Professional Development Committee

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.

Virtual Keynote: Kathy Dempsey

NJLA Virtual Commons: Virtual Keynote - How to Write an Elevator Speech for Advocacy

Kathy Dempsey of Libraries Are Essential

Elevator speeches are 2- or 3-sentence statements that make a point quickly. When you have just a moment to win someone's support, you must use it wisely. To craft an effective elevator speech, you need to understand both the art of language and the science of marketing. During this webinar, we’ll write and evaluate statements, and everyone will leave with at least one they can start using. So next time an uninformed stakeholder says, "Libraries are closing because everything’s online—why are you still asking for funding?" you'll be ready with the perfect comeback!

Kathy is the founder of Libraries Are Essential. is your source for advice and consulting on library marketing, promotion, and public relations as well as information about Kathy Dempsey’s book, The Accidental Library Marketer.


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