Federal Budget Cuts

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Federal Budget Update

NJLA posted a legislative alert last week urging the library community to contact their federal representatives regarding funding for library services.  In his budget proposal, President Trump calls for the elimination of two key programs which provide critical funds in NJ Libraries.  The two programs are the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL).

NJLA Library Advocacy Fortnight

Join us this April 3 to 17 as library staff and supporters visit the local offices of NJ legislators to talk about the roles of our libraries in our communities and schools as well as the legislative agenda of the New Jersey Library Association.  Our organization is advocating for four bills:

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_0.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 Association's Legislative Priorities 2016/2017

New Jersey's Libraries: Community Assets

Libraries are essential community assets. New Jersey libraries provide access to information, technology, e-government and job seeker assistance as well as early childhood and adult literacy services and continuing education and instruction for all ages.  Ensuring that the residents of New Jersey have strong, relevant library services to meet today’s challenges requires a strong partnership between local libraries and the state of New Jersey.

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NJLA Events

2017-2018 NJLA Leadership Orientation
07/28/2017 - 9:30am to 3:00pm

Plainsboro Public Library

NJLA Advocacy Institute
09/15/2017 - 9:30am to 3:00pm

TBA

Library Maker's Toolkit
09/22/2017 - 9:30am to 4:15pm

South Brunswick Public Library

2017 Youth Services Forum
10/23/2017 - 8:45am to 3:00pm

Monmouth County Library, Manalapan

2017 Performers' Showcase
11/02/2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Monmouth County Library, Manalapan

VALE Conference
01/05/2018 - 8:30am to 4:00pm

Rutgers University, Busch Campus

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