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Early Bird Registration for NJLA Conference Ends Today, April 15

Come together for the 2016 Annual NJLA Conference on May 16-18 at Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City. Early bird rates end April 15. All registrations must be submitted online.
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Andrea Levandowski is NJSL’s New Project Manager for Small Business Development and Technology

Andrea Levandowski is the State Library’s new Project Manager for Small Business Development and Technology in Lifelong Learning. She served as reference librarian in the State Library Information Center since 2008, most recently as reference librarian for the Funding Information Center.
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Downloading for All! BARD Downloading Centers at NJ Public Libraries

The New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC) has been working with public libraries on several projects, including the unique Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) Pilot Project.
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NJLA Commons: Virtual Keynote Emily Clasper

On Friday, April 29, at 11:00am NJLA Commons will feature New York based librarian, speaker, trainer and project manager Emily Clasper. NJLA members will have the exciting opportunity to join in conversation with Emily this month as she talks about the basic principles of Project Management as applied within a library environment. Registration is FREE for all NJLA Members. Space is limited.
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2015 Multicultural Award Recipient, Clifton, Receives ALA Grant

The Clifton Public Library received the Building STEAM with DIA award, a $2,000 “mini grant” provided by the American Library Services for Children, a division of the ALA. The DIA celebration won the New Jersey State Library Multicultural Award last year.
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Webinars from the National Library of Medicine

Underneath it all: Archives in Medical Libraries will present basic archives functions, including acquisition, description, reference, and preservation on April 12 at noon. No registration required.
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Not Just For Geeks: Let Technology be your Guide will examine some popular technologies in the news today. April 26, 2 p.m. No registration required.
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NEH Funding Opportunity: Common Heritage

Common Heritage grants make private historical records and artifacts digitally available to a wider public by supporting community “digitization days” and accompanying public programming. Awards are up to $12,000 and no cost sharing is required. The application due date is May 12.
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Disaster Planning and Community Resiliency Workshop Series

Thanks to a grant from the PSEG Foundation, the New Jersey State Library is pleased to offer nine training workshops based on The Librarian’s Disaster Planning and Community Resiliency Guidebook and Workbook. There will be a choice of three dates in May, July and September. Registration is limited to 35 per workshop Cost: $25 (to cover continental breakfast & lunch).
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ReferenceUSA Q2 Webinar Schedule

ReferenceUSA has produced an all NEW set of interactive training webinars to showcase ReferenceUSA to both patrons and librarians. Learn more about how businesses, students, researchers, and libraries can utilize this tool for the betterment of their business, school, or personal research.

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National Bookmobile Day is April 13

National Bookmobile Day celebrates our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day. National Bookmobile Day is coordinated by the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services, and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries.

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National Library Legislative Day – May 2 & 3, Washington, D.C.

Online registration for National Library Legislative Day 2016 is open! Over the course of two days, library advocates will have the opportunity to hear from trusted D.C. voices on the issues that matter most to libraries. On day two, armed with advocacy tips and timely issue briefs, advocates will take to the Hill with their state delegations to meet with their members of Congress and rally support for libraries.
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2016 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming

The Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award is an annual award to a school library that has conducted an exemplary program or program series in the humanities during the prior school year. It consists of a $5,000 cash award; a plaque; and the promotion of the winner as a model program for other school libraries. Application deadline is May 6.
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Library of the Year Application Deadline April 5

The $10,000 prize celebrates the library that most profoundly demonstrates: service to the community; creativity and innovation in developing specific community programs or a dramatic increase in library usage; and leadership in creating programs that can be emulated by other libraries.
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Grant Opportunities from NEH (Division of Preservation and Access); free LYRASIS webinars

Upcoming grant opportunities and application guidelines from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions – Deadline May 3
Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions-such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities-improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. Read more…

LYRASIS is offering a free webinar on writing Preservation Assistance Grants:
March 16, 3 – 4 p.m.
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Local Library Support Fund State Income Tax Check-off

As we approach tax season, there is an important new update to make your patrons aware of. NJ residents will now be able to help support New Jersey’s public libraries by donating to the Local Library Support Fund on their New Jersey tax form. Funds will be distributed annually by the State Librarian to county and municipal libraries in accordance with State Library Aid Law. Read more…

We created a flyer that you can print and display at your library. Download it here.

Are you engaging with your patrons on social media? Download our Local Library Support Fund button and share it with your networks to show your support!

Public Library Director 101

If you are a new public library director or considering becoming one, the Public Library Director 101 Series will introduce you to the many and unique facets of public library directorship. This series of four webinar recordings provides a broad overview that both informs and inspires.

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Free Trustee Academy Webinar Series

Within one month, half of the licenses have filled. Over 100 individual libraries have registered for this series. There are less than 100 licenses left for the year. Sign up now!

The Trustee Academy Webinar Series by ALA’s United for Libraries will be available July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. The Trustee Academy is a series of online courses to help Trustees become exceptionally proficient in their roles on behalf of their libraries. The New Jersey State Library, along with the New Jersey Library Trustee Association has contracted for 100 site licenses (one per library) that provide the Trustees and library director with one year of access to the Trustee Academy. All of the online courses are taught by a professional in the field.

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Continuing Education and Training

The State Library maintains a listing of webinars of interest to the New Jersey library community. These webinars are offered at no charge by various organizations, including LYRASIS and WebJunction. Check this page periodically, as it is updated on a regular basis.
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