Adult Services Forum Focuses on Librarians Making a Positive Change

On Oct. 26, 2015, the Reference and Diversity & Outreach Sections of the NJ Library Association and the NJ State Library sponsored the 7th Annual Adult Services Forum –  “Librarians: Agents of Positive Community Change.” The Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan, hosted the event.

Erica Freudenberger, director , Red Hook Library, giving keynote address.
Erica Freudenberger, director , Red Hook Library, giving keynote address.

Keynote speaker Erica Freudenberger, director of the Red Hook, NY, Public Library, discussed the methods she used to take a small,  underused library and transform  it through collaboration with other organizations to increase community involvement. “We need to stop trying to communicate our value, but be valuable, instead,” she said to begin her presentation, “Engaged: Transformation, Change and the Future of Libraries.” “Find out what matters to people, ask them, and then find a way to make it happen,” she added.

Audience at keynote presentationOther workshops focused on Communications & Marketing; the partnership between the State Library and Dept. of Children & Families; reference work; helping readers read outside their comfort zone; and identity theft. Attendees were also able to take a tour of the Monmouth County Archives.

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About Tiffany McClary

Tiffany McClary is the Director of Communications, Marketing & Outreach for the New Jersey State Library. She coordinates marketing and public relations initiatives in order to enhance the reputation of the State Library, and promote the value of NJ libraries and the services and programs that they provide to residents.