About Us

The NEFLIN office is located in Orange Park, outside of Jacksonville. The staff consists of three MLS librarians and one administrative assistant. The organization is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors, made up of elected representatives from member libraries.

Through grant funding and membership dues, NEFLIN provides members access to training, resource sharing, research and development, partnerships for grant funding, leadership opportunities, and additional services through relationships with other organizations.

Our Vision
NEFLIN will provide resources to its member libraries, to help them serve and empower their diverse users and create a sense of community.

Our Mission
NEFLIN transforms member libraries by providing services that promote communities of excellence.

Our Strategic Plan
More than just pretty (though it is!), the NEFLIN Strategic Plan guides the organization.

Our Membership
NEFLIN currently serves 550 libraries in 24 counties throughout northeast Florida.

Our History
In 2018, NEFLIN celebrated its 25th anniversary as a regional library cooperative.   Included in our 25th Anniversary Program is a “History of NEFLIN”, a list of Past Presidents, and more.


Local Hotels

Club Continental
2143 Astor Street Orange Park, FL
This is the closest hotel to NEFLIN. The NEFLIN Rate is $99.
(Just stay at the Club. It is so beautiful. We want to stay there!)

Holiday Inn Express
1815 East West Parkway Fleming Island, FL
(904) 215-8900

Courtyard Marriott Orange Park
610 Wells Rd. Orange Park, FL
(904) 854-1500
Request the NEFLIN rate. Includes breakfast.

Holiday Inn Express
620 Wells Road Orange Park, FL
(904) 562-7400

Fairfield Inn
450 Eldridge Ave. Orange Park, FL
(904) 278-7442
Request the NEFLIN rate.

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Brad Ward

Brad Ward

Executive Director

A Florida native, Brad earned his undergraduate degree at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK and his M.L.S. degree at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He has worked for the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative (under Bernadette Storck), the Tampa Bay Library Consortium (under Barbara Stites) and has been with NEFLIN since 1997. Brad and his wife Marilyn are the proud parents of a beautiful boy and girl…blah, blah, blah, he spends most of his off hours with his family. He also manages to find some time to enjoy his extensive music collection and his TiVo.

Jenny Eason

Jenny Eason

Member Services Coordinator

Jenny grew up in Clay County, and received her undergraduate degree in English from Harding University in Searcy, AR. She received her MLS from Florida State University.  She has experience as both a librarian and as a teacher at Harding University, Flagler College, the School District of Clay County, and Daegu International School in South Korea. She enjoys traveling anywhere she has the chance to go, reading, writing, taking pictures, and spending time with friends and family.

Raymond Neal

Raymond Neal

Continuing Education Coordinator

Raymond Neal is a native of South Carolina. He earned a BA in Art from Furman University and his MLIS from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining NEFLIN, he was a librarian at Jacksonville University and Jacksonville Public Library. Most of his career has been in Special Collections. He also managed JPL’s Murray Hill branch for several years.

When he isn’t hard at work, Raymond spends quality time with family and friends. He enjoys movies, reading, traveling and watching sports, especially baseball and football (Clemson Tigers, Carolina Panthers and New York Yankees if you’re curious). He is also the initial (and reigning) NEFLIN Librarian Olympics gold medalist. He doubts this led to his current position but he still likes saying it.

Jeannie Owens

Jeannie Owens

Administrative Assistant

Jeannie grew up in Nassau County and is from Hilliard. She is always friendly and really enjoys helping our members. Jeannie enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is married and has two sons that keep her up to date on the latest sports teams. She loves to spend her spare time finding treasures in antique stores, walking on the beach, and eating seafood at Osteen’s restaurant in St. Augustine. If you need assistance, feel free to contact her. She will be glad to help you.


Board of Directors


The NEFLIN Board of Directors is elected to three-year terms by the membership.  Meeting Schedule (All meetings 10am-12noon at the NEFLIN office unless otherwise noted): November, January, March, May, and July.

Name and PositionLibrary 
Harold George, President
St. Johns County Public LibraryHarold George
Tim Rogers, Vice-President/President-Elect
Jacksonville Public LibraryTim Rogers
Carrie Adams, Treasurer
Baptist Medical Centercarrie
Kim Dixon, Secretary
St. Johns County Public SchoolsKim Dixon
Shannon Dew
Florida State College - JacksonvilleShannon Dew
Robert Perone
Bradford County Public LibraryRobert Perone
Sam Putnam
University of FloridaSam Putnam
Joyce Smith
St. Johns River State CollegeJoyce Smith