From the ALA District Dispatch:
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
It has been more than fifteen years since there has been a program for capital construction in New Jersey’s public libraries. Library buildings need to meet the evolving needs of our communities. The New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act (A222/S2171) authorizes $125,000,000 in general obligation bonds to finance capital projects in public libraries. With the bill being signed into law it now moves on to the voters in November.
To: Patricia Tumulty, NJLA
From: Frank Corrado
Date: March 20, 2017
Re: Political Speech/Campaigning at Public Libraries
A leading advocate for the borough's public library — and its archivist — is reaching a milestone today.
Ethel Johnson, who was among the organizers of the Harrington Park Public Library when it became a municipally funded library in 1989, turns 98.
TESTIMONY OF PATRICIA A. TUMULTY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NEW JERSEY LIBRARY ASSOCIATION On A222/S2171
Before the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
Before the Assembly Appropriations Committee
June 19, 2017
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:
"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.
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/).