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February 20, 2024

NJLA STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE FREEDOM TO READ

The New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) reaffirms its Statement Against Censorship, approved by the NJLA Executive Board on December 21, 2021, and supports S2421, the New Jersey Freedom to Read bill. 


January 26, 2024

NJLA MINI GRANTS

NJLA committees and sections are eligible to apply for a $750 mini grant to fund projects. Read about the mini grants and application guidelines at njla.org/mini-grants. Deadline May 15th. 

 


 

December 29, 2023

A MESSAGE FROM NJLA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BRETT BONFIELD

If I had to characterize 2023, I would say that it was eventful and interesting, with all that implies. This description applies to libraries as much as it applies to the rest of our global society. It felt like more was happening in libraries than in any other year I can remember.

What gives me hope is that, at least in New Jersey, a lot of it felt positive. New libraries are opening and under construction. Voters and elected officials are supporting our established practices and core values. NJLA and its peer organizations are working together.

Our aim for NJLA is ensuring that you get more from your Association than you ever have before. If you volunteer, we want you to receive as much as you give. If you rely on us for information, education, and a sense of community, we want to earn your time and trust.

Thanks to you, NJLA enjoyed a great deal of success in 2023. We plan to achieve a great deal more of it in the year ahead. On behalf of NJLA’s 3,208 members, its Executive Board, and staff, I wish you a happy, healthy, and satisfying new year.

 


 

December 8, 2023

NJLA 2024 SALARY GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE

The Executive Board approved NJLA's 2024 salary guide on Nov. 21. The guide is effective Jan. 1. The guide recommends minimum starting salaries which are 4% higher than those in the 2023 guide. NJLA recommends staff receive 2024 annual increases of at least 4%, or the minimum starting recommendation for the position, whichever is greater. New Jersey’s 2024 minimum wage will be $15.13 per hour. The cost of living and library revenue (from dedicated taxes and other government sources) vary greatly within New Jersey. This document is prepared as a guide for library workers, and for library boards and administrations in determining salary standards that can be supported by their individual organizations.

 


June 22, 2023

Resolution for the Adoption of Sustainability as a Core Value of NJLA

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest report, written and edited by 91 scientists from 40 countries who analyzed more than 6,000 scientific studies in October of 2018, finds that the immediate consequences of climate change are far more dire than originally predicted, calling for a transformation of the world economy at a speed and scale that has “no documented historic precedent”.


 

May 19, 2023

Statement on the Decision by the U.S. District Court Regarding Sensitive Places and Concealed Weapons

NJ Assembly Bill A4769 was signed into law on December 22, 2022 and prohibited concealed weapons from being carried in “sensitive places,” which included libraries. NJLA continued to monitor the case against this law that was brought before U.S. District Court Judge Renée Marie Bumb. On May 16, 2023, U.S. District Judge Bumb ruled against the sensitive places provision. Read more.


March 30, 2023

Statement to Cumberland and Gloucester Counties

NJLA and NJASL have issued a joint statement following a City Commission meeting in Millville in which the future of libraries was called into question. NJLA met yesterday with Dr. Keating, the President of Rowan College of South Jersey, and we anticipate productive communication and dialog in the future.

 


February 3, 2023

NJLA ON CENSORSHIP

NJLA categorically rejects any efforts to censor or remove materials from any library, based on content. We strongly affirm the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read Statement, first published by the American Library Association in 1953. Libraries provide access to books and other library resources and services for the interest, information, education, and enlightenment of all people within the communities we serve. We do not exclude materials because of their origin, background, or the views of those contributing to their creation.

 

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.

 

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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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