MentorNJ Online Meet-ups for Everyone

What Are They? Online Meet-ups via Zoom

This is the time and place to discuss your concerns, share your ideas, and “hang out” with your colleagues. We can discuss a particular topic or just chat about what this crazy life is like for newly minted work-at-home librarians.

MentorNJ Online Meet-up Leaders

We are all working on ways to continue to provide services while libraries remain closed. How are we coping in this new situation? Let's come together to network, figure out what approaches work, and how to take care of ourselves and our patrons during this challenging time. We all have a lot to learn from each other.

We are offering the following online meet-ups beginning April 6 through May 30. One-time registration is required to participate in any session (See ‘why do we require your registration’). Please go to 'how to participate section' to register, and each week we will send you the Zoom meeting information for all meet-up sessions scheduled for that week.

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Online Meet-up Weekly Schedule & Discussion Leaders

When Time Topic Discussion Leaders/Coordinators
Except for Memorial Day
11:00am-12:00pm Meetup Monday Doug Baldwin, Piscataway PL &
Kimberly Paone, Matawan Aberdeen PL
Tuesdays 3:00pm-4:30pm Tech Meetup
Newly added - First Session on May 19!
Doug Baldwin, Piscataway PL &
Hebah Emara, Elizabeth PL
Wednesdays 2:00pm-3:00pm
(3:00pm-4:00pm on May 27)
Juggling Librarianship and Parenting Kimberly Paone, Matawan Aberdeen PL &
Doug Baldwin, Piscataway PL
Thursdays 11:00am-12:00pm Adventures in Administration
: Directors & Administrators Meetup
Ralph Bingham, GCLS &
Nadine Sergejeff, Newark PL
1:00pm-2:00pm Self-Care Hebah, Elizabeth PL &
Sophie Brookover, Pennsauken PL
1:00pm-2:00pm Youth Services
: How to Plan Online Story Time
Maryjean Riou, Hunterdon County Lib. &
Erica Krivopal, Piscataway PL
The following meet-ups are offered through May 15th only
Tuesdays 11:00am-12:00pm Zoom Tutorials Hebah Emara, Elizabeth PL
The following meet-ups are offered through April 30th only
Tuesdays 2:00pm-3:00pm Adult Services
: Modifying Services While Serving the Community
Nadine Sergejeff, Newark PL &
Mimi Hui, Hasbrouck Heights PL
Wednesdays 11:00am-12:00pm Ideas for the Work From Home (WFH) Library Assistant Irene Langlois, Maplewood Memorial Lib. &
Zara Wilkinson, Rutgers University-Camden

If you have any questions, please contact us --- MentorNJ Task Force.

Let’s Notes:

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Topics, Dates, Discussion Notes & Descriptions

* All meet-up notes will be shared via GoogleDoc. 

Topics/Dates/Discussion Notes Descriptions

Meetup Monday
Mondays, 11:00am-12:00pm
April 6, 13, 20, 27 & May 4, 11, 18
Discussion Notes*

Let’s start our week off with a chance to share what’s going on in our libraries and lives! A place to network, share, discuss, and support each other during these challenging times!

Zoom Tutorials
Tuesdays, 11:00am-12:00pm
April 7, 14, 21, 28 & May 5, 12
Discussion Notes*

Open session Zoom training,

Adult Services
: Modifying Services While Serving the Community
Tuesdays, 2:00-3:00 pm
April 7, 14, 21, 28
Discussion Notes*

Join us for a chat about the challenges we face while trying to provide essential services while our libraries remain closed. Share ideas, brainstorm, and let others know what types of initiatives have been successful.

Tech Meetup
Tuesday, 3:00pm-4:30pm
Newly added - First Session on May 19!

May 19, 26
Discussion Notes*

MentorNJ is excited to add an additional virtual meetup opportunity to our slate of weekly sessions - MentorNJ Technology Meetup! These meetup sessions were occurring every two months in person all over the state prior to Covid-19, and now we would like to take this discussion opportunity virtual! 

MentorNJ Technology Meetup is an opportunity to discuss any topics related to technology, applications in libraries, technology challenges and success, and much more as we face an uncertain future where tech will play a vital role in our work and public services. This meetup is for any library staff, at all levels, who are interested in and would like to talk about topics in technology. While we hope one day soon to be able to again host our regional in-person tech meetups, this is an opportunity to allow our conversations to continue and consider the future as well.

Ideas for the Work From Home (WFH) Library Assistant
Wednesdays, 11:00am -12:00pm
April 8, 15, 22, 29
Discussion Notes*

Brainstorm with Library Assistants and Supervisors on productive tasks that can be completed from the comfort of your living room! Let's share what we're doing in this new not-so-normal world. What works? - What doesn't? Join us and get those creative juices flowing!

Juggling Librarianship and Parenting
Wednesdays, 2:00pm-3:00pm
April 8, 15, 22, 29 & May 6, 13, 20
* 3:00pm-4:00pm on May 27

Having a home/work balance is now tougher than ever before - join this discussion to share ideas, talk about strategies, and even vent a little. You are not alone!

Adventures in Administration
: Directors & Administrators Meetup
Thursdays, 11:00am-12:00pm
April 9, 16, 23, 30 & May 7, 14, 21, 28
Discussion Notes*

Join us for an informal discussion about the challenges and opportunities we are currently facing as library leaders.

Thursdays, 1:00pm-2:00pm
April 9, 16, 23, 30 & May 7, 14, 21, 28
Discussion Notes*

Some thoughts on the importance of self-care.

Youth Services Meet-up
: How to Plan Online Story Time
Fridays, 1:00pm-2:00pm
April 17, 24 & May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
(No session on Good Friday, 4/10)
Discussion Notes*

Let’s chat about online programming, how to navigate the wealth of online resources, and books! We can’t forget the books; they will always be there for us in our hour of need.

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How to Participate: Registration and Zoom Instructions

Online Registration Form - Register now!

  • You are required to complete a one-time registration to be able to participate in any of the meet-ups scheduled through May 30, 2020.
  • You need to log into your LibraryLinkNJ user account to access the registration link above. We understand you might not have your account credentials at home. Please use the password reset link if you don't remember your password. If you need further assistance, please email Mi-Sun Lyu.
  • Please know we can accommodate up to 100 participants for each session. If you cannot join any meet-up sessions due to the limit, please try to attend a future session, as all of the sessions will be hosted weekly.
  • We will send out the Zoom meeting room information at 7 am on Mondays, beginning April 6. If you are registered after April 6, you will also get that week’s meet-up information via your registration confirmation email. Please make sure you check our weekly emails (check your spam folder as well, just in case). If you don’t get any email from us, please email Mi-Sun.
  • Please know we will not be able to provide any technical support during our online meet-ups. Please see the Zoom resources section prior to any session you intend to attend, so that you can join the meet-up without any trouble.
  • If you have any questions, or need help, please email Mi-Sun.

Why do we require your registration?
Please see this article on Zoom-Bombing: How to Prevent Zoom-Bombing
“Zoom is becoming the videoconferencing method of choice during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, your Zoom meetings are wide open to hijacking if you don't know how to set the host controls properly.”


Zoom Resources

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