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Deena Caswell

Supervisor of Outreach and Diversity
Cherry Hill Public Library

County: 

  • CAMDEN
Areas of Expertise
  • Adult Program & Services
  • Outreach
  • Diversity
  • Information Service | Reference
  • LGBTQ Programming & Collections
  • Community Partnerships
  • Presentations & Public Speaking
  • Graphic Novel Collection Development
Types of Libraries I have worked in
  • Public
About Me

Deena Caswell has represented the Cherry Hill Public Library in the Cherry Hill and South Jersey community since the fall of 2014, first in her role as Outreach Librarian and now as the Supervisor of Outreach and Diversity.

Eleana Cordova

Interlibrary Loan & Reference Librarian
Wayne Public Library

County: 

  • PASSAIC
Areas of Expertise
  • Inter Library Loans
  • Public Library
Types of Libraries I have worked in
  • Public
About Me

Hello! I’ve been at the Wayne Public Library since 2003. First in the Circulation Department. I received my MLIS in 2008 while working f/t in Circulation.

Rebecca Crawford

Branch Manager
Somerset County Library System of New Jersey, Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Branch

County: 

  • SOMERSET
Areas of Expertise
  • Children’s Program & Services
  • Customer Service
  • Young Adult Program & Services
  • Services for People with Special Needs
  • Advocacy Programs for People with Special Needs
  • School Media Specialist
  • Building Management
  • Union Leadership
  • Working with a Foundation
  • collection development
Types of Libraries I have worked in
  • Public
  • School
About Me

My name is Rebecca Crawford and I have held positions as a Branch Manager, a Youth Adult Librarian and a Children's Librarian in public libraries.

Cindy Czesak

Library Director
Paterson Free Public Library

County: 

  • BERGEN
Areas of Expertise
  • Library Administration
  • Building Management
  • Management (Personnel)
  • Civil Service Issues
  • Public Library
  • urban libraries
  • Outreach
Types of Libraries I have worked in
  • Public
About Me

I started as a Children's Librarian, but have been a Library Director for decades now.

Heather Dalal

Instruction and Emerging Technologies Librarian
Rider University

County: 

  • MERCER
Areas of Expertise
  • academic libraries
  • instructional design
  • embedded librarians
  • Information Literacy instruction
Types of Libraries I have worked in
  • Academic
About Me

Heather Dalal earned her MLIS in 2002 and her MEd in 2011. She is an Associate-Professor Librarian, with tenure (for Instruction & Emerging Technologies) at Rider University.

Michael Dennison

Librarian / Library Media Specialist
Highland Regional High School

County: 

  • CAMDEN
Areas of Expertise
  • Building Management
  • Budgeting
  • Children’s Program & Services
  • Adult Program & Services
  • Business
Types of Libraries I have worked in
  • School
About Me

High School Library Media Center in Blackwood, NJ.  Grades 9-12 all academic levels.  Instruction to classes for various units and individualized lessons.

Sebastian Derry

Assistant Dean for Public Services
Seton Hall Univeristy Libraries

County: 

  • ESSEX
Areas of Expertise
  • Assessment
  • academic libraries
  • Library Administration
  • Information Service | Reference
  • Media in Libraries
  • copyright
  • collection development
  • Management (Personnel)
Types of Libraries I have worked in
  • Academic
About Me

I've been working in academic libraries for the past 15 years, in a variety of areas. Currently I am the Assistant Dean for Public Services at Seton Hall University Libraries.

Joan C. Divor

Business Services Librarian & Coordinator of Community Partnerships
Burlington County Library System

County: 

  • BURLINGTON
Areas of Expertise
  • Business services
  • Community Partnerships
  • Business
  • Information Service | Reference
  • adult reference
  • databases
  • Outreach
  • Presentations & Public Speaking
Types of Libraries I have worked in
  • Public
  • Special
About Me

Hi!  I have over 25 years of corporate experience as a library manager, and in market research, competitive analysis and business intelligence in the private sector prior to joining the public library sector. 

Amy Edwards

School Library Media Specialist
Charles Raffetto Media Center, Manasquan High School

County: 

  • MONMOUTH
Areas of Expertise
  • School Media Specialist
  • School Libraries
  • High School
  • 3D Printing
  • Makerspace
  • 1:1
  • Young Adult Program & Services
  • Young Adult Collection Development & Management
  • Grant writing
  • FIRST Tech Challenge Team
  • FTC
  • CyberPatriots Team
Types of Libraries I have worked in
  • Public
  • School
  • Special
About Me

I'm a current High School Library Media Specialist, former medical librarian and public librarian. I run an active makerspace within my high school library and am a strong advocate for STEAM education.

David Evans

Head of Technology
The Ocean County Library

County: 

  • OCEAN
Areas of Expertise
  • Budgeting
  • Technology
  • Website
Types of Libraries I have worked in
  • Public
About Me

My name is David Evans and I have over 25 years of experience in the Information Technology arena. I started my career as a computer operator and through hard work and perserverance; I worked my way up to Chief Information Officer.

Bart Everts

Reference and Instruction Librarian
Paul Robeson Library, Rutgers University-Camden

County: 

  • CAMDEN
Areas of Expertise
  • academic libraries
  • online instruction
  • collection development
  • Local History
  • Information Literacy instruction
  • publishing
Types of Libraries I have worked in
  • Academic
About Me

I'm on the faculty of the Paul Robeson Library at Rutgers University-Camden, where I serve as the liaison to the Camden campuses of Rowan University and Camden County College.

Sharon Galbraith Ryer

Branch Manager
Hickory Corner Branch, Mercer County Library System

County: 

  • MERCER
Areas of Expertise
  • collection development
  • Adult Program & Services
  • adult reference
  • Outreach
Types of Libraries I have worked in
  • Public
About Me

Many librarians begin their journey with a career change; I'm no different. Between other jobs, I took a part-time circulation library assistant position and realized quickly that libraries are where I belong!

Tonya Garcia Badillo

Director
Long Branch Public Library

County: 

  • MONMOUTH
Areas of Expertise
  • urban libraries
  • Staff Development
  • Diversity
  • Adult Program & Services
  • Reentry Services
  • leadership
  • Management (Personnel)
Types of Libraries I have worked in
  • Public
About Me

There is no greater profession than that of a New Jersey librarian. Most assuredly, I would not have the honor of doing what I absolutely love to do each day without the support and guidance of my own mentors.

Andrew L. Gerber, MLIS, MA

Health Sciences Librarian/Continuing Medical Education Coordinator
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway Health Sciences Library

County: 

  • UNION
Areas of Expertise
  • Research
  • Customer Service
  • Budgeting
  • Adult Program & Services
  • Circulation
  • collection development
  • Diversity
  • Education
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Service | Reference
  • Resume Writing
  • Collection arranging & processing
  • Instruction
  • Gaming
  • Local History
  • Project Management
  • LibGuides
  • Grant writing
  • Website
Types of Libraries I have worked in
  • Academic
  • Public
  • School
  • Special
About Me

I have been the Health Sciences Librarian and Contiuning Medical Education Coordinator at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway since March 2013.

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