Upcoming Events

The NJ SLA Community invites you to our Annual Business Meeting

November 17, 2022: 1pm – 2pm 

This is a virtual-only event

Please note: This year, we have decided to host separately the Annual Business Meeting and the Annual Holiday Party. Please save the following date for the Annual Holiday Party: December 15

Please register in advance for this Annual Business Meeting


There will be an Open Q&A Session during the meeting. Feel free to submit your questions when registering.

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

Meeting Agenda:

  1. Welcome
  2. SLA HQ Updates
  3. Board Reports
  4. Open Question and Answer Session
  5. Closing Remarks

Questions? Please contact Julie Peters at jpeters@smlr.rutgers.edu

The NJ SLA Community invites you to the following virtual technology event: 

Data Science in 2022, Topics and Trends: Challenges for Libraries and Researchers  

September 22, 2022: 7pm – 8pm  

Presentation by Dr. Wind Cowles

Recent years have seen a rapid increase in access to massive amounts of data, as well as increased interest from funding agencies in ensuring that research is reproducible, transparent, and has long-term impact. These trends, along with other factors, are placing new and shifting pressures on research communities and the institutions that support them. This talk will examine these pressures with an eye toward the challenges they present for researchers and the opportunities for academic libraries to help address them.

Please register in advance for this meeting :


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

Questions? Please contact Julie Peters at jpeters@smlr.rutgers.edu   

Event Speaker:  

Dr. Wind Cowles, Director of Research Data and Open Scholarship  

Princeton University Library 

Dr. Wind Cowles is the Director of Research Data and Open Scholarship at Princeton University Library, where she leads a group of information specialists who provide services, training, and technological infrastructure to promote the long-term value of research data and other scholarly outputs through effective research data management, open research practices, and long-term preservation and re-use. She and her team work collaboratively with library, campus, and national partners on training, services, and technology infrastructure projects. 

Before joining Princeton University, Wind worked at the National Institutes of Health in the Center for Scientific Review, where she oversaw the review of grant applications on research related to several areas, including language, cognition, and Alzheimer’s disease. Prior to NIH, Wind was an Associate Professor in Linguistics at the University of Florida and the Director of the Language and Cognition Lab. She received her PhD in Cognitive Science and Linguistics from UC San Diego.  

The Information Professional’s Job Market: Challenges, Trends and Opportunities - May 25, 3pm – 4pm (ET)

Hear the perspectives and experiences of two information professionals and one career management expert as they discuss the current challenges, trends and opportunities facing those navigating the current job market. Topics to be discussed include the increasing focus on digital technologies and non-traditional roles for information professionals; the effects of the “Great Resignation’; and the insights into how job placement and career management fit into this changing work environment.

Speaker presentations will be followed by a Q & A session.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://rutgers.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEpdO6orzgoGNSc7vUphAnfELuMyZaEVoCz

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


Brian Keith, Associate Dean for Administrative Services and Faculty Affairs George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida

Dean Keith is the most senior Human Resources, Financial, Facilities, and Grants Management professional for the Smathers Libraries with comprehensive responsibilities in each of these functions. Brian’s additional responsibilities include leadership of library-wide DEIJ (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice), faculty development and mentoring, professional development travel, graduate student internship, and undergraduate fellowship programs. The Smathers Libraries team is comprised of 405 employees, including tenure accruing library faculty. Brian sets policies and is active in national dialogues on employment practices, including fair, equitable, inclusive practices for recruiting, screening and selecting information professionals.

Kathy Bradshaw, Assistant Dean for Organizational Development, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University

Dean Bradshaw joined the VCU Libraries faculty in fall 2015. In her role, she has responsibility for strategic leadership and planning related to all aspects of the VCU Libraries organizational design and staffing. She oversees staff development and training programs; analyzes organizational data and advises senior leadership on strategies for strengthening the organization and culture of the VCU Libraries; supervises human resources activities, including policy development and compliance; and directs initiatives related to inclusive excellence and diversity throughout the VCU Libraries, working closely with the VCU Libraries’ Diversity Committee. She is a member of the senior leadership team. She holds credentials in both library science and human resources management.

Ildiko (Ildi) Koczan, Assistant Director of Student Services for Career Services, School of Communication & Information, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Ildi holds two master's degrees, one in HR Management and the other in Counseling and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at Rutgers University. She is also a nationally certified counselor (NCC) with a professional interest in career counseling and personal development. Prior to working as a career counselor, Ildi specialized in Organizational Capability and T&D in global corporate HR. In her current role as the Assistant Director for Career Services at SC&I, Ildi heads up career education, exploration, and experiential education initiatives supporting undergrad and graduate SC&I students.

Questions? Please contact Julie Peters at jpeters@smlr.rutgers.edu

Announcing the NJ SLA Community Spring Open House!

As Spring quickly approaches with the rebirth of flowers and warm weather, the NJ SLA Community would like to invite you to the Spring Open House to share more about who the community is, what we are planning for the year, and ways to participate.

The Open House is being offered three times in the hopes that all members can attend. No registration is necessary. Presentations will be offered in various Breakout Rooms every 15 minutes.

Please join us to establish some roots and watch us grow as a community this Spring!

NJSLA August 2021 Dine Around

Join us for the second dine around this summer!

Location: Delicious Heights - 285 Main Street, Bedminster, NJ 07921 Phone: 908.234.1596

Date: August 16, 2021

Time: 6:00 pm

RSVP to Janet Weiss at jcweiss@optonline.net by August 13th.

Note: This is a "no host" dinner; separate checks with be provided. Contact Janet Weiss if interested in carpooling. If cancellation is necessary, you will be notified by email by August 13th.


Delicious Heights

NJSLA Summer Dine Around - July 14, 2021

Join us for the first dine around of the year - we look forward to seeing everyone in person!

Location and Time

Seasons 52

Seasons 52 at Market Fair in Princeton 3535 US Highway 1 Princeton, NJ 08540 (609-799-2152)

Time: 6:00 pm - ??

RSVP to Janet Weiss at jcweiss@optonline.net by July 12th. Contact Janet if interested in carpooling.

Note: This is a "no host" dinner. Separate checks will be provided

Seasons 52 Map

So You Want to Publish? Here's How I Did It

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
2:30PM--4:00PM EDT
REGISTER: https://theias.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYud--urTgoGNNuWPT1MVC2jDIjQDjFOKvV

Three librarians, with expertise spanning multiple disciplines, discuss publishing original Library and Information Science research, from the challenges facing authors today, to the future trends in the field.

Topics will include

  • Demystifying the process of publishing while still working as a front line librarian
  • Exploring the individual research journeys of the panelists; how they reached their research areas and the topics that excite them
  • Deepening the areas of conversation within the profession, and discussing how SLA members can contribute
  • Celebrating the challenges and successes in creating a thematically unified body of work


  • Kate Adler, Director of Library Services, Metropolitan College of New York, New York City, New York
  • Jonathan Sauceda, Music and Performing Arts Librarian and interim Librarian for Spanish/Portuguese, Latinx, and Latin American Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Tony Stankus, Distinguished Professor, Science Coordinator, Life Sciences Librarian, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, Arkansas

Moderator and Organizer: Emma C. Moore, Librarian for Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study; Vice President and Program Chair, SLA - New Jersey - emoore@ias.edu