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 December 31. 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 Schedule thru December & Discussion Leaders

When Time Topic Discussion Leaders/Coordinators


November 2, 16 & December 7
Meetup Monday Doug Baldwin, Piscataway PL; 
Kimberly Paone, Matawan Aberdeen PL;
Irene Langlois, Maplewood Memorial Lib
Tuesdays 3:00pm-4:00pm
November 10
Tech Meet-up Doug Baldwin, Piscataway PL
Wednesdays 11:00am-12:00pm
Sophie Brookover, Pennsauken PL;
Hebah Emara, Elizabeth PL
October 28, November 18 & December 16
Juggling Librarianship and Parenting Kimberly Paone, Matawan Aberdeen PL;  Doug Baldwin, Piscataway PL;
Erica Krivopal, Piscataway PL
Thursdays 10:30am-11:30am
November 12 & December 3, 17
Adventures in Administration
: Directors & Administrators Meetup
Ralph Bingham, GCLS;
Nadine Sergejeff, Newark PL;
Irene Langlois, Maplewood Memorial Lib.

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; June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Mondays, 2:00pm-3:00pm
July 6, 13, 20, 27; August 10, 24; September 14, 21; October 5, 19; November 2, 16; December 7
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,
Led by Hebah Emara, Elizabeth PL

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.
Led by: Nadine Sergejeff, Newark PL & Mimi Hui, Hasbrouck Heights PL

Tech Meetup
Tuesday, 3:00pm-4:30pm

May 19, 26; July 1; November 10
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!
Led by: Irene Langlois, Maplewood Memorial Lib. & Zara Wilkinson, Rutgers University-Camden

Juggling Librarianship and Parenting
Wednesdays, 2:00pm-3:00pm
April 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20, 27; June 3, 24; July 15, 29; August 19; September 30; October 28; November 18; December 16

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; June 4, 11, 18, 25; July 9, 23; August 13, 27; September 3, 17; October 1, 15 &
Thursdays, 10:30am-11:30am
November 12; December 3, 17

Discussion Notes*

Join us for an informal discussion about the challenges and opportunities we are currently facing as library leaders.
Curbside and Contactless Pickup Service Meetup
Thursday, 11:0am-12:30pm
July 2
Discussion Notes *
Join us for an informal discussion about implementing curbside and contactless pickup. Has your library started offering this service? Share your lessons learned. Have no idea where to start? Let's discuss your options.

Wednesday, 11:00am-12:00pm
July 8, 15, 22, 29
Thursdays, 1:00pm-2:00pm
April 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14, 21, 28; June 4, 11, 18, 25; July 2, 8, 15; August 5, 19; October 14
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
Summer Reading Check-in:
Tuesday, June 23, 2:00pm-3:00pm &
Tuesday, July 28, 2:00pm-3:00pm

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.
Led by: Maryjean Riou, Hunterdon County Lib. & Erica Krivopal, Piscataway PL
Youth Services & Back to School Prep
Tuesday, 3:00pm-4:30pm
August 25, September 24, October 21
Discussion Notes *
Is your school district resuming in-person instruction in September? Some parents/guardians are choosing to opt-out of in-person instruction, while some school districts are asking for full remote instruction. As a result, there are concerns that students may be left unsupervised on those days when they are not in school and parents may have to return to physical workplaces. Without a vaccine for COVID-19, public libraries cannot encourage anyone to linger and must adhere to policies regarding unsupervised students in the library. How is your library preparing for these different scenarios? Let's chat about your back to school plans, Fall online programming, and school library and public library partnerships.

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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 October 31, 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.
  • 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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