WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday congressional negotiators reached agreement on a bill to fund the U.S. government through September. The “omnibus” bill included $231 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services – a $1 million increase over FY2016. American Library Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement:
Public library trustees have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the quality of life of their communities. Now more than ever before, New Jersey's public libraries rely on the wisdom, insights, diligence, and influence of their trustees. This site is designed to provide information and resources to guide trustees in their work as they promote the strength and stability of their libraries and as they advocate for support at all levels of government.
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"Mayor Gambatese was an active member of the South Brunswick Library Board of Trustees and a strong advocate for public library services. He will be remembered for his wisdom, care and concern for others, his support for SBPL and his many efforts towards making our township a better place." Chris Carbone, Director, South Brunswick Public Library.
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Registration for National Library Legislative Day 2017 is open! To find information about the event, to register, or to book a room in the hotel block, please visit ala.org/nlld.
As with previous years, National Library Legislative Day 2017 will be held at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, DC. Hotel can fill up quickly so reserve as soon as possible.
Robert Balentine’s dedication to Park Ridge continued after he retired in 1991 as schools superintendent. He turned his focus to the public library and led the effort to get it reopened after a massive storm left 40 inches of floodwater and ruined much of the collection.
Read the full obituary here: http://www.northjersey.com/story/obituaries/2017/01/09/robert-balentine-...
NJLA has created templates for a model resolutions for Public Library Board to pass in support of school library programs (https://njla.org/sites/default/files/NJLA-School-Library-Resolution.docx) in New Jersey and letters of support for the New Jersey Library Capital Construction Bond Bill (http://njlibrariesbuildcommunities.org/how-you-can-help/).
Please take the opportunity to read this inspiring article about Nutley Public Library Trustee Anthony Iannarone from the September 2016, NJ Monthly.
“I am proud—proud of the library, proud of the town,” he says. “I put my heart and soul into it.”
Longtime New Jersey Library Trustee and NJLTA Board Member, Art Carlson passed away on July 16, 2016. The obituary is available here: http://obits.nj.com/obituaries/starledger/obituary.aspx?n=arthur-carlson...
Library Trustees have the responsibility for maintaining adequate financial support for their libraries. Board members should forge good relationships with their local governments. To do this it is important to know exactly how your local government operates. Read the BCCLS Advocacy Committee's Trustee Info and Action Sheet.