LibraryLinkNJ Membership Meeting Fall 2022

Event Information
Date
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Event Type
Conferences/Membership Meetings
Event Category
LibraryLinkNJ Program/Service Overview
Descriptions

You are invited to attend our Fall Membership Meeting to learn more about LibraryLinkNJ’s programs and services, our recent accomplishments, and our future plans.

We are excited to have Martha Hickson, Librarian at the North Hunterdon High School, kick off the meeting as our keynote speaker to talk about the “State of Censorship.”

Our membership meeting is open to all member library staff, but space is limited and you must register. You don’t need to be a Voting Representative to attend.

Meeting Documents:
We will make all meeting documents available to the membership for review in a timely manner, at least two weeks ahead of the meeting.

Notes for Voting Representatives

  • Your vote is essential for the business meeting. We can only accept online votes cast by voting reps. Because the meeting is virtual, we will not be able to accommodate proxy voting. 
  • We should have you listed as the Voting Representative for your library or school district in our database.
  • You can double-check this status by going to the Voting Representative List.
  • Please complete the Voting Representative Update Form (user login required), if the information for your library needs to be updated.

The meeting will be recorded and will be made available for all LLNJ members to view.

Keynote Presentation
State of Censorship

In schools and libraries around the country, protestors are attempting to ban books and trample students’ First Amendment right to read. In a discussion designed to educate, aggravate, and activate, award-winning school librarian Martha Hickson will deliver the latest news on censorship, share the strategies she used to fight back here in NJ, and provide you with tips and tools to keep free people reading freely.

Martha Hickson has been a librarian at North Hunterdon High School 2005. A graduate of the Rutgers University School of Communication & Information, Martha has written for School Library Journal, Booklist, KnowledgeQuest, the American Library Association Intellectual Freedom Blog, NJEA Review, and School Librarian’s Workshop. She has been a presenter at conferences and webinars, including the American Association of School Librarians, Future Ready Librarians, the New Jersey Library Association, and the New Jersey Association of School Librarians. Her defense of intellectual freedom has been recognized with awards from the New Jersey Association of School Librarians, the New Jersey Library Association, the American Association of School Librarians, and the National Council of Teachers of English.
In 2022, the National Coalition Against Censorship presented Martha with the Judith Krug Outstanding Librarian Award and the American Library Association presented her with the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity in recognition of her “energy and bravery in the face of … persistent and ongoing hostility,” while advocating for students’ First Amendment right to read.

 

Registration Information
  • It is open to all LibraryLinkNJ member library staff.
  • Registration is required as the meeting room capacity is limited to 500 participants.
  • Registration will close at 12 pm, Monday, December 12, 2022.