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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.

New Jersey Library Trustee Updates

Robert Balentine dies; served Park Ridge schools, library

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-...

Draft Resolution and Letters of Support for Library Boards Supporting School Libraries and Library Capital Construction

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/).

New Jersey Library Advocates Headed to D.C.

 New Jersey Library advocates participate in American Library Association's Legislative Day May 3 in Washington, DC.  Supporters met with the staffs of  the entire New Jersey Congressional delegation.   Pictured left to right are: Josh Sanders, aide to Senator Robert Menendez; Peggy Cadigan, NJ State Library; Marcos Vargas, Secretary, Belleville Library Board of Trustees; Mary Chute, NJ State Librarian; Janet Clark, president, NJ Association of School Librarians; Adam Szczepaniak, NJ State Library;  and Esney Sharpe, board member of the New Jersey Library Trustee Association.
New Jersey Library advocates participate in American Library Association's Legislative Day May 3 in Washington, DC.  Supporters met with the staffs of  the entire New Jersey Congressional delegation.   Pictured left to right are: Josh Sanders, aide to Senator Robert Menendez; Peggy Cadigan, NJ State Library; Marcos Vargas, Secretary, Belleville Library Board of Trustees; Mary Chute, NJ State Librarian; Janet Clark, president, NJ Association of School Librarians; Adam Szczepaniak, NJ State Library;  and Esney Sharpe, board member of the New Jersey Library Trustee Association.

 

Tools You Can Use

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

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