New Directors Training 2019

Twenty-one new library directors from across New Jersey convened at the NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center for two days of training to learn more about State Library services and receive information, tips and techniques to better perform their jobs.

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Thanks to severe winter weather on the first scheduled day, the 2019 training started with Day 2 on Feb. 27. After a welcome by NJ State Librarian Mary Chute, the session began with Michele Stricker, deputy state librarian for Lifelong Learning, covering the aspects of writing a strategic plan without using a consultant, that was following by discussions on managing library staff; budgets and financial reporting; and purchasing basics. Attendees also received updates on the Library Construction Bond Act; the statewide services survey; and delivery.

On the rescheduled Day 1 on March 20, the new directors were introduced to members of the State Library staff who described their roles, the responsibilities of their sections, and what programs, services and assistance are available to the new directors and their libraries. The workshop featured essential information for new library directors, and served as an opportunity for new directors to learn the basics about their responsibilities, and to network with other new directors throughout the state.

Other key topics presented included library law, public relations and working with trustees.

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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.