Meet the Press

The official press release for TEDxNJLibraries went out today to all major and local media outlets in New Jersey.

If you would like to read it, we have published it online using Google Docs for easy access: Press Release for TEDxNJLibraries

We have exactly one month to go until the event and the entire planning team is working diligently to ensure that this will be a day to long be remembered.

We have a very limited number of spaces available. It was ten as of this morning, but we did get two cancellations today so that makes it twelve seats remaining. Fill out the application form soon before all the spots are gone!


We have moved to the phase of planning where we are lining up in-kind sponsors and online supporters of TEDxNJLibraries. We will have some more announcements about our sponsors and supporters over the next week or two, but wanted to give a shout-out this morning to our first two — both of whom signed up without reservation and with great enthusiasm.

Princeton Tour Company is an in-kind event sponsor. They will be offering an optional tour of Princeton in the morning before registration. This will be an enhancement to our Culture and Community theme and allow participants, especially those from out of town, to have an introduction to the community in which TEDxNJLibraries is being held.  More information on how to take part in this tour will be sent directly to those who are registered and confirmed. This walking tour is sure to be fun as well as informative and a great way to network with others prior to the start of the talks in the afternoon.

TEDxNJLibraries ad on

TEDxNJLibraries on

Our first online supporter (outside of Library Garden) is, a free online service that easily lets anyone chronicle their day with a single image. They have agreed to run an ad for TEDxNJLibraries for one week free of charge. We are really committed as a planning team to creating a diverse set of attendees at our event and having this type of support is a great way to ensure a broader cross-section of applicants. Our ad looks awesome next to the vibrant photostream, as you can readily see.

Speaking of applicants, we have only 33 spots remaining. If you are going to apply, then this would be a good time to do so!

Finally, if you are interested in being an in-kind sponsor or online supporter please contact us with your idea — we would love to hear from you!

I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries. ~Carl Sagan

Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest. ~Lady Bird Johnson

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)

TEDx MidAtlantic - Baltimore, MD - 11/5/2009 - 08
Image by The Plan8 Podcast via Flickr

Hello, friends,

We will be doing early-bird acceptance based upon those who submit their applications sooner rather than later.

If you are seriously interested in attending, please put in your attendance application as soon as you can at

Those who submit by Monday March 15th at midnight will be notified on March 17th of their acceptance.

For those of you who have already submitted, thank you for your attention!

TEDxNJLibraries Team

Are you interested in community and culture? Do you have ideas to share? Would you like to hear inspiring talks from diverse speakers?

We’d love you to fill out the registration form to attend our independently organized TED event happening on May 7th, 2010.

The form is at and we can’t wait to see how you would like to help shape the event.

For other information about the event, please click on the speaker, team, and other pages.

Hi, all. Some new pages are up on the blog to show sponsors, team members, and confirmed speakers. Registration for attendance will open in the middle of March, and we look forward to seeing your registration forms!

Princeton Public Library

Princeton Public Library

TEDxNJLibraries will be held on Friday May 7th, 2010 in Princeton, NJ at the Princeton Public Library. The planning committee is hard at work lining up speakers and selecting TED videos for viewing. Our selected theme is Culture and Community.  We know this will be an exciting day of great ideas and stimulating conversations.

We have been licensed under the name of TEDxNJLibraries as our event is being hosted by the  Princeton Public Library and sponsored by the New Jersey State Library, South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative and Central Jersey Regional Library Cooperative and the bloggers of Library Garden.

TEDxNJLibraries is, however, open to anyone at all and is not intended to be only for librarians. In fact, our hope is to have representation at our event of people from all walks of life.  Our speakers will have definitely have a wide array of backgrounds and their talks will cover all aspects of how the relationship between culture and community.

Please watch this space for upcoming announcements about speakers and the registration process. You can also follow us on our newly created twitter stream.

TEDx Events are organized locally
Image via Wikipedia

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxNJLibraries, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxNJLibraries event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

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