July 23, 2015

ASCLA Awards Reception

Cheryl and Mary Chute, State Librarian

At the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in San Francisco last month, Executive Director Cheryl O’Connor received a citation for the Leadership and Professional Achievement Award from The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA). Cheryl, who was nominated for the award by New Jersey State Librarian Mary Chute and former Deputy State Librarian Kathi Peiffer for her hard work joining four vibrant, but independent regional cooperatives into one state-wide cooperative. New Jersey was very well-represented at the ASCLA Awards Reception, as you can see by the photos below. Congratulations, Cheryl!

Adam Szczepaniak, Deputy State Librarian and Director of the NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center, received the 2015 Francis Joseph Campbell Award, also from ASCLA. He was selected for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of library services for blind and physically handicapped people. His creation of the The Outspoken Library has benefited over 30 public libraries serving communities throughout New Jersey.

ASCLA Awards Reception

(From the left:) Kathi Peiffer, Cheryl
and Linda Lyshol, ASCLA Awards Committee

ASCLA Awards Reception

(From the left:) Sophie Brookover, Cheryl and Mi-Sun Lyu

ASCLA Awards Reception

NJ Librarians at the Reception

LibraryLinkNJ’s Executive Board has reorganized, as they do each fiscal year. Please welcome our new officers:

  • President: Candice Brown, Clifton Public Library
  • Vice President: Kimberly Paone, Matawan-Aberdeen Public Library
  • Secretary: Lynn Pascale, Collingswood Middle School & High School
  • Treasurer: Rick Van der Wende, Lay Representative
  • Assistant Treasurer: Joe Toth, Richard Stockton College

Deputy State Librarian Peggy Cadigan has replaced the retired Victoria Rosch as the New Jersey State Library liaison to the Executive Board.

New Board President Candice Brown shares, “I am honored to have been elected as president of LibraryLinkNJ’s Executive Board. I would like to thank my predecessor, Jane Crocker, for all her hard work as president and I look forward to working with all my colleagues on the Executive Board. This is a time of transition for LibraryLinkNJ, as we wish Cheryl O’Connor all the best in this exciting new chapter in her life. Her leadership during her time with both Infolink and LibraryLinkNJ will be greatly missed. As we search for a new Executive Director, I am confident that LibraryLinkNJ will continue its history of outstanding service and innovation to its members.”

We echo Candice’s warm thanks to former Board President Jane Crocker and offer her a big cheer for having led the Board with enthusiasm, skill and good humor through FY14 and FY15.

Executive Director Search Announced:

The LibraryLinkNJ Executive Board is pleased to announce that it has hired Bradbury Associates/Gossage, Sager Associates to assist in the search process for replacing the retiring LLNJ Executive Director, Cheryl O’Connor. The nationally recognized search firm specializes in executive searches for libraries.

‪The search process will begin this month and continue into the fall. The goal is to make an appointment by the end of November, with the new Executive Director starting by January 2016. The position will be advertised locally and nationally, and will be an open, competitive search.

Cheryl's last day in the office will be Wednesday, September 30th.

‪A Board Executive Search Task Force has been appointed to marshal the process and advise the Board. ‪

The Task Force members are: ‪

  • Jane Crocker: Chair; Past LLNJ Board President; Library Director, Rowan College at Gloucester County ‪
  • Candice Brown: LLNJ Board President; Director, Clifton Public Library ‪
  • Peggy Cadigan: Deputy State Librarian, New Jersey State Library ‪
  • Michelle McGreivey: LLNJ Board Member-at-Large; Media Specialist, Hoboken Junior Senior High School ‪
  • Joanne Roukens: LLNJ Assistant Director ‪
  • Margaret Shapiro:  LLNJ Board Lay Representative ‪
  • Joe Toth: LLNJ Board Assistant Treasurer, Academic Library Representative; Library Director, Richard Stockton College

James Monroe Elementary School, in Edison, NJ, was destroyed by fire in March, 2014. School Librarian Vera Beal applied for and won the American Association of School Librarians and Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s Beyond Words Disaster Relief Grant, which will furnish $50,000 for the re-establishment of the school’s library media program.

In her application for the grant, Beal wrote, “I watched in dismay and fright as the flames rolled out of the windows of our school library. The entire collection of books, as well as all of our media equipment, was destroyed. All of these wonderful amenities of the school year have been erased due to the fire.”

In September, the school, its students, faculty and staff, will have been relocated for a second time, to a former parochial school, which will be James Monroe Elementary’s home until the completion of a new building on the school’s original site.

“The school that we will inhabit in September has a large area designated as the library. However, the books that we have collected so far will fill only one tenth of the space,” explains Beal. “The surrounding communities have held book drives for us, and I have personally weeded through these books separating the usable from the inappropriate. We are still left with a small percentage of what we originally had.”

School Principal Lynda Zapoticzny traveled to San Francisco to receive the grant citation in person at ALA’s Annual Meeting last month. Congratulations to the James Monroe Elementary community on this major step forward to rebuilding their school library program, and best wishes for the school community as a whole.


We have a renewed discount on Britannica products, available to all LibraryLinkNJ members through July 31, 2016. Britannica’s range of digital products go well beyond the standard Encyclopedia, so take a look at the offer. Discount levels average 25%.

On-site On-Demand FY2016

Updates to the On-Site, On-Demand Professional Development Program

LibraryLinkNJ Provides a Subsidy of Up to $750
Let us Help You Make a Difference!

Ongoing professional education is essential in the work lives of all staff members, and we want to make it as efficient and cost-effective as possible. We will subsidize up to $750 of the cost of one staff development workshop a year for participating member libraries of all types.

Professional Development and Self-Care is one of the key goals in the Statewide Strategic Plan for the Future of Libraries in New Jersey. The On-Site, On-Demand Staff Development program directly supports this goal by providing libraries with the opportunity to help their staff acquire new skills and cross-train.

New in FY16

We’ve added more choices and removed some barriers to participation. We present a more comprehensive and flexible program for all of our member libraries!

Additionally, we have incorporated the On-Site program for school libraries into the main On-Site program.


Key Changes:

  • Members are no longer limited to a specific menu of on-site training options.
  • You may either choose a workshop from our suggested list or work with another trainer or consultant.
  • There’s no minimum number of staff required to hold a program.
  • LibraryLinkNJ will offer a subsidy of up to $750 for each approved workshop request.

How Does the Program Work?

The basics:

  • Libraries may request one subsidy a year. Our fiscal year runs July to June.
  • Libraries are no longer limited to our menu of program choices.
  • Libraries will book programs directly with a vendor/consultant and will be responsible for paying them.
  • There is no minimum number of staff required to hold a program.
  • We will provide a subsidy of up to $750 for each approved request, not to exceed the actual combined cost of the trainer’s fee and travel costs. Example: if the total cost of the program is $550, the subsidy will be $550.
  • Funds for this program are limited, so request early.

For all the details, review the main On-Site, On-Demand page on our website.

If you have any questions, please contact Joanne Roukens by phone (732.752.7720 or 866.505.5465) or jroukens [at] librarylinknj.org (email).

Webinar: How to Mentor Others
Presented by Mary Beth Weber, Rutgers University Libraries

If you missed the July date, please make sure to secure your spot for October 20!
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 | 10-11:30 am

Mentoring can be critical to the success of any career. A good and effective mentor can help others to meet career goals, as well as motivate and set a good example. This webinar will discuss the importance of mentoring others and ways that you can serve as an effective mentor.

After this webinar you will be able to:

  • Define the types of mentoring relationships
  • Mentor for a specific purpose
  • Provide guidance and constructive feedback
  • Interact effectively with your mentee
  • Continue the relationship after your mentee has reached his/her desired outcome.

Registration is open!

Using The New and Improved Drupal Sample Site for Libraries

This four-webinar series is an in-depth course training for you to manage content and administer the Sample Drupal Library Website that LibraryLinkNJ created for our member libraries. LibraryLinkNJ member libraries are eligible to download this sample site at no cost, and can modify/customize the sample site for their own library at their own pace. LibraryLinkNJ has made some improvements on the sample site. Please find more information about our Drupal Sample Website for Libraries.

The series will consist of 4 live online sessions: Three days of 3-hour training sessions, each with two hours of training and a final hours for Q&A, and a follow-up 90-minute session for any questions that might come up after the first three sessions and you start working on your site.

  • Thursday, October 22, 2015: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 29, 2015: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday, November 5, 2015: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday, November 12, 2015: 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Cost: $40 for the 4-day series

For more details, go to the program page on our website.

Space is limited to 20 participants for the series. Register early to secure your spot!

Save the following date for the MentorNJ Networking Event:

  • Date: Friday, October 2, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    (Sign-in & Refreshments at 12:15 pm)
  • Location: Monroe Township Library (Jamesburg, NJ)

More information including the event schedule, programs, registration information, carpooling form, etc. will be posted at the event page soon.

We’ll open registration at 9 AM on Monday, August 3.