In This Issue
New Jersey
at the Membership Meeting
Library Network Review Board (LNRB) Update
NJASL-LibraryLinkNJ Advocacy Partnership
Migrating from Listservs
to Forums
Upcoming Continuing Education Opportunities
Renewed Discounts
QandANJ Goodbye
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New Jersey Libraries-On-The-Go at the Membership Meeting
The true highlight of any Membership Meeting is the opportunity to network and catch up with colleagues we may only see face-to-face a few times a year. The three simultaneous membership meetings -- held at Passaic Community College, Rutgers University, and Rowan University on December 9 -- were no exception.

The meeting’s major announcement was New Jersey Libraries-On-The-Go, the Cooperative’s Mobile Pilot Project for FY2012, unveiled by Executive Director Cheryl O’Connor and Assistant Director Joanne Roukens. NJ Libraries-On-The-Go is aimed at helping our public, academic and school libraries develop and implement robust mobile strategies to reach their customers, through mobile websites and apps for smartphones and tablets.

We are posting links germane to the project to our Twitter account and Facebook wall, and have created a Twitter hashtag to pull all tweets from us and our followers together: #NJlibsonthego. We hope you will join in the conversation in these social networks, too!

Recent articles include:

Full details of the project, including an FAQ page to answer member questions, are available on our website. Please send all questions regarding NJ Libraries-On-The-Go to Program Coordinator Sophie Brookover.


Library Network Review Board (LNRB) Update
These colleagues are the LibraryLinkNJ Executive Board-elected representatives to the State Library’s Library Network Review Board. We congratulate and thank outgoing representatives Leslie Burger (Princeton Public Library) and Mary Mallery (Montclair State University), and we welcome new representatives Steve Chudnick (Brookdale Community College) and Roberta Bronson-Fitzpatrick (UMDNJ-Newark)!  Thank you all for your diligent and thoughtful service!! 


NJASL-LibraryLinkNJ Advocacy Partnership
Fostered by the Advocacy, Collaboration and Partnership goal area of the Cooperative’s strategic plan, LibraryLinkNJ has a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for an Advocacy Partnership with the New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL). The purpose is for LibraryLinkNJ to help NJASL advance the strategic use and impact of the NJ Study of School Libraries conducted by the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL). The MOU timeframe calls for advocacy development and implementation in FY12 with a $20,000 subsidy approved by the Executive Board at their November meeting. LibraryLinkNJ Executive Director Cheryl O’Connor will collaborate with NJASL President Fran King and the NJASL Board of Trustees on this initiative.


Migrating from Listservs to Forums
New Year, New Communications! On January 3, 2012, the infolink-l listserv and CJRLC Google Group will be retired, paving the way for our members to communicate with each other and with The Cooperative via the discussion forums on our website. To view and contribute to discussion threads on the Forums, you will need to sign up for a User Account. Please see the recent announcement of these changes for full details. Some members are already using the forums -- we welcome your participation!


Upcoming Continuing Education Opportunities
We have a full slate of online and in-person learning events for you to participate in and help move your career and library services forward.

Online events:

In-Person events:

  • New Jersey Train-the-Trainer: Registration deadline is January 23!
  • Unconference for School Librarians:  Saturday, March 24 at Middlesex County College’s Crabiel Hall. We are pleased to co-sponsor this event with the New Jersey Association of School Librarians. Registration will open in mid-January.
  • Crisis Management Workshops: March 27, 28 and 29 in Monroe, Montville, and Mount Laurel. Registration will open in early January.
  • Super Library Supervisor Workshop Series: We will be at Monroe Township Public Library for five practical and energizing workshops (March 21, April 3, April 17, May 1 and May 15) for colleagues who are Stepping Up To Supervisor. Registration will open in late January.
Renewed Discounts
LibraryLinkNJ is pleased to offer some new and renewed discounts for FY2012, including:
  • Auralog -- TELL ME MORE -- discount valid til 6/30/12
    TELL ME MORE language training enables students to learn another language in the same environment as their native tongue.  TELL ME MORE has more than 7 million users worldwide and supports the following languages: English (ESL/ESOL), Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, Chinese and Japanese.
  • AWE -- Early Literacy Station, AfterSchool Edge, ELS Passport -- limited-time offer valid til 12/30/11  
    Members receive special group pricing on AWE products: computers pre-loaded with educational software for children ages 2-14.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica -- discount valid til 7/31/12
    Britannica Online is available for every grade level and various library types.  Many other online products in addition to the Encyclopedia are also offered.

To see all current discounts, visit the Discounts Page.


QandANJ Goodbye
LibraryLinkNJ announces that the QandANJ virtual reference service ends on December 31, 2011. For full details and a way to say thank you to the QandANJ team, please read the notice on our home page.