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SchooLibraryNJ: Home

Welcome to SchoolLibraryNJ!

Our project is led by Rutgers University School of Communication and Information, MI Program; the New Jersey Association of School Librarians, and supported by the State Library of New Jersey; with the generous cooperation of Springshare.  

Our Vision:

To bridge information equity gaps for K12 students in New Jersey (and beyond!) by providing professional school librarian guidance and leadership.

Our Mission:

To ensure students, educators, and parents have easy access to the quality information resources they need to enhance teaching and learning and to enrich literacy experiences.

To Librarians:

Please feel free to point to, link to, or share the content included on SchoolLibraryNJ with any accompanying attribution. We welcome your suggestions. We want our work to support yours.


Why a school librarian?

Your School Librarian

While this Guide curates some of the excellent material available to students, teachers, administrators, and parents in New Jersey and beyond, students with school librarians have access to far richer collections of professionally selected age-appropriate resources.

In addition, students with access to school library programs have access to instruction to support the development of information skills, critical thinking, productive and authentic inquiry, as well as readiness for college and career.  School librarians build cultures where literacies flourish! 


From AASL's January 6th, 2021 letter to the Biden-Harris Education Transition Team

School librarians are integral to fostering a culture of inquiry, developing critical thinking, nurturing multiple literacies, differentiating learning, personalizing resources, and building empathy and a disposition for lifelong learning. They bring a unique view to the learning community as they serve in an instructional role that spans grade levels and content areas, engaging with students throughout their years in the school. Literacies and inquiry undergird today’s school librarian's work, a role that has become even more essential with increased reliance on digital learning. School librarians have responsibilities as teachers, leaders, instructional partners, information specialists, and program administrators.

Find your school library resources!


If your school library uses the Destiny catalog, find your library's name and search its digital and print collections using this library locator!


Does your school use MackinVIA? Search your school's digital assets.


Meet your School Library NJ Librarians!

From left to right: Beth RaffSteve Tetreault, Andrea CaporaleJoyce ValenzaMeg BrandtGrace McCuskerEwa ElliottLisa Manganello

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