March 22, 2018

We are negotiating with the new vendor for the Statewide Delivery Service under the terms of the updated Request for Proposal. The new vendor will be announced when the contract is complete.

Please save Wednesday, June 13 for our Spring Membership Meeting at the Forsgate Country Club.

We’re delighted to announce that Miguel Figueroa, leader of ALA’s Center For The Future of Libraries and author of its indispensable weekly newsletter, Read For Later, will be our keynote speaker this year.

The day will be an enticing combination of convivial networking with colleagues from around the state, a productive business meeting, and engaging, practical learning opportunities for staff at all member libraries.

In keeping with our longstanding tradition and belief in the power of good food, we’ll also furnish a delicious buffet lunch for all.

Our membership meetings are always open to all library staff. You don’t need to be a Voting Representative to attend.

We’ll announce the opening of registration soon. As always, registration for membership meetings is free of charge.

Did you know that you can schedule a one-on-one evaluation and consultation on your library’s social media presences with Program Coordinator & Social Media Manager Sophie Brookover and Social Media Intern Reed Gillen?

They’ll review all of your presences across a variety of channels, and give you tailored advice to help you bring your content and strategies to the next level.

Fill out this quick form to provide a sense of what you’re looking for. Sophie and Reed will get in touch to schedule a date.

Spring Networking Mixer
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 | 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library
Open to staff at all member libraries

Registration is now open for our Spring Networking Mixer at the Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library on April 17. We look forward to seeing North Jersey colleagues for a lively & informative morning featuring refreshments, updates about new funding initiatives for member libraries, our new Strategic Plan and Statewide Delivery Contract, and the opportunity to catch up with all libraryland goings-on around the state.

Over the years, colleagues have asked us to offer more opportunities to gather and network in a casual setting. LibraryLinkNJ is pleased to host several opportunities to do just that around the state. We’re heading to North Jersey for our final Networking Mixer of the year.

Register today to secure your space!


Save the Dates for our Upcoming Webinars!

Hardboiled Is Not Only An Egg: And Other Tips For Genre Readers’ Advisory
Presented by: Stephanie Anderson, BookOps at NYPL and Brooklyn Public Library, and
Robin Bradford, Timberland Regional Library District
April 26, 2018 | 1:00-2:30 PM

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You’ll learn about new and backlist titles in genres including true crime, crime fiction, historical and contemporary romance, science fiction, and fantasy. Robin and Stephanie will also cover how to decode book covers in these genres - even if you don’t read them! - and appeal factors readers care most about across books, tv, and movies. Registration opens on Monday, March 26, 2018.


From Machine Learning to Edge Computing: Current and Emerging Technology Trends
Presented by: Bohyun Kim, Associate Professor in Scholarly Technology at the University of Rhode Island Libraries
May 8, 2018 | 10:00-11:30 AM

You’ll learn about emerging and evolving technologies such as 3D printing, 3D modeling, virtual reality, machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and edge computing. Bohyun will also lead participants through exercises designed to elicit ideas for implementation in your library. Registration opens on Monday, April 9, 2018.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the NJLA Conference in May! LibraryLinkNJ Staff will be presenting at the following sessions:

  • Get the Word Out! How To Generate Buzz in Your Online Communities, with John Arthur, Stacy Brody, Reed Gillen, and Emily Weisenstein | 9:00 AM on May 31
  • Genre-Bending, with Sophie Brookover, Elizabeth Burns, and Sharon Rawlins | 11:30 AM on May 31
  • Effective Presentation Skills, with Joanne Roukens | 11:30 AM on May 31
  • NJLA Awards Ceremony, emceed by Joanne Roukens | 6:00 pm on May 31
  • Media Advisory for the Cool Librarian, with Sophie Brookover, Breanna Durkin, Sharon Rawlins, and Ryan Somelofske | 2:30 PM on June 1
  • Digital Public Library of America Coming to the Shore, with Kathy Schalk-Greene | 2:30PM on June 1