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.


Member Spotlight:

Getting to know: 

Cara Berg
Reference Librarian & Co-Coordinator of User Education
David & Lorraine Cheng Library
William Paterson University

  1. My first job ever was... I was a library page in my town’s public library.
  2. How long have you been a Librarian? A little over 6 years!
  3. What drew you to Librarianship or your particular area of specialization in Libraries?  I thought that I was going to be a high school history teacher, and then when I started taking classes I realized that it wasn’t for me. I knew I wanted to help people, and be involved in education, and it was actually a suggestion from my grandma that I look into getting my MLIS. I’m glad I took her advice!
  4. What has been your most rewarding experience as a professional so far?  I love when I help a student, either in class or at the reference desk, and they come back into the library and tell me how they were able to find sources for their paper and feel confident. It’s a great feeling.
  5. What are you most excited about or interested in currently (either at your institution or in the Library profession in general)?  The trends in information literacy instruction are most interesting to me! I like that there are a lot of colleges & universities looking at innovative ways to deliver one-shot instruction. I’m also really excited about assessment in instruction and have been reading up on that a lot lately. .
  6. What do you find most valuable about your NJLA CUS / ACRL-NJ membership? This is my first year as an ACRL member, and I haven’t been one for very long, but I’m excited about the opportunities that come with membership. Already I’ve gotten really helpful emails from the listservs I’m now subscribed to,and I’m looking forward to meeting people at upcoming ACRL and NJLA meetings and events!
  7. One of the things I have in my refrigerator all the time is… Leftovers! I love to cook so there’s usually something in the fridge that I’ve made that my husband and I can reheat and take for lunch later in the week.
  8. Finish this phrase: In five years, most academic libraries will no longer…I think print reference collections will eventually be so small that they’ll be able to fit in one bookcase behind the reference desk. I don’t think that will happen in the next five years, maybe ten or twenty?

  9. List your top five “Desert Island Books” (the five books you’d have to have if you were stranded on a desert island)? The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, 1984 by George Orwell, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, Bleak House by Charles Dickens.
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