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:
President-Elect: Janet Cooper Weiss
Secretary: Richard Jutkiewicz
Treasurer: Joy Whitney
Director of Communications: Katherine Taggart
Employment: Tammy Marshall
Membership: Maria Ortiz-Myers
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