LibraryLinkNJ News

July 2021

Executive Director Update

I am excited to be serving as the Executive Director of LibraryLinkNJ. This organization has a long history of providing materials delivery, as well as a wide range of programs and services that support libraries and library staff. My years working in NJ Libraries, and my leadership roles in LibraryLinkNJ and TOPCATS, have created a great foundation to build upon, but now I’m looking forward to learning and growing with all of you.

We have all been through a period of great upheaval during the last sixteen months, and we continue to experience change and uncertainty. While this has brought challenges, it also provides LLNJus with the perfect opportunity to analyze and revise our services and program offerings. My staff and I are here to listen to your thoughts and concerns, and we will do our best to meet and exceed your expectations.

As you can see in this newsletter, our CE team has been hard at work putting together a vast array of continuing education offerings. Upcoming program highlights include a “Privacy Please” webinar series, and an upcoming virtual Information Equity conference scheduled for October 25th.

Let’s move forward together.



Ralph S. Bingham III
Executive Director, LibraryLinkNJ
(732) 752-7720 x100 / mobile: (856) 347-2253
Pronouns: he/him/his
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LibraryLinkNJ Executive Board Meeting

The next Library LibraryNJ Executive Board Meeting will take place virtually on July 15, 2021 at 2:30 pm. All LibraryLinkNJ members are welcome to attend.

Zoom meeting links, Board packets, and approved minutes from past meetings

Programs & Training Updates

Privacy, Please! Privacy Concerns in the Post-Pandemic Library

Best Practices for HR and Staff Records in Your Post-Pandemic Library

Join HR Specialist Jennifer Doderer of the Ocean County Library for a one-hour examination of best practices for library managers and supervisors as they navigate staff privacy, records, vaccines, and more in the post-pandemic library.

Tuesday, July 20th, 10-11AM

Online via Zoom Read More

Patron Privacy in Your Post-Pandemic Library

Join LMxAC Director and patron privacy enthusiast Eileen Palmer as she shares concerns, best practices, and practical tips for prioritizing patron privacy in the library's new normal. From virtual programming to contactless pickup, pandemic and post-pandemic library operations lead to unique concerns for front-line library staff and management alike.

Tuesday, August 3rd, 10-11AM

Online via Zoom Read More

Skill-Sharing Conversations

Skill-Sharing Conversations are one-hour, virtual conversations on relevant library topics. Each conversation will follow an agenda and will be moderated by one of our talented colleagues, providing a great opportunity for the NJ Library community to learn and grow together. All LibraryLinkNJ members are welcome to attend.

  • Creating Podcasts, Friday, July 16th, 10am-11am Read More
  • Practicing Linguistic Equity: Engaging International Learners Online: Monday, July 26th, 10:30-11:30am Read More

  • Instagram for Libraries: Reels, Stories, Photos, and More!:Tuesday, August 10th, 10am-11am Read More
  • Email Newsletters: Tuesday, August 24th, 10am-11am Read More
  • Curating Library-Created Videos: Tuesday, September 14th, 10am-11am Read More
  • How to Pivot After a "Fail": Tuesday, September 28th, 10am-11am Read More

Share Your Reads

Grab your beverage of choice, and be prepared to share details about your latest reads with Library colleagues from around New Jersey. Conversation topics could include books, audiobooks, magazine or journal articles, and more. Attending one or more of these events is a great way to meet new people, as well as learn about resources for reader’s advisory, professional development, and personal use.

All LibraryLinkNJ members are welcome to attend. These discussions are free and will take place virtually via Zoom.

Share Your Reads: Adults & YA Crossover Reads

Tuesday, July 27th, 3pm-4pm Read More

Share Your Reads: Children’s & YA Reads

Comics & Graphic Novels Focus: Wednesday, July 14th, 10am - 11am Read More

Middle Grade Reads Focus: Wednesday, July 28th, 7pm - 8pm Read More

MentorNJ Meetups

What Are They? Online Meet-ups via Zoom

This is the time and place to discuss your concerns, share your ideas, and “hang out” with your colleagues. We can discuss a particular topic or just chat about what this crazy life is like for library staff serving their customers during this pandemic era. Read More

New! School Library Meetups: School librarians and school library staff are invited to join us for discussions focused on the unique challenges, opportunities, and needs of K-12 school libraries. Join your colleagues from around the state in these virtual meetups where you decide on the topic of conversation. Whether you’re alone in your school or district and just looking for a chance to connect with colleagues, new to school libraries and seeking guidance for your program, or a veteran hoping to share your knowledge and see what’s new, our School Library Meetups are for you! Read More

Save the Date

Information Equity Conference

Join us for a free, virtual, collaborative conference on the topic of Information Equity. This program will consist of a keynote, speech lightning talks, and moderated discussions. Participants will gain the skills they need to start developing an action plan to address information inequity in the communities they serve.

Date & Time: October 25th, 10am-3:30 pm

More details will be available soon!

Super Library Supervisor Series

Registration for the Fall 2021 Series of Super Library Supervisor will open on Monday, July 26.

The fall series will be held online via Zoom.

Target Audience:

  • Library staff who are currently supervisors and have less than five years of supervisory experience
  • Participants MUST be actively working as a supervisor at the time the series beings
  • More experienced supervisors are welcome, if this is their first supervisory training. Read More

Program Resources

Share Your Reads Resources

Random House Book Giveaway

Random House has generously provided LibraryLinkNJ with twenty new children's books to give away to NJ libraries. The first four libraries that email Theresa Agostinelli at theresa@librarylinknj will be awarded these books (five per library).

Featured Member Institution

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Clifton Public School Libraries

Elementary Media Center Page

District Website


When you walk into one of Clifton Public Schools’ 17 library media centers, you’re likely to see a room full of children engaged in reading, exploring, technology and maybe even the start of a grand adventure as they let their imaginations fly! Our media centers foster a love of reading in our young patrons as our diverse collections introduce them to a great variety of genres, characters and book formats. Our media centers also serve as learning hubs in our schools. Students and staff engage in many school community events, book fairs, research projects and challenging Makerspace activities in these friendly, collaborative spaces.

Fun Fact

During the pandemic, many authors and illustrators worked with our school library media centers to encourage our students to keep up their reading skills. They sent in photos and videos relaying the message “Keep Reading, Clifton!” and we now feature these in our media centers.

Tech Tip

Professional Development Opportunites from Other Organizations

About LibraryLinkNJ

LibraryLinkNJ: Moving Forward Together

LibraryLinkNJ (formerly known as INFOLINK) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Its members are multi-type libraries and library-related agencies located in the twenty-one counties of New Jersey. This area includes 8.79 million people. The population of the state is highly diverse and includes some of the largest communities of Spanish speaking and Asian Indian persons in the U.S.

LibraryLinkNJ – The New Jersey Library Cooperative has over 1100 voting representatives from over 2,500 public and private school, public, academic, institutional, corporate, health sciences and special libraries and library-related agencies. A member-elected Executive Board meets regularly to oversee the programs and services of the organization.

LibraryLinkNJ and its services are funded by the New Jersey State Library, which is responsible for the coordination, promotion and funding of the New Jersey Library Network. Members join at no charge and pay no dues.