MentorNJ Mega Meet-up

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

Open to all NJ Library Staff

Free of Charge.

MentorNJ Mega Meet-up
NJ-LIB Mega Awards & Networking Event

Friday, May 14, 2021, 10:00am-12:00pm

You have been tirelessly working to serve your community while securing the safety of your customers, yourself and your family. It’s been over a year since we started living in this pandemic, and we think you deserve a break! Let’s get together on Friday, May 14 and celebrate us! Yes, it is a Zoom event, but it won’t be another ordinary Zoom meeting!

MentorNJ, in collaboration with the NJ State Library, LibraryLinkNJ, NJLA’s Public Relations Committee, Professional Development Committee and Leadership and Education Subcommittee, would like to acknowledge and recognize the contributions by libraries and their staff to our communities by hosting this Mega event.

This Mega Meet-up is an opportunity to network with your colleagues and celebrate our contribution to the communities we serve in this pandemic era. We believe that all of us need an opportunity to recognize our resilience and adaptability, our commitment to our communities, and our impact.

Please mark this event on your calendar and join us to relax and laugh together!

Greetings & Introduction

Welcoming Remarks
by Jennifer Nelson, State Librarian, NJSL
Keith McCoy, Interim Executive Director, LibraryLinkNJ
Allen McGinley, Chair, NJLA Public Relations Committee

MentorNJ Meet-up Discussion Leaders’ Looking Back
moderated by Kimberly Paone, Matawan Aberdeen Public Library
with Ralph Bingham, Gloucester County Library; Irene Langlois, Maplewood Memorial Library;
Maryjean Riou, Hunterdon County Library; Doug Baldwin, Piscataway Public Library

NJ-LIB Mega Awards*1 - Part I
Individual Winners - presented by MentorNJ Task Force
Institutional Winners - presented by NJLA Public Relations Committee

Meet The Foodie Magician - Josh Beckerman
A professional entertainer who intertwines magic, mentalism, and comedy around the world

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NJ-LIB Mega Awards - Part II

Raffle Drawing*2 & Closing


*1: Who are “NJ-LIB Mega Awards” winners?

  • Individual Winners: MentorNJ Task Force has selected the winners from the MentorNJ Online Meet-up participants who have joined the meet-up conversations since we started the online meet-up series in April 2020.
  • Institutional Winners: The NJLA Public Relations Committee has selected the winning libraries among the participants in the Snapshot Day program during the month of February 2021.
  • All of the winners will be notified via email in advance, with detailed information about your prizes and participation in the event, etc.!

*2: Raffle Drawing

  • Raffles are limited to those registrants who register for the event by 5 pm Thursday, May 13, as we need to add the names to the raffle drawing app, prior to the event. You also need to be present at the event to win.
  • Raffle prizes are for individual attendees - a set of a Zoom call lighting and a chromakey collapsible backdrop with a stand.


Since 2015

MentorNJ - Linking Library Staff Statewide
is funded by the New Jersey State Library & LibraryLinkNJ.
It is co-sponsored by New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) Professional Development Committee
& Leadership and Education Subcommittee.

This Mega Meet-up event is co-sponsored by the NJLA Public Relations Committee. 

Registration Information


  • This event is open to all NJ library staff. Please feel free to share the event info and the registration link with your colleagues at your library or libraries in NJ, but do not share the registration link on a public website or social media.
  • Registration is free of charge and required, as the capacity is limited to 500 people.
  • Register in advance for this Mega Meet-up via Zoom. Registration link has been sent out in several announcements via LLNJ's mass mailing list since April 26. 
  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.