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Standing Committees 


Membership Chair - Betsy Quinn 

The chair of this committee will promote membership in the Association and work with the chairs of the various subcommittees to encourage and promote membership in the Association at various career stages. The Membership Committee Chair will maintain the official database of all members of the Association and send out dues notices and acknowledgements to the members each year. The committee will also: notify the electronic discussion list Chair of new email addresses and changes of email addresses; send the Charter, Private and Independent Schools Liaison a current list of charter, private, and independent school members; notify the New Member Orientation Chair of new members who request mentoring; notify committee and subcommittee chairs of interested volunteers. 

● Set a membership goal metric and celebrate membership via PR committee and social media campaigns. 

● Discuss AASL Membership Drive eLearning tools with AASL Affiliate and consult with NJLA Affiliate about their membership drive campaign.. 

● Consult with Finance Chair to find empirical data and infographics to show benefits of membership. 

● Support the President to review volunteer pipeline to gather volunteer data and assign new volunteers to committees conducting meaningful work in the association. 

● Get more members involved to develop a retention of membership. 

● Target lapsed members with incentives to returning to NJASL using personal communication. 

● Included membership article showing value of added membership in each issue of Bookmark. 

● Work with the PR committee to create a social media campaign to increase membership. 

● Work with the County Liaison to communicate membership news to the County Affiliates. 

● Work with Standing Conference Committee to create a 1 to 1 listening session at fall conference to hear concerns from members.


Membership ad-hoc committee - GAFO Administrator - Arielle Goldstein 

● Ensure all GAFO accounts are set up, and create a database of users. 

● Work with Secretary to establish policies and procedures for use

●Migrate all list serv communication from Yahoo Groups to GAFO Groups. 

● Create a simple FAQ to give instructions for joining NJASL Google Group.

● Create tutorial for all Board members to transition GAFO account, as needed. 

● Post FAQs on website and share via communication streams (Bookmark, social media, etc). 

● Work with Membership Chair to ensure that only members have access to GAFO Group and bookmark and archives. 


Membership subcommittee - Student Affiliates - Beth Raff, Melinda Roberts 

This subcommittee will work with student groups to increase awareness of and promote membership in NJASL. 

● Work with the membership chair to promote NJASL membership to student groups. 

● Work with the Awards chair to promote awards to student members. 

● Review potential university stakeholders and library research partnership opportunities. 

● Connect with new members and library students to share value of membership, and provide incentives for joining a committee. 

● Communicate with University programs to fill awards for future leaders. 

● Organize a social get together for student members at NJASL Fall Conference. 

● Train new committee chair to take over role in 2019.


Membership subcommittee - Credentials - Mary Jane McNally 

This subcommittee will keep NJASL members informed of state requirements for certification as a school library media specialist. This subcommittee will maintain contact with the State of New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) Office of Licensure and Credentials to ensure accurate interpretation of code and to provide input for any changes that might be proposed. This subcommittee will maintain contact with colleges and universities offering programs that lead to certification to inform prospective students and certification candidates. 

● Work with the NJ DOE on new Information Literacy Standard and seek opportunities for future collaboration. 

● Help develop a statewide SLMS job description


Membership subcommittee - New Member Orientation - Michelle McGreivey 

This subcommittee will coordinate with the Membership Committee and collaborate with the NJDOE staff and the County Affiliates Liaison to provide orientation and mentoring programs for new school library media specialists. 

● Work with the secretary to develop an orientation package/folder for new board members. 

● Develop orientation materials for new NJASL members 


Membership subcommittee - County Affiliates Liaison - Lisa Straubinger 

This subcommittee will assist the development of local associations in unorganized areas, promote membership in the state organization, inform local associations on a regular basis regarding actions of the NJASL Board of Trustees, assist local associations in planning programs and workshops, and regularly forward county news to the Newsletter Editor. 

● Work with the Webmaster and Bookmark Editor to communicate County information to and from counties. 

● Communicate with PD Chair to promote upcoming opportunities to county groups. 

● Work with the Awards chair to promote NJASL Awards to the county Groups. 

● Work with the Membership chair to promote NJASL membership. 

● Invite county representatives and emerging leaders to board meetings. 

● Work with the nomination chair to bring new candidates to the board. 


Membership subcommittee - Charter, Private, Independent School Liaison - open

 This subcommittee will promote NJASL membership among charter, private and independent school library media specialists. 

● Work with the Bookmark Editor to communicate information for CIP schools. 

● Work with the Awards Chair to promote NJASL Awards to the CIP schools. 

● Work with the Membership Chair to promote NJASL membership. 


Membership subcommittee - NJASL-R - Leslie Blatt 

This subcommittee will promote continued membership in NJASL among retired professionals, assist in planning programs and workshops, and may represent NJASL at official functions. 

● Work with the Membership Chair to promote and increase NJASL Membership. 

● Find volunteer opportunities for retirees to participate in NJASL, beyond Fall Conference



Professional Development and Resources Committee (PDR) - Deb Schiano and Anastasia Hanneken Co-chairs

 This committee will propose and, at the direction of the Board, develop resources designed to increase the capacity of NJASL members to provide additional library media services. The committee will anticipate and respond to educational directives and initiatives by preparing and publishing relevant materials for dissemination to the membership and other appropriate groups. 

● Develop a schedule of PD communication for 3, 6, 9, 12 months (including both face to face and virtual opportunities) 

● Create PD opportunities, beyond Fall Conference, (ex. webinars) to increase value to members. 

● Review other state library websites for best practices and tools. 

● Develop a curated list of library curricula that showcase SLMS best practices to share with members and administrators. Ensure all new curricula includes the latest AASL standards. 

● Tap into NJLA to continue to build onto Unlocking Student Potential initiative. 

● Communicate with County Affiliate Chair to promote upcoming PD opportunities to county groups. 

● Work with the Bookmark editor to provide PD resources/news to members. 

● Provide input to Members-at-Large for Spring Association Meeting to determine upcoming trends in PD and best practices. 

● Work closely with Awards Chair to ensure that all awards winners turnkey their award opportunity into professional development for NJASL. 

● Work with AASL liaison to provide PD on new standards. 

● Work with the NJ DOE on new Information Literacy Standard.


PDR subcommittee - Standards - Gabrielle Casieri 

This subcommittee will maintain communications with our national affiliates to promote and provide training for the implementation and the integration of national standards with state and local curriculum standards.

● Work with the AASL Affiliate to promote the new National standards. 

● Provide hands-on curriculum writing sessions to guide SLMS in using new AASL Standards. 

● Work with the NJ DOE on new Information Literacy Standard and seek opportunities for future collaboration. 


PDR subcommittee - Urban Libraries - Ellen Pozzi 

This subcommittee will investigate problems unique to urban school library media specialists and their media centers. It will promote the establishment of library media centers in all urban schools and develop programs to assist urban school library media specialists. The subcommittee will keep the NJASL Board of Trustees apprised of the problems and their proposed solutions. 

● Work with the Bookmark editor to provide PD resources/news that will be of interest to Urban library members. 

● Work with the Standing Conference committee to ensure Urban libraries are represented at the conference. 

● Work with the PD Chairs to develop PD opportunities outside the annual conference to serve Urban libraries. 

● Continue to strengthen our partnerships with AECT, ALA, AASL, ISTE, NJEA, DOE, NJLA to create opportunities for collaboration on advocacy projects for urban libraries. 


PDR subcommittee - Intellectual Freedom - Karla Ivarson 

This subcommittee will serve as a liaison between the Association and the Intellectual Freedom Committees of other groups (e.g. NJLA, ALA, etc.). The subcommittee will educate members and the public about the importance of intellectual freedom and provide support to school library media specialists facing a challenge. ● Work with the Bookmark Editor to provide articles and resources to share with members. 

● Communicate with the IF subcommittees at our affiliates to create opportunities for collaboration on advocacy projects pertaining to IF. 

● Work with the Awards chair to seek nominations for the NJASL IF award.


PDR subcommittee - Legislative - Angela Crockett Coxen 

This subcommittee will keep members informed about state and national judicial and regulatory legislation pertinent to the interests of the Association or its members within the limits imposed on 501(c) 3 organizations. This subcommittee will work closely with the Legislative Consultant to provide information to the NJASL Board and members. 

● Work with the NJ DOE on new Information Literacy Standard and seek opportunities for future collaboration. 

● Communicate with Social Media Chair to continue to market NJASL advocacy efforts. 

● Work with the Bookmark editor to inform members about legislative issues. 

● Work closely with Vice President and Legislative Consultant to create an advocacy toolkit that can be utilized when positions are threatened. 

● Contribute a voice to develop a statewide SLMS job description. 

● Collaborate with Vice President on talking points for a commercial script to create a school library advertisement to market the positive work of school librarians. 



Public Relations, Communication, and Publications Committee - Pat Massey 

This committee coordinates with other committees, subcommittees, and the Legislative Consultant to promote the awareness of school library programs through internal and external communication and publications. Committee members: Judith Everitt, Wendy Friia, Elspeth Goodin, Susan Heinis, Mary Lewis, Mary Jane McNally 

● Work with the NJ DOE on new Information Literacy Standard and seek opportunities for future collaboration.

● Work closely with Vice President, Legislative Rep, Legislative Consultant, Professional Outreach Chair, and NJLA Liaison to create an advocacy toolkit that can be utilized when positions are threatened. 

● Serve on ad-hoc committee, under the direction of President Elect, to update NAJSL policy manual and make a digital version available in Members Only section of website. 

● Continue to promote NJASL Advocacy and school media specialists, via communication streams, to make our work more visible to public and stakeholders. 

● Contribute a voice to develop a statewide SLMS job description. 

● Collaborate with social media team from LLNJ for free PD in developing a social media strategy. 

● Develop of guidelines and procedures for using social media to connect to members 

● Review all branded NJASL documents and online communication to ensure updated branded logo and uniform appearance. 

● Collaborate with Vice President on talking points for a commercial script to create a school library advertisement to market the positive work of school librarians. 

● Communicate with Awards Chair to publicize upcoming NJASL award opportunities and winners each year. 

● Tap into NJLA to continue to build onto Unlocking Student Potential initiative.


PR subcommittee - Newsletter Casey Schaffer 

This subcommittee, headed by the Editor and/or Publisher, will prepare a monthly publication, the Bookmark for the Association. 

● Work with committee chairs to provide information for members and weave advocacy topics into every issue. 

● Review Bookmark data to target opportunities for growth. 

● Included membership articles, showing value of added membership, in each issue of Bookmark. 

● Work with the Webmaster and County Liaison to communicate county information to and from counties. 

● Work with AASL, ISTE, AECT affiliate reps to share Bookmark content with these other publications, in print or online. 

● Work with the Bookmark editor to provide PD resources/news that will be of interest to Urban library members 

● Review website to maintain a strict Members Only section to archived Bookmark publications. 

● Review all branded NJASL documents and online communication to ensure updated branded logo and uniform appearance.


PR subcommittee - Electronic Discussion List - Kay Baggs Electronic Discussion List.​ 

This subcommittee will maintain electronic discussion lists for the general membership, the Board of Trustees, and for the Executive Board. These electronic discussion lists are for discussions relevant to NJASL and for topics relevant to the profession. 

● Work closely with GAFO Administrator to migrate all list serv communication from Yahoo Groups to GAFO Groups. 

● Create a simple FAQ to give instructions for joining NJASL Google Group. Post FAQs on website and share via communication streams (Bookmark, social media, etc.) 

● Work with Membership Chair to ensure that only members have access to listserv and bookmark and archives. 


PR subcommittee -. Professional Outreach​ - ​April Bunn 

This subcommittee will establish and maintain contact with New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA), New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA), New Jersey Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (NJASCD), the New Jersey School Board Association (NJSBA), New Jersey Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NJACTE), New Jersey Council of Community Colleges (NJCCC), Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), Parent Teacher associations around the state and other educational groups. This committee will also maintain contact with colleges and universities to ascertain their integration of school library media programs into their pre-service teacher education training. 

● Communicate with Vice President, Legislative Rep, and Legislative Consultant to create advocacy toolkit. 

● Leverage partnerships with affiliate groups (AASL, ISTE, AECT, NJEA, NJDOE, NJLA) to strengthen current NJASL advocacy. 

● Attend NJEA Annual Convention to network with other stakeholder groups. 

● Help to promote the new AASL standards to members and stakeholders 

        ● Contribute a voice to develop a statewide SLMS job description and promote SLMS to other organizations. Collaborate with Vice President on talking points for a commercial script to create a school library advertisement to market the positive work of school librarians.


PR subcommittee - Website - Elizabeth Ullrich 

The Webmaster will chair this subcommittee and maintain the NJASL website. The subcommittee will post publications, the Board of Trustees minutes and all other information deemed appropriate by the Board on the website. The Webmaster will also be responsible for reporting election results to the Nominations and Election Committee Chair. 

● Request and edit monthly updates for all pages of NJASL webpage that pertain to each position, committee, affiliate, etc. 

● Work with the County Affiliate and Bookmark Editor to communicate county information to and from counties. 

● Request Executive board members to update their pictures and biographies. 

● Update the webpage and include board biographies and updated contact information (with njasl.org email) for all board members, committee members, county presidents, and affiliates. 

● Review other state library websites for best practices and tools. 

● Review all branded NJASL documents a


PR subcommittee - Social Media - Anne Piascik 

This subcommittee will actively participate in forming and carrying out a social media strategy for NJASL. 

● Collaborate with social media team from LLNJ for free PD in developing a social media strategy. 

● Develop a schedule of social media communication for 3, 6, 9, 12 months. 

● Work closely with Membership Chair to develop a marketing strategy/social media campaign to targeting membership 

● Develop of guidelines and procedures for using social media to connect to members. 

● Work with committee chairs to promote their committee work through social media. 

● Leverage social media team to continue monthly advocacy challenges to boost job advocacy. 

● Review all branded NJASL documents and online communication to ensure updated branded logo and uniform appearance. 


Scholarships, Awards and Special Programs Committee (SASP) Chair: Karen Brill 

This committee will oversee the selection of recipients for awards and scholarships designated by the Board of Trustees. This committee will also initiate communication with our affiliates, other organizations, and companies to arrange additional awards. This committee will work with the Conference Committee, the Spring Membership Meeting chair, and the Author/Illustrator Chair to coordinate the presentation of awards. ● Work closely with Professional Development Chair to ensure that all awards winners turnkey their award opportunity into professional development for NJASL. 

● Work with the Bookmark Editor to promote award information to members. 

● Work with the Social Media committee to promote award information to members. 

● Work with the County Affiliates Liaison to promote awards at the County level. 

● Work with the Author/Illustrator committee to select recipient of the Author/Illustrator of the Year award. 

● Work with the Intellectual Freedom chair to select the IF Award. 

● Work with the AECT chair to promote and select the Villy Award. 

● Work with Student Affiliates to promote Future Leader Award. 

● Review all awards documentation to ensure NJASL branding is updated and has correct address. 


SASP Subcommittee - Battle of the Books - Elizabeth Ullrich 

This subcommittee prepares and distributes information to schools organizing a Battle of the Books competition. 

● Work with the Bookmark editor to promote BOB in the Bookmark 

● Work with the Social Media chair to promote BOB via social media 

● Maintain a strict Members Only section for Battle of the Books content.


SASP Subcommittee - Enthusiastic Reader - Leslie Blatt and Karen Brill 

This subcommittee prepares and distributes information to school and public libraries to select recipients of the Enthusiastic Reader Award. 

● Work with Bookmark editor and social media committee to promote the program. 


Standing Conference Committee- Leslie Blatt and Fran King 

This committee will examine, on an ongoing basis, current practices, review the conference manual, and will implement procedures to streamline the conference process in order to aid and support annual conference chairs. The committee will investigate potential conference sites and reserve conference dates. The annual conference chair will serve on this standing committee to facilitate communication. 

● Increase sponsorship for NJASL Fall Conference. 

● Work closely with Finance Committee to review conference strategy and budget, review other NJ conference venues and new sponsorship opportunities, in order to bring cost savings 


Standing Conference subcommittee:​Author/Illustrator Committee ​-Loreli ​Stochaj​ and Barbara Napoiello 

This subcommittee will coordinate the participation, placement, schedule and set-up of an Authors' & Illustrators' Alley with the Conference Chair; communicate author and illustrator participation in NJASL events or other events of interest to NJASL members via print and online publications; create and nurture relationships with NJ authors and illustrators; solicit and arrange author and illustrator submissions for inclusion in the NJASL newsletter. This committee will work with the Conference Committee, the Spring Membership Meeting chair, and the Scholarship and Awards Chair to coordinate the presentation of awards.

  ● Work with the Bookmark editor to provide Authors for articles and make the newsletter valuable to members. 

● Promote Associate Membership to Authors and Illustrators to increase memberships. 

● Work with the Awards chair to select the Author/Illustrator of the year award.



Affiliates 


American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Affiliate Assembly:​ Hilda Weisburg 

This representative along with the current President will serve as liaison and official NJASL representative to the AASL Affiliate Assembly exclusively for educational purposes. He/she will represent the interests of NJASL to the leadership of AASL. This representative must be a personal member of AASL and must have previous experience as a delegate to the Affiliate Assembly regulations. He/she will write a monthly column on AASL and Affiliate Assembly and keep NJASL members aware of and connected to actions and issues as disseminated by AASL and /or ALA through regular postings on the Electronic Discussion List. 

● Continue to strengthen our partnerships with AECT, ALA, AASL, ISTE, NJEA, DOE, NJLA to create opportunities for collaboration on advocacy projects. 

● Promote the new AASL standards to members and stakeholders. 

● Work with the Bookmark editor and Social Media Chair to provide articles on AASL. 

● Collaborate with Vice President on talking points for a commercial script to create a school library advertisement to market the positive work of school librarians. 

● Provide input to Members-at-Large for Spring Association Meeting to determine upcoming trends in PD and best practices


Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT): Leslie Blatt 

This representative along with the current President will serve as a liaison and official NJASL representative to the Association for Educational Communications and Technology exclusively for educational purposes. The AECT representative will provide the leadership and membership of NJASL with information about AECT and will represent the interests of NJASL to the leadership of AECT. The AECT representative must be an active personal member of AECT. 

● Continue to strengthen our partnerships with AECT, ALA, AASL, ISTE, NJEA, DOE, NJLA to create opportunities for collaboration on advocacy projects. 

● Work with the Social Media Chair and Bookmark editor to provide articles on AECT. 

● Work with the Awards chair to promote the Villy Award Scholarship and help select recipient. 

● Collaborate with Vice President on talking points for a commercial script to create a school library advertisement to market the positive work of school librarians. 

● Provide input to Members-at-Large for Spring Association Meeting to determine upcoming trends in PD and best practices. 


New Jersey Education Association (NJEA):​ Angela Crockett Coxen 

This representative will serve as liaison and official representative to the New Jersey Education Association and will provide information about NJEA and its programs and serve as an advocate of NJASL to NJEA. This representative will also work with the Program Committee to provide NJASL programs and joint NJASL/NJEA programs for NJEA educational conferences and workshops. 

● Continue to strengthen our partnerships with AECT, ALA, AASL, ISTE, NJEA, DOE, NJLA to create opportunities for collaboration on advocacy projects. 

● Work with the Social Media Chair and Bookmark editor to provide articles on NJEA. 

● Collaborate with Vice President on talking points for a commercial script to create a school library advertisement to market the positive work of school librarians. 

● Provide input to Members-at-Large for Spring Association Meeting to determine upcoming trends in PD and best practices


International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Affiliate: Renee Rogers
This representative will serve as the Corporation delegate and official NJASL representative to the International Society for Technology in Education exclusively for educational purposes. He/she will represent the interests of NJASL to the leadership of ISTE. This representative must be a personal member of ISTE. He/she will write a monthly column on ISTE and our affiliation for the NJASL Bookmark newsletter and keep NJASL members aware of and connected to actions and issues as disseminated by ISTE through regular postings on the NJASL Electronic Discussion List.
● Continue to strengthen our partnerships with AECT, ALA, AASL, ISTE, NJEA, DOE, NJLA to create opportunities for collaboration on advocacy projects.
● Work with the Social Media Chair and Bookmark editor to provide articles on ISTE.
● Assist with the Information Literacy project in conjunction with the NJDOE.
● Work with the Awards chair to nominate the ISTE Make it Happen Award.
● Collaborate with Vice President on talking points for a commercial script to create a school library advertisement to market the positive work of school librarians.

● Provide input to Members-at-Large for Spring Association Meeting to determine upcoming trends in PD and best practices.



Liaisons 


Library Services and Technology Act Advisory Committee of New Jersey (LSTA):​ Mary Lewis 

The liaison will represent New Jersey school libraries upon approval of their nominations by the State Librarian. The liaison[s] will keep NJASL apprised of developments on the committee and of the need to file new nomination applications. According to the nomination form, “The committee advises the State Librarian and the staff of the Library Development Bureau on the development and evaluation of the five year LSTA state plan; establishment of the annual grant criteria, priorities, and categories and evaluation of activities funded through the LSTA program.” 


New Jersey Library Association (NJLA): Carol Collins 

The liaison will provide information about NJLA and its programs and foster the relationship to help preserve school library jobs in NJ. The liaison will contribute a voice to an advocacy toolkit to prevent job loss. The liaison will also work with the Conference Committee to provide NJASL and joint programs at NJLA and NJASL conferences. 


LibraryLinkNJ: Joanne Roukens 

The liaison will establish communications between LibraryLinkNJ and the Corporation, and will report to the Board matters of interest and value to library media specialists. The liaison will maintain contact with the State Library. New Jersey Literacy Association,​ formerly New Jersey Reading Association (NJRA):​Jill Mills The liaison will provide information about NJLA and its programs and suggest ways in which NJRLA and NJASL can collaborate. 


New Jersey State Library:​ Sharon Rawlins 

The liaison will provide information about NJSL and its programs and suggests ways in which NJSL and NJASL can collaborate. The liaison also works to provide programs at NJASL conferences. 


New Jersey Center for the Book: Phyllis Anker 

The liaison will provide information about the NJ Center for the Book and its programs to NJASL and represent the interests of NJASL to the NJ Center for the Book. 


State Department of Education: Susan Akers 

The liaison will serve as a source of information about the State Department of Education and as an advocate of school libraries and school librarians in the State Department of Education. 


Legislative Consultant - Mary Moyer Stubbs 

● Continue to report on activities of interest to NJASL from governmental agencies such as the New Jersey Department of Education, New Jersey State Board of Education and New Jersey Legislature 

● Continue to work collaboratively with other library organizations such as the New Jersey Library Association ato build advocacy campaign. 

● Work with Public Relations Committee to update the advocacy section of the NJASL webpage: http://njasl.org/Advocacy. 

● Work with Social Media Chair and Bookmark Committee to post legislative reports and updates. 

● Work closely with Vice President and Professional Outreach Chair to create an advocacy toolkit that can be utilized when positions are threatened. 

● Explore Legislative visits to advocate for preserving school library jobs. 

● Tap into ALA Grassroots Specialist, Megan Cusick, and NJLA stakeholders for partnerships in preventing job loss. 

● Gather letters and supporting documents from ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo and AASL President Kathryn Lewis to get letters to school boards

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