NJLA College and University Section

The New Jersey Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries, also the College and University Section of the New Jersey Library Association, works to enhance the effectiveness of academic and research librarians. We provide opportunities for professional development, continuing education, and networking. There are a number of active committees covering a wide range of library interests allowing librarians to tailor their involvement to their own professional and personal interests.


Call for Nominations: NJLA CUS 2016 Distinguished Service Award

Do you know a librarian whose contribution to academic librarianship in New Jersey deserves recognition? The College and University Section of NJLA invites you to nominate someone (or even yourself) for the 2016 Distinguished Service Award.  The award, presented at the NJLA Annual Meeting in May 2016, will be given to a librarian who has had distinguished service or achievement in our profession, especially within the New Jersey academic community.

This is not limited to persons who have received national recognition. It is intended to honor any person who, by his or her outstanding contributions, has directly enriched the librarianship in higher education in New Jersey.  Previous recipients include:  Kayo Denda, Marta Deyrup, Trevor Dawes, Grace Agnew, Robert Lackie, Jay Lucker, Arthur E. Jones, John Cohn, Daniel O'Connor, Sister Anita Talar, Maureen Gorman, Jeris Cassel, Anne Ciliberti, Marianne Gaunt, Richard Sweeney, Joan Getaz, Jane Crocker, Norma Blake, Judith Cohn, Luis Rodriguez, David Pinto, Mary Mallery, and Taras Pavlovsky.

Nominations must be received on or before January 31, 2016, and include the following information:

·       Your name and contact information.

·       Nominee’s name, contact information, present position, and education.

·       Nominee's vita (if at all possible -- this is very helpful)

·       A description of their noteworthy contributions in one or more of the following areas:

o    Service in professional associations (committees, etc.)

o    Innovation in library services and management;

o   Achievements in collection development and management;

o   Contribution to the literature of librarianship;

o   Excellence in teaching;

o   Or other evidence for consistent dedication to the needs of New Jersey academic libraries and the librarians who serve them.


Please take time to help us recognize another worthy colleague this year.  Send your nomination to ACRL/NJ President Elect: Heather Dalal at hdalal@rider.edu 

Member Spotlight:

Getting to know: 

Siobhan McCarthy
Reference Librarian
Montclair State University

  1. How long have you been a Librarian? Almost seven years.
  2. What drew you to Librarianship or your particular area of specialization in Libraries?  Originally I had planned to be an archivist, but after graduating from library school I was drawn more towards academia. Being a reference librarian in an academic library allows you to explore many different subject areas through the students and faculty you’re working with, and that variety is what I like best about the job.
  3. What are your favorite ways to stay on top of Library trends? Social media is a fantastic way to keep up to date on the latest developments, and interact with others in the profession outside of your local network. I’m also a big user of RSS feeds, following sites like LISnews, ACRL TechConnect, and others.
  4. What has been your most rewarding experience as a professional so far?  When getting student feedback about how I have helped them, whether it be over the course of a semester, or on a single assignment. Once I was given a thank you card from a student I had helped many times on an ongoing project, which was a touching surprise.
  5. What are you most excited about or interested in currently (either at your institution or in the Library profession in general)?  I’m very interested in the Open Access movement. As library resources and course textbooks become increasingly expensive, we owe it to our students to do what we can to advocate for reducing costs and barriers to information.
  6. Complete the phrase: People would be surprised to know that I… Never planned to go into librarianship. Growing up, I always wanted to be a meteorologist, but wound up studying archaeology in college. Deciding to go to library school was an almost spontaneous decision, and one that worked out very well!
  7. What do you find most valuable about your NJLA CUS / ACRL-NJ membership? The networking opportunities. Joining NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ early on in my career provided many opportunities to network and collaborate with other library professionals in New Jersey that I would not have had otherwise, and without those opportunities I would not be in the position I have today.
  8. The best part of my day is when… I’m drinking tea or coffee. I’m all for equal opportunity when caffeine is involved.
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