Professional Development

On-site or Online Training for Librarians


Deborah B. Ford, JLG’s Director of Library Outreach, is an award-winning library media specialist and international  speaker with almost thirty years of experience as a classroom teacher and librarian in K–12 schools. Traveling across North America, she does workshops, library coaching, and professional development for school and public libraries. Deborah is the author of JLG's Booktalks to Go and Everyday Librarian @ School Library Journal.  She also maintains an award-winning coordinating online resource at Contact her at Follow her on Twitter @jlgdeborahford.


Keynote Addresses



Keynotes that Motivate, Inspire, and Educate

Looking for a motivational speaker for your conference or workshop? JLG is proud to offer our Director of Library Outreach, Deborah B. Ford as a keynote speaker. Your audience will leave the general session affirmed, challenged, and encouraged. A selection of keynotes is as follows:

 Keynote Addresses (can also be workshops)

Embracing Your Super Powers
What makes a good librarian in today’s digital world? What super powers do you have that can be used to empower your readers in their efforts towards literacy?

  • Evaluate your program
  • Utilize your strengths
  • Improve your weaknesses

Tell Your Library Story: Everyday Advocacy that Works
Afraid to speak up? Are you just happy to have a job? Keeping a low profile? Don’t shoot yourself in the foot. Learn four marketing strategies to gather advocates before you need them.

  • Develop every day advocacy
  • Market your library
  • Rebrand your business
  • Improve your presentation skills


Professional Development Workshops
Learn Expert Tips for Success in Your Library

Junior Library Guild also offers free professional development workshops to help you with your most pressing needs as a librarian. Our on-site or online workshops will prepare you to use online resources and technology, lead you to new curriculum resources, or even assist with time management skills.

Schedule Free Professional Development
It’s easy to schedule and host JLG professional development for your library. Simply choose one of the topic areas below and then contact your JLG account rep or call us at 800.491.0174 and we will assist you. Then, invite all of your colleagues to attend. We’ll even send reminder postcards to those you invite. Our workshops are available on-site or online.

Online Professional Learning
If you prefer an online webinar rather than an on-site visit for your workshop, we are happy to accommodate you. Ten attendees are required for each on-site or online session and a minimum of two hours must be allotted for the learning whether in-person or online.

Workshops / Breakout Sessions

4 Ways to Jazz Up Your Booktalking
If your teacher has to die, August is a good time of year for it.” Who wouldn’t want to read a book that starts with a sentence like that? From trendy programming to infographics, participate in a hands-on session of tips, tricks and sure-fire booktalk strategies to hook your readers.

  • Promote literature
  • Combine technology
  • Develop programming
  • Get the book buzz going

Weed and Feed Your Library Collection
Have your weeds gone out of control? Are you looking for new tips to save you time and money with collection development? Join Deborah for a fast-paced look at selection and de-selection of your library collection. Discover strategies and resources while preventing an outcry of dissension.

  • Discover new resources
  • Develop strategies for saving time
  • Create a PR program to inform stakeholders
  • Identify sources for collection development

4 Ways to Ensure Diversity and Inclusion in the Library 
Today’s diverse society is a multicultural blend of races, beliefs, lifestyles, and abilities. In this session, you’ll receive strategies for strengthening diversity practices, new diversity resources, and a wealth of programming ideas. We will finish with marketing tips—after all, what's the point of having a diverse program if no one knows you’re doing it?

  • Ideas for evaluating your diversity/inclusion
  • New programming pdeas
  • Ways to extend your resources
  • Tips for implementing marketing strategies

Revitalizing Research in a Google-Driven World
How do we revitalize research in a world that thinks everything can just be Googled? The truth is that much information CAN be Googled. How good are they at Googling is another question. Our job then is to teach them how to use digital resources efficiently, effectively, and ethically.

5 Ways to Put a Little STEAM in Your School Library Program
The power of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) becomes even stronger when combined with literacy. In the library or media center, we have a natural platform for allowing students and patrons to build and discover. Discover 5 ways to implement STEAM in your library program.

What’s New in Children’s Books, K–6
Join Deborah B. Ford and explore the amazing new fiction and nonfiction for 2017. From teaching strategies to integrating technology, gather ready-to-use tips for using these books with your readers. Leave with an extensive bibliography and links to awesome free online tools for lesson plans and other resources.


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