NJ State Library

State Librarian's Breakfast

Join NJ State Librarian Mary Chute for coffee, breakfast and conversation about what's new and exciting in the state of NJ libraries! The State Library will present its annual awards ceremony, honoring winning libraries in the Best Practices in Early Literacy, Multicultural Programing and Innovation categories.

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.

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.

State Librarian's Program - Project Outcome: Better Data to Create Better Libraries

For the first time, public libraries have free access to an innovative and easy-to-use online platform which can be used to measure the outcomes of their programs and services – and ultimately affect change within their communities and beyond. This session provides an overview of the tools and shares lessons learned from libraries using Project Outcome. Hear from Somerset County Library System as they speak about their experience using Project Outcome.

Instructional Assessment Strategies at Your Library!

How do you know your library patrons are getting the most out of your classes? With practical and effective instructional assessments to help evaluate your students, of course! Learn about a variety of tools and procedures used for instructional assessments from a panel of librarians who use them, including an academic librarian, school librarian and librarian with years of experience teaching classes in public libraries.

Meeting Workforce Development and Literacy Needs in the Library

In December 2015, the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced two grant opportunities, totaling $2.5 million, for public libraries to support job seekers. Through a partnership with the NJ State Library, LWD provided grants to 18 libraries across NJ to create access points for workforce services and assist job seekers with the Career Connections digital platform.

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