The Jim Morris Continuing Education Fund



NOTE:  We have given out all funds available for 2017.  The next application period for 2018 travel will open this fall, with a December 31, 2017, deadline.



We encourage full time or part time employees of NEFLIN member libraries to apply for a stipend of up to $500 for out of state travel and up to $250 for in state travel to be used towards:

• library related conferences
• training
• professional development
• classes that contribute to the continuing education of the applicant

How to Apply

Application Guidelines
1. Applicant must be an employee (full time or part time) of a NEFLIN member library.

2. Applications for 2018 are due on December 31, 2017 or June 30, 2018.

3. The NEFLIN Board of Directors will consider applications and award funds based on the following criteria:
• Application is complete and received by the deadline date.
• Appropriateness of the event to applicant’s continuing education.
• Assessment of applicant’s statement explaining the need and benefit to themselves and their organization of the continuing education event.

4. The NEFLIN Board of Directors will award funds at their sole discretion.

5. Award notifications will be made after the January 2018 and July 2018 NEFLIN Board of Directors meetings.

6. Stipend recipients are required to submit the following items to NEFLIN within 30 days after the event:
• Submit documentation (e.g., registration receipt, travel receipts, agenda and/or certificate of attendance) as proof of attending the event.
• Write a brief summary (250-500 words) of your experience at the event and how it benefited your and your library (for use on promotional materials, etc.).
• Submit a headshot (.gif or .jpg) that can be used in promotion of the JMCEF.
Upon receipt of these items, funds will be disbursed.

7. A maximum of $500 will be awarded per applicant per calendar year.

NOTE: The Jim Morris Fund cannot be used towards membership dues for any professional organization.

Link to Online Application

Link will be made available this fall.

About the Jim Morris Continuing Education Fund

JimMorrisThe Jim Morris Continuing Education Fund (JMCEF) was created by the 2011-12 NEFLIN Board of Directors and is dedicated to the memory of Jim Morris.

Make a Tax Deductible Donation

The JMCEF is supported by an annual NEFLIN Silent Auction and donations. To make a donation to the JMCEF, click on DONATE button.

(Note: You do not need to have a PayPal account to donate)
After making a donation you will be sent a letter that states NEFLIN is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and your donation may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes.

About Jim Morris

JimMorrisJim Morris was the Library Director at Florida Gateway College, formerly Lake City Community College, for 24 years and was a much loved friend and colleague to many throughout the state. He devoted his career to the love of books and libraries and is greatly missed since his untimely death in 2012 from pancreatic cancer.

Jim was born and raised in Jeffersonville, Indiana, just across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from Indiana University in 1972, and a Masters of Liberal Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Florida in 1973. After that he moved back to the Louisville area and worked as a Reference Paraprofessional at the Louisville Free Public Library for 3 years. He returned to Florida in 1978 and became a grant writer and Instructional Resource Specialist at Brevard Community College (BCC).

In 1984, Jim accepted the position of Continuing Education Director at Lake City Community College (LCCC), and upon earning a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Florida State University in 1989 he became Director of the LCCC Library. He was promoted to Executive Director of Library and Community Services in 2001.

Jim served on the executive board of the Computer Center for Library Automation (CCLA), was co-chair of the Task Force on the Future of Florida’s Academic Libraries 2010-2012, and was awarded the 2012 Librarian of the Year award by the Florida Library Association. He served on the NEFLIN Board of Directors 2004-2007, the last year as board president. In 2008 he and Patricia Hay Morris (NEFLIN Continuing Education Coordinator 2005-2013) were married in the LCCC library.

Jim was an artist who painted abstract expressionism and had several art shows in Lake City. Some of his artwork can be seen at, and one of his paintings is on display in the NEFLIN classroom. He was also a poet, classical guitarist and composer, and was working on a novel. He was admired by many for his intelligence, humor and warm personality.

Past Recipients of the Jim Morris Continuing Education Fund

Five members who attended the ALA Annual Conference in June 2016

Coral Antony
Alachua County Public Schools

Attended the FETC Conference in January 2017

Colleen Martinez Skinner
Florida Coastal School of Law

Attended the SEAALL Conference in April 2016

Meaghan Monaghan
Alachua County Public Schools

Attended the FAME Conference in October 2015

Karen Kronenberg
Florida Coastal School of Law

Attended the Special Library Association Conference in May 2015

Marlene Glennon
New River Public Library Cooperative

Attended the Florida Library Association Conference in May 2015

Rachel Elrod
University of Florida

Attended the Association of College and Research Libraries Conference in March 2015

Thomas Misilo
Florida Institute of Technology

Attended the Sunshine PHP Conference in February 2015

Colleen Manning
Florida Coastal School of Law

Attended the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Conference in July 2014

Alison McCarty
Nassau County Public Library

Attended the American Library Association Conference in June 2014.

Melanie West
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Attended the Florida Library Association Conference in May 2014.

Ann Lindell
University of Florida

Attended the Music Library Association Conference in March 2014.

Dr. Alan Asher
University of Florida

Attended the Music Library Association Conference in March 2014.