Announcements

  • Share your Solo Success Stories - October 21st!

    Save the date for a virtual round table presentation of tales of professional victory, both small and large – on October 21, from 11:30 to 12:30 (ET) we will be hosting Solo Success Stories, and we would love to see you there.

    Attendees are welcome from all communities, but we are seeking Solo presenters to share recent accomplishments. We are looking for 5-10 minute presentations that can cover any aspect of being a solo info pro. Project management, vendor negotiations, complex research, technology implementation, virtual collaboration… the possibilities are endless, because Solos do it all.

    If you are interested in presenting (or if you have questions), please contact @Julie Snyder, @Hildy Dworkin, @Robin Dodge through Connect.​​​
  • Speakers Needed!

    Three SLA Communities (New Jersey; Leadership and Management Development; Pharmaceutical Health Technology) are organizing an event set for mid-October- to bring together our membership and reckon with the changes we all experienced (and are still experiencing) because of the COVID-19 Global Pandemic.

    The Programming Committees are looking for 3 speakers to talk about their experiences as librarians during the pandemic, and be part of an open Q&A with attendees. Tell your story!

    • Did your professional life change a lot, or a little?
    • How prepared was your organization?
    • What shock waves did it send through your industry?
    • Did you leave your job, or get a new one?
    • Have things gone back to "normal"? (Do you want them to?)

    If you are interested, please contact NJ Programming Chair- Emma Moore ( emoore@ias.edu ) by August 6th.

  • SLA Members - Let's Engage

    As the Director of Engagement, it's important to hear from members regarding any concerns you may have regarding your membership. Any member is invited to set up a 15 minute coffee with me to discuss anything you'd like!

    Thank you,

    Jordan

  • NJSLA Annual Conference Award - Submissions due by July 15, 2021

    Awards of NJSLA

    Rosemary Allen Little Award / Frank H. Spaulding Award

    Each year alternating between the Little and Spaulding Awards, $1000 will be awarded to help defray expenses in attendance to the Annual SLA Conference.

    These awards were created to honor two individuals who dedicated themselves to the tenets of special libraries.

    Rosemary Allen Little worked at the Firestone Library, Princeton University for 40 years, earning the respect and admiration of both faculty and students. She was President of the Princeton-Trenton chapter of SLA (now merged with the New Jersey chapter) in 1978-79.

    Frank Spaulding had a distinguished career at Bell Labs, NJ. He was president of the New Jersey SLA chapter in 1977-78 and President of the Special Libraries Association in 1986-87. He was recognized universally for his outstanding dedication to the library field.

    ELIGIBILITY

    • Resident of New Jersey or employed in New Jersey or attending graduate school in New Jersey
    • Employment for no more than 5 years in a traditional or non-traditional information workplace or seeking employment in a traditional or non-traditional information workplace
    • Master’s degree in library or information sciences from an ALA accredited graduate school including online enrollment or enrollment in such a program which could be online

    SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    Current resume including up-to-date contact information.

    Concise paragraph to include the following:

    • Why you want to attend the SLA Annual Conference
    • How you will apply conference take-aways to membership and subsequent leadership roles in NJSLA

    Submission materials are due by July 15, 2021 and sent to Louise Deis: lfdeis@princeton.edu

    Members of the Awards Committee may contact applicant to obtain further information. Any questions may be sent to the above email address.

    GRANTEE EXPECTATIONS

    • The grantee is expected to join the NJSLA chapter for 2021 and to volunteer for a chapter committee for a minimum of one calendar year
    • Receipt of this award is contingent upon the grantee’s submission of proof of registration for the August 2021 Conference

    Printed copy of this document

  • KYSLA Speaker Series

    KYSLA Speaker Series—Rebecca Jones

    When: May 14, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Register in advance for this meeting:

    https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIucO2hrjsjH9Ksk-pMwGciYf8XmjTPuyYQ

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    Rebecca Jones focuses on planning, problem-solving, organizational design, and leadership coaching. A highly sought-after facilitator, Rebecca’s reputation for designing consultative, participatory sessions that result in workable solutions has been proven while serving clients in Canada and the US in the library, non-profit and corporate sectors.

    Rebecca has led and facilitated over 100 planning and organizational design projects with clients from small, volunteer-run non-profits to large research university libraries. Rebecca also teaches professional development courses for the Southern Ontario Library Services’ Advancing Public Library Leadership (APLL), is program lead of BC InterLINK’s Library Leadership Excellence and Development Institute (LLEAD) and was a Mentor for the Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute.

    Prior to founding Dysart & Jones with her business partner Jane Dysart in 1992, Rebecca spent 8 years as Manager, Information Services, Records Management and Technology Training with Imperial Oil Ltd.

    One of Rebecca’s distinctive approaches is to maintain what she calls the “organizational edge” by joining organizations as an employee. This allows her to live the operational and organizational realities of her clients and factor these realities into her consulting work.

    She was honored to be the Director of Branch and Neighborhood Services at Brampton Library from 2015 to 2018 and the Director of the Professional Learning Centre at the University of Toronto Faculty of Information (iSchool) from 2004 to 2008.

    Rebecca holds an MLS, is a Fellow of the Special Libraries Association, a recipient of the Dow Jones Leadership Award, and received Ontario’s Public Librarian of the Year Award and Canada’s Award for Outstanding Service to Librarianship in 2015.

  • Join Our SLA Sierra Nevada Community

    Hello SLA Members, 
    Feel free to attend our Community meeting on March 11, 2021.
    Meet the community members and learn about our community and the type of programs we host. 

    When- March 11, 2021 [5:00 PM PT]


    https://ucdavis.zoom.us/j/95160382202
    Meeting ID: 951 6038 2202
    Passcode: 603616

  • Your SLA New England 2021 board

    2021 SLA NE Board:

    • President – Edee Edwards
    • President-elect – Kathy Berger
    • Past President – Kayleigh Bohemier
    • Secretary – Melissa Gough
    • Treasurer – Joan Cunningham
    • Communications – Gauri Govil
    • Programming Chairs – Khalilah Gambrell and Ann Cullen
    • Archivist – Susan McGovern
    • Student Relations Chair – Kelli Costello
  • NJSLA President's Message - January 2021

    Hello New Jersey SLA Community,

    Happy New Year! I hope that everyone has stayed healthy and happy during this very isolated holiday season. I’m sure a lot of you are looking forward to having 2020 behind you; it was an incredibly challenging year for all of us. Even though 2021 may feel a lot like last year, let’s hope that it’s a better one for all of us. 

    For some community news, I will continue as your president. Being that the first half of last year put mostly everything on hold and caused a lot of our (personal and professional) goals to shift, I volunteered to continue in this role. I feel that we’ve found a bit of rhythm with our virtual planning and operations and I’m looking forward to implementing what we’ve learned not only through 2021 but also in a post-Covid-restricted world. In other SLA news, I encourage you all to read the most recent president’s message from Tara Murray Grove. For our NJSLA community, we have taken the steps to close out our bank account at the end of last year. This requirement is part of the larger association restructuring. Additionally, with gathering restrictions still in place, our community has decided to plan for virtual events for the foreseeable future. Please let us know if you would like to get involved in any community event planning. 

    Finally, I’d like to introduce our board members and community leaders for this upcoming year. 

    • President: Angela Pagliaro 
    • Vice President/Program Chair: Emma C. Moore
    • Secretary: Anya Bartelmann 
    • Past President/Nominating Chair: Janet Cooper Weiss 
    • Director of Communications - Anitha Steventon 
    • Webmaster - Jeanne Mauriello 
    • Membership Chair - Tammy Marshall 
    • Archivist - Louise Deiss

    We have leadership openings for our employment chair and our award chair. If you would like to learn more about the responsibilities of these chairs or if you would like to find ways to get involved with the community at large, please reach out.  Again, thank you all so much for your patience and continued support to this community. 

    The more we as a community and as New Jerseyans keep doing our part, the closer we are to being able to celebrate being together again. If there are any resources you need, I encourage you to review the New Jersey COVID-19 site. You can also find someone to talk to by dialing 1-866-202-HELP (4357) for free, confidential support. 

    Stay safe, stay healthy, stay home when you can, 

    Angela Pagliaro 










  • SLA Call for Volunteers Now Open

    Hello,

    The SLA Call for Volunteers is open and available through December 2. The volunteer form gives you the opportunity to submit your name for consideration to fill volunteer positions within your communities and on SLA committees, councils, and task forces.

    *If you're currently serving in a volunteer position and wish to continue in that position in 2021, you must reaffirm your commitment using the same form.

    A wide variety of opportunities are available to fit different skillset needs, personality strengths, and time commitments. Continuing this year are "micro-volunteer" opportunities that give you the ability to "test the volunteer waters" and fit your availability

    Thank you!

    Mike
  • President's Message - October 2020

    Hello New Jersey Community, 

    First, I would like to extend my wishes of health and safety to you and your loved ones as our state continues to slow the spread of COVID-19. With the end of this being in the future, it’s hard to stay positive but I do ask you all to keep in mind that abiding by mandates now puts us in a better position in the future. 

     Our community has found some rhythm with virtual events and programs. In fact, our 85th Anniversary event had about 40 registrants, not only from New Jersey but also from other communities. We enjoyed a night with a bit of New Jersey SLA history, some words from the SLA President, Tara Murray, and spent time with each other sharing fond memories we’ve had with the association before we rounded out the night with trivia!  

     There are more virtual events to come! Please register for the upcoming virtual fireside chat: A conversation about developing asynchronous, virtual learning on October 29 from 4-5 PM. Additionally, our community will be hosting its annual Fall Tech Talk with guest speaker Carson Block on Wednesday November 11 from 4-5 PM. The topic, “Our Relationship With Technology: It’s Complicated,” will feature results of a library user satisfaction survey centered on technology topics. Please participate in this survey so we can compare our community’s results to the national results, I know this will make for an interactive discussion. Finally, keep an eye out for our annual business meeting in December. While this meeting is typically coupled with a dinner get-together, I know that we’ll find ways to connect and socialize, even if we’re all stuck at home. Our community leaders have decided that given the uncertainties, we will plan for virtual programs in 2021. This may change, but we’d rather be safe and plan for continued restrictions for in person get-togethers. 

     For those who were able to attend, I hope you enjoyed the virtual format of the annual conference this year. With a schedule up in the air at home, it was handy to listen in on the recordings to sessions. While the annual conference will again be virtual in 2021, I hope our association implements the benefits of virtual programs into future in-person events. The annual conference kicked off with the theme “try new things” and I’ve realized that if we, as a community, association, and just group of people, fail to try new things (especially now) we won’t be able to grow. So I hope you’re taking care of yourself during this time, and if you’re looking to try something new- don’t hesitate to reach out and get involved with our community! 

     As for updates with HQ, there are some upcoming events that I encourage you to attend: the SLA Board of Directors will meet on October 28 from 12:30-2 PM ET, this may be of interest to you if you have questions about SLA governance. The SLA Town Hall will be on November 12 at 2 PM ET. The town hall will focus on belonging in SLA and will include time for member questions. “Belonging” was a theme from the annual conference keynote, delivered by Yvette Pegues, and I think her points gave SLA members a lot to think about. 

     Finally, please know that you are not alone. As a community we can help each other get through this pandemic. The more we as a community and as New Jerseyans keep doing our part, the closer we are to being able to celebrate being together again. If there are any resources you need, I encourage you to review the New Jersey COVID-19 site. You can also find someone to talk to by dialing 1-866-202-HELP (4357) for free, confidential support. 

    Thank you for your time! And please register for our upcoming events. It will be great to see you all (even if it’s through a screen!) 

     Stay safe, stay healthy, stay home when you can, 

    Angela Pagliaro