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January Member Spotlight

Pam Picray, the current Continuing Education Committee Chair, has been a librarian for 38 years.

She received her degree from Mississippi University for Women and began her career as Medical Librarian for the United States Army at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

Since 1988, Pam has been a school librarian at Gottlieb Day School, Hendricks Avenue Day School, and Duval County Public Schools (DCPS).

Currently she is the librarian at Spring Park Elementary School in Jacksonville. She also serves as the mentor for new librarians for DCPS. Pam is also the organizer of the Librarian PLC for Duval County, which meets monthly and is in charge of the yearly Back to School meeting for DCPS librarians.

She has served on the NEFLIN Continuing Education Committee twice, currently as Chair. Pam is a past-president of M.E.D.I.A., the professional organization for librarians in Duval County.

Pam has presented at numerous District, State and National conferences and this year she was nominated for the ALA “I Love my Librarian” Award.

Outside of the library, Pam works with Edward Waters College athletics, Jacksonville Giants, and volunteers with multiple organizations including the Florida Theatre.

She lives in Jacksonville with her husband, James and their dogs Bella and Toby.


Black Belt Librarians – Rescheduled date!

Don’t miss your final opportunity to learn from this expert consultant and trainer on his final visit to the NEFLIN region!

Black Belt Librarians is now happening October 18 at Jacksonville Public Library’s Highlands Regional Branch.

Real World Library Security is the original security and safety training for Black Belt Librarians.  During this six hour workshop, library staff will learn:

  • How to approach patrons to inform them of rules in a way that will most likely gain their compliance while keeping the staff as safe as possible
  • The essential elements of a real world security program
  • How to make sure that staff themselves are not the behavior problem
  • How to recognize different levels of patron emotion and how best to respond

Warren welcomes discussion and will make extensive time for Q & A with attendees.

Click here to register!

NEFLIN Annual Meeting 2017 – Rescheduled!

NEFLIN’s Annual Meeting has been rescheduled to Friday, November 17.
There is no need to contact NEFLIN if you previously registered and can attend the new date.
If you are unable to attend the new date, please notify by Tuesday, October 10th to request a refund or send a substitute.
We hope to see you on Friday, November 17!
Friday, November 17
9:00am – 3:30pm
Schultz Center

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.  

Episcopal School Renovation

During the 2014-15 school year at Episcopal School of Jacksonville, the planning began for a two-phase renovation project in the Jacob F. Bryan III Library. The Bryan Library was built in 1992. With the exception of new carpeting and a couple office moves, there had been no major changes in the building since the opening . . . same furniture, same layout, same procedures, etc. We had been in a place “stuck” in time. Libraries were changing all around us. We were given the opportunity to take a huge step towards modernization and we jumped on it.


We enlisted the services of two professionals: Jeff Hunt of Library Interiors of Florida and Cheryl Parramore of Parramore Interiors. Cheryl really helped steer us as we updated the library’s Lucy B. Gooding Boardroom and our lobby. That was the first phase of our renovations. They took place during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays of 2016. We made traditional yet modern choices in the boardroom. The lobby, which was merely an open pass-through area, became a student art gallery with benches, display cases and an art hanging system with art lighting.
Throughout this time, we met regularly with Jeff Hunt. We planned and planned and planned. We discussed our wishes for the function of the space and Jeff did his magic; he projected images of floor plans so we could pluck items out, replace items, and rearranges spaces. Many libraries manage their own renovations. After working with Jeff, I have no idea how they do it! His experience and expertise brought us a finished product that was all we hoped for when we started the process in 2014.

Our school’s librarian in 1991 had great vision. Barbara Benham helped plan a beautiful building with a modern layout. All we needed to do was take her creation and open up the floor plan, make everything a bit more accessible, and add some functional spaces.
During the Spring of last year, we began by doing a final weeding of our inventory. We offered all the old furniture that we would not be using to our staff and faculty. We gave extra shelving to a school who needed it. Jeff’s crew unloaded our inventory onto giant rolling book carts, disassembled bookshelves and moved everything to a storage facility. Two days before the wrecking crew came in, everyone picked up their furniture. It was like a giant estate sale! Every stitch of furniture was disassembled and carried away.


The demolition crew followed; they removed flooring, a couple walls, the circulation desk, etc. The construction crew came in to trench the floors for electricity/data lines, cut out new windows and doorways and begin the reconfiguration process.


The crews worked straight through the summer months and finished on time for the first day of classes this past fall. Though we still had some punch list items to take care of, our renovations were complete and a success in the eyes of our students. The new library layout goes hand-in-hand with the School’s Harkness initiative, emphasizing collaborative learning and students’ ownership of material. The entire space is maximizing its flexibility, embracing technologies, and diversifying the ways in which students might learn.

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The newly renovated Bryan Library now includes:

• A new Makerspace with craft materials, a 3-D printer, as well as new computers equipped with special software for creative endeavors like recording, playing, and editing music.

• New furniture sets – tables, chairs, and sofas – equipped with power so students’ devices can recharge

• New zones within the space – from individual, quiet study in frosted-glass-divided carrels with noise-canceling headphones to a glassed-in area on the northeast wall of the library, capable of being divided into three smaller spaces or opened up into one large space for discussion, lecture, or even yoga classes

• A permanent home for the school’s archives and the Alumni Hall of Honor display
The finished product is lighter and brighter, more conducive to collaborative work with areas for quiet study along the windows overlooking campus and the St. Johns River. The entire project was quite an undertaking and so worth the effort!

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: