skills, Life Skills . . . There is NO LIMIT to what your library can offer developmentally challenged patrons! Join us for a fun interactive panel discussion where we will talk about programming, resources and building partnerships to help serve this very special population.

Successfully Applying for Grants: Tips from the Source

Public libraries can benefit from an array of competitive grant opportunities offered by government agencies, foundations and corporations. Finding and matching the best opportunity for your project and putting together a successful application can be a daunting challenge for both part-time and veteran applicants. Hear how it's done from representatives of grant-making organizations and from a library grantee in this session about successfully applying for grant funds for your library.

Narratives of Library Power: The Stories Library Shelves Tell

Every time we put a book on a shelf, we make a choice about how that book can be found by people browsing for materials. We put materials about sexuality next to books about marriage, and separate books about poverty from books about the ruling class. What kinds of ideological stories do our shelves tell, and what can librarians do to change dominant narratives?

Know Your Community: Using Demographic Data to Better Serve Your Communities

Correlating with national trends, NJ communities are continuing to see increased diversification linguistically, ethnically and culturally. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to find local demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau, including new immigrant populations, learn about tools that allow users to map the Census demographic information in order to visualize and target hyper-local communities and understand how to apply the local demographic data to library services and practices.

Grounds for Sculpture to the Skyscraper Museum: Creating a Museum Pass Program from the Ground Up

The Cliffside Park Public Library began offering museum passes five years ago and now offers over 25 passes – one of the largest programs in the state. Learn how to get a museum pass program started or enhance the one you have. Topics will include museum selection and solicitation, creative marketing, educational partnerships, budgeting, statistics, policies and record keeping. Also hear from a neighboring library’s perspective on pressure to start a program as well as collaboration efforts.

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