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.


Technology Innovation Award 2015



Technology Innovation Award 2015

Call for Nominations

 The NJLA College and University Section Technology Innovation Award honors a librarian or group of librarians for innovative use and application of technology in a New Jersey academic library. The award may be given either in recognition of a specific project, or for an ongoing delivery of innovative technology applications. The purpose of the award is to recognize distinguished leadership in developing new technologies for academic libraries. 
Please consider nominating your librarians or staff for their work in increasing value to your library through technology projects.  Self-nominations are also welcome. To see all of the winners (and selected nominees) of the NJLA Technology Innovation award, please visit our website: 

Please follow these guidelines in completing your nomination: 
1.Write a letter of nomination including, in no more than two paragraphs, why the candidate is being nominated for the award. 
2.If this nomination is for a specific project, please supply a description (objectives, activities, and impacts), in no more than two pages. Supporting documents related to the project, including URLs, can be attached. 
3.The remaining substance of the nomination letter should address in what specific ways the nominee has achieved the following: 

  • Benefits of innovation/use of technology to library users
  • Benefits of innovation/use of technology to the information community
  • Impact of innovation/use of technology on librarians and library operations
  • Impact of innovation/use of technology on perception of the library/librarians in the academic setting. 

4.Be sure to include, in your nomination, the complete contact information for your nominee: name, title, institution, address, telephone and e-mail. Also, please include names and contact information for members of a project team. 
Selected nominees will be asked to demonstrate their project and answer questions on Friday, March 20th, 2015 at the Scholarly Communication Center, Alexander Library of Rutgers University Libraries in New Brunswick between 9AM to 2PM. The Committee welcomes any use of technology that enhances understanding of the project.

Please Note: Winner(s) of the NJLA CUS Technology Innovation Award and selected nominees will give a presentation on their project at the 2015 NJLA Annual Conference in April in Long Branch.

Nomination Deadline: February 19, 2015. 

Please submit application materials (and any questions) to co-chairs of the NJLA CUS/ACRL Technology Committee:

Alyssa Valenti at alyssa.valenti<at>raritanval.edu & Romel Espinel at respinel<at>stevens.edu

Member Spotlight:

Getting to know: 

Katie Maricic Cohen
Interlibrary Loan, Reference & Instruction Librarian
George T. Potter Library
Ramapo College of New Jersey

  1. I grew up in: When I was little I moved from Bayonne to Spring Lake Heights, NJ, and just moved away last year. I live in North Jersey now, but my heart will always belong to the beach..
  2. My first job ever was as a summer camp swim instructor at the Atlantic Club in Manasquan. Looking back on it, swimming in a pool while getting very tan and very blonde was really the ultimate job. Sitting in my library office is just as nice, though.
  3. How long have you been a Librarian? It will be three years this April.
  4. What drew you to Librarianship or your particular area of specialization in Libraries? My dad recently retired from a long career as a librarian. I loved visiting him, especially when he worked at Bayonne Public Library. I felt special being able to go in the back offices, and I loved checking out the books, music and computer games on CD-ROM!
  5. What has been your most rewarding experience as a professional so far? I feel most rewarded when I help students at the reference desk or in an Information Literacy class.
  6. What are your favorite ways to stay on top of Library trends? I browse a lot of listservs for topics that interest me. I also enjoy attending conferences like VALE and NJLA.
  7. What are you most excited about or interested in currently (either at your institution or in the Library profession in general)?  I am most interested in finding ways to promote my library’s collections and services through events, flyers, IL sessions, etc. That is why I also like serving on the NJLA CUS / ACRL-NJ Marketing and Communications Committee!
  8. Complete the phrase: People would be surprised to know that I… won two Wendy’s Color Your Way to Broadway contests- complete with front row tickets to two shows, but sadly no lifetime supply of fries. I am a very good colorer.
  9. What do you find most valuable about your NJLA CUS / ACRL-NJ membership? The connections that you make with other academic librarians throughout the state. It is great to meet other people in the same field, and learn from them while serving on committees and attending conferences. I think meeting fellow librarians through this organization is crucial for job-seeking librarians looking to break into the field, as well as seasoned veterans who want to stay relevant.
  10. One of the things I have in my refrigerator all the time is…Jello Chocolate Pudding. If they’re on sale I buy about 4 boxes so we don’t run out.
  11. The best part of my day is when I work out at the gym with my husband!
  12. Finish this phrase: In five years, most academic libraries will no longer need to answer the question, “Do you think books are still relevant?” People will understand that a combination of books and online resources can be helpful. At least, that is my dream!
NJLA 2015 Conference Registration Open

Think spring! The cold and snow will soon be gone and the NJLA Annual Conference will soon be here. So, why not start thinking about spending a few days down shore at the newly renovated Ocean Place Resort in convenient Long Branch, NJ?

Conference dates are Monday, April 20-Wednesday, April 22.

Registration for the conference is open!

You can register online or by downloading the print form and returning it to the NJLA Office

Don’t miss out on any of the Conference fun by staying over at the newly renovated Ocean Place Resort & Spa!

Lodging Information:  Ocean Place Resort & Spa One Ocean Boulevard Long Branch, NJ 07740 Room rate for NJLA Conference attendees is $169.00 for single or double occupancy, which includes resort fee but is subject to taxes.

To make a reservation, please call 1­-800­-411-­6493 and press 2 for reservations. All reservations must be made by April 5, 2015.

The College & University Section is sponsoring the programs listed below as well as co-sponsoring some pre-conference sessions. There are a number of excellent programs scheduled throughout the conference so be sure to check out the full schedule here: http://njlaconference.info/schedule

Title: College and University Luncheon

Luncheon Speaker: Edward Tenner. an independent writer, speaker, and consultant on technology and culture. His book Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences has been an international bestseller. His most recent book is Our Own Devices: The Past and Future of Body Technology .See: http://www.edwardtenner.com/index.htm Timeslot: Wednesday, 12:30-2:20.

Title: On the EDGE of Their Seats: How to Give Amazing Presentations

Presenter(s): Amanda Piekart Primiano, Berkeley College, Megan Dempsey, Raritan Valley Community College Alyssa Valenti, Raritan Valley Community College. Timeslot: Tuesday 11:30-12:30

Title: 2015 Technology Innovation Awards Forum

Presenter(s): Alyssa Valenti, Raritan Valley Community College and Romel Espinel, Stevens Institute of Technology. Timeslot: Tuesday, 3:10-5

Title: On the Edge of Discovery: Students and Web-Scale Searching

Presenter(s): Heather A. Dalal, Franklin F. Moore Library, Rider University Melissa A. Hofmann, Franklin F. Moore Library, Rider University Amy K. Kimura, Katharine Houk Talbott Library, Rider University. Timeslot: Wednesday 9-9:50 

Title: Which Citation Manager?--A Conversation Starter

Presenter(s): Mei Ling Lo, Library of Science and Medicine, Rutgers University-New Brunswick Roberta Tipton, The John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University-Newark. Timeslot: Wednesday 11:30-12:20

Title: A Reader's Adventures in Special Collections

Presenter(s): Edward Tenner, an independent writer, speaker, and consultant on technology and culture. His book Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences has been an international bestseller. His most recent book is Our Own Devices: The Past and Future of Body Technology .See: http://www.edwardtenner.com/index.htm . Timeslot: Wednesday 2:30-3:20

Title: College and University Section Research Award and Forum

Presenter(s): Cynthia J. Coulter, chair, NJLA/CUS ACRL-NJ Research Committee, Hudson County Community College. Timeslot: Wednesday, 2:30-4:30

Title: Teaching Information Literacy with I-Learn Model

Presenter(s): Ma Lei Hsieh, Franklin F. Moore Library, Rider University Susan McManimon, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Communication, Rider University Sharon Yang, Franklin F. Moore Library, Rider University. Timeslot: Wednesday 3:40-4:30

Follow @njla_conf on Twitter and the NJLA Conference blog at http://njlaconference.info/blog to stay updated on all the Conference news! #NJLA15

NJLA 2015 Conference: CUS Luncheon Speaker

Edward Tenner is an independent historian of technology and culture affiliated with the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at Princeton, and with Rutgers University and the National Museum of American History. His books include the international bestseller Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences and Our Own Devices: The Past and Future of Body Technology, of which Howard Segal wrote in Nature: “Tenner has become a worthy successor to such luminaries as business philosopher Peter Drucker, social critic Lewis Mumford and historian Lynn White in connecting technology’s past, present and future.”  Edward Tenner was executive editor for physical science and history at Princeton University Press and gave one of the first courses on the history of information as a visiting lecturer at Princeton in 1990. He has also held visiting research positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy.

Dr. Tenner received his A.B. from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago, and has been a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows and a Guggenheim Fellow. For more information, see: http://www.edwardtenner.com/index.htm  Timeslot: Wednesday, April 22, 12:30-2:20PM.


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