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Membership Meeting Recap

The LibraryLinkNJ Membership Meeting was broadcast by videoconference on December 5th over NJEDge at three locations: William Paterson University, Rutgers University, and Rowan University.

Thank you to all the members who participated! The program, The State of the New Jersey Library Community Post Sandy: Lessons Learned and Strategies Shared, was a collaborative effort by the Cooperative, NJLA, and the State Library.

We wish to thank the following colleagues -- including several LibraryLinkNJ Board members -- who contributed so powerfully to the event: Marian Bauman, Ingrid Bruck, Peggy Cadigan, Mary Chute, Mimi Hui, James Keehbler, Karen Klapperstuck, Victoria Rosch and Pat Tumulty.

Members commented positively on the scope and timeliness of the day’s overview and the effort to gather input for the upcoming April 8, 2013 statewide conference on disaster response and recovery at the Sheraton Eatontown.

So many of you shared savvy and thoughtful reflections on the storm and the role of libraries in community recovery. Here are just a few of the 50+ “post Sandy lessons learned” shared by our colleagues:

  • We learned that we need to seriously upgrade our wireless capacity and (even though we didn’t lose power) it would be good to have a generator.
  • Have the local emergency texting system announce library services that are being offered during the emergency.
  • I learned a year ago after Hurricane Irene that the Library Director needed to volunteer and be part of the OEM Task Force, which I did. It is vital to be part of the entire community and educate all the stakeholders what the library can do in the event of an emergency.
  • Subscribe to the county emergency management center via text and e-mail.
  • There was collective consensus that public libraries need generators!

Save the Date: April 8, 2013 will be a day of further Post-Hurricane Sandy reflections and action at the Sheraton Eatontown!



New Discount

  • Text a Librarian - through 12/31/13
    Web-based chat/text reference management service designed specifically for libraries. 15% off for LibraryLinkNJ members. Subscribe by 1/31/13 and the implementation fee is waived, too. Also see our forum post listing a few other options for chat/text reference.

2013 Discount Renewals
The following discounts have been renewed for 2013. More renewals will be posted as they become available.

  • CountryWatch - through 12/31/13
    Up-to-date profiles for each country including demographic, political, economic, business, cultural and environmental information as well as daily news coverage. There are two new products this year: Elections Central and Country Profile Video Series. LibraryLinkNJ members get 25% off and an extra 10% off for new subscribers.
  • NoodleTools - through 12/31/13
    A valuable citation and research instruction tool for all grade levels through college. 20% off for LibraryLinkNJ members.
  • School Librarian’s Workshop (journal) - through 12/31/13
    A bi-monthly newsletter serving K-12 librarians. 20% off for LibraryLinkNJ members.
  • TumbleBookLibrary - through 12/31/13
    An online collection of animated, talking picture books for elementary and middle school aged children. Also included in the discount are: TumbleBookCloud, an online collection of read-along chapter books and more for middle and high school students (TumbleBookCloud Jr. is for elementary readers); and AudioBookCloud, a collection of online streaming audio books for high school and adult readers. Deep discounts are available - see link for more information.
CE Updates

Webinar: Customer Service: Words to Use, Words to Lose with Stephen Wishnack
Presented by Steve Wishnack, Think and Do
Thursday, January 10, 2013 | 10:00-11:30 AM

Some words satisfy customer needs and wants, connecting us in meaningful ways. Other words are negative, destructive, and disconnect us from customers. Learn the importance words have in our interactions with both internal and external library customers. This library-focused session offers specific examples of how words to use can help library staff members be more effective in dealing with real-life, everyday situations.

Register today!

Technology Speed-Dating Programs

It's time to set your technology life in order and
begin your search for
the tech of your dreams and live happily ever after!

Choose from three dates and three locations:

  • Tuesday, January 15, 2013, Parsippany Public Library (snow date is Tuesday, Jan. 22nd)
  • Tuesday, March 5, 2013, Monroe Twp. Public Library (Middlesex County)
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2013, Gloucester County Library, Mullica Hill

In just three hours meet plenty of eligible technology. Step back, observe and consider. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Can I see myself living with technology for the rest of my life?
  • Do I see in these technologies such potential that I want to invest time in them?
  • Do these technologies have the character, values and goals that will foster my desire to help library users?

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, this program is for you! Meet the right gadgets for you & your community! Learn from and with your colleagues in a relaxed, practical and fun environment!

Go to: for more information and registration.

Mastering Drupal 7 Webinars

There will be two series of these webinars. Series I will be four weeks and is designed for library staff interested in learning Drupal 7 to build a Drupal site for their library. No Drupal experience or programming skills are required for Series I.

Full details & registration for Series I:

Series II is designed for library staff interested in learning Drupal 7 to build a Drupal site for their library. To participate in Part II, you must have EITHER taken one of our other series of workshops on Drupal OR should already have a basic knowledge of Drupal, acquired elsewhere. If you have questions about your knowledge level, please contact Mi-Sun Lyu:

Full details and registration for Series II:

LibraryLinkNJ Microsoft Training Discount Offer
LibraryLinkNJ has purchased 25 vouchers from New Horizons Computer Training.

The list price for each voucher is $275. We are offering them to our members for $70 each. That’s approximately a 75% discount!

As we go to press, the vouchers are going like hotcakes -- only 7 vouchers are available, and once they’re gone, they’re gone! Don’t miss your opportunity to benefit from this exceptional discount.

There are two ways to get your training -- choose what works for you:

  • In-person: at one of New Horizons New Jersey locations
  • Online: real-time (not pre-recorded) training at a specific date and time

How Does The Program Work?

  • There are 25 vouchers total, to be shared across our membership.
  • Each voucher is good for one person to take one course on one day.
  • The vouchers are for Microsoft Applications training only.
  • All classes are one-day courses, except for MS Access, which is a two-day course.
  • Class times (both in-person or online) are: 9 am to 4:30 pm, with a morning break, a 1-hour lunch, and an afternoon break.

Who is Eligible?
Anyone currently employed by a LibraryLinkNJ member library.

How Do We Proceed?
Go to the offer page for all program details.

If you have any questions, please contact Joanne Roukens at the office (732-752-7720 or 1-866-505-5465) or via email