Become a Member and be Inspired!


Just as you support your students and staff, here's how NJASL membership supports you:

  • NJASL membership includes ACCESS to scholarships and awards, mentoring resources, employment opportunities, discounted registrations at conferences and events, access to NJASL-developed advocacy, as well as instructional and evaluation support tools. Members also have access to a Members-Only section on the website with information on News from Trenton, Job Listings, and much more...
  • NJASL provides NETWORKING opportunities at our conferences and events, through our electronic discussion group, our Facebook page, Twitter account, and through our monthly, interactive, online members-only newsletter, Bookmark. If you have a questions, just ask on the electronic discussion group or on Facebook -- someone will surely have the answer. Share your experiences and keep current with the latest information.
  • NJASL provides PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT opportunities targeted to YOUR needs, including free resources on our members-only website and discounted rates with selected providers.
  • NJASL committee members provide important SUPPORT AND RESOURCES for your day-to-day professional activities. You benefit from the committees' initiatives. Please consider going one of them and adding your voice!  List of NJASL Committees.
  • NJASL is your liaison to COLLEGIAL ORGANIZATIONS AND PROFESSIONALS who support and advocate for you, including:
 NJ Department of Education  NJ State Board of Education
 NJ State Legislature  NJ Education Association
 County School Librarians' 
 NJ State Library
 Parent and Administrative

  • NJASL MONITORS regulations and follows government activities in Trenton that apply to school librarians and keeps our members apprised. Or legislative representatives attend the NJ Dept. of Education monthly meetings and helps to keep us informed, as well as advocates on topics such as SGOs and the new Teacher Effectiveness Evaluation System, state budgets and school and library funding, and learning standards such as the Core Curriculum Content Standards.
  • NJASL PROVIDES toolkits, position papers, and links on our website to help you in all aspects of managing your school library and working with your administration. 
Becoming a member is a very important way for you to develop professionally and have input on the future of our profession and the programs we oversee. JOIN US! 

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Members Who Inspire Excellence

Meg Finney, Memorial High School, Millville

Meg Finney has been selected as one of two American Association of School Librarians (AASL) sponsored participants in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2016 Emerging Leaders program. Meg has dedicated herself to revitalizing her library's facility, collection, instruction and reputation. She actively pursues collaborative partnerships, including a mental and emotional health book program, public library card program for district students, helping to launch the first Gay-Straight Alliance in her school, and creating an online, on-demand course of tutorials, research guides, and videos for students and teachers. Meg will collaborate with her fellow Emerging Leaders in an online learning and networking environment for six months, culminating in a poster session at the 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando.  The ALA Emerging Leaders program is designed to enable talented new library professionals to bring their talent, energy, and approaches to the library community. 

Arlen Kimmelman, Clearview Regional High School

American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the Ruth Toor Grant Subcommittee selected Arlen Kimmelman, Clearview Regional High School’s School Librarian, as the recipient of the inaugural 2015 American Association of School Librarians’ Ruth Toor Grant, sponsored by Jay Toor.  

This prestigious grant was established to honor Ruth Toor, a veteran school librarian, AASL past president, and author. 

The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries is a new annual grant that provides financial support to a public school library that is interested in increasing local awareness regarding the importance of school libraries and certified school librarians. The recipient is awarded $5,000 to support an initiative on the strategic importance of school librarians and how their role can support their vision or goal for the school system and advance it. 

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