November 24, 2015

Just for the Health of It
East Brunswick Public Library Consumer Health Librarian Catherine Adamo
explains "Just for the Health of It" at a farmers market. [Photo by Karen Parry]

East Brunswick Public Library was featured in a recent issue of American Libraries for their exemplary work in the area of health information literacy. After creating a health information portal in 2009, EBPL won a $15,000 grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Mid-Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR) and have expanded the scope and reach of their “Just For the Health of It” program to serve information seekers in Arabic, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, and Russian.

Colleagues at eight New Jersey public libraries (including one bookmobile) have won Curiosity Creates Grants from The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). The winning libraries, which will use their funding to establish creativity-based programming for children, are:

  • Gloucester County Library System -- Mullica Hill Branch
  • Livingston Public Library
  • New Brunswick Free Public Library
  • North Plainfield Memorial Library
  • Ocean County Library
  • Piscataway Public Library
  • Salem County Bookmobile Library
  • Woodbury Public Library

Congratulations to all of our colleagues, who do so much every day to serve their communities at such a high level. You make us all proud!

  • We thank Roberta Fitzpatrick (George Smith Library, UDMNJ) and Steve Chudnick (Brookdale Community College) for their service as LibraryLinkNJ representatives to the Library Network Review Board as their terms come to an end.
  • We warmly welcome Gloucester County Library System Director Anne Wodnick to the LibraryLinkNJ Executive Board. Anne steps into Kathy Schalk-Greene’s shoes as a Public Library Representative. Kathy resigned her position on the Executive Board upon her retirement from the Mount Laurel Library on November 1.

Just a reminder that our two new Ebsco offers are available through December 4, 2015:

There is still time to learn more about Beanstack with a free webinar in November or December. Beanstack is the early literacy web service for public libraries and LibraryLinkNJ has a discount offer through December 31, 2015.

The following webinar times are available; select a link below to register (be sure to select the correct date from the drop-down menu on the registration page). Visit the discount page for more information.

Fresh Lit 2015: New & Forthcoming Literary Fiction for Readers & Book Groups
Presented by Roz Reisner
Date & Time: December 1, 2015 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration is open now!

2015 has been a great year for literary fiction, and there’s more coming in early 2016! The big names, like Jonathan Franzen, Geraldine Brooks, and Margaret Atwood, as well as many recent popular favorite authors from the last few years have all published--or will shortly publish--new novels. Since you can’t read ‘em all, join Roz Reisner to get a taste of which ones will appeal to your mainstream and mid-list fiction patrons based on their appeal characteristics. Share ideas for publisher imprints and small presses to watch, awards to track, and print and online resources for keeping up.

After participating in this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Recommend current and forthcoming literary fiction to your Readers’ Advisory patrons
  • Identify and use print and online resources for staying abreast of new and upcoming titles
  • Learn which small presses are publishing interesting, award-winning, literary fiction

This 90-minute webinar will include a 60-minute presentation and 30 minutes for Q&A, as well as an interactive portion about resources and keeping up with new and forthcoming titles.

While you wait for Roz's great presentation & conversation next month, catch up with five years of previous webinars:

Secure your space & register today!

Strategies for Effective Web Writing
Presented by Heidi Steiner Burkhardt, Norwich University
Date & Time: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | 3:00 - 4:30 PM
Registration will open at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, December 16

Thoughtful, well-written content is integral to the user experience of your library’s online presence. Practicing effective web writing strategies reaches far beyond your website to anywhere people interact with your content online.

This webinar will cover the various types of web copy libraries create, as well as thinking about who your audiences are and how they read on the web. We will also talk about voice and tone, including the importance of being conversational, honest and kind. Finally, the talk will be chock full of essential tips for high impact writing such as structure, writing for scannability, good use of links and avoiding jargon. Once you start to care about quality web writing, there is no going back. Be prepared to think critically, brainstorm and get amped about the power of well-written content.

Learning Objectives
After participating in this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify the various types of web content your library sends out into the world
  • Initiate the development of established voice and tone guidelines for your library
  • Write web content using best practices and strategies

Save the Dates: Super Library Supervisor

Mark your calendars now! We have booked the dates for the 2016 edition of this perennially popular series of workshops. All programs will be held at the Monroe Township Public Library in Middlesex County on the following dates:

  • March 30, 2016
  • April 13, 2016
  • May 4, 2016
  • May 11, 2016

The topics will be: What it Means To Be a Supervisor, Evaluation & Documentation, Communications, and Human Resources Basics and Running Successful Meetings (a two-in-one workshop).

Registration for Super Library Supervisor will open on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. You can look forward to an updated and even more equitable registration process, with 30 seats available this year.

MentorNJ In-Person Networking Event
[Photo by Lindsey Meyer, Edison Public Library]

The MentorNJ In-Person Networking Event at the Monroe Township Library on Friday, October 2, was a great success. In spite of the uncooperative weather conditions (influenced by Hurricane Joaquin), 59 passionate library colleagues from around the state gathered together to network with each other to celebrate the profession, as promised!

MentorNJ In-Person Networking Event
[Photo by Lindsey Meyer, Edison Public Library]

The Opening Talk, The Importance of Joining Professional Organizations and Attending Conferences and Webinars and the Panel Discussion, What Do Libraries Look for in Their Next Hire were both practical and lively. Participants then enjoyed collegial networking opportunities, mock interviews and resume reviews. Many attendees also sat for updated headshots with a professional photographer. As the final program of the day, everyone played a team-based Trivia Game, and the competition was funny and fierce! Julie Walsh was the wonderful emcee for the game, and all participants played to win (but fairly)!

The MentorNJ Project Team would like to thank everyone who participated in the event and made it so much fun and valuable! We also thank you for sharing your feedback with us, and we'll make sure to take all your suggestions into consideration when we plan our future programs. Check out the MentorNJ webpage for more information.

We would also like to give our special thanks to the NJ State Library and the LibraryLinkNJ staff for their help with event material preparation and to the speakers, panels and volunteers who shared practical advice and thoughts with all participants at the event. Read more about the event here!

MentorNJ - Linking Library Staff Statewide,
a new joint initiative funded by the New Jersey State Library and LibraryLinkNJ.
It is co-sponsored by the NJLA Professional Development Committee &
Leadership and Education Subcommittee.
This networking event is also produced in collaboration with the NJLA Member Services Committee.