Past Events & Projects
Virtual Reality (VR) Project
Five sets of VR laptops and Oculus Rift googles were purchased, along with a 10 user Google Expeditions kit. Workshops were held for library staff to interact with the VR technologies. After the project’s conclusion in 2019, the items purchased were placed in NEFLIN’s Equipment Loan Program for member libraries to borrow and hold their own programming.
Hot Topics Conference: Libraries Unplugged
NEFLIN’s 2018 Hot Topics Conference: Libraries Unplugged was held at the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership in Jacksonville. Thanks to all who attended and participated throughout the day. You can search #HTLU18 on social media and browse images on our Facebook page; handouts and presentations for the concurrent session topics appear below.
Panel Presentations and Participants:
- Breaking Out of the Catalogue – Nicholas Bodnar and Amber Strickland, Florida State College at Jacksonville
- #JUSTICEFORPAIGE – Heather Ogilvie, Northwest Regional Library System
- Escape to the library! – Mary Whiting, Volusia County Public Library
- Harry Potter Escape Rooms – Victoria Rivera and Samantha Noll, Alachua County Library District
- Books to Blockbusters with Alexandra Phillips, St. Johns County Public Library and Kate Neff, St. Johns County Public Schools
- Astronomy Week at the Maitland Public Library with Amber Downs and Mary Daniels, Maitland Public Library
- Gaming Unplugged: Building and Maintaining a Circulating Tabletop Game Collection with Susan Mythen, Madeline Sims and Lea Cason, Florida State College at Jacksonville
- Art on Loan: Florida Gateway College’s Mission to Circulate Culture with Christine Boatright, Florida Gateway College
- Millhopper School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with Karen Malloy and Rachelle Mason, Alachua County Library District
- Building a Fiber Arts Community at the Library with Michael Sweeney, Orange County Library System
- Fake News & Science: A Call to Action with Samuel R. Putnam, University of Florida
- Windows & Mirrors: Books highlighting DIVERSE families with Kristine J. Shrauger, Amy Dovydaitis, and Devi Mody, University of Central Florida
- STEM Programs that Bite! with Marlin Day, Alachua County Library District
- Sewing Maker Lab with Ann Collins, Karen Payano, and Carole Hanna, Volusia County Library
- Promoting Literacy & Inclusivity for All: Book Clubs for College Students with Intellectual Disabilities with Leah Plocharczyk, Florida Atlantic University
- Connecting the Past to the Future: Library Genealogy from the Ground Up with Pat Russell, Seminole County Public Library
- Food in the Library – Cooking Classes Made Easy with Alexandra Phillips, St. Johns County Public Library
- Homeschool Huddle: Connect, Collaborate, Create with Heather Ogilvie, Northwest Regional Library System
- Finals Week Unplugged: Fostering Student Success with Snacks, Dogs, and Naps with Maria Atilano, University of North Florida
- Mapping our Past: Creating an all-ages event celebrating Special Collections with Laura Minor, Jacksonville Public Library
Special thanks to the Florida Department of State Division of Library and Information Services for their part in helping to fund this conference.
Academic Assessment Project
2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019
Full day event with guest speakers from across the U.S. focusing on the use of technology in libraries.
Management Training Institutes
Something fun to go along with the Olympic Games in Rio. It culminated in a wild and crazy series of Olympic styled events at the 2016 Annual Meeting.
User Experience (UX) Project
User Experience is every decision you make that affects how people experience your library. It ensures that your library is a welcoming space for everyone. NEFLIN’s UX Project, with consultant and nationally recognized expert Aaron Schmidt, had ten member libraries working to improve library services.
User Experience is every decision you make that affects how people experience your library. It ensures that your library is a welcoming space for everyone.
NEFLIN’s UX Project with Aaron Schmidt kicked off on February 8, 2016. Ten libraries were chosen to participate in the UX Project by NEFLIN’s Board of Directors .
A detailed explanation of their projects will be provided by each library’s UX team at the NEFLIN Annual Meeting on September 23, 2016.
The libraries are:
Alachua County Library District
Alachua County Media Center
Clay County Schools
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Jacksonville Public Library
Marion County Public Library
St. Johns County School District
St. Johns River State College
Stetson University DuPont-Ball Library
University of Florida Smathers Libraries
Hot Topics Conference: User Experience (UX) Design
Thanks to all who joined us for NEFLIN’s first Hot Topics Conference! Intended as a biennial event to inform and energize staff about select issues, this year’s Hot Topics Conference focused on User Experience (UX) Design. We enjoyed a productive day of learning about the philosophy, tools, and techniques for identifying needed changes in our libraries based on our user’s needs.
Missed out on the fun? If you were unable to attend, you can still explore the hashtag #NEFLIN_UX, and photos from the event are now available on flickr as well as on NEFLIN’s official Facebook site. Links to handouts and presentations appear below.
Thank you to the Florida Department of State Division of Library and Information Services for funding this conference.
Opening Keynote: Don’t Wear Sweatpants to Your Job Interview: Aesthetics and Rhetoric Matter with Nate Hill
Closing Keynote: Putting Users First: Creating Real Change in Your Library with Courtney Greene McDonald
23 Mobile Things @ NEFLIN
23 Mobile Things @ NEFLIN
State Cooperative Grant
The 23 Mobile Things prepared staff to help patrons using mobile devices.
2004-2012 Special Projects
eBooks for Small Public Libraries
NEFLIN partnered with four public library systems (covering 11 counties) that could not afford on their own to purchase eBooks. NEFLIN wrote an LSTA grant to provide a share of the funding, the partner libraries put up a share, and the vendor (Overdrive) provided a significantly discounted price for the group.
Access NEFLIN’s Overdrive eBook website
23 Things @ NEFLIN
NEFLIN’s Local Funds
The 23 Things encouraged all of us to experiment and learn about the new and emerging technologies that are changing how information is used and created on the Internet today. More Information is at the Original Project Page.
Florida Library Association
The Florida Library Association (FLA) contracted with NEFLIN to provide administrative support for the organization.
NEFLIN’s Local Funds
NEFLIN established the Mini-Grant Program to allow NEFLIN member libraries to apply for funds that can be used for any project at their library. NEFLIN Full and Enhanced members were eligible to apply for up to two grants. Each grant application could be funded up to a maximum of $10,000.
Thirty-nine applications, requesting over $250,000, were submitted. The NEFLIN Board of Directors awarded $100,000 to fund 14 projects. The applications that received funding had a clearly defined purpose and detailed how this program will impact the community the library serves. View the List of Funded Projects
Middle Manager Leadership Symposiums
The Middle Manager Symposiums are designed for library branch managers and library department heads from libraries and library systems throughout Florida. Four sessions entitled “How Can I Help Them To Get Along? Conflict Resolution Skills and Strategies for Library Middle Managers” were facilitated by Pat Wagner in Ft. Myers, Ft. Lauderdale, Ocala, and Orange Park for 140 participants. Fifty-three NEFLIN members attended the sessions in our region.
Spanish Language Outreach Program
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant
Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Spanish Language Outreach Program was designed to train public library staff to better serve their Spanish-speaking customers. This was achieved through regional workshops and a preconference at the 2006 FLA Conference in Orlando which was attended by 80 library staff from around the state. Selecting Spanish Language Materials for Adults, an introductory, Web-based course to help public library staff learn the basics of developing a Spanish-language collection was also offered from March-April 2007. Registration was made available in December and the course filled up within two days. 27 library staff from all over the state participated in the live chat sessions, which included ten NEFLIN members.
Rural Library Sustainability Program
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Rural Library Sustainability Program was designed to provide approximately 80 staff at rural public libraries with an opportunity to create action plans that will help them sustain their public access computing programs. The program provides a train-the-trainer program at the Gates Foundation office in Seattle for the project coordinator, two workshops for rural librarians from around the state, and funding to send three workshop participants to ALA 2007 in Washington, DC.
NEFLIN Assistant Director, Stephanie Race serves as project coordinator and attended the train-the-trainer program in Seattle. Workshops were held on February 23 in Tallahassee and on March 9 in Ocala. Communication continues with participants on the WebJunction discussion boards and through Cvent. An open follow-up session was held on April 12 at FLA in Orlando. Four workshop participants attended the WebJunction Rural Forum Preconference and ALA 2007 in Washington, DC.
Additional funds were used to purchase a one-year subscription to Live Meeting, online meeting software made available by WebJunction. Access will be provided to libraries for training, meetings, and other appropriate uses.
Technology Assessments and Training
Through a one-time LSTA grant, NEFLIN conducted a project to provide an assessment of the library’s technology-related services and to train library staff to help customers use technology. Assessments and training were provided by Mickey Boyd.
Assessments provided a thorough evaluation of eight libraries’ networks, library management systems, e-mail and web services, bandwidth, security, and advice on purchasing hardware and software.
The ten on-site workshops were designed to support a wide variety of needs. They enabled library staff to become more proficient and comfortable with using many of the new technologies now present in their library. Staff began to understand issues such as purchasing decisions, implementation, bandwidth, library management systems, and security.
Library Directors’ Meeting
The 2006 Library Directors’ Meeting was held from the afternoon of October 11 through October 13, 2006, in Jacksonville at the Embassy Suites – Baymeadows. 125 individuals attended this meeting which included a keynote by Christopher Holley and Diantha Schull as well as sessions by Mary Minow, Richard Madaus, Vincent T. Edwards, and Thomas Wilkes. This meeting also included a tour and reception at the new Jacksonville Public Library and a tour of Clay County Public Library Headquarters in Fleming Island.
Technology Training To Go
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant
2004 & 2005
The Technology Training to Go conferences brought together IT and technology training staff from libraries throughout Florida to discover applications for new technologies and strategies, skills, and practices that will allow them to manage computers and provided technology training in a productive way. A keynote by Stephen Abram (Sirsi Dynix Vice President of Innovation) at the 2004 conference was followed by a variety of interactive sessions on technology issues for 119 attendees.