Past Projects

User Experience Project
State Cooperative Grant
2016

User Experience is every decision you make that affects how people experience your library.  It ensures that your library is a welcoming space for everyone.  NEFLIN’s UX Project, with consultant and nationally recognized expert Aaron Schmidt, had ten member libraries working to improve library services.

Librarian Olympics
Local Funds
2016

Something fun to go along with the Olympic Games in Rio.  It culminated in a wild and crazy series of Olympic styled events at the 2016 Annual Meeting.

Hot Topics Conference
LSTA Grant
2016

Full day event dedicated to informing and energizing staff about selected issues and developing strategies for approaching concerns in our member libraries.  The specific topics will change, but these conferences are planned to be held biennially, offering workshops on methods and techniques, panel discussions and interactive experiences among NEFLIN members.  The 2016 Hot Topics Conference focused on User Experience Design (UX). 

Innovation Grants
State Cooperative Grant
2015

NEFLIN provided six libraries with up to $10,000 to create or enhance a service at their library.
Read about the funded projects here.

23 Mobile Things @ NEFLIN
State Cooperative Grant
2015

The 23 Mobile Things prepared staff to help patrons using mobile devices.

Technology Conference
LSTA Grant
2009, 2011, 2013, 2015

Full day event with guest speakers from across the U.S. focusing on the use of technology in libraries.  June 2015 Conference

eBooks for Small Public Libraries
LSTA Funds
2011-2012

NEFLIN partnered with four public library systems (covering 11 counties) that could not afford on their own to purchase eBooks. NEFLIN wrote an LSTA grant to provide a share of the funding, the partner libraries put up a share, and the vendor (Overdrive) provided a significantly discounted price for the group.
Access NEFLIN’s Overdrive eBook website

23 Things @ NEFLIN
NEFLIN’s Local Funds
2009

The 23 Things encouraged all of us to experiment and learn about the new and emerging technologies that are changing how information is used and created on the Internet today. More Information is at the Original Project Page.

Florida Library Association
2006-2008

The Florida Library Association (FLA) contracted with NEFLIN to provide administrative support for the organization.

Mini-Grant Program
NEFLIN’s Local Funds
2006-2007

NEFLIN established the Mini-Grant Program to allow NEFLIN member libraries to apply for funds that can be used for any project at their library. NEFLIN Full and Enhanced members were eligible to apply for up to two grants. Each grant application could be funded up to a maximum of $10,000.

Thirty-nine applications, requesting over $250,000, were submitted. The NEFLIN Board of Directors awarded $100,000 to fund 14 projects. The applications that received funding had a clearly defined purpose and detailed how this program will impact the community the library serves. View the List of Funded Projects

Middle Manager Leadership Symposiums
LSTA Grant
May 2007

The Middle Manager Symposiums are designed for library branch managers and library department heads from libraries and library systems throughout Florida. Four sessions entitled “How Can I Help Them To Get Along? Conflict Resolution Skills and Strategies for Library Middle Managers” were facilitated by Pat Wagner in Ft. Myers, Ft. Lauderdale, Ocala, and Orange Park for 140 participants. Fifty-three NEFLIN members attended the sessions in our region.

Spanish Language Outreach Program
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant
2006-2007

Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Spanish Language Outreach Program was designed to train public library staff to better serve their Spanish-speaking customers. This was achieved through regional workshops and a preconference at the 2006 FLA Conference in Orlando which was attended by 80 library staff from around the state. Selecting Spanish Language Materials for Adults, an introductory, Web-based course to help public library staff learn the basics of developing a Spanish-language collection was also offered from March-April 2007. Registration was made available in December and the course filled up within two days. 27 library staff from all over the state participated in the live chat sessions, which included ten NEFLIN members.

Rural Library Sustainability Program
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
2006-2007

The Rural Library Sustainability Program was designed to provide approximately 80 staff at rural public libraries with an opportunity to create action plans that will help them sustain their public access computing programs. The program provides a train-the-trainer program at the Gates Foundation office in Seattle for the project coordinator, two workshops for rural librarians from around the state, and funding to send three workshop participants to ALA 2007 in Washington, DC.

NEFLIN Assistant Director, Stephanie Race serves as project coordinator and attended the train-the-trainer program in Seattle. Workshops were held on February 23 in Tallahassee and on March 9 in Ocala. Communication continues with participants on the WebJunction discussion boards and through Cvent. An open follow-up session was held on April 12 at FLA in Orlando. Four workshop participants attended the WebJunction Rural Forum Preconference and ALA 2007 in Washington, DC.

Additional funds were used to purchase a one year subscription to Live Meeting, online meeting software made available by WebJunction. Access will be provided to libraries for training, meetings, and other appropriate uses.

Technology Assessments and Training
LSTA Grant
2006-2007

Through a one-time LSTA grant, NEFLIN conducted a project to provide assessment of library’s technology related services and to train library staff to help customers use technology. Assessments and training were provided by Mickey Boyd.

Assessments provided a thorough evaluation of eight libraries’ networks, library management systems, e-mail and web services, bandwidth, security, and advice on purchasing hardware and software.

The ten on-site workshops were designed to support a wide variety of needs. They enabled library staff to become more proficient and comfortable with using many of the new technologies now present in their library. Staff have begun to understand issues such as purchasing decisions, implementation, bandwidth, library management systems, and security.

Library Directors’ Meeting
LSTA Grant
October 2006

The 2006 Library Directors’ Meeting was held from the afternoon of October 11 through October 13, 2006, in Jacksonville at the Embassy Suites – Baymeadows. 125 individuals attended this meeting which included a keynote by Christopher Holley and Diantha Schull as well as sessions by Mary Minow, Richard Madaus, Vincent T. Edwards, and Thomas Wilkes. This meeting also included a tour and reception at the new Jacksonville Public Library and a tour of Clay County Public Library Headquarters in Fleming Island.

Technology Training To Go
LSTA Grant
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant
2004 & 2005

The Technology Training to Go conferences brought together IT and technology training staff from libraries throughout Florida to discover applications for new technologies and strategies, skills, and practices that will allow them to manage computers and provided technology training in a productive way. A keynote by Stephen Abram (Sirsi Dynix Vice President of Innovation) at the 2004 conference was followed by a variety of interactive sessions on technology issues for 119 attendees.