April 26, 2018

FY2019 Budget

The LibraryLinkNJ Executive Board is preparing a FY2019 budget proposal to sustain the organization financially as well as meet its mission. Flat NJ Library Network funding since 2010, dwindling reserves, and increased delivery costs have made this a challenging task. The FY2019 budget year starts July 1, 2018.

The budget will be presented to members for their review and vote at the June 13 LibraryLinkNJ Membership Meeting. The proposed budget will be posted on the Membership Meeting website after the May 17 online Executive Board meeting.

New LibraryLinkNJ Delivery Contract Signed on April 23

  • LibraryLinkNJ has signed with T-Force Final Mile (formerly known as Dynamex) as the vendor who will provide interlibrary loan delivery services for LibraryLinkNJ member libraries
  • Why the LibraryLinkNJ Executive Board selected TForce for the statewide library:
    • They had the highest evaluation point totals of all bids responding to the Request for Proposal
    • They have direct and extensive service serving LibraryLinkNJ libraries

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Please save Wednesday, June 13 for our Spring Membership Meeting.

Miguel Figueroa, leader of ALA’s Center For The Future of Libraries and author of its indispensable weekly newsletter, Read For Later, will be our keynote speaker this year.

The day will incorporate convivial networking over lunch with colleagues from around the state, a productive business meeting, and engaging, practical learning opportunities for staff at all member libraries.

Our membership meetings are always open to all library staff. You don’t need to be a Voting Representative to attend.

We’ll announce the opening of registration soon. As always, registration for membership meetings is free of charge.

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Did you know that you can schedule a one-on-one evaluation and consultation for your library’s social media presence with Program Coordinator & Social Media Manager Sophie Brookover and Social Media Intern Reed Gillen?

They’ll review your activity across a variety of channels, and give you tailored advice to help you bring your content and strategies to the next level.

Here’s what your colleagues are saying about LibraryLinkNJ’s Social Media Consultations:

“Sophie and Reed were wonderful. I like that they typed up their feedback and then allowed me to ask my questions based on their comments.” -- Rachel Kelly, Jefferson Public Library

“It was nice to receive guidance in areas we were unsure of as we are re-starting our social media efforts. It was also nice to be reassured of our existing approaches and ideas.” -- Gary Marks, William & Lorraine Cheng Library, William Paterson University

Fill out this quick form to provide a sense of what you’re looking for. Sophie and Reed will get in touch to schedule a date.

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We are so proud of the New Jersey librarians who were named Library Journal Movers & Shakers this year. In this edition of Member Spotlight, we are celebrating the achievements of Roselle Public Library director Jeanne Marie Ryan, whose work with NJ Libraries Build Communities helped win the NJ Library Construction Bond Act with voters around the state in November.

How did you get involved in NJ Libraries Build Communities? How did it become a passion project for you?
I got involved with NJ Libraries Build Communities through my work on the New Jersey Library Association Public Policy Committee. Legislative advocacy has been a passion of mine for a long time, and since Roselle needed funding for the library, this work seemed like a natural fit.

What was it like to collaborate with other librarians on NJ Libraries Build Communities advocacy?
The best part of this project (except winning!) was working with other members of the New Jersey library community. The NJ Libraries Build Communities Committee brought so much talent to the table, and each of them contributed in such unique ways to achieve passing the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act. However, beyond the people on the committee were library staff, trustees, members of Friends of the Library groups, and the general public, stepping forward to talk with legislators and promote the bill, and then the bond referendum. One of my favorite stories involves a librarian who had never done advocacy but was in a district where we needed her to reach out to a legislator--a legislator who was probably going to say no to what was being asked for. We warned her ahead of time that it probably wasn't going to be the hoped for outcome, but that the ask had to be done anyway, and prepared her as well as we could. The answer did come back a no--but the librarian who had done it said she wouldn't mind doing it again--which was a win. One of my other favorite stories is about a group of trustees and Friends of the Library who got in to see one of the local legislators--and got him to sign on to the bill--when I couldn't even get an appointment!

Do you have any more legislative efforts in the works?
Currently the New Jersey Library Association Public Policy Committee is working on restoring per capita state aid to its full funding, among a variety of other initiatives. We are also looking at broad band, net neutrality, and the role librarians may play in the opioid crisis. Supporting school media programs is also a legislative priority for the year.

You’re campaigning for a new or renovated library in Roselle -- what do you think the ideal Roselle Public Library looks like?
The ideal Roselle Public Library would have more space to serve the community--including flexible programming space that could be used for a multiplicity of events. I always say that RPL is the little library that can, due to the wide variety of services that we offers our users in a limited space!

Last but not least, advocacy really needs to be something everyone is involved in, because it isn't just making legislative visits, and working to pass bills that help libraries. The work library staffs do every day to support their communities, and the outstanding service they provide, is what provides the groundwork for everything else...and remember, you never know whose child, or grandchild, is in your pre-school story time!

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Join Us To Learn Something New At Our Spring Webinars!
As always, you can learn on your own schedule: if you can’t attend these webinars the day of, we furnish recordings of the speakers’ talks and their presentation slides on our website.

From Machine Learning to Edge Computing: Current and Emerging Technology Trends
Presented by: Bohyun Kim, Associate Professor in Scholarly Technology at the University of Rhode Island Libraries
May 8, 2018 | 10:00-11:30 AM

You’ll learn about emerging and evolving technologies such as 3D printing, 3D modeling, virtual reality, machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and edge computing. Bohyun will also lead participants through exercises designed to elicit ideas for implementation in your library. Registration is open!

Hardboiled Is Not Only An Egg: And Other Tips For Genre Readers’ Advisory
Presented by: Stephanie Anderson, BookOps at NYPL and Brooklyn Public Library, and Robin Bradford, Timberland Regional Library District
April 26, 2018 | 1:00-2:30 PM

You’ll learn about new and backlist titles in genres including true crime, crime fiction, historical and contemporary romance, science fiction, and fantasy. Robin and Stephanie will also cover how to decode book covers in these genres - even if you don’t read them! - and appeal factors readers care most about across books, tv, and movies.
Registration is full, but the archive will be available to all, following the live session on April 26

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