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  • 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 

  • SLA-MN Open Positions for 2021

    SLA-MN is seeking members to fill some open positions for 2021:

    Bulletin/Listserv Coordinator

    This volunteer role collects and edits items for occasional bulletins via MailChimp. The estimated time commitment is 30 minutes per month (some months quieter than others).
    Incentive: eligible for a one-time reimbursement of annual SLA membership fee


    One-Time Event Leaders
    Would you like to present about an initiative in your organization? Have you had great success with a new process or system? We would love to hear from you!
    Incentive: share your knowledge, practice presentation skills with a kind audience, add a presentation to your resume

    Please contact minnesota.sla@gmail.com with any questions.
  • 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

  • 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