The Technology & Entrepreneurship Talent Network (TETN) at NJIT and LibraryLinkNJ began a partnership in FY2014 on a new project to support the growth of the New Jersey economy. The program focused on helping NJ residents with an idea for a new business to begin to seriously transform that idea into a new venture. The vision was to enhance the role of libraries as critical community hubs attracting a new set of stakeholders.
The program helped demonstrate the very vital role libraries and librarians can play today in the state’s economic growth. Three libraries participated in the program: Cherry Hill Public Library (Laverne Mann, Library Director), Somerset County Library System (Brian Auger, Library Director) and Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library (Jayne Beline, Library Director). Their final reports are now available. They have much to share about creating partnerships with the local businesses and organizations and future plans. Ideas that other public libraries in New Jersey can use and adapt as their own. We hope you will feel inspired!