BELS Spring Meeting and PD Session

Thursday, May 18th
Bergen Community College
Stay tuned for more info on our database vendor sponsored lunch and post-session.
BELS meeting begins at 1pm.

Make Your Presence Known with Hilda Weisburg

Surviving is not the answer; thriving is. Participants will explore a variety of avenues to go beyond their library—and even their school— to demonstrate leadership and promote the value of the library program to an ever-broadening base of stakeholders. Participants, working in groups, will develop an outreach plan and share it.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and use their leadership strengths to raise their program’s visibility
  • Improve and use their Emotional Intelligence
  • Develop and implement outreach strategies to complement their leadership style and their school/district situation

Hilda Weisburg was a school librarian for over 30 years and is now an author, speaker, and adjunct instructor at William Paterson University (NJ). She co-authored fourteen books for school librarians (with Ruth Toor), including three for ALA Editions, Being Indispensable: A School Librarian’s Guide to Becoming an Invaluable Leader (2011), New on the Job: A School Library Media Specialist’s Guide to Success (2007) and School Librarian’s Career which was her first work without Ruth who has fully retired. Hilda has since done a 2nd edition of New on the Job which has been an ALA best-seller since its 2007 publication and the latest which just appeared, Leading for School Librarians: There Is No Other Option. For 35 years she co-wrote and edited School Librarian’s Workshop, a bi-monthly newsletter for K-12 librarians. She has given presentations at ALA. AASL and state library conferences and given staff development workshops in many locations. A past president of the New Jersey Association of School Librarians, she, serves on the ALA Professional Ethics Committee, is it’s liaison to ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee, and is now on AASL’s Publications Advisory Board. Her YA fantasy novel, Woven through Time was a finalist in the International Book Award in the Fiction/ Fantasy category and has received ten 5-star reviews on Amazon. She is now working on the sequel.

Lunch Session with ProQuest open to first 25 registrants.

How often are you confronted with the need for qualitative resources and tools to help teachers and students get outside of that textbook? ProQuest resources like SIRS Issues Researcher, Culturegrams, Audio Visuals Online, Historic Newspapers…even ebooks can be remarkable, authoritative additions to your offerings. Primary sources can make a history lesson come alive! What really happened in the Civil Rights Movement? When did that happen? Who were the key players? How do the photographs, the music, the art, the personal stories bring focus and understanding to the issues?


We can help with all of that! Join us for lunch and learn how to enliven that curriculum with focus and clarity…help students learn with context, appeal to a variety of learning styles…all without changing the curriculum focus.

400 Paramus Rd, Paramus NJ 07652

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Make Your Presence Known