August 29, 2023


September is packed with events! Here's what's coming up.

August 28, 2023


 The Summer Issue of The Chronicle, the newsletter of the History & Preservation Section of NJLA, is ready for viewing.


August 11, 2023


NJLA is hiring two full-time staff members, an Associate Director and an Office Manager. Please review the job descriptions and apply by September 15 by sending an email with your resume and cover letter to NJLA Executive Director, Brett Bonfield, at [email protected].
Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every qualification. We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and enthusiastic team, so if you are excited about this role but your past experience does not align perfectly with each qualification in the job description, please apply anyway! You might be just the right candidate for this role. Consistent with our values and our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion as stated above, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.



July 5, 2023


It is with great pleasure that the Newsletter Subcommittee presents Vol 21 Issue 3 of the NJLA Newsletter! Thank you to all of our contributors and wonderful committee members for your enthusiasm in publishing the newsletter.

Have a job change, retirement, or announcement to share? Please mail [email protected] to have it included in our next issue!

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 26, 2023

Long Branch Free Public Library Wins National Award

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced the Long Branch Free Public Library of Long Branch, NJ as one of eight recipients of the 2023 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Over the past 29 years, the award has celebrated institutions that are making a difference for individuals, families, and communities. Our congratulations to the Board of Trustees, Library Director Tonya Garcia, and the staff.

And Congratulations to the Ocean County Library! The Ocean County Library was also one of the thirty finalists for this prestigious award. Congratulations to the Ocean County Library Commissioners, Library Director Susan Quinn and staff. Only 30 libraries were nominated nationally, and two were in New Jersey.

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 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.


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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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