Announcements

  • President's Message - July 2020

    Hello New Jersey Community, 

    To begin, I am hoping that you and your loved ones are safe, healthy, and abiding by mandates and recommendations that we know slow the spread of COVID-19. While it’s incredibly unfortunate that we haven’t seen each other face to face, I know that if we all do our part we’ll be able to with each other and those we love soon enough.

    With that said, the high levels of uncertainties have significantly impacted how we move forward with planning the rest of 2020’s events. Our community’s leadership has made the difficult decision to cancel the New Jersey SLA 85th Anniversary Celebration. However, the programming committee has already convened to identify ways to celebrate and honor our community's milestone virtually. Other traditional in-person events will likely take place virtually, too. Please reach out to me if you would like to be involved.

    In addition to our community’s event, SLA HQ has also announced that the annual conference, which was first postponed to October, will now be entirely virtual. I encourage you to read SLA’s official statement on the Coronavirus.  

    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

  • Virtual SLA 2020 and 2021 Annual Conferences

    SLA made the following announcement on July 22 (below is an excerpt from an Open Forum message by SLA staff):

    With the COVID-19 pandemic showing signs of renewed strength, SLA has decided not to offer any in-person programming for the 2020 Annual Conference and will instead present the entire conference agenda virtually to ensure the health and safety of our community while also providing accessible, interactive opportunities for learning, networking, and engagement.

    Given the uncertainty surrounding the spread and duration of COVID-19 and the associated impact on the travel and meeting industries, SLA will also present its 2021 Annual Conference in a 100% virtual format.

    The 2022 conference will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, from July 29–August 2 and will also feature a virtual component for those who cannot attend in person.

    Please don't hesitate to contact learning@sla.org with your questions. 

  • Staying safe, staying healthy, and staying home

    Hello New Jersey,  
    First and foremost, I am hoping that you and your loved ones are healthy, safe, and trying to find silver linings in this uncertain time. NJ.gov has resources available for learning more about COVID-19, keeping healthy, monitoring symptoms, and other information for public health and safety.    
    The spread of the virus has put a lot of our lives, careers, and even our own optimism on hold, but I do want to share some positivity and updates for our community members.
    The New Jersey Program Planning Committee had their first virtual round table! The event was held on April 3 during lunch, and had ten attendees sharing our “new normal” experiences (and grievances) with work and life. The committee would like to continue these programs and will announce the upcoming virtual round tables. Look out for more events similar to this one and find out how you can get involved or lead one of the discussions. 
    As our state is instructed to continue practicing physical distancing for the foreseeable future, many of our planned events will be pushed back into the fall. This includes the 85th anniversary celebration that was originally planned for later this April. The event will be held in late September this year at the same location, the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, NJ. More details will follow as our state continues to slow the spread of the virus. 
    At the association level, the annual conference (typically held in June) is now rescheduled for October 15-19, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. 
    I know we’re all eager to leave our house, hug loved ones, run a quick errand, make plans (then cancel plans!), and just have our lives back but it’s going to take time. Being in the field that we’re in, I know we’ll be vigilant about following the best practices for keeping our community safe and healthy, while sticking to the facts and the new reality the virus has forced on us. We’ll get through it, and we’ll do so by supporting each other (and for now, keeping our physical distance). 
    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. Of course, if you’re interested in getting involved in our SLA community, please feel free to reach out to me directly. 
    I like to take time to thank our program committee chair, Linda Salvesen on her flexibility and quick actions to create virtual programs this spring. I would also like to thank Julie Peters for her swift efforts to reschedule the 85th anniversary event. 
     
    Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay home, good things will come. 
     Thank you,
    Angela Pagliaro
  • Register Now for SLA Kentucky Spring Tour and Business Meeting

    Kentucky Chapter's next meeting will be held Friday, April 17, 2020 at the Kentucky Talking Book Library.

    The deadline to register is Monday April 6, 2020.

    Since there is no charge to reserve the room and tour, there will be no charge to attend the meeting. The only expense is if you choose to attend lunch. You may view the lunch menu here: https://serafinifrankfort.com/menu/lunch/.

    After the tour and meeting, attendees are invited to attend a dutch-treat lunch at Serafini which is located three miles from the KY Talking Book Library at: 243 W Broadway St, Frankfort, KY 40601.

  • President's Message

    Hello New Jersey

    Kicking off the new year!

    Happy 2020! I’m Angela Pagliaro, your community president for this year, and I am looking forward to leading and growing our community for the next 12 months. I’d love to get to know as many members as possible during this time, whether it’s working with you virtually or seeing you at one of our events.

    You may have noticed that I referred to our unit as a ‘community’ and not a ‘chapter’. This is just one of the sweeping changes that the international association is making to the SLA brand and structure. This set of changes is intended to appropriately scale our association, while reducing the administrative burden of unit leaders. By moving away from these administrative responsibilities, our community can spend more time focusing on networking events, professional programs, and finding ways to support the professional development of our community members. So, in that spirit, please be sure to save the date for our New Jersey 85th Anniversary Celebration, the evening of Tuesday April 28th at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick!

    One of the biggest changes that we will experience is a centralized, association-wide budget, no longer divided by unit. This change is concurrent with a reduction in required board positions- specifically, that of treasurer. However, communities still have the freedom to operate with additional board positions as they see fit; and therefore New Jersey will still operate with our treasurer (Anya Bartelmann).

    The volunteers that will make up this year’s New Jersey leadership are:

    • Vice President/President- Elect: Linda Salvesen
    • Treasurer: Anya Bartelmann
    • Secretary: Emma C. Moore
    • Past President: Janet Cooper Weiss

    Kathy Taggart will continue to serve as our Director of Communications, and Jeanne Mauriello will continue to serve as our Webmaster. Committee work will also continue; Nick Consales will lead our membership committee, Tami Marshall is our employment chair, and Louise Deis remains our archivist; if you are interested in helping out or learning more, please get in touch.

    While more detailed changes will continue to unfold, my goal as New Jersey president is to continue finding new ways to serve our members. Programming, professional development, and networking opportunities will remain important priorities. If you are interested in getting involved in our community, please let me know and I can connect you!

    New Jersey is a small state, but we boast a healthy membership, and it is our members and volunteers that have made, and will continue to make, our community strong.

    Thank you all and hope to see you soon! -Angela

  • NJSLA Annual Conference Award 2020

    Submission materials are due by March 1, 2020 and sent to:  goldsmithmaxine69@gmail.com.

    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 travel expenses 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 and Frank H. Spaulding.

    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.

    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 2020 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 June 2020 Conference.

    NJSLA Annual Conference Award

  • Meeting Minutes Available

    Hello SLANE

    The October 2019, November 2019, and 2018 Annual board meeting minutes are now available in the Community library here

    Please reach out if you have any questions.

    Best,
    Kelly
  • Volunteer with SLA Today!

    Hello,

    The SLA Call for Volunteers form is open and available through October 31st. 

    Thank you for stepping up to build SLA's future.

  • August + September Board Meeting Minutes Now Available

    Hello SLANE,

    The August and September board meeting minutes are now available in the Community library here.

    If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out!

    Best,
    Kelly
  • SLA Services Down Tuesday October 15th

    SLA is upgrading its database to implement new offerings.
  • Complimentary Virtual Career Fair for Job Seekers October 15th!

    Connect with employers seeking to hire top talent at the Special Libraries Association Virtual Career Fair on October 15, 2019 from 12 - 3pm EST.  

    The Virtual Career Fair easily connects you – in real time – with employers from the comfort of your home or office via desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

    If you are an employer interested in recruiting at our upcoming Virtual Career Fair, please click this link to learn more about the event and register.

  • President's Message - Fall 2019

    Greetings All!

    We are finally approaching the official end of summer although, from the temperatures outside today as I write this, that is not yet evident.  I hope you all had a bit of time to relax and refresh these past few months.

    For NJ SLA, the summer was a time for dine-arounds (no host dinners) and planning programs for the future.  Coming up next, the Holiday Party and Annual Business Meeting.  Tentative date, December 11th.

    Plans are also underway for the 85th Anniversary Celebration of the Founding of the NJ Chapter. SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Location: Hyatt Regency New Brunswick.

    Summer also brought a call for nominations for the chapter's Executive Board.  Thanks go to Karen Botkin and her nominating committee, Sue Gleckner and Carol Paszamant.  We are fortunate that a few energetic people, committed to the continuation of this organization have volunteered to lead us into the next decade.  Nominations and self-nominations are open until September 20th.

    I encourage you all to consider building your resume and volunteering to assist Angela Pagliaro as she appoints people to head up the various committees that will help the group move forward.

    As we move into the 85th year of the NJ Chapter's existence, Louise Deis is investigating options to combine the archives of the NJ Chapter with the archives of the Greater Princeton-Trenton Area Chapter.  Digitization is one option on the table.  If you have experience  with this type of activity, please contact Louise to participate in the upcoming discussions.

    From HQ and the SLA BOARD: 

    • Virtual Career Fair– October 15, 12-3 p.m. (ET)
    • Dates and location for the next LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM have been announced, January 18-20, 2020 at Hilton McLean Tysons Corner in McLean, VA. All members welcome.  Please attend to learn about how SLA functions and how you can contribute to SLA.  More info coming soon.
    • Member Referral Program… Details coming soon.
    • Unit Restructuring Proposal – proposal to restructure divisions and chapters into "COMMUNITIES". Search CONNECT or contact me if interested.

    Thanks in advance for your input and energy.

    Janet


    Janet Cooper Weiss
    jcweiss@optonline.net

  • Joint Spring Conference 2020 Update

    The 2020 Joint Spring Conference will be at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park from March 25-27, 2020. The planning committee is currently brainstorming conference themes, so if you get inspired, please feel free to e-mail Andrea at brooksa2@nku.edu or Brandi at bduggins@spalding.edu. Last, there’s an ad hoc conference committee working on coming up with recommendations about branding, promoting, and possibly even a conference name change. So stay tuned...

  • Mark your calendars for the 2020 Leadership Symposium!

    The SLA Leadership Symposium is a valuable opportunity for SLA members to drive your professional development forward, get to know unit leaders, and connect with the SLA community.

     The location is in Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC Saturday, January 18th - Monday, January 20th at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.

  • Final Call for Nominations

    The current slate of candidates for the Board of the New Jersey Chapter of SLA for 2020 is:

    Past President:  Janet Cooper Weiss
    President:  Angela Pagliaro 
    President-Elect/Chair of the Programming Committee:  Linda Salvesen
    Secretary:  Emma Moore
    Treasurer:  Anya Bartelmann

    If there are any additional nominations for candidates for the offices of President-Elect, Secretary or Treasurer, please notify the Nominations Committee by Sept. 20, 2019 at which time the call for nominations will close. 

    Thank you.

    Karen Botkin, Chair (email: 
    karen.botkin@verizon.com
  • May + July Board Meeting Minutes Now Available

    Hello SLANE,

    I hope your summers are winding down nicely!

    The May and July board meeting minutes are now available in the Community library here.

    The delayed posting of the May minutes is the result of no June meeting being held and no quorum being reached to approve minutes in July.

    If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out!

    Best,
    Kelly