March 23, 2017

Friends & Colleagues, please save Thursday, June 8 for our Spring Membership Meeting at the beautiful Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, Middlesex County. We look forward to a great afternoon of networking, learning, and conducting the business of the Cooperative. Come for the delicious buffet, stay for the professional development!

Registration for the Spring Membership Meeting will open in mid-April. You can look forward to a speaker and program announcement in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please mark your calendars.

When: June 8, 2016 | 12:00 - 3:30 PM

Where: Once again, we’ll all be together at one fabulous location! We’ve booked the beautiful Forsgate Country Club for this event.

Who: Everyone! Please come out to network and participate with your colleagues!

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We are delighted to announce the launch of the Powering Up: Library Charging Stations initiative.

Powering Up will promote the New Jersey library community’s goals of being safe havens and centers of community support, articulating their value, and supporting library user technology by awarding funds for the purchase of secure public device charging stations for up to 12 of our members.

We hope your interest is piqued. We’ve budgeted $75,000 for this project and look forward to reading your wonderful applications, issuing awards, and later learning about the impact of the project on your libraries.

Applications are due by 4:00 pm on Friday, April 28, 2017.

For full details, please visit the Powering Up project page.

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In February & March, we held seven Stakeholder Engagement Workshops across the state, with over 150 library staff from all types of libraries and jobs. The incisive, thoughtful notes and drawings (yes, drawings - your colleagues are multi-talented!) from participants are available on the LLNJ website for you to review.

We are scheduling further events, including an online survey, in-depth interviews with key colleagues across the state and online focus groups for staff in member libraries of all types.

We will share information about each of these opportunities to participate in the Strategic Planning Process as we schedule them, and hope you can join us.

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Mango Languages creates unique language-learning experiences with over 70 world languages, 22 specialized English courses, 22 foreign films and 31 speciality courses, i.e., Medical Spanish, Business Mandarin and many more to choose from.

Each chapter is accessible online and through free mobile apps and designed with Mango’s unique fresh, intuitive, and flat-out fun methodology to keep learners engaged.

Mango Languages is offering all LibraryLinkNJ members a free, all-access trial during the months of March and April. If you subscribe, a 25% discount is in effect for all new Mango subscribers through May 31, 2017. Find full offer details here.

Trial Access
Trial Link For Desktop Or Laptop:

Mobile App Access:
Download the Mango app on any device and enter the following info on the log-in screen for full access:

Username: NJLINK
Password: Mango123

Webinar
Join your Mango rep for a brief online overview on Tue, Apr 4, 2017, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT. Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone here.

You can also dial in using your phone:
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122. Use Access Code: 323-289-781

First GoToMeeting? Try a test session.

For questions about setting up a personalized demo or pricing feel free to contact Marco Cracchiolo for questions at 248.254.7450 x809 or marco.cracchiolo@mangolanguages.com.

 

We have a variety of Spring discount offers from EBSCO. Each offer has its own discount page - links are included below.

Flipster
Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine solution that makes it easy for you to read your favorite magazines on your computer or mobile device. Currently a 25% discount is available for LibraryLinkNJ members. EBSCO is extending an additional 25% off Flipster titles if orders are placed before June 1, 2017. That is 50% off of most titles. For public and K-12 school libraries. Details

Magazine Archives
This is a one-time purchase of full runs of popular magazines. Purchase by title. Public libraries and K-12 schools receive 25% off, plus additional discounts for multiple titles. Details

Core Collections
These impartial, authoritative guides help librarians build and maintain well-rounded collections of the most highly recommended reference, nonfiction and fiction books. With documented selection criteria, four levels of recommendation and an unparalleled level of credibility, the Core Collections products help librarians do their jobs better, faster and with more confidence. Public and K-12 school libraries receive 10% off when you purchase 2 or more Core Collections. Details

Public Library E-Book Collection
The new subscription contains over 41,000 titles chosen specifically for public libraries. Discount is 25% off. Details

School Library E-Book Collection
Included are collections for K-8, High School, High School Academic and a new History Collection. Discount is 25% off. Details

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Registration is open for the 2017 NJLA Conference at Harrah’s in Atlantic City. With over 60 regular sessions, four preconferences, and a host of special events, the Conference has something for everyone working in NJ libraries.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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TechFest Materials Available
Colleagues from around the state learned so much at this winter’s two TechFest events, and we’re happy to provide all the handouts from Table Talks on the following topics:

  • Online Outreach Tools For Free & Low-Cost Promotion and Marketing
  • Podcasts for Professional Development: The Best Apps for Learning
  • Augmented Reality: Practical Applications for Libraries
  • Lending Non-Traditional Items: What & How
  • Web Tools for Teaching Specific Topics & Engagement
  • Chromecast Tips & Tricks
  • Learning to Code & Computational Thinking
  • Mobile Gaming For Community Engagement
  • Crowdfunding Library Projects
  • Understanding Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): Authentication Issues for Libraries
  • Password Managers: An Essential Tool for Digital Security and Privacy
  • Virtual Reality

If you missed the event or just want to share a handout with colleagues at your home institution, we’ve got you covered.

Learn At Your Leisure With Webinars
Our most recent webinars make quite a trio for library staff in a wide variety of roles, and as always, we’ve archived the live presentations, along with the presenters’ slides and other related materials.

Get caught up or share a link with a colleague for:

  • Fresh Lit 2016, with Roz Reisner. This annual readers’ advisory treat brings you highlights of current and forthcoming titles especially good for book groups.
  • Data Visualization for the Rest of Us, presented by Linda Hofschire. You collect all sorts of data at your library; now learn how to present it visually for patrons, board members, administrators and other stakeholders.
  • Library Paparazzi: Next-Level Tips for #LibrariesOfInstagram, presented by Claire Schmieder and Sophie Brookover. Tools, tips & tricks for making your library’s Instagram account the best it can be!

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We welcome a new member to LibraryLinkNJ: At their March meeting, the Executive Board approved the membership application of The Jersey College School of Nursing Library, Teterboro Campus. Congratulations and welcome!

Congratulations to Eleana Cordova, Adult Reference & Interlibrary Loan Librarian at Wayne Public Library, on receiving the national STARS-Atlas Systems Mentoring Award, which facilitates a grant towards costs of travel and attendance at the annual American Library Association conference this June in Chicago.

Library Journal released their annual list of Movers & Shakers this month, and once again, New Jersey was very well represented! We’re so proud of our colleagues:

  • Doug Baldwin, Piscataway Public Library, highlighted for his creative & can-do spirit as a leader of NJ Makers Day (an initiative LibraryLinkNJ is proud to have supported!)
  • Joan Divor, Burlington County Library System, honored for her work on small business education and promoting entrepreneurship
  • Tonya Garcia, Long Branch Free Public Library (and NJLA’s 2016 Librarian of the Year), celebrated for her innovative community engagement programs
  • Krista Welz, North Bergen High School, whose tireless, #NeverNotWorking ethos earned her a spot in this year’s class

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