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, sponsors continuing education opportunities, coordinates award programs, and facilities resource sharing through the New Jersey Library Network. Areas of expertise: youth services, literacy, services to urban and small libraries, diversity and community engagement, preservation, emergency preparedness, workforce development, business and technology.
Business, Workforce Development, and Technology
Libraries are essential to the economic development of their communities through their support of small businesses, entrepreneurs, and job seekers. By fostering partnerships with governmental, nonprofit, professional associations, and other organizations, this section seeks to enhance library services, educational opportunities, and support for businesses and individuals. In addition, this section seeks out new and unique strategies for libraries to better position themselves as hubs for innovation and entrepreneurship. Click here to learn more.
Disaster Preparedness and Recovery
Disaster comes in all shapes and sizes, from natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes to emergencies like fire, leaking roofs, and mold. An emergency can easily spiral into a disaster if you and your library are not prepared to respond. Click here to learn more.
Diversity and Literacy Services
The Office of Diversity and Literacy Services provides various aspects of library development and programming in the areas of adult services, urban libraries, diversity, outreach and adult literacy, primarily for public libraries. Through partnerships and collaborative projects, the Office works with libraries and organizations on a local, regional and state level to invigorate a discussion, shine a light on the best practices, and to provide recommendations and leadership skills.
The Office drives activities that support the fundamental values and vision of the New Jersey State Library in which all New Jerseyans have access to exceptional library services and to the information resources they need to achieve their personal, education and professional goals. Click here to learn more.
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 resources to help you in your preservation planning. Click here to learn more.
Youth Services, a part of the State Library’s Lifelong Learning Section, provides assistance to certified librarians and library staff members who work with youth ages 0 – 18 on a wide range of topics including grant opportunities, resource sharing, best practices and readers advisory. The unit administers award programs, coordinates the annual Statewide Summer Reading Program, the annual Youth Services Forum, offers continuing education opportunities and acts as a liaison to other local, regional and statewide organizations working with youth through collaborative partnerships. Click here to learn more.