Professional Development Committee

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.

Virtual Keynote

NJLA Commons Virtual Keynote: Creating Virtual Training Videos with Urban Libraries Unite
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join NJLA and your colleagues as we continue our series of virtual keynotes, with some of the most well-known names in our profession. As an exclusive member benefit, participation is completely free! On Wednesday, September 21st, NJLA Commons will host Creating Virtual Training Videos with Urban Libraries Unite, featuring Lauren Comito and Marissa Richardson of Queens Library and Urban Librarians Unite.

In 2015, the Education Committee of Urban Librarians Unite created the webinar series "Coffee Break Webinars." The series highlights the current projects of librarians today and makes them accessible to librarians who have very little time for professional development. Within fifteen minutes, the speaker creates a presentation based on what makes them tick the most.

Learn more about how they created these bit​e​-sized professional development webinars for library staff and professionals, and how you might be able to as well! Find out the tech side and the content side of how to make your project shine.

Speaker Bios:

  • Lauren Comito is the Job and Business Academy Manager for Queens Library, helping people understand and embrace technology as well as assisting them in job readiness and locating employment.  As Board Chair for Urban Librarians Unite, she is a key figure in modern urban library activism and has been instrumental in developing an organization that has received national attention while scoring advocacy victories at home. Lauren was also chosen as a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal in 2015.
  • Marissa Richardson is a Teen Librarian for Queens Library-Glen Oaks.  Since she received her MLS in February 2015, she has been dedicated to serving under-served populations. Marissa serves on the Education Committee for Urban Librarians Unite and is the scheduler for their popular "Coffee Break Webinars.”

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

This event is sponsored by the NJLA Professional Development Committee and the NJLA Leadership & Education Committee.  ​

NJLA Commons: Virtual Keynote Emily Clasper

Join NJLA and your colleagues as we continue our series of virtual keynotes, with some of the most well-known names in our profession. As an exclusive member benefit, participation is completely free! On Friday, April 29, NJLA Commons will feature New York based  librarian, speaker, trainer and project manager Emily Clasper.

NJLA members will have the exciting opportunity to join in conversation with Emily this month as she talks about the basic principles of Project Management as applied within a library environment. She will use real-life scenarios to illustrate ways these strategies can help increase efficiency, reduce risk, and encourage progress towards strategic goals.

Emily has been working for the Suffolk Cooperative Library System since 2005, helping to provide cooperative services to the 56 public libraries in Suffolk County, NY. As System Training and Operations Manager, Emily manages an ILS shared by 49 of the member libraries and is particularly responsible for maintaining an ongoing training program for library staff across the county. She is an all-around troublemaker who spends her free time keeping her equally mischievous children (Robert, 10 and Claire, 7) from burning the house down.

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

CANCELLED - Conference Success Workshop

Conference Success: Doing your part by delivering an amazing presentation

Would you like to give one of those conference presentations that everyone is talking about long after the conference ends? We invite presenters and aspiring speakers to come together for an interactive workshop where you'll gain the skills necessary to be the hit of the conference. Experienced librarians presenters will provide you with tips to stay on topic, the art of capturing your audience's attention, how to use your unique personality to your advantage, and many more secrets to their success. Bring your presentation proposal and an outline  of what you'd like to cover, and together with other attendees, you'll have time to finesse your ideas, get feedback in a supportive environment, and have a mini-dress rehearsal. With backgrounds in music and theater, performance, teaching and sales, the workshops leaders have given more than 60 conference breakout sessions combined and want to share their knowledge with you. Be a part of creating the most engaging and memorable NJLA conference yet!

- Megan Dempsey, Reference/Instruction Librarian, Raritan Valley Community College
- Amanda Piekart, Information Literacy Instructional Designer, Berkeley College
- Alyssa Valenti, Electronic Resources and Web Librarian, Raritan Valley Community College

Sponsors: NJLA Professional Development Committee, NJLA Conference Subcommittee

Student/Retiree/Unemployed/Friend - $10
Member - $20
Non-member - $30


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