Professional Development Committee

NJLA Virtual Keynote: Information Literacy Skills: Essential in the World of Fake News

Join NJLA and your colleagues as we continue our series of virtual keynotes. As an exclusive member benefit, participation is completely free!

Registration Link:
(Participation limited to 100.  A recording of the webinar will be made available following the event)

Date: Friday, October 11 at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Online through Zoom

Program Description:
In this fake news era, librarians are uniquely qualified to help people separate fact from fiction. During this NJLA Virtual Keynote, you will learn what a school librarian, academic librarian, and a public librarian have done to help their community members become discerning information consumers.

Leslin H. Charles, Instructional Design Librarian, Library Faculty,                                              New Brunswick Libraries
Tricina Strong-Beebe, MSLS, School Library Media Specialist,
Hainesport Township School District
Catherine DeBerry, Adult Services Department Supervisor, Somerset County Library System, Hillsborough

NJLA Professional Development Committee, NJASL, NJLA Reference Section
NJLA Children’s Services Section, NJLA Young Adult Section, NJLA College & University Section

Registration is FREE for all NJLA Members. Space is limited, so please register now to secure your spot.

This Virtual Keynote will take place online via Zoom meeting. All registrants will be emailed instructions prior to the event.

Speaker Bios:
Leslin H. Charles
Instructional Design Librarian
Library Faculty, New Brunswick Libraries
James Dickson Carr Library
75 Avenue E
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8040

Leslin H. Charles has special interest in student engagement, metacognition, information literacy, and assessment of student learning. At Rutgers University, Leslin leads the libraries’ efforts to develop pedagogically sound learning experiences and appropriate assessment strategies in collaboration with librarians, teaching faculty, and relevant campus partners.

She is the recipient of the 2018 Faculty Award for Outstanding Generosity and Commitment to Students, from the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Rutgers University.

Catherine DeBerry
Adult Services Department Supervisor
Somerset County Library System, Hillsborough Branch
379 So Branch Road
Hillsborough NJ 08804

Catherine DeBerry, MLS, the adult services department supervisor for the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey's Hillsborough branch. DeBerry - a dedicated librarian for almost 20 years - is an innovative, cooperative thinker, passionate in fostering adaptive and comprehensive library services for individuals with developmental disabilities, business professionals, lifelong learners, and other diverse populations.

Tricina Strong-Beebe, MSLS
NJASL Advocacy Liaison, Adjunct Professor Clarion University,
School Library Media Specialist,
Hainesport Township School District
211 Broad Street
Hainesport, NJ 08036
609.267.1316 ext. 216

With more than 15 years of experience in the library industry, Tricina Strong-Beebe has dedicated her career to promoting the resources and services available in New Jersey’s public libraries. Currently, Ms. Strong-Beebe is an adjunct professor for Clarion University and serves as the K-8 School Library Media Specialist in Burlington County, New Jersey. Ms. Strong-Beebe spent nearly a decade working for Camden County Library Systems, administering county ambassador programs, school outreach efforts, grant proposals and educational offerings for members of all ages. Ms. Strong-Beebe is passionate about fusing technology with traditional library offerings and evolving the library user experience through community outreach, service, material, and programming.


Mentorship How to Make the Most of the Mentor/Mentee Experience

Mentonship with Lynn Hoffman of the Somerset County Library System shares how mentoriship can be a richly rewarding experience for both


Online Webinar  Sponsored by the NJLA Professional Development Committee

NJLA Commons Virtual Keynote: Building Your Professional Presentation Skills

NJLA Commons Virtual Keynote: Building Your Professional Presentation Skills

Regina Efimchik, Director of Professional Development Studies (PDS), School of Communication and Information (SC&I), Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

February 23, 2018, 10:30am-11:30am, Online (Adobe Connect)

Event information and registration:

Are you presenting at the upcoming NJLA Conference? Or maybe you have to teach a class at your library? Learn to present like a pro from Regina Efimchik, Director of Professional Development Studies at Rutgers University! This talk will explore best practices in both verbal and non-verbal communication including posture, eye contact, gestures, space, and vocal qualities, which affect professional perceptions of one's credibility and confidence while giving a presentation.

Presenter: Regina Efimchik is the Director of Professional Development Studies at Rutgers University and is passionate about leveraging her background in corporate, academia, online education, teaching, coaching, and communication skills consulting to meet the needs of professionals in industry, non-profit, military, and academia, both online and in-person. She has over 18 years of experience in program management, relationship building, leading, employee management, marketing, presenting, instructing, facilitating, and coaching.


NJLA Commons Virtual Keynotes are an exclusive NJLA member benefit, free of charge. Must be an NJLA member in good standing to register.

NJLA Virtual Keynote: Positive Assertive Communication

Title: Positive Assertive Communication

Program Description

‘But that’s not what I said,’ ’What I meant was…,’ ‘Why don’t you listen to me?’ If you’ve heard these things in your life, then you realize how important it is to communicate clearly. Assertiveness and positivity are important interpersonal communication skills and traits that can be learned and practiced. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to focus energy on what is completely within your power: the ability to assert yourself and establish boundaries while maintaining good manners and empathy. This tactful combination is ideal for handling conflict.


Deborah Blackwell is currently the Training Officer for the Ocean County Library. She holds certifications as a Public Manager from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is a Certified Temperament Therapist. Deborah is a sought after trainer, facilitator of workshops, and conference speaker.


Kate Russo is the Adult Services Librarian at South River Public Library and a graduate of Kean University and Drexel. She currently serves as the NJLA Executive Board Secretary and the Small Libraries Section President. Kate is also a proud  member of the LMxAC Adult Services Libraries group. When not serving the New Jersey library community, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially at the beach.

Registration limited to NJLA members only, will open September 27th.


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