Save NJ Libraries Poster

Rally Around NJ Libraries

Our TEDx event is being planned by librarians from New Jersey for the benefit of anyone who wishes to attend. This is being done with a lot of support in terms of time and talent from Princeton Public Library, the NJ State Library and two of our Regional Library Cooperatives (South Jersey and Central Jersey). The proposed budget introduced by Governor Christie earlier this week would have a devastating impact on all of these institutions as well as every other library in New Jersey. Most siginificantly, it would totally eliminate all four of the Regional Library Cooperatives and in doing so that would eliminate the essential collaborative services they provide to all of New Jersey — including access to quality research databases, interlibrary loan delivery, virtual reference, and much more.

The State Library and Regional Library Cooperatives fund or assist with grant opportunites to try new ideas or improve services. TEDxNJLibraries would not be a reality without the Regional Library Cooperatives existence or the support from the NJ State Library (which is having its budget radically cut as well).

The threat is real and imminent and we need to have voices heard that libraries and the services they provide are essential to our communities.  Please read these two posts from Library Garden, one of our TEDx partners, and then join in the two advocacy groups that are leading the way to restore funding to NJ Libraries before it is too late.

Save NJ Libraries (provides links to advocacy groups and other information)

Reverse the Cuts (includes a graphic by our team member John LeMasney)