List of Suggested Programs & Consultants - The FY17 program is finished for this year. Look for the the new FY18 (July 2017 - June 2018) program to be announced around the middle of July.

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, or Sophie Brookover,

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.

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:

  • Ilise Benun - An author, consultant, national speaker and co-founder of the company Marketing Mentor. Ilise also currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Hoboken Public Library.
    Contact: or 201-653-0783
  • Pham Condello - A supervising librarian specializing in youth services, from kids' brains to teen culture.
  • CAM Consulting - A strategic consulting and training firm specializing in professional development and organizational growth. Claudia Monte is the primary consultant/owner.
    Contact: Claudia Monte at or 239-676-7025 
  • 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 a Past President of the New Jersey Science Teachers Association.
  • Melissa Jacobs - 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. Melissa is the founder and current Chair of the American Association of School Librarians Best Apps for Teaching and Learning Committee, President-Elect of the School Library Systems Association of New York State, and a Community Representative for the Digital Public Library of America.
    Contact: on Twitter (she's @missyji)
  • Cynthia Lambert - An emerging technologies librarian specializing in training and guiding both staff and patrons in the latest services and technologies.
    Contact: or 609-658-5840.
  • Luisa Paster - A consultant and former training librarian with Princeton University experienced in library staff development training.
    Contact: or 732-897-1621.
  • 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.
  • Hilda Weisburg - A former school librarian with over 30 years of experience in school libraries, K-12, she is also the co-author (most recently) of 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 currently writing another book for ALA Editions and is the recipient of AASL’s 2016 Distinguished Service Award.

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