President's Blog

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


January - February 2019


Greetings NJ SLA! 

 I hope this message finds you well and enjoying some of the warmer weather we have been having lately. 

 Let me begin by thanking the 2018 Executive and Advisory Boards of the Chapter most expertly led by our outgoing President, Karen Botkin.  Karen stepped up to lead the chapter at a crucial time last year, most notably through the merger of the New Jersey Chapter with the Greater Princeton Area Chapter of SLA.  Blending units is never an easy task but Karen made it look seamless and effortless and we closed the year with this smoothly accomplished.

 Going forward, our Executive Board for 2019 includes:

President - Janet Cooper Weiss
President-Elect/Program Chair - Angela Pagliaro
Secretary – Susan Gleckner
Treasurer – Joy Whitney
Director of Communications – Kathy Taggart
Past President – Karen Botkin

 The Program Committee has been busy planning the first few meetings scheduled for the spring.  A webinar on the topic of succession planning is in the works for March.  A tour of the Firestone Library at Princeton University is on the calendar for early April, and a tour of the Holocaust Resource Center at Kean University in Union is scheduled for May.  Expect some dates and further details from Program Chair Angela Pagliaro very soon.

 Linda Salvesen, Membership Chair, and her committee have developed and distributed a new survey to gather input from you, our members.  I encourage you to respond. 

 Maxine Goldsmith and the Scholarship Committee have revised the criteria and deadlines for the Rosemary Allen Little and Frank H. Spaulding scholarships.  Applications will be accepted starting March 1st.  Please see the website for further details.

 As you may have noticed, the website is under construction.  Jeanne Mauriello, our webmaster, has been diligently transferring files and content to a new website.  You can watch the progress by logging in at https://connect.sla.org/newjersey/home

 And speaking about the website, it would be terrific to have some photos to include there.  Volunteer to be the photographer!  Additional volunteer opportunities include hospitality at meetings (handing out name tags and greeting people as they arrive), and website migration assistance.

 Looking forward to hearing from you.

Cheers,

Janet

president.njsla@gmail.com


October - November 2018

The Programming Committee and everyone associated with this year’s Technology Program deserve a round of applause for a wonderfully successful program.  Debbie Ginsberg was an energetic and informative speaker.  While we’re not yet ready to start trafficking in bit coin, the attendees mostly came away with an understanding of the blockchain process and how it might impact us as librarians.

We’re all anticipating a wonderful holiday party on Dec. 11.  The Rutgers Inn and Conference Center is the location for this event.  The evening will include our Annual Business Meeting, including the elections for next year’s Executive Board for the NJ Chapter.  We still need a member to step up and volunteer for the position of Secretary.  We will finish off the evening with the annual Gloria Dinerman Memorial White Elephant Gift Exchange.  Each year seems to bring the favorite gift that gets stolen often and yes, at least one white elephant.

 I have a standing offer to anyone along the northern part of the Route 287 corridor: if you cannot/prefer not to drive to the meeting, suggest a place on my way south to the meeting where you can be picked up easily.   I will pick up and deliver as many people as I can fit into my CRV and return each one, at the end of the evening, to the location where I picked you up.  I hope that location is far closer to home for you than it would be for you to drive to and from the meeting.  If there is anyone in the southern area willing to make a similar offer and pick up people to drive them north, to our meetings, please speak up.  We’re trying to pick physical locations for our meetings and dine arounds that are in the middle of the state.  We would like to see more people attend our in-person meetings.  I must admit that the company in the car at the end of the night is an added bonus for me as are the available cell phones with WAZE driving instructions being read off to me as I navigate the NJ traffic.

The plans for the 2019 Chapter year are beginning.  If you want to chime in with suggestions, please contact President-Elect Janet Weiss or soon to be Past-President Karen Botkin.  I look forward to seeing all of you on December 11th.


June 2018

NOW it feels like summer!   AKA Dine Around season.

The NJ Chapter starts the Dine Around season with a house event.  Thank you in advance to Kate Creegan for hosting the first Dine Around at her home.  The second event is scheduled for July 11 at Fresco Steak and Seafood Grill.  Keep your eyes on the NJ Connect page or the NJ Chapter website for details.  A Dine Around for the Mercer County area is also in the planning stages.  If anyone else would like to see a dinner in their area, please contact Janet Weiss or Karen Botkin.

The 2018 Baltimore Conference is behind us.  I hope everyone from the Chapter who attended enjoyed the learning, the networking, and the good Baltimore food.  The weather was quite a different story from last year’s conference.  Congrats to Anya C. Bartelmann, one of this year’s SLA Rising Stars and Tammy Marshall, who presented a paper at the conference.  Tammy’s paper can be found here: https://www.sla.org/learn/research/sla-contributed-papers/2018-contributed-papers/ .

Janet Weiss and I attended the Cabinet meeting and the Joint Cabinet/Division meeting.  A new governance document was made available to us, and we will probably be updating the governance documents for the NJ Chapter later this year and into early next year using this document as a base.  Janet attended SLA’s Annual Business Meeting.  According to Headquarters, membership numbers are growing.  More positive news…projected Conference attendance was 1750; more than 1800 people attended. Seventy-six percent of the 4289 members of SLA are full dues paying members, and although the majority are still from North America, 47 countries are represented in the 49 chapters, 23 divisions and 11 caucuses.

Our Chapter is already looking forward to our technology meeting on Sept. 25th when Deborah Ginsberg, a special librarian from Chicago, will explain blockchain and its uses in the library world to us at the Rutgers Club on the Livingston Campus of Rutgers in Piscataway.  On this date, we will hold our Chapter’s Annual Business Meeting.  FYI, we have moved this from December to earlier in the year to allow the next Chapter Board to get a running start at 2019.  A key agenda item is election of officers for 2019.

 The Nominating Committee will be meeting over the summer to discuss filling open positions on the Executive Board which include President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer.  Be brave, be daring, say “yes” when asked to serve. We have experienced Chapter members who are available to mentor anyone who wants to serve on the Chapter Board. You can also contact Karen or Janet to volunteer.  Taking a Board position is a great way to gain leadership skills in a totally supportive environment.  These skills can translate to your work environment.  Please contact Karen Botkin for additional details.

 We also need to fill Advisory Council positions, which include committee chairs. Contact Karen for a list of committees.  Some require only a few hours of work.  If more people volunteer, the work gets shared and more members have a chance to get to know the other members better, working side-by-side for the good of the Chapter.  Many hands make light work.

 Enjoy the rest of your summer.


May 2018

HAPPY SPRING!!  I hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather and the very green grass.

Thank you to Janet Weiss’ programming committee for another successful library tour.  Louise Deis and Carol Paszamant coordinated with tour guides Emma Moore, Librarian for the Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Marcia Tucker, Librarian for the Historical Studies-Social Science Library, both at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.  There was a great turn out to hear about the history of the IAS and to see and hear about the Institute’s two different libraries.  We had a lovely day and enjoyed starting out the tour networking outside of Fuld Hall.  Thank you to our tour guides.

A few years ago, then Chapter President Claudia Cuca, did a survey to inquire about the Chapter members’ expectations.  Library tours were high on the response list.  Many of us find ourselves working with totally or almost totally electronic collections these days.  Having a chance to tour real working libraries like those at the IAS, ETS, and the Morristown New Jersey Historical and Genealogy Center were wonderful program adventures.  If anyone has a suggestion for tours in 2019, please contact Janet Weiss.

The Baltimore SLA Conference is next month.  I hope many of you intend to go and participate in the learning, networking, and fun that the annual Conference usually produces.  Please be sure to attend the East Coast Chapters’ Reception on Tuesday evening.  While you should register for tickets, there is no cost to participate but there will be prizes!

One of our new members, Anya C. Bartelmann, now working at Princeton University as Astrophysics, Mathematics and Physics Librarian, comes to us from the West Coast.  She is also one of the SLA Rising Stars who will receive an award at the Baltimore Conference.  Congratulations Anya and welcome.

Jeanne Mauriello, our Chapter Web expert, deserves a round of applause for proactively protecting our Chapter web site from the hacking that some of the other chapters experienced.  SLA Headquarters has changed the URL for the chapters’ web sites slightly to prevent additional hacking.  Our new URL is Newjersey.sla1.org .  We have been told, as of this writing (early May) that many of the Chapter web sites, including our site, are experiencing temporary connection problems.  Try to check SLA Connect for news of the Chapter and the association until this is rectified.

The Nominating Committee is forming.  We are looking for a few people who wish to help our Chapter keep operating and growing.  The more members become involved, the more we learn and grow.  If we can work together, one or two people do not become overwhelmed trying to keep our train on the tracks.  Please contact Karen Botkin if you want to be a part of the Board (We are looking for a President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer for 2019) or a part of the Advisory Committee (Committees include Membership, Scholarship, Archives, Nominating, Programming.) Guidance is available from those of us who have held these positions in the past, so no volunteer will be set afloat without a life preserver!  Participating at the Chapter level is a great way to pick up some new skills in a supportive environment.

Keep your eyes posted to our pages on SLA Connect and your email for announcements about our upcoming summer dine-arounds.  These informal gatherings are a great way to connect with other members.


April 2018

As National Volunteers Month draws to a close, I want to express my appreciation to each person on the Board and on the Advisory Council who makes this group run:

President-Elect: Janet Cooper Weiss

Director of Communications: Kathy Taggart

Treasurer: Joy Whitney

Secretary: Richard Jutkiewicz

Web Mistress: Jeanne Mauriello

Employment Chair: Tammy Marshall

Membership Chair: Maria Ortiz Myers

Scholarship Chair: Carol Feltes

Program Committee: Carol Paszamant, Louise Deis, Pat Dawson, Julie Peters, Kate Creegan, and Danielle Crammer

And anyone else I’ve forgotten

Thanks to Jeanne Mauriello, we had a wonderful tour of the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center in Morristown followed by a no host dinner.  There was a good turnout for this program and we are hoping for a good turnout for the May 8 tour of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, followed by dinner on site.  The flyer for the May tour is on the website.  Please register soon.  Thank you in advance to Louise Deis and Carol Paszamant for making the arrangements. My standing offer to drive a car pool to this meeting from northern NJ stands.  Contact me, please, about seating, etc.

 On April 16, I joined other library membership groups as well as potential employers to participate in a Career Expo at the SCI at Rutgers University.  There were few library majors however.  I did have a chance to speak with the group from LibraryLinkNJ who have initiated a program called MentorNJ.  Check this out to either participate to “share your experience and knowledge with other colleagues” or “explore valuable resources for those new to the profession or the state.”

 During the upcoming SLA Annual Conference in Baltimore, the NJ Chapter will be joining the other chapters from the East Coast to host an East Coast Reception on Tues., June 12, from 7-9 pm.  I believe this is a ticketed but free event.  Prizes and networking are being arranged by the committee.

 The Program Committee has a technology program in the works for this fall.  September 25 will see us at the Rutgers Club on the Livingston Campus to hear librarian Debbie Ginsberg speak about blockchain.  We would like to encourage a few more people to join the Rutgers Club as we need to have a member of their club for every nine guests we hope to have at our meeting.  Please contact me or Julie Peters who is our SLA member contact at Rutgers for instructions if you are interested.  Save the date to hear about this fascinating topic that Debbie tells me will impact everything. 

Summer Dine Arounds and a December holiday party are also being planned.  We still need volunteers for the Nominating Committee and the Archives Committee.

 Looking forward to the rest of a great year.


March 2018

Hoping that we’ve seen the last of the 2018 snow, I’m looking forward to our March 22 tour of the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center in Morristown, NJ. Please contact President-Elect/Program Chair Janet Weiss or Jeanne Mauriello who arranged for the tour for details if you have not received an email with our flyer. The information for this program is also on the Web site and on our SLA Connect page. Registration is necessary as we need to know how big our tour group will be and how many people are planning to join us for the no-host dinner afterwards.

A tour of another unique library is in the works for later in the spring for the Princeton, NJ area.

On April 16, Rutgers’ School of Communication and Information is hosting their annual Career Expo. They are holding a table for members of our NJ Chapter to explain SLA and special libraries to their information professional students. Three years ago, Cindy Rockoff and I did this, and we both thoroughly enjoyed talking to the library students about Special Librarianship and what they could do with their degrees after graduation. A very energizing experience. Janet Weiss will be at the table this year and would appreciate having at least one or two other members join her.

Planning on going to SLA’s annual conference in Baltimore this summer? Let us know if you are planning to attend. Plans for a joint reception at the conference with other area chapters are in the works. If we have some willing volunteers, we can explore the idea of a kiosk for the chapter to offer information on the NJ Chapter activities.

Our Archives Committee and our Nominating Committee could still use some volunteers. Each group has a base but sharing the efforts will make for a more creative result. The Programming Committee has been considering hosting a webinar as one of our meetings this year. If you have some technical experience in this area, please contact Janet Weiss or Karen Botkin and offer to assist us.

Hope to see each one of you at a meeting this year.


Welcome to 2018

The SLA Board approved the merger of the NJ Chapter – Greater Princeton Area and the NJ Chapter of SLA in December 2017.   I wish to gratefully acknowledge that following members who have agreed to serve for 2018:

EXECUTIVE BOARD

President-Elect: Janet Cooper Weiss

Secretary: Richard Jutkiewicz

Treasurer: Joy Whitney

Director of Communications: Katherine Taggart

ADVISORY BOARD

Archives: Open

Employment: Tammy Marshall

Membership:  Maria Ortiz-Myers

Nominating:  Open

Scholarship: Carol Feltes

Webmaster:  Jeanne Mauriello

Last month, the Board of the newly merged groups began the work of planning the programs and events for our chapter.  We are still looking for volunteers for all the committees necessary to insure a successful chapter.  If everyone volunteers for even one or two hours, we can all take pride in the well-run chapter that will result.

Janet Weiss, our 2018 President-Elect, is serving as Program Chair and looking for members for her Programming Committee.  The first program is already on the calendar for Thursday, March 22nd at 4:00 pm.  Thanks to Jeanne Mauriello, we will tour the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center.  James Lewis, who is the head of the department, will be conducting the tour.  A no-host dinner will follow at the Dublin Pub afterwards.  We hope to announce a tour in the Princeton area in the March-April time frame very soon.

The communications for our chapter are overseen by Kathy Taggart.  The chapter events will be listed on SLA Connect and Jeanne Mauriello, will keep the chapter’s website up-to-date.  Kathy will also send out these notices using the email addresses on the SLA Directory.  Please make sure that you are signed up for SLA Connect and that your listing in the SLA Directory is current and correct.

The website also includes the weekly job postings by Tammy Marshall.  Check those out for job-hunting ideas.

Maria Ortiz-Myers is working to engage and involve our membership.  You can develop your network by volunteering to assist Maria with contacting current and past members to encourage them to attend programs or become active as volunteers.

The Scholarship Committee, chaired by Carol Feltes, includes Maxine Goldsmith, Rich Jutkiewicz, and Sue Gleckner.  They plan to continue the work from 2017 for the Rosemary Allen Little scholarship awarded to students studying to be information professionals in a special library.  Next step is to revise the text describing the Little scholarship as well as the Frank Spaulding scholarship for 2018 and to publicize both awards to potential applicants.

Every Chapter member is encouraged to volunteer for something, offering only the time you can spare.  The results, I promise, will be worth the effort.

----Karen Botkin, 2018 President, NJ Chapter