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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.


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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!)

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.


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!



UX Update: Keystone Heights Jr./Sr. High School

Kathy Williams and Mary Karshner-Smith, media specialists at Keystone Heights Jr./Sr. High School care deeply about their students. Since 2010, the number of students on free and reduced lunch increased from roughly a third of their students to over half.  This only represents students who turned in their paperwork.

The school endured a few traumatic months when multiple students committed suicide or were killed in tragic accidents.  Kathy and Mary considered their students’ emotional needs. They wanted to create an inviting, nurturing place where students feel like they belong.

While brainstorming about the UX project they mentioned that in that part of Clay county kids don’t have much to do after school.  Drug use, pregnancy and poverty are all too common. Kathy and Mary wanted to give the kids something safe to do after school. They were passionate about it. As a result Keystone Heights Jr./Sr. High School’s library had their first movie night – they invited students to watch Star Wars:  The Force Awakens. About forty kids turned out.

They have also started a makerspace. Right now it’s a creative area with adult coloring books and origami. They have an iMac kids can experiment with to learn music and video creation, and there is a cart of Legos in the works.

They painted the center over their spring break and are eager to put together a charging station or two before the summer. They have also recently agreed on a price to refurbish their existing circulation desk.

They mounted a TV on the wall which they will set up with a laptop and surround sound for teacher use in the classroom area of the center.

They sent faculty a survey to help prioritize their next steps. Additionally they plan to respond to students’ requests for a game night with big screens and gaming systems. They believe keeping children safe is everyone’s responsibility and they are playing their part.

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!