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Member Highlight: Next Chapter Book Club Update
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Fall Membership Meeting Follow-Up

Many thanks to those who participated in our Fall Membership Meeting, held in three locations around the state on December 2. Over 100 of you enjoyed a productive and collegial afternoon together.

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Our guest speaker, John Blyberg, spoke from the Rutgers University location about User Experience, which he describes as “applying empathy and compassion in a structured way so that our users come away with full hearts and satisfied minds.” Insights from John’s talk, called The Language of Experience: Understanding and Implementing User Experience Design in Your Library, are included in this Storify archive of tweets, photos and links from the day. We’ve also posted links to John’s slides and handout to our website.

The winners of the Pebble Watch raffle were:

2014 Fall Membership Meeting at Rutgers
Keith McCoy, Somerset County Library System

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Chris Miller,
Little Falls Public Library

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Robb Mackes, HSLANJ


Member Highlight: Next Chapter Book Club Update

by Pam Brooks, Scotch Plains Public Library

The November issue of New Jersey Monthly sports a front page banner and feature article, "Aging Out: Desperately Seeking Services for Autistic Adults." When young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) turn 21, they lose government-funded special education services. While this may not be news to those of us who interact daily with members of the special needs population, it is sobering to read the facts. When support services end for these individuals, regular opportunities for human interaction outside of their homes is curtailed.

It’s encouraging that New Jersey libraries have responded to a very real need. Through Next Chapter Book Club for New Jersey Libraries (NCBC4NJL), we offer a program that engages customers with special needs in reading and socializing in a community setting on a weekly basis.




NCBC4NJL is obviously not a solution to the demand for jobs, training, and family support services for the IDD population, but it is one way that libraries can offer a very effective program to our community while operating within the constraints of library budgets and staffing limitations.

We’ll be sharing with you a full recap of NCBC4NJL activities from all six New Jersey libraries participating in the pilot project this year:

  • Scotch Plains Public Library
  • Woodbridge Public Library
  • Camden County Library -- Voorhees Branch
  • Cherry Hill Public Library
  • Middletown Public Library
  • Monmouth County Library
  • Wayne Public Library

This special mailing will come to you in early 2015!



It’s that special time of year - LibraryLinkNJ discount renewal time! All ongoing discounts are revisited annually for currency and value. So far the following discounts are renewed for 2015 - check the Discounts page for additional updates:


TechEx Highlights


Each month LibraryLinkNJ features a Guest Contributor who posts to the Technology Exchange on a specific topic.

December’s guest is Elissa Malespina of the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District. Elissa is posting on augmented reality (AR), a technology that projects a digital image on a real-world object or view, creating a composite experience.


It may sound far-fetched, but augmented reality is being used in libraries and schools already - Elissa has posted some AR apps, as well as AR books available now.

Learn more about Elissa and keep up with her posts here.

Tune in to TechEx in January when Melissa Brisbin of Cherry Hill Public Library posts on streaming media for libraries.

CE Updates: Online Learning Opportunities Abound

Winter Webinars

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 is open now!

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.

Register today to secure your spot!


Save The Date!
Open Data and Libraries: The Future Is Now
Thursday, February 18, 2015 | 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Presented by Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz, Cleveland Public Library

The conversations about data in libraries have shifted from being about circulation and reference desk tally sheets, to focusing on the ways we can collect and synthesize community and open data. We can help our communities solve their most pressing problems. As librarians become more data literate and proactive in understanding how data of all kinds influences daily life, we bring added value to our governments, campuses and classrooms. It is time for everyone to jump into the conversation about data and what it means for libraries. This session is an introduction to the emerging data landscape and the implications for libraries of all types.

By the end of this webinar you will be able to:

  • Articulate the differences between open data, civic data, community data, and big data and how they will affect libraries in the near future.
  • Develop data literacy through the exploration of some examples of successful open data projects.
  • Start a discussion about potential applications for using open data in your library and community.

Tech Fest!


Join colleagues from around the state at one of three convenient locations for a uniquely New Jersey learning experience.

We’ve rebooted Tech Speed Dating and are selecting six hot topics for each of our 20-minute Table Talks -- the topics that we think will be among the most important for all libraries in 2015.

Upgraded for this year: a full hour of Guerrilla Tech Hacks, based on the lively, crowdsourced methodology (everyone has expertise and knowledge to share) pioneered by our friends at the Storytime Underground.

Topics will vary by location, and may include:

  • The Internet of Things: redefining what we do, again
  • Chromebooks and other low-cost computing solutions
  • Mobile Device Diversity: how to manage and help our patrons
  • Makerspace Updates and STEAM Programming: something for everyone
  • Device Assistance Policies: what we can, should and shouldn’t do
  • Device and Data Security: who’s watching and what it means
  • Technology Accessibility Issues: helping everyone in our communities participate

All this -- plus networking with colleagues! -- for just $15 per person.

Space is strictly limited to 45 participants at each location. We’ll be happy to put you on a waitlist, but register early to secure your spot!

Audience: Everyone working in NJ libraries - no matter what type of library, level of knowledge, familiarity or comfort with tech. Mix and mingle with newbies and tech experts alike.

Each program will be scheduled from 10 AM - 1 PM, with coffee and registration starting at 9:30 am.

Choose from three dates and three locations:

  • Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Parsippany Public Library (snow date is Tuesday, Jan. 27th) -- registration for this date is full. We have a limited number of spaces available on the waiting list.
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2015, Gloucester County Library, Mullica Hill
  • Wednesday, June 3, 2015, Monroe Twp. Public Library (Middlesex County)

Register today to secure your spot.

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 at 10 AM on Tuesday, February 10, 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 (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.

Registration opens at 10 AM on Tuesday, February 10, 2015.