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Governor Vetos Library Funding

NJLA is very disappointed that Governor Christie vetoed the $3 million increase in state aid approved by the Legislature in the 2015 state budget. We appreciate the strong bipartisan support from so many in the Legislature as well as the many library advocates who worked on this effort.

Jun 30 2014 - 9:27pm
Apply for an NJLA Committee

Now is the time to apply to be appointed for a NJLA Committee! Click here to do it now!  All committees have limited spots, so be ready to rank your top three choices.  Most appointments are for two years.  Not sure what options there are and what each committee does?  Click here.

Jun 27 2014 - 12:00pm
NJLA Publications Committee Guidelines for Use of Social Media

All New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) social networking sites should adhere to the following guidelines to ensure that we represent a single, unified organization:

Jun 23 2014 - 1:41pm
NJLA Statement on Meeting Room Policies

As limited public forums, NJLA supports the use of public spaces in libraries for a wide variety of activities. Libraries may limit certain services and resources to residents and cardholders, but should in all other respects welcome members of the public into their public spaces.

Jun 23 2014 - 1:38pm
One Book New Jersey Celebrates Our 350th Anniversary!

One Book New Jersey is a program designed to bring people together through literature by encouraging them to read the same book and participate in discussions and other events centered on that book. One Book New Jersey celebrates reading, literacy, and all that New Jersey's libraries do.

Jun 19 2014 - 10:07am
Passing of Thomas W. Schear

NJLA is sorry to announce the passing of Thomas W. Schear on June 14, 2014. Tom had been a member of NJLA since 1957, serving as our treasurer from 1966 to 1972 and serving as NJLA president in 1973-1974. 

Jun 16 2014 - 10:32am
NJLA Statement on Federal Funding for Libraries

The current proposed House Budget says "The Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is an independent agency that makes grants to museums and libraries. This is not a core federal responsibility". The NJLA believes that having an informed and literate citizenry and protecting cultural heritage are important national priorities and funding institutions that contribute to this work is indeed a core federal responsibility.  The NJLA urges library supporters to communicate the importance of federal funding for libraries to President Obama and our NJ Congressional Delegation.  NJ libraries benefit from federal funding from IMLS in many ways including funding for a variety of electronic databases available to all NJ residents and support for the NJ Talking Book and Braille Center.

Apr 4 2014 - 8:59pm
FY15 State Budget

Governor Christie has recommended flat funding for library programs in the  state budget beginning July 1, 2014.  If enacted, it will be the fifth straight year that library funding has remained flat.  The proposed budget is 20% larger than the FY11 budget.

  • The amount of funding for the NJ Library Network remained unchanged at $4,299,000.
  • The amount for funding for the State Per Capita aid program is unchanged at $3,676,000
  • The amount of funding for the operational NJ State Library is $5,194,000.
  • State funding for library programs was significantly reduced in the FY11 state budget by 42% from the amount in the FY10 budget.
  • The proposed FY15 budget keeps funding for library programs at the FY11 level.
Mar 20 2014 - 7:02pm
NJLA Legislative Initiatives 2014
  • RESTORE  FUNDING FOR THE STATE PER CAPITA AID PROGRAM –critical component of local library support.
  • ESTABLISH A CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES-renew the Library Construction Bond program to provide capital funding for public library buildings and technological infrastructure.
  • UPHOLD FUNDING FOR STRONG LOCAL LIBRARIES-Support legislative activities which provide a strong financial foundation for local public library services.
  • MAINTAIN FUNDING FOR NEW JERSEY LIBRARY NETWORK-  A model of shared services and innovation funding provides a statewide delivery system and cost sharing programs which are critical to the operations of all types of libraries in New Jersey.



Jan 22 2014 - 6:22pm
Filtering Software and Other Restrictions on Internet Access

NJLA affirms the right of all users, regardless of age, to have unrestricted access to the Internet. The policy of the New Jersey Library Association is that people should be able to read whatever they want in a public library, so long as it is legal. Libraries may provide software filters for individuals who want tools to limit their own personal access to materials on the Internet, but NJLA opposes the deployment of filtering software for the sake of restricting general access to the Internet.

Jan 22 2014 - 6:14pm


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