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Finding Funding for Your Education

Are you looking for undergraduate scholarships, seeking doctoral support or looking for funding to continue your education?

This class will provide an introduction to the New Jersey State Library Funding Information Center’s collection of resources for education. Learn about different sources of funding, ways to leverage existing connections to funders, and online resources that provide information on scholarships from foundations, including the Foundation Grants to Individuals Online database.  Time will be given at the end of the class to search the Foundation Grants to Individuals Online database for possible funding opportunities.

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Time Management Program Recap

Many of us struggle to effectively manage our time at work or at home.  From family commitments, to errands, to project deadlines, time slowly takes over everything we do.  But how much of our time is being spent effectively?  We all have been guilty of procrastination, yet being able to manage our time efficiently, will help make sure we have enough time for our needs and wants, while also promoting a healthier you, both mentally and physically.

Some general tips for better time management include:

  • 7-8 hours of sleep – getting adequate sleep will help ensure your mind remains focused and you are less likely to have bouts of tiredness during the day
  • Keep a daily planner – this will help ensure you set aside the right amount of time for your tasks and even help you plan in advance.  It is also a written record of your commitments and will help hold yourself accountable for finishing them
  • Tackle difficult tasks when you are fresh and alert – if you are not 100% focused on the task at hand, you are more likely to make mistakes or miss things, that can cause you to spend more time correcting things later
  • Take breaks when beginning to fade – attention spans vary, so it is important to take appropriate breaks to give you mind some time to recharge
  • Physical exercise – by staying physical, you are training your body to endure longer periods of activity
  • Delegate – you do not have to do everything yourself and learning how to delegate can help free up time to complete important tasks
  • Set aside me time – it is important to take time for yourself and engage in activities you enjoy

Prioritizing your time is a great way for you to better manage your time and help visualize what you should concentrate your efforts on.  When prioritizing, be aware of deadlines and prioritize each day, week, and month in terms of projects, task difficulty, and importance.  Additionally, set goals, meet them, and then reward yourself to help get yourself motivated.

Being disciplined is also a great way to manage to your time.  Discipline involves overcoming procrastination, setting a schedule and sticking to it, and learning when to say “No”.  Oftentimes, we put others’ needs before our own, allowing them to take up more and more of our time.  Learning how to say “No” to others, whether it is a sign on a cubicle, shutting your office door, or scheduling a set time for communication with others can help you remained focused on your own tasks and limit outside distractions.

Project management is essentially based around time management and ensuring all elements of the project are completed as scheduled.  Here are some tips for project management from the time management perspective:

  • Define scope – make sure the project scope is well defined to ensure appropriate tasks and deadlines
  • Determine all available resources – spending time to identify and research all of the resources you need in the beginning will prevent you from stalling and wasting more time to obtain other resources that were not properly planned for
  • Timeline – make sure you create a timeline to hold others and yourself accountable.  Gantt charts are a great way to assign tasks and responsibilities, enshrine deadlines, and hold everyone in the project accountable
  • Document everything – Make sure to document everything so that if something needs to be revisited or there is a problem, it is easier to backtrack and spend less time trying to figure out who or what was responsible
  • Keep communication open – By having open and constant communication, it is easier to identify and solve current or potential problems, saving time in the long-run while also ensuring everyone is on the same page, preventing you from having to spend time repeating yourself or spending more time trying to correct issues related to misunderstandings of goals or responsibilities

Lastly, it is important to create goals as an essential part of effective time management.  Having goals forces you to budget your time appropriately to meet those goals.  However, just having goals is not enough.  Make sure your goals are SMART:

Specific – broad goals can be overwhelming and may allow for more distractions while you try to complete many different aspects of the goal without ever fully completing anything
Measurable – Goals that have some quantitative aspect that you can pinpoint are much easier to achieve and allow you to track progress and work towards an ultimate end
Attainable – Your goals should have have some aspect that is actually attainable and you can take away once you have completed your goal
Relevant – Make sure your goals are relevant to your wants and needs, which helps serve as intrinsic motivation

Introduction to Proposal Writing

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher?

This introductory class will provide you with an overview of the basics of writing a grant proposal for foundation funding.

It will include:

  • The basic elements of a grant proposal
  • The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal
  • How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no


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Shining a Light on Fraud, Waste, and Abuse in All Levels of New Jersey Government Program Recap

A big thanks to Nicole Acchione and Rich O’Brien from the Office of the State Comptroller, Investigations Division, for speaking about the mission of the agency and how it works tirelessly to ensure public funds are spent properly and public figures act ethically.  The Office of the State Comptroller is a relatively new state agency, created under Governor Corzine in 2007 and expanded in 2010 under Governor Christie, replacing the Office of Inspector General and Office of the Medicaid Inspector General.  The State Comptroller is appointed by the Governor for a 6 year term and reports directly to the Governor, even though the agency is in the Department of Treasury.

The mission statement of the OSC is:

To promote integrity and transparency at all levels of New Jersey government by auditing government finances, examining the efficiency of government programs, investigating misconduct by government officers, scrutinizing the legality of government contracts and recovering improperly expended Medicaid funds.

The OSC has authority to investigate the state executive branch, private organizations who receive state or federal funding (if being administered by a state agency), local and municipal governments, public institutions of higher education, and school districts; this is roughly 12,000 different entities throughout the state.  Among it’s responsibilities are:

  • Audit and assess expenditures and performance of any of the above groups or individuals in those groups
  • Review pending and current government contracts for financial and legal compliance
  • Investigate and uncover misconduct, waste and abuse
  • Investigate fraud,waste and abuse in the Medicaid program

In order to carry out it’s mandates, the OSC is divided into 4 Divisions:

  • Audit Division – responsible for conducting audits and reviewing the performance of the executive branch of state government, public institutions of higher education, independent state authorities, local governments and school districts. In addition to performing audits, the Audit Division is tasked with performing follow up reviews to track the implementation of recommendations made by the office.
  • Investigations Division – works to detect and uncover fraud, waste and misconduct involving the management of public funds and the performance of government officers, employees and programs
  • Procurement Division – reviews the legality of public contracts involving school districts, counties, municipalities, state agencies, state authorities, local authorities and public institutions of higher education
  • Medicaid Fraud Division – works to improve both the efficiency and integrity of the New Jersey Medicaid, FamilyCare, and Charity Care programs by investigating, detecting and preventing Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse.

The Investigations Division several tools it can use that mirror the Judiciary, including:

  • Conduct interviews, surveillance, and site inspections
  • Subpoena for testimony or document requests
  • Use government databases

While the OSC cannot take any legal action to bring a criminal or civil case against any individual or organization, it can use it’s finding to recommend to state and federal prosecutors that there is actionable evidence of wrongdoing that may warrant further investigation by the judicial branch.  Furthermore, OSC findings can also recommend that state or local lawmakers revisit existing laws or policies to correct any issues uncovered during an OSC investigation.

There are multiple ways the OSC can receive complaints that may eventually turn into an investigation.  First and foremost, the OSC relies on tips and information from the public.  Additionally, news media or public reports can prompt the OSC to conduct an investigation or an inquiry into the matter.  The OSC also takes referrals from other government units.  Lastly, the OSC also conducts proactive investigations, such as monitoring the Federal Disaster Relief Appropriations Act funds for Hurricane Sandy.

If you would like a copy of the presentation, please visit https://www.njstatelib.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/State-Comptroller-Presentation.pdf.

If you suspect any waste, fraud, or abuse, please call the Government Waste and Mismanagement Hotline at 1-855-OSC-TIPS (672-8477) or file an online complaint at https://www.nj.gov/comptroller/divisions/investigations/complaint.html.  All information is completely confidential.  If you would like to read any of the Reports from the Investigations Division, please visit https://nj.gov/comptroller/divisions/investigations/reports/approved/investigation_archives.html.  If you would like to contact Nicole or Rich, you can reach them at 609-789-5001 or 609-292-4782 respectively.

Shining a Light on Fraud, Waste, and Abuse in all Levels of New Jersey Government

Our tax dollars fund the State of New Jersey so it is important to ensure that our money is being spent properly.  Fraud, waste, and abuse cause unnecessary burdens to be placed on not only the taxpayer, but different branches, departments, and agencies.  In 2007, the Office of the State Comptroller was created to battle fraud, waste, and abuse through accountability, audits, and investigations.  It also provides an avenue for citizens and groups to report suspected abuse, fraud, or waste to help the agency carry out it’s duties.  Please join us as Nicole Acchione of the New Jersey Office of the State Comptroller, Investigations Division, discusses the work of her office, and what you can do if you suspect government fraud, waste or abuse.

Nicole is an attorney with over 20 years of experience and is currently the Assistant Director of the Investigations Division.


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Genealogical Research Stories: The Basse Class

Regina Fitzpatrick, our Genealogy Librarian, has a secret to tell…she has a dead boyfriend.  Jeremiah Basse, once a governor of New Jersey, has captivated her heart, but like all dead boyfriends, he doesn’t say much.  Regina has many questions for him – What does he look like?  Why did he name his son Birchfield?  Why was his wife living with his boss before they got married?  Over the years, Regina has done much research regarding Jeremiah Basse, especially his less documented family life.  Come join us as she shares the fruits of the her labor and explains the hows and whys about what she found about her long-lost love.


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WEBINAR – Legal Resources Available at the New Jersey State Library

The New Jersey State Library began in 1796 as the library for the Legislature.  In the beginning, the library created a collection focused on legislation and the law.  Today’s Law Library, located on the third floor, continues that tradition.  In addition to complete collections of the New Jersey Statutes and the New Jersey Administrative Code, the Law Library houses an extensive collection of print and digital materials available for legal research.  Please join Law Librarian Cynthia Lambert for an overview of the materials available and a look at how the Law Library can assist you with your legal research needs.

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Check out the Legal Resources Research Guide!

*Please Note: This program is a webinar and space is limited to the first 100 attendees, not registrants*

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Introduction to Finding Grants

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.

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July 17 author talk on The Jersey Shore: National Treasure

Please join us on Wednesday, July 17th from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room for an author talk with Dominick Mazzagetti on The Jersey Shore: The Past, Present and Future of a National Treasure.

In his book, Mazzagetti provides a modern re-telling of the history, culture, and landscapes of this famous region from the 1600s to the present as seen through a legal lens. In the 1800s, The Jersey Shore, from Sandy Hook to Cape May became a national resort and it contributes enormously to New Jersey’s economy today. In 2012 much of the shore was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, but the state came together to rebuild and to restore its economic health. The book is divided into chronological and thematic sections including 1765-1850: The Rise of Resorts; Shipwrecks, Lifesaving and Lighthouses; Fires, Storms, and War; and The Twenty-First-Century Shore.

Mazzagetti graduated from Rutgers University-Newark and went on to study law. He served as law secretary to the chief justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court and as Deputy and Acting Commissioner of Banking in the administration of New Jersey Governor Tom Kean.

If you plan to attend this free talk, please RSVP to Cindy Warrick at cwarrick@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 172. For other information on events and classes at the State Library visit www.njstatelib.org.

Cancer in Families: A Look at Genetic Risks

Cancer can be a silent killer and sometimes, it is often too late when our loved one is diagnosed.  Detecting cancer as early as possible allows for greater flexibility in treatment as well as a greater chance of remission or elimination.  As technology has advanced, genetic testing and treatment may help health professionals detect cancer earlier and create personal, targeted treatment options with greater chances of success.  Please join us as Dorothy Lewis, Genetic Counselor from the Capital Health Cancer Center discusses the important relationship between cancer and genetics.  She will cover what current research is telling us and take you through what genetic counseling and testing is like from the perspective of a participant.


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Battleship New Jersey Oral History and Paul Stillwell Collections at the NJ State Library

The New Jersey State Library acquired a copy of the Battleship New Jersey (BB-62) oral history collection in 2014. The collection consists of more than 320 video and audio interviews of U.S. Navy crewmembers, U.S. Marine Corps personnel, other military veterans, and civilians who helped construct or maintain the Battleship New Jersey. The collection is available to historians, researchers, teachers, students, and the general public at the State Library, 185 West State St., Trenton. Researchers are able to search specific topics and then view or listen to the interviews while at the State Library.  A large portion of the collection consists of video interviews of veterans who served aboard the New Jersey during her four commissionings: World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Middle East conflict up through 1991. During these four periods, the Battleship New Jersey earned 19 battle stars to become the most decorated battleship in U.S. history.

The ship is now a museum and memorial permanently berthed in Camden, NJ. Deborah Mercer, curator of the New Jersey Collection at the State Library, said, “You can see and hear the workers describe how they built the Battleship New Jersey and the officers and enlisted men tell in their own words  from their personal memories how they served on the historic battleship.” “This is a one-of-a-kind oral history collection and we are pleased to be able to offer it to researchers and the general public,” said Mary Chute, State Librarian.

Dr. Thomas Banit, Professor Emeritus of history/education at Kean University and founder of the oral history program aboard the New Jersey, and a former Marine officer in Vietnam, stated: “This collection was built . . . with all-volunteer interviewers, videographers, transcribers, abstractors, indexers and historians. The program was initially funded by two grants from the Homeport Alliance, the group responsible for bringing the ship back to New Jersey.  We will continue to interview veterans and add to the collection, which is now considered the largest oral history archive of over 200 historic ship museums in the world.”

Ronald Gottardi, director of the Battleship New Jersey Oral History Program said about this relationship between the Battleship New Jersey and the State Library as it began: “The ship allows the public to visit and experience the physical setting for the history; the State Library will open the ship’s history to researchers, thus helping firmly cement the place of the vessel in its namesake state.” Included with the collection are transcripts and audio tapes of interviews by Cmdr. Paul Stillwell, USNR (ret.), noted naval historian, generated during research on his book, Battleship New Jersey: An Illustrated History,  Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press,  1986. These items are searchable in the BB-62 Oral History database.

Career Connections Presents – Volunteering: A Doorway to Employment

If you’re looking for a job, you may think your time would be better spent on job-search activities than volunteering.  However, there are several benefits to volunteering.  Come join us as we delve into how volunteering can have a positive impact on not only your job search, but also developing and enhancing important skills and talents sought after by employers.

The New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development has developed a career navigation framework consisting of expert insights and actionable guidance, which follows 3 steps: Plan, Prepare, and Succeed. Volunteering: A Doorway to Employment falls under the ”Prepare” step of this model.


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