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  • Are you looking to develop new skills and get more involved with SLA? Volunteering with the SLA Southern California Community is a great way to get started. Learn more about how, and what opportunities are available, by joining the SLA-SCC Volunteer ...

  • Hi, all. Below is an upcoming event of interest from another library group near and dear to my heart. - 11/20 - Premiere of " Making Face Shields: Octavia Lab's Persistence in a Pandemic " In April of 2020, the Octavia Lab at LAPL transformed ...

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  • Scattergories Silly Putty Snacks Skateboards Shark Week Skydiving Spelling Bees Spandex Silly String Shuffleboard Snuggies Sandwiches Social Justice SLA Southern California and San Diego's "Navigating an Ocean ...

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  • As promised, attached is the agenda for the 11/15 SLA SoCal Board Meeting. If you'd like to attend, please register on EventBrite: The meeting is open to all members and all ...


  • SLA Call for Volunteers Now Open


    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!

  • 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 

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  • When:  Dec 11, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (ET) Where: Go To Webinar (online) Who: New England Chapter! Join the annual business meeting of SLA NE. Hear a summary of our unusual year and an outlook for 2021. Our hosts: @Kayleigh Bohemier, ...

  • Some principles of personal finance should be taught in primary school, and then again in high school, and college. The one about paying yourself first is so important that it should be written on every paycheck you’ll ever get. Paying yourself first ...

  • Join Simmons SLIS students and SLA New England members with your beverage of choice for some virtual networking and socializing. Time and Date: Monday, Nov. 16, 6:30 - 8 pm EST Register in advance for this meeting: ...

  • The right code is its own best documentation. Over time, the java programming language has proven to be indispensable. It is among the top five in-demand programming languages. Java is an Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) language engineered by Sun Microsystems. ...

  • Due to staff relocation, New Jersey's Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has an opening for a Medical Librarian, who works onsite. Responsibilities: Performs computerized literature searches Provides reference services and educational program ...