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Digital Storytelling for the Non-Profit Sector Program Recap

Thank you to Grace-Anne Alfiero for a wonderful and insightful presentation on digital storytelling and it’s impact for the non-profit sector.  Digital storytelling is a powerful way to engage your audience, call them to action, and leave a lasting impact that will help grow your non-profit.  Audience is a key factor when developing your digital story so it is important to know your audience to ensure that you capture as many as possible.  Knowing where to place your digital story can drastically increase the number of views, and donations, and Grace-Anne recommends studying the Z-Pattern associated with how people view and read computer screens.  While the images in the video can be extremely impressionable, ensuring that you have corresponding music (royalty free) and text to reinforce your message can lead to a greater call to action.  For more tips and resources, please download the items below from the presentation and visit her blog at http://www.artsinactionllc.com/blog.

PowerPoint Presentation

Storyboard Template

 

Digital Storytelling for the Non-Profit Sector

 

One of the most important aspects of any non-profit is being able to reach crucial stakeholders while also leaving a lasting impression that succinctly communicates the goals of that organization.  A unique and powerful tool that can help your non-profit standout and provide an edge in the digital environment is digital storytelling.  Please join us as Grace-Anne Alfiero, an expert in the field of non-profit consulting and self-advocacy for marginalized populations, discusses the basics of digital storytelling and how it can impact the reach and effectiveness of your non-profit.  Topics will include:

  • The most effective ways people learn
  • Why Digital Storytelling is essential in the non-profit sector
  • What equipment you need to start making your own promotional videos
  • Items you will need to ask for from story collaborators
  • Best examples of Digital Storytelling, including why these videos are so powerful and successful

 

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Grant Proposal Writing for Libraries – Registration Closed

Are you new to proposal writing or looking to learn more about the grant writing process?  During this class, we will present a general overview of the proposal writing process including:

  • the basic components of a grant proposal
  • some dos and don’ts when submitting a grant proposal
  • how proposal writing fits into the total grant funding process
  • what to do when you receive a decision, whether yes or no

Additionally, we will take a closer look at how to apply to federal grants offered by agencies like the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) by showing you how to navigate Grants.gov Workspace.  Resources on where to find prospective funders and additional grant writing support will also be shared.

Career Connections Presents – Path to Employment

Are you struggling to find employment or tired of your current job?  Please join us for Career Connections Presents: Path to Employment to learn about the best practices for finding a job as well as some powerful resources from the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce.  Topics we will cover include:

  • Creating a job search plan
  • Job searching
  • Career Connections
  • Jersey Job Club

 

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Introduction to Finding Grants – Registration Closed

Are you new to the field of grant seeking?  Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory class.  This class will cover the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, and you will have an opportunity to do some hands-on funding research using the Foundation Directory Online Professional database.

Due to the number of computers available, registration is limited to 16 participants.

Introduction to Finding Grants – Registration Closed

Are you new to the field of grant seeking?  Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory class.  This class will cover the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, and you will have an opportunity to do some hands-on funding research using the Foundation Directory Online Professional database.

Due to the number of computers available, registration is limited to 16 participants.

This event is now closed due to reaching the maximum number of registrants.  If you are interested in this program, please register for the one on Thursday, May 24th.

 

 

Webinar: Introduction to New Jersey Genealogy Recap

Thank you all so much for attending the webinar Monday introducing you to resources and collections available at the State Archives, the State Library, and various New Jersey County Offices.  I hope you found the information provided useful!  I’m happy to answer any follow-up questions you may have. You may e-mail me or call at 609-278-2640 x162 (my contact info is also on the Genealogy Research Guide).

We discussed Basics of Genealogy, How to plan a Repository visit, and resources available at the State Library,

Family histories at the New Jersey State Library

the State Archives, and County Offices.  The slide deck and the other handouts made available during the webinar are also on the Guides and Handouts page of the Genealogy Research Guide, along with additional handouts and items you may find useful. Staff members at the State Archives and the State Library are always available to answer questions and steer you in the right direction as you are researching.

Please note that the State Library and State Archives are two separate entities with their own collections, equipment, rules, and copy fees.  I’m happy to answer any general questions about State Archives collections and availability, but if you have any detailed reference questions about an Archives resource or wish to order copies of collection items, please contact them at 609-292-6260.

Thank you again for attending, and I look forward to helping you research your New Jersey ancestors!

 

Successful Gardening Program Recap

Thank you to Nora Sirbaugh from the Master Gardeners of Mercer County for sharing a wide variety of tips on how to create and maintain a successful garden.  There are a variety of factors, from the gardener to the environment, that determine that will determine the health of your garden and plants.  Here are some tips to ensure that you have a healthy and vibrant garden:

  • Patience – some plants take time to grow and mature
  • Educate yourself – the more you learn about gardening, the better you will be when it comes to decisions about what/when/where to plant as well as when/what to fertilize, prune, and water
  • Keep a diary/log – track what you plant and where to serve as a reference for the future as well as take pictures or walk your garden daily to spot things before they become serious
  • Plants are not furniture – plants are not static objects; they grow, some quickly and others slowly, so be sure to keep attentive to your plants to ensure they are healthy and your garden looks nice
  • Know your soil – it is recommended to have a soil test done to ensure that you are planting the right plants in your soil to ensure they grow properly and stay healthy

For more information on gardening tips, as well as a list of other events and programs offered by the Master Gardeners of Mercer County, please visit their website: http://mgofmc.org/.

Successful Gardening

It’s spring and your fancy turns to gardens!  Dreaming of creating a green oasis, or just want to spruce up your outdoor space?  Join Nora Sirbaugh, a Rutgers Master Gardener in Mercer County since 2000, to learn how to improve the odds of having a rewarding garden in 2018. The talk will touch on the importance of soil, compost and fertilizing along with plant placement. There is also a small segment on the gardening tools to use. Be sure you already have some of basic tools or you can get them online from BestofMachinery. If you have something lying around but is unusable, it is recommended to get one from your local hardware shops.

Rutgers Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who assist the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) Cooperative Extension in its mission to deliver horticulture programs and information to the general public.

 

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The Financial Side of College Graduation

In November, the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority presented a program on how to pay for college.  As graduation dates creep ever closer, HESAA is back to talk about what to expect financially after graduation.  The feelings of joy and accomplishment after graduation can quickly fade as the real world of financial obligations start to set in.  Samantha Benson, Training Administrator for HESAA, will cover topics such as credit scores, student loan repayment programs, aggregate loan limits, and the cost of law and medical school.  Please join us for this critical informational session to help ensure that your children are set up for success after college.

 

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Introduction to New Jersey Genealogy – WEBINAR

Interested in tracing your New Jersey Family History?  Not sure where to start?  Regina Fitzpatrick, our Genealogy Librarian, will review genealogy basics and strategies for collecting information before visiting a repository.  We will also discuss great resources to discover your ancestors at the New Jersey State Library and other repositories.

Want to get started before the class?
Check out the Genealogy LibGuide!

Please Note: This program is a webinar

Click here to register!

 

Sources and Strategies for Discovering Immigrant Origins

For many genealogists, tracing the origins of immigrant ancestors can be a difficult task and leave on discouraged.  Melissa Johnson, a Certified Genealogist, will help unlock the mysteries of searching for immigrant ancestors.  Learn about various records and strategies to help discover the origins of immigrants who came to the United States during various time periods. This lecture will cover immigration, naturalization, and alien records, as well as other record sets and strategies for studying groups to identify immigrant origins.

 

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