NJLA News


April 28, 2022

SECTION ELECTIONS ARE OPEN

NEW - The Small Libraries ballot is now open! Voting for this section closes Wednesday, May 11th.
Click here to view the ballots. Voting for all other sections closes Friday, May 6th.

 


 

April 20, 2022

CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS

NJLA is pleased to offer a few scholarships for full or one-day conference registrations, thanks to donations from our partners and members.

If you would like to attend the 2022 NJLA Conference and would like to apply for a conference scholarship, please send an email to [email protected]

Conference Scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first serve, until the awards are depleted.

To learn more about the upcoming conference scheduled for June 1-3, visit njlaconference.info.

 


 

April 8, 2022

DATES TO NOTE

There are a lot of amazing events and opportunities on the horizon and some that are coming to a close. In case you missed them, here's what's going on.

 


 April 5, 2022

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK

The theme for National Library Week 2022, “Connect with Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries are places to get connected to technology by using broadband, computers, and other resources.

Visit njla.org/national-library-week-2022 for:

  • more information about this year's National Library Week and how to celebrate it
  • a letter from NJLA Director, Juliet Machie, about National Library Worker's Day
  • the state of America's libraries
  • the Top 10 Most Challenged Books and the new campaign to fight book bans
  • social media templates for National Library Week

 April 7, 2022 Update: Today is National Library Advocacy Day and we're appealing to legislators to help fund NJ libraries. Find out how you can help: https://njla.org/national-library-advocacy-day-2022-cta

 


 

March 17, 2022

NJLA EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTION RESULTS

Congratulations to the following winners of the NJLA Executive Board Elections

First Vice President / President-Elect
Carina Gonzalez - Piscataway Public Library

Second Vice President
Allen McGinley - Westfield Memorial Library

Treasurer
Allan Kleiman - Edison Public Library

Secretary
Heather Dalal - Rider University

NJLA Chapter Councilor to the ALA
Laverne Mann - Cherry Hill Public Library

Academic Member at Large
Adriana Mamay - Middlesex College

Members at Large
Selwa Shamy - Montclair Public Library
Ally Blumenfeld - Jersey City Free Library
Lynnette Fucci - Monroe Township Library

Next Up:
  • Special Elections - Three Executive Board Member at Large Position
  • Special Elections

Link to the article: njla.org/2022-board-results


 

NJLA Statement in Support of the Ukrainian Library Community

The New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) stands with our Ukrainian colleagues, and all the people of Ukraine, as they resist the ongoing and unprovoked attack by Putin’s Russia. We affirm that libraries and library workers are integral to a successful battle against disinformation campaigns and pledge to do our part to help assure accurate information is available to all. We are in awe of the Ukrainian library community’s staunch and unwavering support for their country, their libraries, and their citizens. NJLA stands with them in support and solidarity. We also pledge our support to our Ukrainian-American colleagues during this most difficult time.

We express our concern for the people of Ukraine and for the symbols of its rich cultural and literary history now at risk. We call on US and international leaders to do all possible to restore peace and security to Ukraine and offer our colleagues at the Ukrainian Library Association this heartfelt and public show of support.

The Executive Board of the New Jersey Library Association
March 4, 2022

 Link to this statement: https://www.njla.org/njla-statement-in-support-of-the-ukrainian-library-community


 

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Takes Center Stage at New Jersey's Libraries

Bordentown/Trenton, NJ, February 1, 2022. A collaborative framework for addressing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in New Jersey's libraries, was announced today, by the leadership of the New Jersey State Library, the New Jersey Library Association, and LibraryLinkNJ-The New Jersey Library Cooperative. The impetus for this collaborative is a commitment to action towards achieving a New Jersey library community that demonstrates the values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI). This collaboration is the first of its kind among the three organizations. The framework for the EDI Collaborative for New Jersey's Libraries is attached to this press release.

Click here to read the full press release

 


 Governor Murphy Announces Second Round of Funding for Library Construction Bond Act

Governor Phil Murphy today announced the second round of funding for the Library Construction Bond Act (LCBA), which allocates $37 million to 36 library projects from 13 counties across New Jersey. The Library Bond Act was approved by voters in 2017 and authorizes $125 million in state bonds for technology updates, building improvements, and other library projects across the state.

The first round of funding, which allocated $87.5 million, was announced in January 2020. The list of projects for the second round of funding has been submitted to the Legislature and will be signed by Governor Murphy once it reaches his desk. Click here to read the full statement.

 


2022 NJLA Minimum Public Library Salary Recommendations

The Personnel Administration Subcommittee updated this guide from the 2020 version using a great deal of data available and provided a thorough and transparent background of the process and the justification for the numbers that appear on the guide itself. It’s important to note that we all understand that this is meant to serve as a guide, not necessarily dictate specific decisions made at the local level, and NJLA recognizes that cost of living and sources of library revenue vary greatly both geographically throughout NJ as well as simply from library-to-library. Click here to review.

 

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

Our office in Bordentown, NJ provides services to over 1700 members.

 

Join Today

 

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.

Continue Reading