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  • 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

  • Virtual SLA 2020 and 2021 Annual Conferences

    SLA made the following announcement on July 22 (below is an excerpt from an Open Forum message by SLA staff):

    With the COVID-19 pandemic showing signs of renewed strength, SLA has decided not to offer any in-person programming for the 2020 Annual Conference and will instead present the entire conference agenda virtually to ensure the health and safety of our community while also providing accessible, interactive opportunities for learning, networking, and engagement.

    Given the uncertainty surrounding the spread and duration of COVID-19 and the associated impact on the travel and meeting industries, SLA will also present its 2021 Annual Conference in a 100% virtual format. The 2022 conference will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, from July 29–August 2 and will also feature a virtual component for those who cannot attend in person.

    Please don't hesitate to contact learning@sla.org with your questions. 

  • SLA-MN Book Discussion of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota

    Let's meet virtually to discuss A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota on Monday, August 10, at 7:00 pm. If you can't obtain a print copy to read, the ebook is made available to all Minnesotans this summer via Ebooks Minnesota and One Book | One Minnesota.

    To access the ebook, simply visit https://library.biblioboard.com/module/one-book-one-minnesota/ and click the book cover image to start reading on your phone, computer, or other device. (Creating an account is NOT required on the biblioboard platform, unless you want to save favorites or add notes.)

    This event will be free though requires registration via the link below. There will be time for an icebreaker and networking, in addition to the book discussion. Hope to see you then!
  • 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
  • Register Now for SLA Kentucky Spring Tour and Business Meeting

    Kentucky Chapter's next meeting will be held Friday, April 17, 2020 at the Kentucky Talking Book Library.

    The deadline to register is Monday April 6, 2020.

    Since there is no charge to reserve the room and tour, there will be no charge to attend the meeting. The only expense is if you choose to attend lunch. You may view the lunch menu here: https://serafinifrankfort.com/menu/lunch/.

    After the tour and meeting, attendees are invited to attend a dutch-treat lunch at Serafini which is located three miles from the KY Talking Book Library at: 243 W Broadway St, Frankfort, KY 40601.