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Message from the Executive Director
Fall Membership Meetings - Save the Date!
Statewide Strategic Master Plan for the Future of Libraries in New Jersey
We Want YOU! To be a New Member of our Technology Advisory Group
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Message from the Executive Director
Cheryl O’Connor

The recently released figures for Equalized Evaluation will have a profoundly negative impact on many public library budgets. I share this important news with the full LibraryLinkNJ membership so all are aware of this additional financial distress within the state. Budgets that are already stretched or broken will be hit further with an average statewide decrease of 4%. I am now a liaison to the NJLA Public Policy Committee, which spent most its October 12 meeting discussing this issue and planning NJLA’s future legislative agenda.

LibraryLinkNJ’s services reflect the needs of the membership: delivery of library materials, group purchasing and vendor discounts, low-cost or no-cost continuing education, and subsidized innovative projects. The Executive Board and staff will continue to do everything possible to support you in these difficult times.


Fall Membership Meetings - Save the Date!

LibraryLinkNJ is once again holding our Fall Membership Meeting in three locations, connected by videoconference using the NJEDge Network. The meetings will be held simultaneously on Wednesday, December 5 from 1:30 - 4 PM. The three locations are:

  • William Paterson University, Wayne
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick
  • Rowan University, Glassboro

Details forthcoming. Everyone is welcome so we hope to see you there!


Statewide Strategic Master Plan for
the Future of Libraries in New Jersey

Members of the New Jersey Library Network are commencing a process to establish a Statewide Strategic Master Plan for the Future of Libraries in New Jersey. LibraryLinkNJ accepted the request from the New Jersey State Library to manage this process, which is funded by a grant from the State Library.

We want to thank our colleagues who have agreed to serve on the Planning Committee. They are:

Cheryl O'Connor, Chair
LibraryLinkNJ, The New Jersey Library Cooperative
Douglas Baldwin Cranbury Public Library
Susan Briant Haddonfield Public Library
Leslie Burger Princeton Public Library
Peggy Cadigan New Jersey State Library
Kay Cassell Rutgers School of Communication & Information
Mary Chute, State Librarian New Jersey State Library
Judy Cohn

George Smith Library, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
Trevor Dawes Firestone Library, Princeton University
Ann DeRenzis Phillipsburg Free Public Library
Roberta Bronzon Fitzpatrick

George Smith Library, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
Mario Gonzalez Passaic Public Library
Ann Hoang
New Jersey Institute of Technology Library
Susan Kaplan Sayreville Public Library
Joanne Lustig Mathematica Policy Research
Mary Mallery
Harry A. Sprague Library, Montclair State University Library
Pat Massey
South Plainfield High School Information Center
Susan O'Neal Middletown Public Library
Bill Paulin
NJLA Public Policy Committee Emeritus
Deb Poillon Cape May County Library
Pat Regenberg Overlook Medical Center
Dee Venuto
Rancocas Valley Regional High School
Robert White
BCCLS - Bergen County Cooperative Library System
Anne Wodnick
Gloucester County Library System



Featured Discount: CollectionHQ

CollectionHQ, featured on the cover of Library Journal in September, is a unique collection management product for libraries. Developed with libraries in the United Kingdom, it is now being used by many public libraries throughout the United States. We investigated this product in direct response to suggestions offered from the membership.

Built-in reporting modules of many ILS products are often difficult to use and making sense of the raw data can be overwhelming. CollectionHQ utilizes a methodology called Evidence-Based Stock Management to analyze a library’s collections so that staff can easily see what action to take to improve the performance of their collections. Key benefits include ease of use, saving time, eliminating waste and increasing circulation turnover.

The product is primarily being used by large public libraries, but smaller libraries should feel encouraged to contact the vendor and explore the costs and benefits of CollectionHQ, particularly while the LibraryLinkNJ discount offer is available (through December 31, 2012).

To learn more about CollectionHQ and to see it in action, sign up for a free webinar on November 1, 2012, at 10:00 am. The webinar features guest Brian Auger, Director of the Somerset County Library System, which has already been using CollectionHQ. You can also learn more about the product at or read the Sept 15, 2012, LJ story. Visit the LibraryLink NJ CollectionHQ discount page for details of the offer and contact information for the vendor.

New Discounts

  • AWE Early Learning Stations - through 12/7/12
    20-32% off AWE's Early Literacy Stations or After-School Edge through a special, limited-time group discount. Purchases must be made between November 1 and December 7, 2012.
  • CollectionHQ - through 12/31/12
    This collection performance improvement software provides guidance on what action to take to improve the performance of your collection.
  • Proquest - through 6/30/13
    Discounts on many different products for public and school library members.

Discount Updates

  • ABC-CLIO - Print portion of discount offer no longer available. Updated terms are posted.
  • Marshall Cavendish Digital - Discount offer no longer available due to corporate changes with the publisher. Offer removed from LibraryLinkNJ website.

To see all current discounts, visit the Discounts Page. The Training You Need, At Your Convenience! offers video tutorials on all things technology, from Access and Excel to C++ and Digital Photography. Members can register for a three-week use of one of our 20 licenses on the second Tuesday and Wednesday of each month.

If you missed the opportunity to register for October, be sure to mark your calendar for November’s registration dates: November 13 & 14! Full details about the offer are available at our website.

Don’t take our word for how practical and user-friendly is -- here’s what your colleagues have to say:

I feel like there isn’t enough time in the world for all the Lynda classes I want to take! I tried out PHP and Microsoft Access introductory courses -- they were very easy to follow and well-structured. I wanted to sign up again as soon as my access expired.” -- Michael Maziekien, Rockaway Township Public Library


We Want YOU! To be a New Member of our Technology Advisory Group

We need a few good tech-savvy librarians! LibraryLinkNJ’s Technology Advisory Group advises our staff on technology in libraries, on providing tech training for library staff, and strategic planning. Help us harness The Garden State’s tremendous talent and knowledge base, and share it across library types. Members share needs, knowledge and ideas on technology at meetings held 3-4 times a year via our online meeting software. We have some exciting projects coming up!

Want to get involved? Sure, you do! Contact Joanne Roukens: or 732.752.7720 for more details.



Register now for...

eBooks: What’s Happening Now and What You Need to Know
Presented by Carolyn Foote
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | 3:00-4:30 PM
Cost: No charge

Everyone knows the eBook landscape is complex. Does your library employ clear and useful selection guidelines for adding them to your collections? How familiar are you with current controversial issues facing librarians in both public and school libraries as they navigate the eBook landscape? Join librarian and eBook expert Carolyn Foote to discuss trends developing in the eBook market and learn how librarians can have a voice in the development of eBook products. Carolyn will also share a framework for making decisions about eBook purchases.

Save the Date For:

Customer Service: Words to Use, Words to Lose
Presented by Steve Wishnack, Think and Do
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | 10:00-11:30 AM

Some words satisfy customer needs and wants, connecting us in meaningful ways. Other words are negative, destructive, and disconnect us from customers. Learn the importance words have in our interactions with both internal and external library customers. This library-focused session offers specific examples of how words to use can help library staff members be more effective in dealing with real-life, everyday situations.