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NEFLIN is proud to have the littleBits STEAM Student Set, now available in our Equipment Loan program.littleBits STEAMEngage your patrons in problem solving, creative thinking, and collaboration through invention-based learning.  Getting started is simple with a Student Invention Guide and Librarian’s Guide, along with 16+ hours of STEM/STEAM activities with 8 engaging challenges, and additional companion lessons.

The littleBits STEAM Student Set is a powerful toolbox for invention-based learning that is easy to teach and fun to use.  The NEFLIN kit works for library/makerspace instruction or self-directed learning for 4 – 12 participants.

Borrow littleBits from NEFLIN today!



Drones in the Library?

Did you know that NEFLIN has a Parrot MiniDrones Rolling Spider (along with some other really cool stuff!) available for YOU to check out from our Equipment Loan program?

Parrot-Rolling-Spider-freeflight3-ipad-600x500Drones or ‘Unmanned Aerial Vehicles’ (UAVs) will become a regular part of life, used in research, transportation and delivery, artistic production, news coverage and reporting, law enforcement and surveillance, and entertainment.  Why not introduce them to your library communities?

See all of the great new items NEFLIN has to offer!

Successfully Supervising People

Leading others through the process of achieving organizational objectives is a challenging, yet rewarding assignment that requires excellent administrative, interpersonal, and communication skills.  In today’s professional worlds, successful supervisors and managers not only need to create a proactive environment, but they must also react professionally to unanticipated issues and situations.

Join NEFLIN Trainer Claudia Monte in one, or all five, sessions in this series for library managers and supervisors!

Claudia-MonteSession One: Introducing Situational Leadership; Identifying Leadership Challenges/Rewards

Session Two: Practicing Emotional Intelligence; Motivating Others

Session Three: Understanding Performance Management; Delegating and Communicating Wisely

Session Four: Managing Differences Constructively; Moving Forward Together

Session Five: Coaching for Positive Outcomes (full-day classroom experience)

Expert Series: Meet Tony Greiner

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Our NEFLIN Expert Series is coming to a close this summer, but there is still time to register for a day with our final Expert Facilitator, Tony Greiner.

Tony shadowJULY 8 – Tony Greiner Analyzing Library Collection Use with Excel

Knowing how your collection is used is a core part of librarianship.  Budgeting, purchasing new items and duplicates and weeding can all be done faster and better when you have information how your library collection is used at your fingertips. In this workshop we will take the use records for a local library collection and for any given range learn how to determine average and median use, age of the collection, use of recently purchased books, relative use (use compared to the size of the sub-section), candidates for weeding, and more.  The class will take a day, and in the past participants have completed use analyses of their own collections the next day.

Participants will receive a handout with step-by-step directions in addition to hands-on work.  This will be Tony’s 4th trip to NEFLIN, and the classes always fill up. Register for this Expert Series workshop today!

Soft Skills for Your Paraprofessional Toolkit

Soft Skills for Your Paraprofessional Toolkit: 

Customer Service and Time Management 

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Presented by the Florida Library Association

Date:       Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Time:       11:00 am – 1:00 pm, ET

Cost:        FREE and open to all Florida library staff


Library support staff, or library paraprofessionals, is involved in all library operations at all levels.  They are often the first contact for library users. These webinars are intended to educate staff on topics related to library skills and making a good first impression to the public and other staff.

Session One: Customer Service: Creating a Positive Work Environment – ideas on promoting a positive, helpful environment for staff and patrons.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn the tools that are at your library
  • Key ideas on promoting a positive environment
  • Find different means of customer service inspiration

Phyllis Gorshe is the Library Director of the Dunedin Public Library and has been a librarian with the City of Dunedin since 2000. Phyllis has worked as a Law Librarian, Youth Services Librarian and Reference Librarian. She loves her current job as Director and has worked on numerous initiatives such as online resources, an award winning seed library, collaboration with local organizations and schools along with being involved in libraries and literacy at the County and State level.

Session Two: Do you feel stuck on a big project?

Based on the book, Getting Things Done by David Allen, participants will be able to:

  • Identify dead end models
  • Learn the five components of a project / meeting
  • Uncover best practices for each component
  • Discover the source of procrastination and how to overcome it

Doug Crane is the Director of the Palm Beach County Library System. He has presented talks on productivity to SEFLIN, the State Library of Florida, and the Palm Beach County government. His article called “May I Ask You a Question? Lessons Learned from Interviewing Public Library Leaders” can be found in Public Libraries magazine, Nov/Dec. 2015.

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UX Conference

User Experience (UX) Design

Friday, May 20, 2016

Ringhaver Student Center – Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL

This event will offer a featured session with Nate Hill and closing keynote with Courtney Greene McDonald, author of Putting the User First, along with other presentations, hands-on experiences, and a tasty lunch.


Select one topic from each session to attend when registering.

Concurrent Session #1: 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Beyond the Brick and Mortar with Justin Denton
Building a UX Army at Your Library with Carrie Moran
UX Through the Eyes of Our Patrons with Nadine Nance
Concurrent Session #2: 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Dealing with CAVE People with Andrea Giggetts
Developing a UX Toolkit for Libraries with Darrell Naylor-Johnson
The Library Interface and the Business of UX with Michael Schofield
See Concurrent Session Descriptions HERE


Open to NEFLIN Members and Invited Guests: Registration Fee $25

Teaching and Assessing with the ACRL Framework

Teaching and Assessing with the ACRL Framework: Webinar (04/07/16)

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Presented by the Florida Library Association

In partnership with FLA’s Continuing Education Committee and Academic Instruction & Information Literacy Member Group

Date:               Thursday, April 7, 2016

Time:              12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, ET

Speaker:         Diane Fulkerson

Cost:               FREE and open to all Florida library staff

Register:        HERE

Teaching and Assessing with the ACRL Framework

This webinar will provide participants with an update on the ACRL Framework in addition to ideas on how to teach one-shot classes using the Framework. Assessment will focus on the types of assessment that can be used when teaching with the Framework. Participants are encouraged to discuss ways they incorporate the Framework into their library instruction sessions.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to design library instruction sessions using the Framework.
  • Participants will recognize the interconnectivity of the Frames
  • Participants will develop assessments based on the Framework for their instruction sessions

Virtual Trainer: Diane Fulkerson

Diane Fulkerson is the Director of the Information Commons and Library Services at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, She was a member of the ACRL Task Force that developed the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy. She is currently a member of ACRL’s Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee.

Registration Discount – Computers in Libraries


NEFLIN is offering a $230 discount for our member libraries to attend the 2016 Computers in Libraries Conference  held March 8 – 10, 2016 at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC.

The discounted NEFLIN rates are:

  • 3-day event $319 (regular rate is $549).
  • Library Leaders Summit $599 (regular rate is $749).
  • Internet@Schools Track Only $109 (regular rate $209).

No discounts are available for one-day registrations, pre/post conferences and workshops. View the conference program at the CIL Conference Web site.

Register online by February 5, 2016 to receive the NEFLIN discount:

  • Click for NEFLIN CIL Discount Registration page
  • No registration code required; the link includes the discounted rates

Contact for additional information.