A day that is dedicated exclusively to networking and celebrating the profession
Come and join this MentorNJ in-person networking event!
Have your headshots done for your resume or social media profiles for free!
10:00 - 10:45 am
Sign-in & 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 am - 12:30 pm
Preparing for Your Librarian Job Search
presented by Kae Bara Kratcha
Entrepreneurship & Social Science Librarian at Columbia University Libraries
In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your job search so that you can present your best self to potential employers with as little stress as possible. We will cover how to identify your key skills, how to organize your job search, and tips for writing resumes and cover letters. Whether you’re a new MLS grad looking for a first librarian job or a career librarian looking to make a change, this program is for you.
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 - 3:15 pm
NetWORK it! - An exciting, interactive guide to making professional connections
presented by Morgan Taylor, Head of Adult Services, Princeton Public Library &
Erin Hughes, Children’s Librarian, Carlstadt Public Library
It can be tough (if you finally get out of your library) to meet new people, even when working a profession that is rich in idea sharing. It can be tougher to find ways to maintain relationships that can be harnessed to increase your professional scope. We will give you our best tips and tricks to meet your networking goals. By the time our session is done, you’ll be sashaying out the doors with your business card in hand, waving to anyone who has idea sharing potential (... or maybe that will just be us).
3:15 - 3:30 pm
About the Presenters:
Kae Bara Kratcha is the Entrepreneurship & Social Science Librarian at Columbia University Libraries. Previously, Kae was the Job & Business Academy Librarian and founding manager of the Queensbridge Tech Lab at Queens Public Library. Kae has been helping people present their best selves to employers since 2015. They received their MLS from the City University of New York’s Queens College and BA from Fordham University, and their pronouns are they, them, and theirs.
Morgan Taylor is the Head of Adult Services at Princeton Public Library. She's an active member of NJLA, was an Emerging Leader in 2017, and has served on several NJLA and BCCLS committees. Morgan seizes any opportunity to network with fellow librarians, especially over a cup of tea.
Erin Hughes is the Children's Librarian at the Carlstadt Public Library. She's big on networking, has been on BCCLS committees, and is a two time NJLA speaker with her BFF, Morgan Taylor. Erin is a huge fan of crafts, cats, and talking about Star Trek. She really loves asking strangers if they have a library card, and runs primarily on a high octane mix of caffeine, memes, and positivity.
[ Monroe Township Library Building & Parking Information ]
MentorNJ - Linking Library Staff Statewide,
a statewide service funded by the New Jersey State Library.
It is co-sponsored by LibraryLinkNJ, the NJLA Professional Development Committee &
Leadership and Education Subcommittee.