As part of its commitment to recognizing academic excellence in the field of librarianship, the New Jersey Center for the Book co-sponsors an annual lecture and reception with the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information’s Omicron Chapter of the Beta Phi Mu International Honor Society, and the Rutgers University Libraries. Held at the Alexander Library, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the lecture has featured the following speakers:

  • 2016: Emily Drabinski, Long Island University Library, "Librarians as Labor: Lessons from the LIU Lockout.": Read More
  • 2015: Wayne Wiegand, Professor Emeritus, Florida State University, “Thinking Differently About Libraries.”: Read More
  • 2014: Ivan Oransky, Retraction Watch, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: What Retractions Tell Us About Scientific Inquiry.”
  • 2013: Dorothy Howard, Wikipedia
  • 2012: Mary Chute, NJ State Library, [Librarians as Teachers in the 21st Century]
  • 2011: Marc Aronson, Professor, Rutgers School of Communication and Information and Evan St. Lifer, Vice President for Digital Initiatives, Scholastic Library Publishing, “The Exploding Book and the Smiling Librarian.”
  • 2009: Michael Stephens, Professor, Dominican University, “Building the Hyperlinked Library.”
  • 2008: Marie Radford, Professor, Rutgers School of Communication, Information and Library Studies, “Quality Service in an Impersonal World.”
  • 2007: Wilma Grey, Director, Newark Public Library, “How Libraries Help Learning: Especially in Underserved Districts.”
  • 2006:  Ross Todd, Professor, Rutgers School of Communication, Information and Library Studies
  • 2005: John Cole, Director, Center for the Book, Library of Congress