NJLA in the News

NJLA Hosts Kickoff Meeting for Access Navigators Pilot Program

On Wednesday, November 10th, at Monroe Township Library, the New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) hosted a kickoff meeting for all 12 public libraries that were selected to participate in the Access Navigators Pilot Project funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Read the article on https://www.njstatelib.org.

 NJLA Announces 12 Libraries to Participate in the Access Navigator Program

The New Jersey Library Association is pleased to announce that 12 public libraries have been selected to participate in its Access Navigators Program. The 12 libraries cover nine counties around New Jersey. The libraries were selected, following a rigorous application process.

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  Per Capita State Aid Increased by $1million in New Jersey’s FY22 Budget

 The Executive Board of the New Jersey Library Association is pleased to announce that a $1 million increase in Per Capita State Aid (PCSA), is included in the State of New Jersey’s FY22 Budget, signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy on June 29, 2021. This is the first time that the PCSA has received a positive adjustment in over 10 years!

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The New Jersey Library Association Dedicates Funding for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in New Jersey Librarianship

 On July 20, 2021, the New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) Executive Board approved $20,000 in funding to provide two American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholarships for New Jersey residents and to support equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) recruitment and retention training. Beginning in FY24, NJLA will include $8,500 in its Operating Budget to support an annual New Jersey ALA Spectrum Scholarship.

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 Digital Equity For All Residents

The New Jersey Library Alliance is proposing that a $21 million grant program administered by the NJ State Library be established to support the development of a digitally inclusive state.  This program will give public libraries in every county of New Jersey the opportunity to receive funding to help their residents bridge the digital divide.

Learn more:

The New Jersey Library Alliance Statement: Digital Equity Final.pdf

Digital Equity For All New Jersey Residents Infographic: LLNJ TOPCATS Digital Divide Infographic.pdf

Bridging the Divide - Why LibrariesBridging the Divide.pdf

WIFI Locator Map (Libraries): Wi-Fi Locator Map.pdf

Established in 1890, the NJLA is the oldest and largest library organization in New Jersey.

The New Jersey Library Association:

  • Advocates for the advancement of library services for the residents of New Jersey
  • Provides continuing education & networking opportunities for librarians
  • Supports the principles of intellectual freedom & promotes access to library materials for all
  • Creates opportunities for new and future librarians
  • Strengthens our professional community

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NJLA Executive Board Full statement - Black Lives Matter

Black lives matter. NJLA acknowledges the structural racism in our organization and profession, and NJLA must do better.

NJLA Executive Board Full statement - Black Lives Matter The New Jersey Library Association stands in solidarity with the Black community, librarians, library workers, library users and with members of the communities we serve. We want our Black, People of Color and marginalized members to know you are valued, affirmed and supported. NJLA acknowledges that in order to continue moving forward, there needs to be consistent work towards recognizing our own biases, welcoming change and taking actions that impact policies and create positive change in the direction of equity and inclusion.

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