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Membership Meeting Update

LibraryLinkNJ’s Fall Membership Meeting was held on Thursday, December 5, 2013. Connected by video conference, members at all three locations enjoyed refreshments, networking, tech giveaways and an energizing keynote, Every Day We’re Hustlin’: Making a Difference In Our Communities, with Christian Zabriskie, Founder and Executive Director of Urban Librarians Unite.

Business Meeting: The membership approved revisions to the Bylaws concerning the Board nomination process. Revised Bylaws can be found at

Christian Zabriskie

Giveaways: Congratulations to the winners of the six iPads and Nexus tablets we gave away!

They are:

  • Passaic: Margaret Shapiro, Demarest Public Library and Claudine Pascal, Fairview Public Library (Photo on the left)

  • Rutgers: Lanora Melillo, West Orange Public Library and Judy Gardner, Alexander Library, Rutgers University
  • Rowan: Ralph Bingham, Gloucester County Library System and Arlen Kimmelman, Clearview Regional High School
    (Photo on the right)

Christian Zabriskie

Christian Zabriskie

Keynote: Christian Zabriskie presented an energizing, thoughtful and engaging talk on how a small group of dedicated people can make a big impact even with no money. He shared very helpful examples of what worked and what didn't work at Urban Librarians Unite and how we all can serve our communities in unexpected ways. Christian then joined us for even more discussion in our Facebook Forum on December 10th. Read the discussion for more insights!

AND - Save the date for the Spring Membership Meeting, Thursday, May 22, 2014!



It’s January, and that means many of our discounts have been renewed for 2014 (some discounts are based on the fiscal calendar and renew in July). The following discounts are once again available for you to take advantage of through December 31, 2014. New product information and limited-time offers are noted.



December and January were fun months for TechEx, as we featured two great Guest Contributors.


Cynthia Lambert of Somerset County Library posted throughout December on Ebooks and Beyond. She wrote about the future of e-readers and how to handle e-reading questions at the reference desk, among other highly relevant topics.

Piscataway Public Library’s Doug Baldwin is posting in January on Coding for Amateurs. So far he has provided a quick intro to computer programming concepts, pointing to several great articles on why more people (including librarians) should learn to code. He also makes his own case for learning code.


Continuing Education Updates & Opportunities

Online Learning


Cape Optional! Leading From The Library with Jennifer LaGarde
Thursday, January 30, 2014
3:00-4:30 PM
Register today!

The evolving needs of students require new, dynamic, innovate and ever-changing roles for school librarians. In this webinar, Jennifer LaGarde (aka Library Girl) will help arm future librarian-leaders with the tools they need to move out of the stacks and into the limelight, where library programs are recognized as essential.

After participating in this webinar, you’ll be able to:

  • Achieve school-wide goals using your programs and collections
  • Position yourself as an instructional and pedagogical leader using today's social and mobile technologies, and
  • Make connections between school library programs and student learning, using library data.

Registration is open through Noon on Monday, January 27.


Reader’s Advisory for a New Age - Social Media and Tech Tools
with Kaite Mediatore Stover & Anna Mickelson

Thursday, February 27, 2014 | 3:00-4:30 PM
Registration opens on Monday, January 27.

Reader’s Advisory, the art of matching books with their potential readers, has entered the social media realm thanks to Twitter, Goodreads and more, adding new resources to reader’s advisory librarians’ toolkits. Readers are also using technology to find their next good read and finding the choices wide, varied, and sometimes overwhelming.

Experts Anna Mickelsen and Kaite Stover will cut through the clutter, introducing techniques and tools for reader’s advisory, and emphasizing an online approach applicable to even the smallest library.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Identify “go-to” online reader’s advisory tools for different needs and formats.
  • Integrate online reader’s advisory tools into existing programming efforts.
  • Use specific social media platforms to promote books and reading.

Registration opens at 9 AM on Monday, January 27.

Face-to-Face Learning

Tech Speed Dating
Details & Registration

Tech Speed Dating

Presented by LibraryLinkNJ, the New Jersey State Library and
the New Jersey Library Association

We’re offering lots of new topics and some returning favorites. Registration is now open for our two remaining dates and locations. Don’t miss out!

Tech Speed Dating

Tech Speed Dating

These programs are very popular and spots go quickly.

(Photos from Tech Speed Dating program at the Parsippany Public Library, Jan. 14, 2014)

Dates & Locations:

  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014, Monroe Twp. Public Library (Middlesex County)
  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Gloucester County Library, Mullica Hill

Each program will feature:

  • Table talks staffed by expert colleagues - talk, listen, discuss, and learn one-on-one.
  • Hot topics: ebooks, how to make the most of your social media presence, makerspaces, Google Apps, coding, scanning solutions, Raspberry Pi, media apps (Zinio, Hoopla), tech programming and much, much more. (Program content may be slightly different at each location.)
  • Gadgets and devices - get acquainted with your community’s favorite devices.
  • Short presentations on tech, best practices and resources.
  • Ensure that your library and you are the go-to resource for your community on 21st century information, learning, and consumer technologies.

Audience: Everyone working in libraries, no matter what type of library, level of knowledge, familiarity or comfort with tech. Mix and mingle with newbies and techies alike. Register today!


Super Library Supervisor Workshop Series 2014

Registration for the annual "Super Library Supervisor Workshop Series 2014" will open on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at 10:00 am. This usually fills up on the first morning!

Full details & registration information available on our website.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 9:30am- 3:30pm
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 9:30am- 3:30pm
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 9:30am- 3:30pm
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 9:30am- 3:30pm

Location: Monroe Township Public Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831 (Middlesex County)

Target Audience: Library staff who are currently supervisors and have less than five years experience. (More experienced supervisors are welcome, if this is their first supervisory training.)

Cost: $199 - includes all course materials, continental breakfast and lunch for all 4 sessions. - - Monday Productivity Pointers Series

In this series focusing on productivity, author Jess Stratton takes you through the latest tools that will help you run your professional and personal life more efficiently. Each installment is less than 20 minutes long and covers a particular feature or technique in a different online tool, such as Google Apps, Skype, YouTube,, Etsy, and more. There are tips on topics from recording and publishing video chats to managing your finances online.

This massive online training library is available free to all members of LibraryLinkNJ. Details on the program and our monthly registration procedure can be found on our website.