Reference Section

Library Instruction Palooza

From ESL and computer training to information literacy instruction, education in libraries helps to create an information literate society equipped with the tools to speak knowledgeably and freely. In a workshop format that will include short presentations, roundtable discussions and tech tool lightning talks, we will explore the topics of community assessment, presentation skills, student engagement, identifying propaganda/fake news and marginalized voices or opinions, transforming lessons into higher order thinking skills and more.

Reference Librarians Speak Freely

How much are you really using your reference collection? What kind of reference services are you offering? The term ‘reference’ encompasses everything from finding a phone number to in-depth thesis research. How does the title ‘Reference Librarian’ change with today’s fast paced, mostly digital world? How can you promote your library and your skills? Librarians from public, academic, school and special libraries discuss their experiences in today’s information environment with open conversation to follow.

Transformative Conversations with "Problem Patrons"

We try to be so warm, welcoming, and open -- yet on a daily basis, librarians encounter so-called "problem patrons." Interactions can be difficult, and they may cause us discomfort and anxiety, even fear or anger. Even a good understanding of how we can be assertive may be inadequate to dialogue. This discussion will use the lens of social services to analyze the impacts of our expectations, labels and behaviors upon our own communication. From that perspective, along with a sensitivity to cultural pluralism, we'll learn new strategies for transformative conversation.

Find Your Niche: How to Establish and Run Your Niche Book Club

Sometimes we long to join book clubs that focus on our personal favorite reading genres, beyond the typical library book clubs. As librarians, we have the genre knowledge and the skill to create the niche book clubs we want to belong to. Learn about how librarians established and lead specialty book clubs that focus on science fiction and fantasy, women’s memoirs, feminism, cookbooks and international short stories.

Positive Assertive Communication

What is assertive communication? How can you say no in a positive way? How can you disagree and still get your needs met? How can you set appropriate boundaries? In this workshop you will learn how to be authentic to yourself while being respectful and empathetic to others. You will learn helpful techniques and practice new skills to establish an environment of mutual respect.

Readers and Writers in the Library: Perfect Together

Readers are very often writers-in-waiting, needing only some encouragement, tools, and practice to become writers for personal satisfaction and possibly for publication. Bringing writers into the library as writing teachers, coaches, workshop leaders, writing circle facilitators, and inspirations, will not only expand and enhance your patron programs, but tighten and highlight the strong connection between reading and writing. Learn about the many different ways authors can help your library become a place for writers.

We Go Way Back: Libraries & Community Web Archiving

The Internet Archive, creator of the Wayback Machine, awarded New Brunswick Free Public Library and 27 libraries across the country a grant to begin digital archiving of websites that relate to local history, culture and social events. This updated version of creating vertical file collections comes with challenges like learning a new technical language, but overall it will expand collections for patrons around the world to view and capture news as it is happening.

Best Practices in ESL/Adult Literacy Programs

Is illiteracy a growing problem in your community? Wondering how you can contribute toward a solution? Our panelists will discuss how to run a successful ESL/Adult Literacy program at your library. They will cover the pluses and minuses of running your own program or partnering with another agency, using library staff versus volunteers, and how to train your staff or volunteers to derive the most benefit for your community.

Library of Things

More and more libraries in NJ are choosing to collect non-standard items, including (but certainly not limited to!) kitchen tools, seeds, sewing machines, vinyl records, toys and STEM kits, as well as cameras, game systems, wi-fi hotspots and more. A “Library of Things” serves to provide access to useful items to communities in need. Panelists will discuss their Libraries of Things, as well as the policies and procedures that need to be in place before such non-standard collections can be created.

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