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NJ State Library and LibraryLinkNJ Partner to Launch Makerspace Projects Statewide

“The New Jersey State Library and LibraryLinkNJ, the New Jersey Library Cooperative, have partnered to launch “New Jersey Library Makerspaces – The Leading Edge,” an initiative that combines equipment with community-driven innovation, and provides library patrons with the tools and space to collaborate to design and build manufactured work.The project will subsidize 15 Makerspaces at public, school and academic libraries statewide, and will offer creative laboratories where NJ residents can access equipment and information that they wouldn’t otherwise have access to. Users will be able to share resources and knowledge, collaborate on projects, network and build things.” (via The New Jersey State Library)

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Paterson council balks at health benefits for part-time library workers

“The proposed contract with the city’s library staff would provide health benefits to part-time employees who work a minimum of 20 hours. That provision has caught the attention of some City Council members who say they disagree with the proposal, arguing it would not be fair to other part-time municipal workers who do not get health benefits. “I feel that’s out of the ordinary,” said Councilman Julio Tavarez. “I don’t think theyshould be spending that money that way.” (via NorthJersey.com)

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In ongoing legal feud, Raritan library employees sue borough over salary increases

“At first glance, there may not appear to be much controversy about the decision: municipal officials approving a resolution setting salaries for the town’s library employees. But the town is Raritan Borough, and the resolution approved last week comes amid an ongoing legal feud between borough leaders and the library staff.” (via NJ.com)

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5 Jersey Shore libraries wait for next chaper after Hurricane Sandy

“Five libraries that served patrons in Jersey Shore towns devastated by Hurricane Sandy remain shuttered months after the storm as they wrangle with the same questions many residents now face: How much of the storm damage will insurance cover? When will that money arrive? What is the best way to rebuild?”

via NJ.com

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NJ LIBRARY DISPLAYS DRAWING OF SLAVE HAVING SEX

“A library that covered up a drawing of a black female slave having sex with a white man after workers found it inappropriate is displaying it again. The drawing, created by black artist Kara Walker, shows the horrors many blacks faced after the Civil War and during reconstruction and includes a depiction of a slave performing oral sex. It initially was hung during Thanksgiving in the Newark Public Library’s second-floor reference room, but officials reluctantly covered it with a cloth after one day because some workers complained it was insensitive.”

via The Associated Press

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