LibraryLinkNJ News

August 2021

Executive Director Update

After a very busy month of orienting myself to my new role as Executive Director, I am even more excited about the coming year than I was on my first day. I want to thank the LibraryLinkNJ staff, the Executive Board, and the leaders of our partner organizations for a warm welcome and all of your help since I came on board.

The Delivery Task Force continued to meet throughout the pandemic to work on the creation of a new Request For Proposal for the Statewide Library Delivery System. Finalizing the draft of this RFP has been one of my priorities during the last couple of weeks. The RFP is currently in legal review and we anticipate it being on the Executive Board’s agenda for approval at their August 19 meeting.

The FY22 Slate of Officers was approved at the Executive Board’s reorganization meeting on July 15th.

  • President - Jennie Pu, Director, Hoboken Public Library

  • Vice President, Will Porter, Director, Sussex County Library

  • Secretary - Kathy Dempsey, Founder, Libraries Are Essential

  • Treasurer - Ricardo Pino, Director, Wayne Public Library

  • Assistant Treasurer - Phillip Berg, Executive Director, MAIN, Morris Automated Information Network

We also welcomed two new board members.

  • Janina Kaldan, Library Manager, Shinn-Lathrope Health Sciences Library (Special Library Representative)

  • C.L. Quillen, Director, Spotswood Public Library (Member-at-Large)

I am looking forward to working with our talented staff and our dedicated Executive Board to continue to expand LibraryLinkNJ’s programs and services in the coming year. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions about our services or--especially--with suggestions for new services and partnerships. I can be reached at

Best regards,


LibraryLinkNJ Executive Board Meeting

The next Library LibraryNJ Executive Board Meeting will take place virtually on Thursday, August 19th at 2:30 pm. All LibraryLinkNJ members are welcome to attend.

Grant Opportunity

New Jersey Libraries: Ready for Anything Resiliency Mini-Grants for NJ Libraries

Tough, forward-thinking, and good in a crisis - New Jersey's libraries have proven time and again just how agile they can be when it comes to helping their communities react to the unexpected. Now, LibraryLinkNJ is pleased to offer a grant opportunity that will allow our member institutions to prepare for their next great challenge. A generous donation from EBSCO Information Services will fund this FY22 mini-grant program, designed to help libraries plan for even the most difficult of circumstances. Harness your library's ingenuity, creativity, and strength as we work together to get ready for anything.

Application materials will be available beginning Friday, August 13th.

Please visit our website for further details, including timelines, award amounts, and project objectives.

Programs & Training Updates

Free Webinars

Lights! Camera! Action!: Video Production Tips & Tricks for Virtual Programming

COVID-19 has forced many of us to become accidental videographers, and online programming looks like it might be here to stay. In this webinar, you will learn video production tips from a Youth Services department head who conducts virtual story times, an Adult Programming Librarian who produces online adult programs and podcasts, and an Adult/YA department head who will be sharing the in and outs of using OBS, free and open source software for video recording and live streaming.

Monday, September 27, 2021, 10:00am-11:00am

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In, Out, or In-Between: Supporting & Representing LGBTQ+ Teens in Libraries

While there has been growing awareness of the LGBTQIA+ community and their needs, queer youth are still largely underserved. ALA encourages awareness and recognition through equitable policies and many libraries are working hard to put policy into practice. This work has proven especially difficult this year due to library closures and remote access. This session aims to share strategies to support LGBTQIA+ inclusion and representation through young adult collections, virtual teen resources, virtual programming, and staff professional development.

Tuesday, October 12, 10am-11am

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Super Library Supervisor:

Registration for the Fall 2021 Super Library Supervisor Series is now open. 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 begins

  • More experienced supervisors are welcome, if this is their first supervisory training

Registration for this highly popular series closes on Friday, August 20th or when the registration limit is reached.

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, lightning talks, and moderated discussions. Participants will gain skills to start developing an action plan for their libraries.

October 25th, 10am-4:00pm

Registration will open soon!

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.

  • 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
  • Personal Organization Tools & Tips, Tuesday, October 5th, 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, August 17th, 3pm-4pm
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Wednesday, August 18th, 7pm-8pm

Moderator: Jennifer R. Nelson, New Jersey State Librarian

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Share Your Reads: Children’s & YA Reads

Early Readers: Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Audiobooks: Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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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

Program Resources

Skill-Sharing Conversations: Creating Podcasts

Moderator: Melissa Hozik, Adult Programming Librarian, East Brunswick Public Library

Program Recording Part 1 Part 2

Resource Document

Skill-Sharing Conversation - Practicing Linguistic Equity: Engaging International Learners Online

Featured Member Institution

Clarence Dillon Public Library

2336 Lamington Road

Bedminster, NJ 07921

Brief Description:

The Clarence Dillon Public Library (CDPL) is one of five joint municipal public libraries in New Jersey. CDPL serves the communities of Bedminster and Far Hills. The library is named after local resident Clarence Dillon who was a noted American financier and the namesake of Dillon, Read and Co., an investment bank. His family’s foundation was a great supporter and benefactor of the library and many other institutions.

CDPL is a bustling public library that offers its patrons a wide range of programs and materials. The library recently hosted a virtual program with former Governor Christine Todd Whitman discussing the climate crisis. Besides offering books, periodicals, audiobooks, DVDs, museum passes, and hotpots, the library also offers ebooks and downloadable audiobooks through its membership in the Digital Library New Jersey (DLNJ) consortium. CDPL’s patrons also have access to reciprocal borrowing through the Raritan Valley Federation. Besides materials, the library offers local residents a 32 plot Community Garden, the Friends Café (pre COVID-19!), and the Betty Merck Reading Room. The Library is currently displaying an exhibit of its historical photographs in the downstairs meeting room in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Far Hills Borough. All of our historical photographs are digitized and hosted on the New Jersey Digital Highway of Rutgers University.

Fun Fact:

In our collection is an original letter from Thomas Edison to Clarence Dillon.

An original typewritten letter from Thomas Edison to Clarence Dillon dated June 11, 1915. "It gives me great pleasure to ask your acceptance of one of my Diamond Disc Phonographs and some records. I understand that you are a music lover, and trust that the records I sent you will be a source of enjoyment to you and your family. Yours very truly," signed Thomas A Edison.

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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.