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NJ Makers Day was Saturday, March 21, and libraries and patrons were out in full force! See what makers across New Jersey were up to in this Storify compilation. (See the image on the left)

Technology was also a focus at LibraryLinkNJ’s TechFest event at Gloucester County Library, Mullica Hill. Participants shared their expertise in STEAM programming for all ages, mobile device diversity and management, Arduino as an entry point to coding, and more! View some photos on Facebook.

Props go out to several NJ libraries and librarians this month. A big congratulations to Spotswood Public Library Director C.L. Quillen and Denville PL Librarian Ilene Lefkowitz on receiving a starred review from Booklist for their Readers' Advisory guide, "Read On...Romance: Reading Lists for Every Taste"! (See the image below)

Representatives from the New Jersey Association of School Librarians were the special guests on this month's episode of TL News Night! TL News Night is a monthly show on school library issues, part of the ‪#‎tlchat‬ network of teacher librarians on social media. Catch the full episode here.

Waterford Township Public Library was one of just 20 libraries across the country to receive a 2015 YALSA Summer Teen Internship Program Grant provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Director Tanya Finney Estrada shares that the library plans to use the $1000 grant to hire three or four summer interns from ages 12-18. The interns will serve as mentors who will teach and assist other teens in the Library’s Summer Maker Camp on Google+. Each intern will receive a stipend and a certificate for participating in the Teen Internship Program.

Lastly, kudos to Millburn Middle School's Amy Ipp on her hard work and this great coverage - it's the second in a three-part series on Millburn Township Public Schools' librarians!

For some news you can use, check out our handy guide to Using Twitter at a Conference - just in time for the NJLA 2015 Conference! It was created using Smore, a tool for making great-looking flyers and newsletters very simply.

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You may also want to know that that Overdrive was purchased by Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten, which also owns the Kobo e-reader company. It remains to be seen how this move will affect Overdrive’s relationship with Amazon and its Kindle e-reader.

LinkedIn purchased $1.5 billion.

Finally, the Free Technology for Teachers website shares 5 Resources for National Poetry Month.

In honor of Spring, we’ve been doing a little housekeeping here at LibraryLinkNJ. Our Twitter account is now using lists! This means that you can view the feeds we follow (and all their tweets) organized by subject - a tweeting librarian’s dream. View feeds covering topics such as NJ News and Resources or Our Favorite Newsletters. You will have to be logged into Twitter to see our full selection of lists.

And don’t forget about the trove of self-paced learning you can find in our webinar archive. This tumblr post mentions a few recent highlights.

If Books Could Talk: If ever a library could make the mystery, magic, and humanity of rare books come alive, it’s the good people at The University of Iowa Special Collections department. Also, making this a limited-run series (how BBC of you!) is a smart way to keep a project like this manageable. Pilot project mindset! (See the image below)

If Books Could Talk

Find out what happens when librarians attend SXSW (the South by Southwest conference). Formerly called sxswLAM (for libraries, archives and museums), the librarian presence at SXSW is now called lib*interactive. (See the image on the right from American Libraries Magazine)




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Let’s wrap up with some inspiration from this moving tribute to prison librarians. UK library professional organization CILIP shares this piece from Jonathan Robinson, former inmate and current author in England.


[ Compiled by Jessica Adler ]