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.
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
The annual NJLTA fall meeting will be Sept. 9 from 10:00 -12:30 at the Monroe Twp. Library (Middlesex County). Coffee and refreshments will available at 9:30
Topic: Trustees and Advocacy: Critical Issues facing NJ Library Trustees.
There are several critical public policy issues facing New Jersey library trustees. They include:
What does the future of libraries look like? How will libraries be impacted by technology? How will they communicate and what tools will be available to help libraries adapt in order to best suit their customers’ needs?
From the ALA District Dispatch:
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
To: Patricia Tumulty, NJLA
From: Frank Corrado
Date: March 20, 2017
Re: Political Speech/Campaigning at Public Libraries
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.”