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 Proposal: 2016 VALE Users’/NJLA CUS/NJ ACRL Conference

The Planning Committee for the 2016 VALE Users’/NJLA CUS/NJ ACRL Conference seeks proposals for Poster and Breakout Sessions to be presented at the next conference, Friday, January 15, 2016, at the Busch Campus Center of Rutgers University.

This year’s theme is "Library as Locus: Energizing your Campus Community"

The Planning Committee welcomes both breakout, poster session, and lightening talk proposals showcasing policies, programs, services, and other initiatives intended to contribute, either directly or indirectly, to energizing your library and campus community. Proposals showing creative methods of interacting with your stakeholders, showing the value of your library through assessment, marketing, outreach, or programmatic changes are particularly encouraged.

Proposal requirements

This year we are providing an online proposal submission form for all sessions.

For BREAKOUT session proposals, please use this form: https://goo.gl/28AR4X   

For questions about Breakout Session Proposals, please contact: Cynthia Coulter, Breakout Subcommittee Chair, email: ccoulter@hccc.edu.

For POSTER session proposals, please use this form: https://goo.gl/AuTrz0

For questions about Poster Session Proposals, please contact: Lisa Deluca, Poster Session Subcommittee Chair, email: lisa.deluca@shu.edu

The Lightning talk signup list will be released in November

For questions about Lightning Talks, please contact: Romel Espinel, Lightning Talk Subcommittee Chair, email: respinel@stevens.edu

NOTE: Please complete all required fields in the proposal form in its entirety.

Completed proposals are due no later than Friday, October 9, 2015. Decisions regarding the proposals will be announced by Monday, November 9, 2015.

We look forward to your ideas and contributions for what promises to be a most rewarding day!

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.
Call for Submissions to Fall 2015 NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ Chapter Newsletter

Now is the time to start brainstorming articles for the Fall 2015 newsletter of the NJLA College and University Section/ACRL-NJ Chapter! The newsletter is a great way for you share news about your library and library staff with academic librarians all over New Jersey. Let your colleagues know about grants you’ve won, exciting new collections or programming, library construction or new technologies that your library is pioneering.

To get you brainstorming ideas, we’ve created a theme for the Fall 2015 edition; “Implementing the New ACRL Information Literacy Framework.” Please let us know how you and your library are using the new framework. Tell us what works and what doesn’t, how you assess it, best practices, and more.

Of course, we are still interested in all aspects of the NJ Academic library world, including:

  • publications & presentations
  • promotions
  • new appointments
  • grants
  • special projects & programs
  • upcoming events

Photographs, images, and videos are especially encouraged.

Articles should be 1000 words or less, and photographs and images should be attached separately.

Deadline for submissions is MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2015.  The newsletter will be distributed on November 23rd. With each article submission, please include the author’s email address so that readers can easily contact authors, and an author photo.

Here is where you can find past issues of the newsletter, in case you would like an idea of what to submit:


Please forward all submissions and suggestions for content to:


We look forward to hearing from you!

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