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Jennifer says Goodbye

Some of you may have already heard, but I am leaving NEFLIN. I will be heading back to NY to be with my family.

I have accepted a position at Queens Public Library in NY, where I will serve as Director of Community Library Services. It’s a huge system! Last year they circulated over 13 million items and served over 11 million people in person. So please keep me in your prayers!

I am sorry to be leaving you. The past three years have been a lot of fun. You have taught me so much, about your libraries and our field. You also taught me a great deal about myself. I have learned lots of new things, faced fears, made mistakes and laughed a great deal since coming to NEFLIN.

I’ve enjoyed working with Brad, who encouraged me to grow and try new things. Heather who is a great partner on any project. And Jeannie who has tried her best to keep me straight.

But as Member Services Coordinator, I have to say YOU are what makes NEFLIN special. We always say we have the best members and it’s true. You are thoughtful and caring. We frequently receive emails and handwritten notes telling us how much you appreciate us or thanking us for a specific class or project. You come to our events early and leave late to help us.

Our board members work hard, continuing to help us prepare for the future. And when we ask for Continuing Education members and Interest Group Leaders you always step up. Thank you! Thank you!

Please keep in touch! I’m on LinkedIn and Facebook and I would love to stay connected with all of you.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. It has been a pleasure.

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 jana.fine@dos.myflorida.com or 850.245.6629.

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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 jana.fine@dos.myflorida.com or 850.245.6629

 

For ADA assistance or other workshop questions, please contact Sena Heiman at sena.heiman@dos.myflorida.com or by phone at 850.245.6628, or Jana Fine at jana.fine@dos.myflorida.com or by phone at 850.245.6629.

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Silent Auction Baskets

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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:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4695193203849749250

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.

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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.

Libraries Partner on Makerspace

The Launch Pad at the Daytona Beach Regional Library, a branch of Volusia County Public Library, started as an idea to repurpose an underused area and be able to provide new and exciting technology and programs for our patrons. Months of planning, weeding and hard work allowed the room to evolve into a multi-use, flexible workspace with Wi-Fi, power and a presentation area.

Along the way news about our makerspace idea was shared through a casual conversation between Library staff and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University staff. This discussion lead to the agreement that our goals aligned. We wanted to provide the public with access to technology and equipment that might otherwise be unavailable and to reach out to an underserved population of middle school and high school age students. Sparking an interest in science, technology, engineering and math in these students would in the future provide prospective students for ERAU programs.

Through a Memorandum of Agreement Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University pledged to provide funding for two years. Our technology acquisitions the first year included two high end computers and software, a two color 3D printer and several Little Bits and Arduino kits. Students visiting the Launch Pad are able to explore basic circuits and robotics, create animation through coding, build with legos and learn about controlled flight through the use of drones and flight simulation software.

Our wish list is growing for our second year of funding as we gather ideas from citizens using the new Launch Pad.

The Friends of the Daytona Beach Library also provided ongoing funding to open and sustain the Launch Pad including furniture and supplies.

Launch Pad Maker space at the Daytona Beach Regional Library opened to the public September 21, 2015 and has been a popular location since then. A variety of groups now meet in the Launch Pad including a local Hacker group and several crafting classes. We are currently planning a Teen Tech Summer Camp to take place in the Launch Pad later in July. A growing number of patrons are using our Launch Pad to launch a hobby, education, career or business!

 

Introducing…littleBits!

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!

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Nassau County Public Library System

The Nassau County Public Library System (NCPLS) became an independent library system in 1998.  The main branch is located in Fernandina Beach, and opened in the existing facility in 1977.  In 2011 the facility was certification to process passport applications.  In 2015 the building was remodeled and expanded to double its size and is now 16,284 sq. ft.  Along with the upgraded space we are in the process of upgrading the technology infrastructure in all of the library branches.  We can now offer high speed, business class internet to all of our residents and we are in the process of switching over our staff network to fiber.

We are in the process of converting our libraries to RFID.  The main location will serve as our test site and tagging the collection is almost complete.  We have RFID gates arriving in two weeks along with our first self-check machine.  The Callahan and Hilliard Branches are scheduled to be tagged in 2017.

The Callahan Branch opened in 1989 in the small train depot located in Callahan.  The branch has been relocated twice since then, and now resides in a new shopping plaza.

The Hilliard Branch joined the county library system in 1995, after operating as a small town library for several decades.  The Hilliard Branch Library was relocated to a new facility in 2006.

The Yulee Branch opened in 2001 and is located within the Florida State College at Jacksonville.  This is a shared facility, it maintains a public library collection as well as the college collection, and utilizes the county library’s ILS.

The Bryceville Branch opened in 2003.  This is the smallest of the branches at 525 sq. ft.  It is located within the Community Center and has the largest meeting space of the libraries.

The NCPLS offers free library cards to all residents of the state of Florida and has reciprocal borrowing agreements with St. Johns County Public Library and New River Public Library Cooperative.  We have a full summer program including a reading program for adults with prizes.