Monday, August 4, 2008

Congratulations Leadership Institute Grads!

Friday, August 1 the thirty-nine graduates of the 2007-2008 Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute gathered in Tallahassee for their final session. The day began with tours of the State Library, State Archives and time for small group conversations with the State Librarian, Judi Ring. The group then participated in table talks with Office of Community Development staff on topics such as Youth Services, Records Management, E-Rate, Grants, Florida Electronic Library, Library Development and Planning, Evaluation and Statistics.

Over 60 mentors, friends and family attended the afternoon celebration of their accomplishments which included a welcome by Judi Ring, comments by Secretary of State Kurt Browning, and a short address by Pat Wagner. The graduates did group presentations on their 3R's - the Relationships, Resources and Re-energizing that were an outcome of the Institute and then received certificates and gifts acknowledging the effort they had put forth during the year.

Congrats to the staff from NEFLIN libraries who completed this year's program. Pictured above are Debbie O'Donnell, Alachua County Library District, Stella Brown, Putnam County Library System, Patty Morris, NEFLIN, Laura Minor, Jacksonville Public Library, Susan Reynolds, Marion County Public Library, Robert Perone, Bradford County Public Library, and Nicole Jebbia, St. Johns County Public Library. Not pictured, Diane St. John, Columbia County Public Library.

Extra congrats to Nicole and Laura who each one a free membership in the Florida Library Association for 2009. Many thanks to FLA for this generous contribution.

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