List of Suggested Programs & Consultants

Notes for Suggested Programs:

You are not limited to applying your subsidy to the programs on this list. We provide this information as helpful suggestions.

  • If you choose from this list, LLNJ has already negotiated standard speaking fee pricing for LLNJ member libraries.
  • When discussing the program with the consultant/vendor, tell them that this is potentially an LLNJ subsidized program and if your request for a subsidy is approved, the negotiated standard speaking fee applies.
  • Pricing for vendors on the recommended list is available upon request. Contact Joanne Roukens, jroukens@librarylinknj.org or Sophie Brookover, sbrookover@librarylinknj.org

These programs are with consultants we know and have worked with successfully. The program descriptions are largely for programs 3 hours in length. Most can be customized for length and to meet the specific needs of your participants. Check each to see if there is a special note about length and audience.

Training Techniques
All workshops are designed to be interactive, but unless it specifically says “hands-on” in the description, they are a combination of lecture, demonstration, group discussion and variety of exercises.

Audience
Most programs are designed to be for all library staff. Where it is recommended that the content is best for specific types or sets of staff, it is so noted.


List of Professional Development Consultants:

  • Deborah Blackwell - Ms. Blackwell is an experienced Trainer and Facilitator. She is a Certified Public Manager, Fairleigh Dickinson University. And a certified Temperament Therapist. Deborah is a sought-after trainer, workshop facilitator, and conference speaker. She believes in living life out loud from the inside out!

  • Pham Condello - A supervising librarian specializing in youth services, from kids' brains to teen culture.
    Contact: phamcondello@gmail.com
  • CAM Consulting - A full-service HR consulting and training firm which has been specializing in professional development and organizational growth since 1993. Claudia Monte is the primary consultant/owner.
    Contact: Claudia Monte at cmonte@cam4consulting.com or 239-676-7025 
  • Barbara DeSantis - The is the Tech Integration Trainer 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 a Past President of the New Jersey Science Teachers Association.
    Contact: bsdesantis1@gmail.com
  • Cynthia Lambert - is a Reference and Collection Development Librarian at North Brunswick Public Library. With over 10 years of experience as a Financial Analyst for Dow Jones Indexes and Bloomberg News, Cynthia pairs her expertise in financial reference and customer service, with a passion for public library service. Cynthia is active in NJLA as part of the Emerging Technology Section, she is the current NJLA Treasurer, and a member of the Executive Board. 
    Contact: cynthlam007@gmail.com or 609-658-5840.
  • Lourdes Tango - A training consultant experienced in designing and facilitating programs in cross-cultural communication and diversity topics. Originally from Cuba, Lourdes has collaborated with a wide variety of clients to design and facilitate programs that empower individuals and teams to create an environment of inclusion by leveraging the value of diversity within their organizations. Lourdes is fluent in English and Spanish and uses both languages so frequently that she used to have a bilingual parrot.
    Contact: Lourdestango@gmail.com.
  • Hilda Weisburg - A former school librarian with over 30 years of experience in school libraries, K-12, she is also the author most recently of Leading for School Librarians: There is No Other Option (ALS 2017). She also co-authored Being Indispensable: A School Librarian’s Guide to Becoming an Invaluable Leader (ALA Editions, 2010), and New on the Job: A School Librarian’s Guide to Success, 2nd ed. (ALA Editions 2015). She is the recipient of AASL’s 2016 Distinguished Service Award.

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