MentorNJ In-Person Networking Event

Event Information
Event Type
LibraryLinkNJ Event
Event Category
Professional/Personal Development

Monroe Township Public Library

Free of charge: includes a delicious buffet lunch
Target Audience

Open to all library staff!


MentorNJ Networking Event

A day that is dedicated exclusively to networking and celebrating the profession
Come and join this MentorNJ in-person networking event!

Win some great prizes in our raffle

10:15 - 10:45 am 
& Networking
Keeping It Current with Your Professional Network
Meet wonderful NJ library mentors and mentees
(Refreshments will be served!)

10:45 - 11:00 am 
Greetings & Introduction

11:00 - 11:40 am
Marshmallow Challenge

11:40 am - 12:30 pm
Compassionate Library Leadership
presented by Richard Kong, Director, Skokie Public Library, IL

Leadership comes in many forms. One might be called a leader after demonstrating exceptional strategic thinking, communication, agility, or wisdom. But what would it look like if more leaders demonstrated compassion? What would the impact be on an organization and community if compassion was the primary driver? In this presentation, Richard will explore these questions and make a case for the next generation of library leaders to focus more on compassion above all else.

12:30 - 1:30 pm
Lunch & Networking
Enjoy the networking time with your colleagues and make new friends!
(A lovely catered lunch will be served!)

1:30 - 3:45 pm
Breakout Table Discussions 
Participate in table discussions for various topics of your interest
which will be led by a group of librarians who have extensive knowledge and experience in those topic areas:
What You’re Excited about at Your Library led by Sally Harrison, Ocean County Library System 
Cultural Norms & Cross Cultural Interactions led by Jennifer Schureman, Gloucester County Library System
Leadership from Any Position led by Kimberly Paone, Matawan Aberdeen Public Library
Building and Cultivating Personal Learning Network led by Doug Baldwin, Piscataway Public Library
Fake News and Libraries Role led by Lorie Harding, The Lawrenceville School Library

3:45 - 4:00 pm
Raffle Drawing& Closing
Raffles are for individuals, not libraries, so take your chance to win some great prizes for yourself!
Prizes include: BOSE Wireless Headphones, Amazon Echo Dots, Bluetooth Speakers and More
(Raffles sponsored by LibraryLinkNJ)

Richard Kong

About the Presenter:

Richard Kong is the director of Skokie Public Library, an award-winning institution that serves a diverse population of 65,000 just north of Chicago, Illinois. He contributes actively to the library profession at both state and national levels, currently serving on the boards of both Illinois Library Association and Public Library Association.
Read more about Richard!


MentorNJ - Linking Library Staff Statewide,
a new joint initiative funded by the New Jersey State Library and LibraryLinkNJ.
It is co-sponsored by the NJLA Professional Development Committee &
Leadership and Education Subcommittee. 
This networking event is also produced in collaboration with the NJLA Member Services Committee.

Registration Information

Registration is limited to 100.
Registration ends on Wednesday, October 4.