On-site, On-Demand Professional Development Program for School Librarians - FY2013

On-site, On-Demand Professional Development Program for School Librarians - FY2013

LibraryLinkNJ will fund all program costs for school library groups!


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Ongoing professional education is essential in the work lives of all staff members, and we want to make it as efficient and cost-effective as possible.   We will fund the entire program cost of the workshop you select!  The continuing education consultants we are working with have developed high-interest, proven continuing education programs which address the specific needs of school librarians.

How Does the Program Work?

  • We are presenting a diverse menu of on-site training options for you to choose from, and will provide the workshop of your choice at your library. Select a program for your group. Use what works for you. 
  • LibraryLinkNJ will accommodate as many requests as possible.
  • Funds for this program are limited, so book early to ensure your participation.
  • Deadline for booking programs for FY2013 (July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012) is May 15, 2013.
  • Your library may choose one program—half-day or full-day—per year from the menu of options. 
  • You need a group of 12 or more participants to book a workshop.
  • One booking can be:
    • Members of one or more county-level NJASL chapters
    • Staff from one school district’s libraries
    • Several neighboring school districts combined

Who is Eligible?

  • The programs listed below are open to all member libraries.
  • LibraryLinkNJ is offering a 100% subsidy.

How Do We Proceed?

  • Review the menu of program offerings and choose the one that will work best for your group.
  • Plan to offer the program between July 1, 2012 and June 15, 2013.
  • Deadline for booking programs is May 15, 2013.
  • Please complete the   On-Site, On-Demand CE for School Librarians Interest Form. Filling out the form does not commit you to anything.  It provides LibraryLinkNJ staff with the information we need to provide you with additional program information.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Joanne Roukens at the office (Tel: 732-752-7720 or 1-866-505-5465) or via email jroukens [at] librarylinknj.org
  • You must hold your selected program by June 15, 2013.

Your Library is Responsible For:

  • Hosting the program at the location of your choice.
  • Providing the required equipment and Internet connectivity for the program.
  • Furnishing the photocopied program materials to program participants.
  • Appointing a liaison for all contact with LibraryLinkNJ.
  • Arranging and paying for the program’s food arrangements.
  • Keeping LibraryLinkNJ informed of any changes to the program (i.e. date, time, content).
  • Appointing a staff member to act as site host.  This person will welcome the consultant, make sure all equipment is provided and in working order, distribute evaluation sheets and certificates, and collect completed evaluations.
  • Completing program evaluation forms and returning them to the LibraryLinkNJ office.
  • Confirming to LibraryLinkNJ that the program has taken place.
  • Reporting the number of participants.

LibraryLinkNJ is Responsible For:

  • Contacting, scheduling and contracting with the CE provider.
  • Maintaining contact with and providing all pertinent information to your library’s liaison.
  • Providing the program evaluation forms and certificates
  • Paying the CE provider and invoicing your library in a timely fashion.

Cancellation Procedure and Practice for Library Members Booking On-site On-demand Programs:

  • LibraryLinkNJ requires at least 12 business days’ notice from a library or library organization for the cancellation of any program.
  • If a member library or library organization booking and paying part of the cost for a program cancels with less than 12 business days’ notice, LibraryLinkNJ may be liable to pay 50% of the program fee as a cancellation fee to the vendor.

Staff Development Programs for July 1, 2012 - June 15, 2013


The programs listed below are the featured selections of what is available through the Continuing Education Providers we are working with.  Most can be customized for length and for the specific needs of participants.  They are designed to be interactive.

If you don’t find what you need in this list, please call us!  We are happy to work with you on any aspect of your staff development.  If you have a topic, an idea or a training need that you don’t see on the list below, or a consultant/consulting firm you would like to use, contact us and we will try and arrange it for you.   If you are setting up your own staff development and need recommended training providers or just wish to discuss how to do staff development, we are here to help you.

Connect to printable list of programs is at the bottom of the page.


Advocacy Means Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk - NEW! - presented by Nina Kemps and Amy Rominiecki

The incorporation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) adopted by New Jersey  provide an excellent opportunity to show how important the school library media program is in addressing these standards and preparing students for lifelong learning, informed decision-making, and effective use of information technologies. Come learn when and how to advocate effectively for your program using different strategies with a variety of audiences. You will learn to use the numerous resources from AASL and NJASL as you develop specific examples and personal stories that you can use immediately to advocate in your school.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Use the CCCS standards as they advocate for their library media programs
  • Build a range of strategies and techniques to  use as advocacy tools
  • Advocate for the 21st Century learner to a wide variety of audiences

Absolutely App-pealing: Integrating Mobile Technology and Apps in the Library - NEW! - presented by Melissa Jacobs-Israel

The use of mobile technology (i.e. tablets, iPads, smartphones) is exploding and is deeply enmeshed in our daily lives.  In the classroom and school library, mobile technology and apps can influence standard teaching practices and actively engage students in learning.

In this workshop, participants will learn the value of using mobile technology and apps in the classroom and library leaving with a toolbox of educational apps, tips and tricks that support AASL's Standards for the 21st Century Learner and Common Core State Standards.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the value of using mobile technology in education
  • Identify apps that add value to instruction
  • Integrate apps into their teaching practice
  • Download and apply apps for their own professional growth and development.

Great Websites for Teaching and Learning - NEW! - presented by Melissa Jacobs-Israel

Many library organizations evaluate and create lists of websites that foster innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration among all learners. Websites on these lists are free and have been vetted by committees of educators and school librarians. All sites are user-friendly and encourage communities of learners to explore and discover.

In this workshop, participants will explore some of the best websites out there for teaching and learning – sites that have been recognized for their contributions to learning, curriculum, inquiry and instruction – and learn how to integrate these tools into standard teaching practices.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Integrate web tools in their lesson plans and units
  • Deliver lessons that successfully infuse technology and engage students
  • Apply web tools to their own professional lives by learning how to develop a Professional Learning Network (PLN) and an electronic portfolio

Perfect Together: The Common Core Standards and the Library Media Curriculum - NEW! - presented by Nina Kemps and Amy Rominiecki

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have been adopted by New Jersey and are being used by our schools. We must focus our teaching and library programs on the CCSS to show our innovation and value. Take this workshop to discover how the CCSS and your library curriculum fit together to prepare students for lifelong learning, informed decision-making, and effective use of information technologies. Find out how to use the CCSS to create or modify your library curriculum.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Apply the CCCS standards that relate to library programs
  • Build or modify their library curriculum using the CCCS
  • Write a new School Library Program Curriculum to foster 21st Century learning among all students.

Make Your Presence Known - NEW! - presented by Hilda Weisburg

Surviving is not the answer; thriving is. Participants will explore a variety of avenues to go beyond their library—and even their school— to demonstrate leadership and promote the value of the library program to an ever-broadening base of stakeholders. Participants, working in groups, will develop an outreach plan and share it.

After this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify and use their leadership strengths to raise their program’s visibility
  • Improve and use their Emotional Intelligence
  • Develop and implement outreach strategies to complement their leadership style and their school/district situation

Tag -- You're It! Becoming Visible and Vital - NEW! - presented by Hilda Weisburg

Does it feel like no one knows what you do? Learn to brand your program and bring it front and center in your building and district.  Let your stakeholders know what makes your program invaluable. Send a carefully-crafted message to showcase how your program is unique and indispensable. Create your elevator speech and tailor it to your audience.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a tag line and an elevator speech to successfully promote their school library program
  • Implement a plan to reach key stakeholders.
  • Inform stakeholders of the purpose and benefits of their school library program.

21st Century Standards Boot Camp - presented by Nina Kemps and Amy Rominiecki OR by Hilda Weisburg

Learn to navigate the maze of 21st-Century Standards adopted by New Jersey: (The Partnership for the 21st Century Skills (P21); ISTE /NETS Technology Standards; and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Discover how to provide a library media program that prepares students for life-long learning, informed decision-making, and effective use of information technologies. Learn how the AASL Standards and the tools available from AASL’s Learning for Life (L4L) initiative can help you strengthen your lessons and collaborative units. This workshop provides a beginner's look at these standards.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a working knowledge of the AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner and 21st Century Standards adopted by the New Jersey Department of Education
  • Integrate  21st Century Standards into their lessons and units
  • Articulate the role of the school librarian in implementing the Common Core Standards

Teaching with Purpose and Meaning: Essential Questions & Enduring Understandings - presented by Hilda Weisburg

Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings are now required in curriculum maps as well as in unit and lesson plans.  Learn what EQs and EUs are and how to use them to promote lifelong learning in the school library program. Participants will work in groups to incorporate EQs and EUs into their current lesson plans to provide additional meaning and purpose to their instruction.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Integrate EQs and EUs into all their instructional practice
  • Collaborate more productively with classroom teachers

Secrets of Successful School Librarians: Simple Techniques for Classroom Management
- presented by Hilda Weisburg

Develop a better understanding of your students and create an environment that encourages inquiry and discovery while maintaining order. Learn how a simple game plan can keep you and your students on task. Discover the difference between controlling and managing your classroom: one sets you up for failure, the other leads to success for everyone.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Create a positive tone in the LMC using nonverbal communication
  • Develop an underlying structure that will guide students to better behavior
  • Employ formative assessment techniques to anticipate when student attention might be straying

Being Valuable is the Key - presented by Hilda Weisburg

It’s not enough to be a great librarian. You must be perceived as being valuable. To successfully address the needs of 21st Century learners, you need to secure the support of four groups of stakeholders: Administrators, Community Members, Teachers, and Students. Learn how you can make your message heard and reap the results of a program that is valued by everyone.

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the needs of Administrators, Community Members, Teachers, and Students in their school and district
  • Determine how to best target each group
  • Implement a plan to meet at least one need for each group
  • Develop a sound bite that will resonate with the most powerful group in their district                      

    (Note: This is a full day session, but a half-day session is possible focusing on the first two groups.)

Action Research:What, How, and Why - presented by Hilda Weisburg

What is Action Research, and how can you use AR to help position you as a research leader in your school?  Participants will learn the entire process and will create an AR concept to put their program on a path of documentable, continuous improvement to be shared with administrators.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Develop the AR project they outlined in the session
  • Determine when and how to get assistance to complete an AR project
  • Assess the success of their projects and make improvements
  • Demonstrate evidenced-based practice to their administrators

    (Note: It is helpful if participants are familiar with Teaching with Purpose and Meaning: Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings)

Vision and Mission – What Makes You Unique - presented by Hilda Weisburg

While many school librarians believe they have a mission and a vision for their program, few have actually written one.  Writing and relying on these two, succinct statements (around 25 words each) allows busy librarians to make clear judgments about priorities.  As a result, they are less likely to feel overwhelmed by the daily demands of the job.  Posting these clearly worded statements in the school library can help LMS open dialogues with classroom teachers, leading to increased collaboration and decreased misuse of the Library Media Center. In addition, with these statements clearly posted in the school library, they can more readily open a dialogue with teachers leading to collaboration and minimize teacher misuse of the facility for their students.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define and communicate what makes them uniquely important to their school community
  • Draft Vision and Mission statements
  • Deliver a stronger program to teachers and students

Mini-Strategic Planning for Maximum Results - presented by Hilda Weisburg

Without a strategic plan, school librarians work hard without a sense of achievement. Learning how to create a mini-strategic plan gives them a tool to guide their activities over a three-year period. Participants will learn the components of a strategic plan, identify target areas for their own schools, and then develop a mini-strategic plan individually or in groups. After identifying target areas, participants will study the components of a strategic plan which can be constructed individually, with other librarians in their district, or with a small committee.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify areas within their program that need improvement
  • Explain the components of a strategic plan
  • Create a rough draft of a strategic plan with action steps for the first year

Build-Your-Own Hands-On Technology Workshop - presented by Barbara DeSantis

Book 90 minutes, 3 hours or 5 hours to learn that technology tool you’ve heard so much about, but haven’t quite made the time to learn and implement! From a wide menu of options, choose one or more technology tools for learning and sharing—including tools for storytelling, search, communication, curation, presentation—and prepare for an interactive, inspiring and practical session that will help you spice up your teaching practice!

Choose from tools such as:

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Integrate new technology tools into lesson and unit plans 
  • Collaborate with classroom teachers to teach and share new technology tools with students
  • Use new technology tools to improve and enliven their teaching practice

Contact a CE Team Member:

Joanne Roukens: jroukens [at] librarylinknj.org (jroukens[a]librarylinknj.org)

Sophie Brookover: sbrookover [at] librarylinknj.org (sbrookover[a]librarylinknj.org)

Mi-Sun Lyu: lyu [at] librarylinknj.org (subject: On-Site%20On-Demand%20Staff%20Development%20Program) (lyu[a]librarylinknj.org)

Among the professional development consultants we are working with to provide these programs are:

  • Barbara DeSantis – The In-Class Support Technology Specialist at the Sayreville School District. A STAR Discovery Educator whose award-winning blog showcases practical use of many online tools for teaching and learning, Barbara is also the Newsletter Editor and President-Elect of the New Jersey Science Teachers Association 
  • Melissa Jacobs-Israel - A Coordinator in the Office of Library Services for the New York City Department of Education.  In that role, she has created the New York City School Librarian Information Sharing Tool (NYCSLIST) Listserv which hosts over 1,000 school librarians in NYC.  Currently, Melissa serves as Chair of the newly-created AASL Best Apps for Curriculum Task Force and a member of the AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Committee.   
  • Nina Kemps – A former school librarian at Cherry Hill’s Rosa International Middle School with over 30 years of experience and an AASL Learning4Life Coordinator for New Jersey;
  • Amy Rominiecki – A librarian at Seneca High School in Burlington County’s Lenape Regional High School District and an AASL Learning4Life Coordinator for New Jersey, serving this year as the President of the New Jersey Association of School Librarians;
  • Hilda Weisburg – A former school librarian with over 30 years of experience in school libraries, K-12, and the editor of School Librarian's Workshop a bi-monthly electronic newsletter for K-12 librarians.  She is also the co-author (most recently) of Being Indispensable: A School Librarian’s Guide to Becoming an Invaluable Leader (ALA Editions, 2010).