News & Views

Morris County School Media Association

From the President

Welcome back, everyone!

If I had asked anyone in our profession five years ago what a library program in K-12 education would look like in 2022 I doubt anyone would have guessed we’d be navigating a new frontier. Granted, it is the nature of Librarians (especially in schools) to forge ahead and lead the charge for change. Once again we are faced with a unique year. We start the year knowing that plans could change on a dime. As we have returned to in-person learning it is imperative that we navigate this change together.

MCSMA welcomes all Librarians and people who support our school libraries. You do not have to live or work in Morris County to become a member. Please consider joining or re-establishing your membership in MCSMA. By doing so you are building a support network that is unmatched in our profession. We are one of the longest running local organizations under the NJASL umbrella.

As innovators, we have had to reimagine the ways we provide services to our school communities and each other. I’m sure you are excited to share how to use all the valuable resources you and the library provide and also to help build a sense of community. But, please do not forget to take care of yourself in the process. We are constantly being reminded to care for the welfare of our students' social and emotional wellness and often we don’t get the support we need as librarians, teachers and caregivers.

Membership does have its privileges, Networking, you are welcomed into a world where your contemporaries can relate to being an island in our school communities. When you're in a room full of other Librarians, conversation flows easily, and the relationships built can be valuable. We recognize the hardships you have navigating the rough waters of change. Professional development, attending our meetings every other month will provide you with PD specific to your content area. We know you have specific needs and concerns to address. Leadership experience, the more involved you become in an organization, the more you will be seen as a leader in the school community. Friendship, we’ve all got something in common FUN! MCSMA brings in guest lectures by industry experts, we have happy hour mixers, and other fun events you can choose from. Join MCSMA and ignite your enthusiasm for this novel beginning to another unusual school year.

I hope more of you can connect with us for one of our upcoming programs. I look forward to seeing many of you virtually at our first General Body meeting on October 14 or in person at our county event during NJASL Fall conference.

  • Thursday October 14, 2021 “Hot Topics: Advocacy, Genrefying, Social Justice, Mindfulness, Diversity Audits, Just plain reading for fun!”

  • NJASL Fall Conference December 5-7 join us for our county event TBD - Hard Rock Atlantic City.

Please log on to our website and renew your membership today.

I wish you all the best and hope for your health and safety,

Tara Collins

President, MCSMA

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MCSMA October Roundup!

Wednesday, Oct. 14th 2020 at 4:30-6pm

This is an online event.

Maybe you’ve read the discussions online, or heard about them on webinars. It’s time to talk about Dewey, how to advocate the amazing things you already do and how will we ever keep up with technology!

Not that we’ve got all the answers, but as a group, we have so much to offer one another. Come to this October Roundup and let’s discuss!

Event will be virtual. Please register and you will be sent the link.

Click here to register

The Cybrary is Open!: Tech Resources and Tips

Social Emotional Learning in Storyboard That

More info here

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MCSMA Membership Info

The MCSMA is New Jersey's largest active county association. Join today for $15 and access our professional development opportunities, meet your colleagues, and have real discussions about what is important to us and changes in our profession. You will walk away with plenty of ideas and motivation to make your Library the best it can be.

Fill out this form and mail a check for $15 payable to MCSMA or visit our website to pay via PayPal

Academic Library Resources Panel with NJASL and NJACRL

This is a virtual program between NJACRL and NJASL in late October. It is coordinated by Gary Marks at WPUNJ.

SIX 50-minute panels on October 22nd & October 29th.

Each panel will feature 4-5 New Jersey Academic Librarians who will provide information on Academic Library resources, services, and how students can benefit from Academic Libraries as they prepare for post-secondary studies.

For more information, contact Lynee Richel

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The County College of Morris will be fully open for in-person classes on October 27!

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