Committee Events

Professional Development Committee Events 2016-2017 

NJLA Virtual Commons: How to Write an Elevator Speech for Advocacy, Kathy Dempsey, Libraries Are Essential
June 7, 2017, 10:30am to 12:30pm

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. LibrariesAreEssential.com(link is external) 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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NJLA Virtual Commons: Library Advocacy, Pat Tumulty, NJLA Executive Director
Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 10:00:00 AM - 12:00:00 PM 

Learn more about library advocacy in the State of New Jersey with Pat Tumulty, the NJLA Executive Director. Join NJLA and your colleagues on Wednesday, March 29 as we continue our series of virtual keynotes, featuring some of the most well-known and coolest names in our profession. As an exclusive member benefit, participation is completely free!

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NJLA Virtual Commons: 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, Septembe 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(link is external) 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 bite- 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.