Michele Stricker, Deputy State Librarian, Lifelong Learning

Michele Stricker, Deputy State Librarian, Preservation Officer
Deputy State Librarian, Preservation Officer

Michele Stricker, Deputy State Librarian, Preservation Officer, is the director of Lifelong Learning, Preservation Officer for outreach services, provides preparedness and disaster recovery training for libraries, library trustee and library director training, strategic planning services, and is the chair for the New Jersey Cultural Alliance for Response.

The Lifelong Learning unit provides consultant services and technical assistance to create and improve library, information and literacy services in New Jersey. The unit administers state and federal grant funds to public libraries, coordinates resource sharing through the New Jersey Library Network, providing statewide access to a selection of databases and also sponsors continuing education opportunities.


Public libraries are often repositories for important local history collections and cultural artifacts that deserve attention and care. Since librarians are the stewards of these irreplaceable collections, the New Jersey State Library has assembled a number of best practices resources to help you in your preservation planning.

Preparedness and Disaster Response

Disasters come in all shapes and sizes, from natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, fires, and earthquakes to manmade emergencies such as chemical spills, train wrecks, and terrorist attacks. You and your staff must be prepared to respond to protect your building and collections, and to reopen the library as quickly as possible to help your community.

Library Trustee Training

Our Trustees know the value of New Jersey libraries and have embarked on the mission to ensure that libraries will continue to be able to provide essential services to our residents. Providing training, including The New Jersey Library Trustee Institute, provides many of the tools that will help them to achieve their goals. And like New Jersey’s libraries, our Library Trustees just keep getting better and better.

Library Director Training

In all aspects of the continued success of libraries, the most important role is that of the library director. The library director should be the nexus of information, sharing with the library board of trustees ideas, concerns, financial and budgetary information, political sensitivities, and, most critically, a vision for the future. After all, it is the library director who knows the most about the library, its challenges, and its hopes for the future. Continuing, focused training helps directors to make their libraries the best possible.

Strategic Planning

The New Jersey State Library supports strategic planning as a management tool to determine a library’s mission, vision, values, goals and objectives, roles and responsibilities, and to determine benchmarks and timelines that will shape the library’s future. All libraries should have an updated strategic plan of three to five years, initiated by the Board of Trustees.

New Jersey Cultural Alliance for Response

New Jersey Cultural Alliance for Response (NJCAR) is a network of organization associations, agencies, and persons dedicated to safeguarding the cultural heritage of New Jersey. Through communication and training, the Alliance empowers New Jersey’s cultural community to preserve assets and sustain operations before, during, and after disasters.


For further information or assistance, please e-mail Michele Stricker, Deputy State Librarian, Preservation Officer, at mstricker@njstatelib.org.