The On-site, On-Demand Continuing Education Program for School Librarians

LibraryLinkNJ will subsidize program costs for school library groups!

Let us Help You Make a Difference!

In these tough economic times, LibraryLinkNJ is here for you. We know that ongoing professional education is essential, and we want to make it as efficient and cost-effective as possible.  We will subsidize the 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.

[ Program Flyer in .pdf format ]


How Does the Program Work?

We are presenting a menu of on-site training options for you to choose from and will provide the workshop of your choice at your choice of location. Select a program for your group, using what works for you. 

  • LibraryLinkNJ has budgeted for this program and will accommodate as many requests as possible.
  • Your group may choose one program from the menu of options. 
  • You need a group of 12 or more registrants to book a workshop.

One booking can be: 

  • Members of a county-level NJASL chapter
  • 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?

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 team members.
  • 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)
  • Completing program evaluation forms.
  • 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.
  • Paying the CE provider in a timely fashion.

Staff Development Programs Through June 15, 2011

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.

Use New National Standardto Empower Learning and Your Library Media Program 
Use the combination of 21stCentury Standards adopted by New Jersey -- The Partnership for the 21stCentury Skills (P21); ISTE /NETS Technology Standards; and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) -- to provide a school library program that prepares students for lifelong learning, informed decision-making, and effective use of information technologies. Use the new standards to develop Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings for unit and lesson plans. Learn to use the AASL’s online Planning Guide for Empowering Learners as a self-evaluation tool and take a leadership role in advocating for your library program. Participants will develop and share elevator speeches, and should bring sample unit and lesson plans to this hands-on workshop.

After this workshop, participants will:

  • 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 all 3 national standards into their unit and lesson plans;
  • Use ISTE/NETS and P21 to open dialogues and further develop collaborative relationships with administrators and classroom teachers;
  • Be prepared to write a new School Library Program Curriculum to foster 21st Century learning among all students.

Teaching with Purpose and Meaning: 
Essential Questions & Enduring Understandings

Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings are now requiredin 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 purposeto their instruction.

After this workshop, participants will:

  • 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 
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:

  • 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 
It’s not enough to be a great librarian. You must be perceived as beingvaluable. To successfully address the needs of 21stCentury 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 this Workshop, participants will:

  • Identify the needs of A dministrators, C ommunity M embers, T eachers, and S tudents in their school and district;
  • Determine how to best target each group;
  • Implement a plan to meet at least one need for each grou p.
  • 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
Whatis 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:

  • Develop th e 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 Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings)

Contact a CE Team Member:
Joanne Roukens: jroukens[a]
Jessica Adler: jadler[a]
Sophie Brookover: sbrookover[a]

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

  • 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 AASLLearning4Life Coordinator for New Jersey;
  • Hilda Weisburg – A former school librarian with over 30 years of experience in school libraries K-12, and the co-author (most recently) of Being Indispensable: A School Librarian’s Guide to Becoming an Invaluable Leader (ALA Editions, 2010).

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