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Member Highlight: Magical Makerspace Tours
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Fall Membership Meeting: Register TODAY!

We’ve extended registration for our Fall Membership Meeting on December 2 through Tuesday, November 25, and we’ll keep it open til 11:59 PM. Don’t miss out on your chance to:

  • Learn all about User Experience Design with Darien Library’s John Blyberg
  • Win a Samsung Pebble smartwatch
  • And oh, yes! Network with cherished colleagues from around the state

Date & Time: Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 1:45 - 4:00 PM - register for one of three convenient locations!

Program: The Language of Experience: Understanding and Implementing User Experience Design in Your Library with John Blyberg

Description: Many librarians think that user experience (UX) design means installing the latest technology, having the slickest website, knowing the best apps, or building the hippest makerspaces. These are great things to strive for, but are only part of a successful constellation of services. UX design strives to create something that is more than the sum of its parts. It is not just great customer service; it is applying empathy and compassion in a structured way so that our users come away with full hearts and satisfied minds.

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

  • Speak knowledgeably about ways to apply UX design in your libraries today;
  • Measure the impact of UX design in your library;
  • Refine the way you apply UX design in your community of users.


Member Highlight: Magical Makerspace Tours

If you rolled up for the Magical Makerspace Tours through South and Central Jersey, you already know how great they were - two days touring six of the fifteen library makerspaces funded through the NJ Library Makerspaces Project co-funded by LibraryLinkNJ and the NJ State Library.

Mystery Makerspace Tour

We want to thank the six libraries we visited on the South Jersey and Central Jersey Tours:

  • Mount Laurel Library
  • Gloucester County Library System - Mullica Hill Branch
  • Atlantic City Free Public Library
  • East Brunswick Public Library
  • Old Bridge Public Library
  • New Brunswick Free Public Library

They all rolled out the red carpet for the intrepid Makerspace Voyagers, and shared deeply valuable insights about how each of their programs are run and have developed over time. Each library’s makerspace is unique, but they all captured a spirit of enthusiastic experimentation, guided by their community’s needs and interests. Bravo!

You can read all about the trips by following the travelogues on Storify for both the South and Central Jersey tours, and by immersing yourself in the photo galleries we shared for each trip on Facebook.

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Get the Best for Less!

Each year, Library Journal readers nominate their favorite databases. The 2014 list, published in the November 1 issue, features the top product in each of 10 categories. Did you know that four of them are available at a discount through LibraryLinkNJ? Check these out:

SIRS Issues Researcher - winner of the Best Overall category; available through our Proquest package of offerings. Help students research current, controversial topics. Says one teacher-librarian: “It’s just the best, period.”

Ancestry Library Edition - winner of the Best for Genealogy category; available through our Proquest package of offerings. This is the library-specific version of

LearningExpress Library - winner of the Best for High School Outreach category. Great for students (and adults) seeking career change, find practice tests for ACT, SAT, GED and many occupational and military tests.

Facts on File’s Databases - winner of the Best for High Schoolers category; available through our Infobase Learning offer. Most of us are familiar with these products geared specifically to high school students in content and writing style.


TechEx Highlights


Each month LibraryLinkNJ features a Guest Contributor who posts to the Technology Exchange on a specific topic. November’s guest is Heidi Schwab of the Morristown & Morris Township Library. Heidi is posting on the topic of Ebooks: What’s Next?

  • Ever wondered how other states went about developing a statewide ebook platform? Heidi posted her presentation from last month’s Adult Services Forum on what this kind of project in NJ would (theoretically) entail.

Check TechEx in December when Elissa Malespina of the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District posts on Augmented Reality.

CE Updates: Online Learning Opportunities Abound


Fresh Lit 2014 (With a Look Ahead to 2015)

Roz Reisner has agreed to reschedule this popular annual webinar for Wednesday, December 10 from 10-11:30 AM. If you registered for it over the summer, we sent you an email to say we’re holding your place. If you need to cancel, let us know and we will take care of that for you.

Tracking popular genre authors is easy—the bestseller list is filled with thrillers, mysteries, fantasies, and paranormal novels—but what about all that great literary fiction, the mainstay of so many of our readers and “best” lists? Join Roz Reisner to learn about the best of the recent and forthcoming midlist literary fiction from the big publishing houses and the best small literary presses, so you’ll be able to suggest titles to your patrons. We’ll also share resources for keeping up with new titles.

Learning Objectives:
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.

As always, we will record and archive the webinar and all related materials for those of you who can't participate in real time, one week after the completion of the event.

Registration is open through December 5, but space is limited - about 60 people registered over the summer and have elected to stay registered, so claim your seat today!


Transparency is the New Black:
New Literacies That Look FABULOUS On You

Transparency is the New Black

Audience: especially designed for school librarians, with valuable insights for all practitioners!
Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015 | 3:00 - 4:15 PM
Presented by Gwyneth Jones, The Daring Librarian
Registration opens at 9 AM on Monday, December 15, 2014

Be daring and go transparent! Straight from the Paris & New York runways, it's time to be on-trend and change into that digital shift! 8 stunning ways to pump up your web presence and stand out from the crowd by being culturally literate, curation cultured, interweb savvy, and cloud computing friendly. Advocate for your practice and our profession by embracing social media and start strutting your stuff. Having a hip web presence isn't showing off - it's sharing with the community! Gather ‘round, it’s time to make it work!

After participating in this webinar, you’ll be able to do the following - all at no cost and with minimal time invested:

  • Establish a presence for your school library media program on one of the eight services presented and enhance the work you’re already doing in those spaces;
  • Build cultural literacy into your daily teaching and learning practice;
  • Advocate for your students, colleagues, and your school library media program throughout the Internet.


Learn at Your Own Pace With Our Webinar Archives

If you couldn't participate in our October or November webinars in real-time, we're happy to share with you the archives for both. Bookmark and learn at your own pace!

Internet Explorers: Social Libraries and Building Communities Online, presented by Amanda Brennan, a librarian who works on the Community Team at Tumblr.

What you can look forward to: Amanda's slides, fabulous handout of annotated links, and a recording of her presentation.

What you'll learn: After participating in this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Interact with social network communities outside of Facebook or Twitter, including Tumblr, YouTube and Instagram
  • Identify ways to create enriched and enriching web-based content for your local community, as well as the internet community at large
  • Identify and implement new ways to interpret your library’s physical collections in a digital manner

Beyond Storytime: Creative Ways to Support Early Literacy in the Children's Department and the Home, presented by Melissa Depper, Supervisor of Early Literacy Specialists at Arapahoe Library District in Colorado.

What you can look forward to: Melissa's slides, her annotated links handout, a two-page PDF of early literacy activities for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, and a recording of Melissa's interactive presentation.

What you'll learn: After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate rationales for expanding support for early literacy beyond storytime
  • Recognize the early literacy components of existing programs and services for children and their caregivers
  • Use a "remixing" brainstorming strategy to identify new early learning opportunities in your library

Save the Dates: Super Library Supervisor Returns!

Our annual series of workshops for new library supervisors will return this spring. Please save the dates below. We’ll open registration on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015. We usually fill all 25 spots by noon on the first day of registration.

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015
  • Wednesday, April 8, 2015
  • Wednesday, May 6, 2015
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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.