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CE Committee Members Needed

NEFLIN is looking for creative, dependable individuals who would like to contribute to the ongoing development of its Continuing Education program by serving on the Continuing Education Committee.  The CE Committee is made up of library staff from NEFLIN’s public, academic, special, and school libraries.

Responsibilities are articulated in the NEFLIN CE Committee Charge and include attendance at meetings, giving suggestions and input, making recommendations, and working closely with the CE Coordinator to help promote NEFLIN’s training and support services mission.

Committee meetings are bi-monthly at the NEFLIN office.  Two-year terms begin October 1st.

Email if you are interested in learning more.  

FLA CE Webinar (04/27/17)

 Collaboration = High School Media Specialists and College Librarians Working Together – FLA CE Events Webinar (04/27/17)

Presented by the Florida Library Association

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Date:               Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time:              12 noon – 1 pm, Eastern
Speaker:        Alicia K. Long
Cost:               FREE and open to all Florida library staff
Register:        HERE

Please register for Collaboration = High School Media Specialists and College Librarians Working Together  Apr 27, 2017, 12:00 PM EDT:

Presenter:       Alicia K. Long, Reference & Instruction Librarian at State College of Florida Libraries

Overview:       Collaboration = High School Media Specialists and College Librarians Working Together

Learn about how librarians in one FL County developed a plan for collaboration between academic and school librarians in order to improve information literacy skills for students from 9th grade to college graduation. With an increase of Dual Enrollment (DE) opportunities, colleges and universities are seeing an influx of high school students as patrons. Some of them take DE courses in their high schools and never set foot in the college campus. How can academic librarians reach their younger new patrons more effectively? And how can media specialists make sure their students are college-ready?

In this webinar we will show one example of collaboration, including events, meetings, and online support for the information literacy needs of Dual Enrolled students and high school students and teachers, and we will open up the discussion for sharing your experiences and ideas.

Attendees will:

·         Learn about how to develop a plan of collaboration between academic and school librarians, including planning, implementation, and revisions;

·         Share advice, experiences, and ideas that explore other ways to reach out to colleagues in different types of libraries.

Alicia K. Long was Outreach Specialist for the past few years and is now the program liaison for Dual Enrolled students at SCF. In addition to general reference and instruction services, she also coordinates services for the campus’ Collegiate School (6th-12th grades) and curates the Young Adult collection of the SCF Libraries.



FLA CE Webinar (2/23/17)

Focused Library Outreach: Supporting Students – FLA CE Events Webinar (02/23/17)

Presented by the Florida Library Association

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Date:               Thursday, February 23, 2017
Time:              11:00 am – 12:00 noon, Eastern
Speaker:        Alyse McKeal
Cost:               FREE and open to all Florida library staff
Register:        HERE

Please register for “Focused Library Outreach – Supporting Students” on Feb 23, 2017 11:00 AM EDT at:

Presenter:       Alyse McKeal, Palm Beach State College

Overview:       “Focused Library Outreach – Supporting Students”

This webinar will describe outreach to students (and non-academic areas) on the Lake Worth campus of Palm Beach State College.  Alyse McKeal was hired as a dedicated Student Services Librarian to perform various levels of outreach.  During the webinar Alyse will highlight outreach projects that addressed students’ needs including but not limited to the following: Embedded librarianship in Student Services; bringing a therapy dog into the library and to other areas on campus; creating a Libguide addressing homelessness and providing homelessness resources; and supporting students overall.  Research has shown that the more engaged students are throughout various areas of college then the greater are retention and graduation rates.

Alyse McKeal is a Librarian/Professor 1 at Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth Campus.  She recently acquired the responsibilities of the Electronic Resources Librarian and Serials Librarian. Alyse serves the library in various capacities in this role.  In addition to doing Reference and Instruction librarianship, Alyse does both liaison and collection development work.  She also continues to serve in her role outreaching to student services and student groups. Prior to working at Palm Beach State, Alyse was a Reference Librarian at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton.  Alyse is active in the profession and continues to serve on various committees and in different leadership roles throughout college, regional, state and national associations.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  Brought to you by GoToWebinar®  Webinars Made Easy®

FLA Scholarship Opportunities 2017

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FLA is now accepting Graduate Scholarship applications through December 12, 2016!

The Florida Library Association (FLA) Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that the fla-scholarshipapplication process for the 2017 scholarships is now open. The scholarships will be awarded in the spring of 2017 and scholarship recipients will be recognized at the 2017 Annual Conference.

The scholarship application deadline is December 12, 2016. All application materials must be submitted as one electronic file (PDF). Separate files will not be accepted.

The following scholarships are available:

Three Graduate scholarships ($2000 each) are available: one for a student attending Florida State University, one for a student at the University of South Florida and a third, the Minority scholarship, which may be used at either school.

To qualify for a Minority Scholarship, the candidate must belong to one of the following ethnic groups: Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, or American Indian/Alaska Native.  Eligible applicants can apply for more than one scholarship.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must be a resident of Florida and have some experience in a Florida library;
  • Be admitted to an accredited program at a Florida college or university or to a library/information graduate degree program at FSU or USF and not scheduled for degree completion in Spring 2017;
  • Commit to working in a Florida library for a minimum of one year after graduation;
  • Be an FLA member in good standing for 2017.
  • Scholarship winners may be required to serve on an FLA committee during the year after graduation.

Full application information and materials can be found at:

Hello, World! Strategies for Starting a Coding Group for Librarians

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Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Eastern
Speaker: Justin de la Cruz
Cost: FREE and open to all Florida library staff

Register:   HERE

Please register for “Hello, World! Strategies for Starting a Coding Group for Librarians”

Nov 16, 2016 12:00 PM EDT at:

Presenter:       Justin de la Cruz, Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library
Overview:       “Hello, World! Strategies for Starting a Coding Group for Librarians”

With the rise of mobile apps, learning management systems, portable and wearable technology, broadband Internet, and the development of virtual reality systems, technology is playing a larger role in everyday life. Because computer programming is at the core of all of these advances, learning how to code can benefit public service librarians by helping them understand information and how it is processed, shared, stored, and retrieved in digital environments.

Recognizing the benefits of librarians who can code, staff at the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library in Atlanta, formed an interdepartmental Coding Interest Group to gain coding knowledge and experience.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. How to build and foster a comfortable and productive group learning environment.
  2. What tools are available and effective for learning computer programming?
  3. How to structure learning for practical outcomes via project-based learning strategies.


Justin de la Cruz attended Florida State University for his MLS and worked in the Martin County Library System in South Florida before relocating to Atlanta, GA. He currently serves as the Unit Head of E-Learning Technologies at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.Brought to you by GoToWebinar®Webinars Made Easy®


FLYP Workshops are back!

The days are getting shorter and winter is getting close…it is time to start thinking about next summer’s library programming!

The Division of Library and Information Services will be holding Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP)/Florida Library Youth Program (FLYP) workshops for the 2017 Summer Library Program. Youth services staff, media specialists and adult services staff are invited to attend these free, all-day workshops that will be held across the state. The theme for next summer is “Build a Better World”. Dress casually and plan to be inspired.

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The presenter for the youth workshop in the NEFLIN region is Erin Arnold:

  • November 16, 2016 at Volusia County Public Library, Daytona Beach Regional Library
  • November 18, 2016 at Live Oak Public Library, Live Oak
  • December 12, 2016 at Alachua County Library District, Headquarters – Gainesville
  • January 10, 2017 at Bartram Trail Branch Library – Fruit Cove


Please register for the youth workshops nearest you.  For more information, contact Jana Fine at or 850.245.6629.


The presenter for the adult workshop in the NEFLIN region is Donna Bachowski:

  • November 14, 2016 at Marion County Public Library, Headquarters – Ocala Public LibraryPlease register for the adult workshop nearest you. For more information, contact Jana Fine at or 850.245.6629


For ADA assistance or other workshop questions, please contact Sena Heiman at or by phone at 850.245.6628, or Jana Fine at or by phone at 850.245.6629.


Silent Auction Baskets


A Silent Auction will be held on September 23 at the NEFLIN Annual Meeting to benefit the Jim Morris Continuing Education Fund. We invite you or your library to donate a basket to be auctioned at the meeting.

To contribute your basket:

  • Complete the ONLINE FORM
  • Put together a wonderful basket. It can be a themed basket (for example cooking or travel related items), books, DVDs or CDs, a work of art, crafts, jewelry, gift cards or any items of your choice. Donations of varying values are encouraged and welcome.
  • Click hereto see baskets from previous meetings

If you don’t have time to put a basket together you can make a tax deductible donation to the fund. You can do so at the link below:

Jim Morris Continuing Education Fund

The fund provides an opportunity for individuals employed in NEFLIN member libraries to apply for a stipend of up to $500 to be used towards library related conferences, training, professional development or classes that contribute to the continuing education of the applicant.

So far in fiscal 2015-16, $4,200 has been awarded to members (just like you!)

Fundraising Basics – FLA CE Events Webinar (09/15/16)

Please join us for the following:

Fundraising Basics – FLA CE Events Webinar (09/15/16)

Presented by the Florida Library Association

Date:  Friday, September 15, 2016

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Eastern

Speaker: Anne Marie Casey

Cost: FREE and open to all Florida library staff

Register:   HERE

Please register for Fundraising Basics on Sep 15, 2016 12:00 PM EDT at:

Presenter: Anne Marie Casey, Embry Riddle

Overview: “Fundraising Basics”

Libraries of all types experience fluctuations in funding from their communities or parent organizations; often finding themselves needing to do more with less. As a result, libraries may need to develop new revenue streams, and one way to accomplish this is through fundraising. But many of us don’t know where to begin. This webinar will cover basic fundraising and offer tips for identifying and approaching donors

Learning Outcomes:

• Learn the basic steps of successful library fundraising.

• Understand how to identify and approach prospective donors.

Anne Marie Casey is Dean of Student Support at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). Prior to this she was the Hunt Library Director at ERAU and Associate Dean of Libraries at Central Michigan University. She holds an AMLS degree from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions from Simmons College. Anne Marie has participated in fundraising for libraries and other community organizations.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Workplace Down – An Active Shooter Tabletop Exercise

The Points of Light is offering an opportunity for Non-Profit, Community and Faith Based Organizations to participate in an internet based exercise entitled Workplace Down – An Active Shooter Exercise on Thursday September 29, 2016.


This exercise will serve as an opportunity for the staff and management that make up an organization’s workplace to work through scenario information and injects dealing with an active shooter incident occurring within the office.

This exercise is FREE and open to non-profit, community based and faith based organizations.

Access the Workplace Down – An Active Shooter Exercise web site for additional information and to register yourself along with your organization to participate it this engaging exercise.