Late Breaking News

NJASL Statewide Conference

October 29-31, 2006: New Jersey Association of School Librarians 28th Annual Conference. This year's theme is "School LIbraries: Whare Learning Starts," and will be held at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa, Long Branch, NJ. Keynote speakers include David Warlick, and authors Lois Duncan and Chris Crutcher. Duncan and Crutcher are also the focus of NJASL's summer reading program, "Life's Not Fair." As always, outstanding professionals will also present an array of practical programs.

Registration forms are available online at:

McDonald's Check it Out Program for Public Libraries

This is just a quick reminder to youth services librarians in public libraries in the Highlands. McDonald’s is again providing libraries with free happy meal coupons for kids in summer reading programs. If you haven’t already sent your order in for the coupons, you can still do so. The form to fill out is on the New Jersey Summer Reading website at

Fill out the form and include a CD&L delivery slip made out to your library. The forms need to be sent back to me at the Clifton Library, but the complete instructions are on the form.

The McDonald’s booklets that include the free coupons should be ready by the third week in June and we’ll get them to you as quickly as possible.

Pat Vasilik, Children's Coordinator
Clifton Public Library

Preservation Management Institute

Applications are now being accepted for the Preservation Management Institute, 2006-07
Sponsored by Rutgers University SCILS

One scholarship is available for someone working with New Jersey history collections.

The Preservation Management Institute is designed for working librarians and archivists who have preservation responsibilities but limited formal preservation education. The program includes a full week of classes in New Jersey in fall 2006, another week in spring 2007, and a final week in fall 2007. The weeklong sessions include classroom instruction, some hands-on experiences, and field trips. In-between the three weeks of classes, participants conduct guided preservation planning activities for their home institutions, including conducting a preservation survey and drafting a disaster plan. Our instructors are among the most respected professionals in the field today and are led by Evelyn Frangakis, Chief Librarian for Preservation of The New York Public Library.

People from 30 states and 3 countries have participated in this program since it began in 1998. For a list, and some of their evaluations of the program, please check the website.

Enrollment in the Institute is strictly limited.

For details about the program and the scholarship, as well as an application form, go to

For more information, please contact:

Karen Hundert Novick
Director of Professional Development Studies
School of Communication, Information and Library Studies
Rutgers University
4 Huntington Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1071
Phone 732-932-7169 / Fax 732-932-9314
Departmental website:

Rutgers Writing Extension Program - includes grant writing!

Rutgers Writing Extension Program, a new university program, is now offering a variety of non-credit writing classes for adults, including Business Writing, Public Relations for Small NonProfits, and Grant Writing, among many other professional and creative writing classes. There is also a Writing Skills Inventory that offers individual analysis of your writing skills. The Grant Writing class is being taught by Karen Novick from the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies.

For more information go to

Karen Hundert Novick
Director of Professional Development Studies
School of Communication, Information and Library Studies
Rutgers University
4 Huntington Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1071
Phone 732-932-7169 / Fax 732-932-9314
Departmental website:

REFORMA Mini-Grant

The Northeast Chapter of REFORMA awards grants of $500 for materials or programs in Spanish to libraries in NJ, NY, CT, MA, PA and RI.

For more information and a copy of the application form, please visit: and click on Mini-Grant.

The deadline for submission is May 5, 2006.

Ingrid Betancourt
The Newark Public Library

Paws, Claws, Scales & Tales Materials Online

Librarians' Index to the Internet has put together a Featured Collection of web links that are related to this year's statewide summer reading program.

You can check it out here:

Hopefully this will come in handy for everyone as you get ready for Summer Reading 2006.

Hub Library Project

The New Jersey State Library has announced plans to make significant changes to the Hub Libraries program. These changes will include a redesigned infrastructure, expanded services and more options for library connectivity. A FAQ file describing changes is available here.

For more information, please click here.


The New Jersey State Library and the four Regional Library Cooperatives remind library members about JerseyClicks, the new portal for searching the full-text databases subsidized by the NJ State Library. It can be found at Fifteen databases can be searched simultaneously.

To use the portal from within your library, IP authentication is in place. You should NOT have to enter a library card number. If you do, you are asked to contact Scherelene Schatz at the Library Development Bureau who will check the tables. Her email address is: or call 609-777-2059.

To use the portal from home, library card authentication is in place. Library users should be able to search the portal from their homes by entering their library card number. If there is a user who cannot do this, again contact Scherelene Schatz.

Public libraries received a supply of bookmarks to promote this service to customers. We thank Auto-Graphics, the vendor whose software, AGent, powers the portal. Auto-Graphics sponsored the printing of 400,000 bookmarks. More details to follow.

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