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.
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.
Other 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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