Professional Development Committee

Feast on This: Re-Energize with Your Peers

Enjoy a casual, catered lunch with fellow Conference attendees. Avoid restaurant lines and the anxiety of figuring out how to spend the 1.5 hour break. De-stress with coloring, legos, puzzles, and other activities and watch some videos, including highlights of NJ libraries throughout 2016 as well as a short film, Librarians on Film: Miss Bula Banerjee. Look forward to lunch this year – we've figured it all out, so you don't have to!

Successfully Applying for Grants: Tips from the Source

Public libraries can benefit from an array of competitive grant opportunities offered by government agencies, foundations and corporations. Finding and matching the best opportunity for your project and putting together a successful application can be a daunting challenge for both part-time and veteran applicants. Hear how it's done from representatives of grant-making organizations and from a library grantee in this session about successfully applying for grant funds for your library.

ALSC’s Notable (Outstanding! Distinguished! Just Plain Great!) Children’s Books

Every year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) selects notable books of “especially commendable quality,” which “exhibit venturesome creativity.” This list includes both fiction and nonfiction titles for ages birth through 14. This program will describe ALSC's process for developing the list and introduce some of our favorites on the 2017 list.

Summer Reading Book Buzz

The Baker & Taylor CATS team is excited to offer a presentation on seasonal children's and teen publishing trends. You'll get the inside scoop on what publishers have in store for kids and young adults in the coming months – with special focus on Summer Reading titles.

Tech Programs for Low-Tech Librarians

Are you looking to implement more technology into your library programs? Find out about low-tech programs for adults, teens and children from librarians across the state. We will discuss and demonstrate programs that have successfully worked in our communities, how to keep these programs budget friendly and helpful tips and resources to help you get started on creating your own technology program at your library.

Develop Your Development Skills: Effective Fundraising for Your Library

Learn how to leverage your skills as librarians for more successful fundraising – from research to relationship-building. Two recent MLIS grads will share how they are using their degrees in their careers as development professionals for educational institutions. They’ll provide valuable insight, tips and resources (some of which you may already have!) for libraries, foundations and friends looking to get started with - or improve upon - their fundraising efforts.

It's Complicated: Finding the Right Management Style Between "Monster" and "Doormat"

Join the discussion regarding the appropriate way for library managers to deal with a variety of real life situations: Does following a strict interpretation of library personnel policy make a supervisor a "monster"? At what point does a less strict interpretation of the rules turn a supervisor into a "doormat"? Where does common sense fit into all of this?

Agree to Disagree Without Being Disagreeable

The world would be a very boring place if we all thought the same way, but discussions among people with different points of view do not always go smoothly. How can we disagree respectfully with those that hold opinions that differ from our own? How do we create an environment where open communication is welcome and people feel safe when voicing their perspectives? Come to hear how we can learn, grow and move forward together.

There is an Imposter in the Library...and it's Me!

At some point, most people feel inadequate or anxious in their careers. However, for people with the imposter phenomenon (IP), characterized by a strong internal sense of being a fraud who has fooled others in order to achieve professional goals, those feelings can be overwhelming. This panel will explore what IP is and how to address it in yourself or in your staff. Attendees will also be welcome to share their own experiences and solutions.

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