Kathy Schalk-Greene is the Executive Director of LibraryLinkNJ. Before coming to LLNJ in December 2015, she served as Director of the Mount Laurel Library. Kathy was also named 2005 New Jersey Library Association's Librarian of the Year for leading her library team through the Trading Spaces: Reinventing the Library Environment Project, which showcased retail-style display merchandising and customer service techniques in a public library environment. With funding from the New Jersey State Library, she headed the SWAT Team of Library Transformers to make over NJ libraries using experienced library experts as consultants. Earlier in her career, as Program Development Coordinator for the South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative, Kathy was responsible for professional staff development at all levels, for over 500 multi-type libraries. Previously, she managed an integrated library system for 12 libraries and a bookmobile, as Project Director for the Gloucester Online Library Database. Her love of movies and undergraduate degree in film was put to good use at the South Jersey Regional Film and Video Library, where she served as director for 10 years.
Joanne P. Roukens is the Assistant Director of LLNJ and manages the statewide continuing education program. Before coming to LibraryLinkNJ in September 2010, she was with the Highlands Regional Library Cooperative (Denville, NJ) for 10 years. Serving as the Program Coordinator and then as the Executive Director. She has over 20 years of experience working in public libraries and was with the Morris County Library for 14 years. She has earned a Certificate in Training from the New Jersey Department of Personnel and was the co-coordinator of the New Jersey Train-the-Trainers Program from 2001 - 2005. Joanne is a well known for her training workshops on customer service and presentation skills. Through her programs on valuing libraries, Joanne has helped staff at all types of libraries, both in New Jersey and around the country, demonstrate their value and make the case for libraries. Joanne was the New Jersey Library Association’s 2007 Librarian of the Year.
Mi-Sun began work at the cooperative as Program & Services Coordinator and Webmaster in July 2005 and changed her job responsibility to IT/Online Project Manager in 2010. Beginning July 2011, Mi-Sun now serves as IT/Online Project Manager and Program Coordinator. Mi-Sun has designed and implemented the cooperative website in Drupal (open source content management platform) and is continuously working on updating and improving the cooperative’s online service. Previously as Program & Services Coordinator at the cooperative, Mi-Sun coordinated hundreds of continuing education workshops and programs on a variety of subjects. In collaboration with Technology and Diversity Committees of the cooperative, Mi-Sun also successfully managed the cooperative’s projects and services including the Statewide Diversity Initiative Workshop Series, Website Development Projects for member libraries, Gaming in Libraries Service, Tech is IT Conferences, Senior Spaces Project & Conference, GLBTI Conference, and many more. Prior to LLNJ, she worked at the Ocean County Library System as Web Coordinator/Senior Librarian and designed implemented the library’s website. Mi-Sun is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a secret agent of MWA (Matchmaking World Association).
Sophie Brookover is a Program Coordinator and the Social Media Manager for LibraryLinkNJ. Prior to coming on board with the cooperative in October 2010, Sophie worked at Mount Laurel and Camden County Libraries, and at Eastern Regional High Schools, developing expertise in youth services and school librarianship. Known as a lively and engaging speaker on the topics of popular culture, technology, reader’s advisory and community engagement, Sophie was named a 2006 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, is the co-author of Pop Goes the Library: Using Popular Culture to Reach Your Whole Community (2008, Information Today), won the AASL Verizon Thinkfinity Zmuda Challenge Grant in 2010, and received the NJASL President's Award in 2012.
Nanette Cox started at the cooperative with Ed Dowlin at the helm. She has served 11 years and looks forward to many more under the direction of Cheryl O’Connor. Prior to her tenure at LLNJ she worked in the Computer Reseller Industry where she worked to serve New Jersey Library Community’s business needs.
Carol Fishwick is the Member Services Coordinator for LibraryLinkNJ. She previously held the same position at INFOLINK for 11 years. For 17 years prior to her tenure at the cooperative, she served as a Legislative Aide for State Senator Robert Smith. After attending Monmouth University, Carol began her career at Revlon, Inc. in Edison.
Reed Gillen is LibraryLinkNJ's Social Media Intern. Reed comes to us with a strong background in social media, having managed accounts in the Art & Architecture and General Research Divisions of the New York Public Library from 2014-2017. He presently works at the Literacy Enrichment After-school Program (LEAP) at a branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia.