List of Suggested Programs & Consultants

The health and safety of the LLNJ community is our highest priority. Therefore, LLNJ will extend all approved On-Site, On-Demand subsidies through FY21.

If your library's subsidy request was approved and your program date was initially scheduled between March 18 through June 2020, we will carry over our approved subsidy for your program to FY2021. You may reschedule your program any time through the end of May 2021.

Remember to keep us informed about any updates, including your new program dates. Contact Mi-Sun Lyu if you have any questions.

Please see LLNJ’s response to COVID-19.

This year's On-Site, On-Demand Staff Development service is complete and all FY20 subsidies have been disbursed. We hope to offer this again in FY21 (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021). Look for a possible announcement in 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. Some may require “hands-on” and others may be a combination of lecture, demonstration, and group discussion. You need to inquire of the training consultant which techniques they employ.

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! Contact:

  • Pham Condello - A supervising librarian specializing in youth services, from kids' brains to teen culture.
  • 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 who is also an adjunct instructor for Florida SouthWestern State College, a facilitator/coach for SWFL MicroEnterprise Institute, and an arbitrator with FL Attorney General Lemon Law Arbitration Program.
    Contact: Claudia Monte at 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.
  • Cynthia Lambert - is a Reference Librarian at the NJ State Library in the Law Library. Cynthia has worked for many years in a public library setting. Prior to becoming a librarian, Cynthia spent over 10 years 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 past NJLA Treasurer, and a member of the Finance and Investment Committees.
    Cynthia is passionate about communication, customer service, and using technology to enhance service and communication. She loves to teach, solve problems, and is dedicated to life-long learning. In her spare time she loves to knit, hike, and bike.
    Contact: or 609-658-5840.
  • Miriam Parkinson - An experienced Google Certified Trainer and Super Administrator with a proven track record in improving the educational learning process and organizational productivity while increasing innovation. A former librarian with extensive experience working in school and public libraries, Miriam served as the the Google Applications Specialist for the Fair Lawn Schools and now works as a consultant for schools and libraries in G Suite. Whether it is Google Drive, Gmail, Groups, Google Classroom, Forms, Calendar or Drawings, let her show you how to use these free tools to impact learning and productivity.
  • 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 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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