Late in May 2014, then ALA President-Elect, Courtney Young, sent a message to the state chapters discussing one of her presidential initiatives to provide training for a national cohort of 25 librarians to become Certified Development Facilitators (CDF). At the May NJLA Executive Board meeting, the board voted to apply for participation in the program. Later that summer, NJLA was accepted to participate and Karen Klapperstuck was selected to represent NJLA at the trainings in 2015. As part of the commitment to the program, the Leadership and Education subcommittee of the Professional Development Committee has started developing this online career resource center.

Created by the National Career Development Association (NCDA), the CDF (Career Development Facilitators) program is a comprehensive training designed to address several facets of career planning and the job search. It provides individuals with relevant skills and knowledge to assist others in planning careers and obtaining meaningful work. This specific training will be tailored for special emphasis on the role of the librarian in helping patrons and job seekers. By offering this innovative training to those in state chapters, participants will be able to assist their peers as well as the thousands of patrons from their libraries that they assist every day. For more information about the program and about the National Career Development Association, please visit their website