Thursday, July 29, 2010

Interested in Library School courses?

New opportunities from Florida State University's School of Library and Information Studies:

If you would like to determine if the LIS profession is for you or want to update your skills, there is a new opportunity for you to do so. The School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at Florida State University is pleased to announce a limited number of openings in several online and on-campus credit courses for the Fall 2010 semester. Formal admission as a special (non-degree seeking) student to the University is necessary and transcript evidence of a bachelor’s degree will be required during the first term of enrollment. Up to 12 hours taken as a special student may later be applied to a degree program.

Limited numbers of seats are available in the following areas:
  • foundations of the profession
  • history of reading
  • research methods
  • information policy
  • legal resources
  • human resources
  • information leadership
  • instructional role
  • youth services
  • information services, and
  • technology courses
The deadline for applying as a special student for the Fall Semester is Friday, August 13.

For specific course availability and information about how to apply, please contact: Susanne Houff, Graduate Coordinator, at or 850-644-8121.

Special student registration is August 20 and classes begin August 23. The semester ends December 10.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Zines in the Library

Still thinking about attending the NEFLIN workshop Zines, Records and Rock n Roll: Alternative Media in the Library on August 25?

Wednesday, August 25,
9:00 am - 12:00 noon
at NEFLIN in Orange Park.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Zines, Records and Rock n Roll: Alternative Media in Libraries

Zines are independently self-published pamphlets covering a large number of topics and formats. Readers love the personal quirkiness of zines and the idiosyncrasies of the medium encourage involvement and an open-minded approach to life. Last year, the Jacksonville Public Library began a circulating collection of zines and they will present a hands-on seminar about how to create and promote a zine collection in your library. Special emphasis will be given to utilizing zines for outreach and programming for children and 20 – 40 year old adults.

Trainers: Andrew Coulon, Joshua Jubinsky, Matthew Moyer and Jessica Whittington from Jacksonville Public Library
Date: Wednesday, August 25
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Location: NEFLIN in Orange Park

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bookends Available

First come, first serve.


We have several boxes of bookends that we are not using. Most of them are the black, plastic, clip-on style. We’d be happy to make them available for the cost of postage.

Martha Smith

Florida Coastal School of Law

Excellence in Customer Service

Is it time for a customer service refresher at your library? Join motivating trainer Andrea Giggetts for a workshop that focuses on the library service issues you need most.

In the morning we’ll look at “Solving Customer Problems.” You will learn how to quickly identify the style of the customer so you can speak their language, using customer friendly language that keeps the customer from becoming upset, and how to effectively solve problems and even benefit from complaints.

In the afternoon, the focus is on “Creating an Exceptional Service Environment.” Here we’ll look at creating the necessary foundation for customer service, including service vision statements, the processes and systems necessary to support exceptional customer service, and how to be a role model for everyone in your organization.

Trainer: Andrea Giggetts, Giggetts & Associates
Date: Tuesday, August 24
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Alachua County Library District, Millhopper Library, 3145 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32606

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Book Blitz I at NEFLIN

Good cataloging doesn't just happen. It takes special skills to make MARC records that will work well in each and every MARC-based library automation system out there. This workshop will introduce you to the core skills of good cataloging and MARC. Once you learn these skills and how to find your way around the basic cataloging tools--the Anglo American Cataloguing Rules (AACR2R), Library of Congress Rule Interpretations (LCRI) and the MARC coding standards (MARC21)--you will be able to apply them to catalog all of the various types of materials that you collect in your library, quickly and efficiently. Whether you are copy cataloging or making original records, this workshop will teach you the essential cataloging rules and MARC standards that you need to know. In no time, you'll see a radical improvement in your record.

Required text: Fritz, Deborah A. Cataloging with AACR2 & MARC 21. 2nd ed., 2006 cumulation. ISBN: 9780838909355. Order directly from the American Library Association: Phone 1-866-746-7252, or order from the ALA online store. If you already have the original 2004 2nd ed., free updates are available from The MARC of Quality web site.

Trainer: Deborah Fritz, The MARC of Quality
Dates: Monday - Thursday, December 6 - 9
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: NEFLIN, 2233 Park Avenue, Suite 402, Orange Park, FL 32073

This registration is for NEFLIN Members only. All others, register at OCLC Training Portal

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Online Research Strategies for Librarians - New LE@D Course

LE@D announces a new self paced online course - available free to NEFLIN members. See instructions on how to register here.

Online Research Strategies for Librarians

Increasingly, libraries have become the "go-to" place for help with all kinds of things. Because you are the librarian, people expect you to either have all the answers, or to at least know where to find them.

This course will provide you with some of the tools to help you do this and do it well. You will learn how to use search engines effectively, so that the results are both relevant and reliable. You will learn how to identify what is and what isn't a reliable source of information.

The tips and techniques shared in this course will make you an even more effective librarian, better able to respond to patron requests for help. In this course, you will:
  • Learn how to prepare yourself and your library resources to better respond to questions posed to staff members every day.
  • Create lists of reliable online resources to use with frequently asked questions.
  • Learn how to evaluate online information sources, and to decide which Web sites you can trust as authoritative and reliable sources of information.
  • Learn skills to pass along to your patrons, in either formal or informal workshops offered at your library.
  • Get an overview of copyright issues, and understand why you need to be aware of this.
  • Hear about ways to continue to improve your own skills, to keep up-to-date on the ever-evolving online world of research and learning.
Virtual Trainer: Kit Keller

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Virtual Training Opportunities in August from NEFLIN

Monday, August 2, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Ah, the incredible power of praise – when to give it, how to give it, and to whom. You’ll receive 8 “praise phrases” that show people you’ve noticed and appreciate who they are. We’ll discuss why singing the praises of your employees helps create that motivating environment we all like to work in. And I know you! You’re thinking, “But I have someone whose praises don’t warrant singing.” Ah, well...we’ll see about that! We will discuss coaching and counseling before the need for a reprimand arises. You’ll know when to use which technique, why it’s important to consider the differences, and why supervisors tend to avoid these vital areas of effective management. You’ll also be given tools that will help you deal with the dreaded case of the necessary reprimand – and you’ll leave the workshop feeling more confident in your ability to handle it well. It’s an area most of us would rather forget – but as supervisors, it’s not likely we’ll get off scot-free. Why not feel in control when handling these necessary parts of your job? This workshop will help you do just that. Virtual Trainer: Linda Bruno, Library Consultant

Tuesday, August 10, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

In this two-hour live online session attendees will learn how to Use the Koha ILS to perform technical services actions such as Cataloging and system administration. Topics include: setting general system preferences; managing basic system setup; both copy and original cataloging; and Koha tools. Virtual Trainer: Nicole C. Engard, Director of Open Source Education at ByWater Solutions

Wednesday - Thursday, August 11-12, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Librarians are teachers, too; however, library school students are not exposed to the wide-ranging “toolbox” of classroom management strategies teachers learned and apply every day. This four-hour class class, which will be offered online in two-hour increments for two successive days, introduces a range of classroom management, teaching, and presentation techniques that librarians will apply in a variety of settings to keep classes motivated and on task. By the end of this class students will be able to:
• Develop a teaching plan for a class
• Manage classroom discipline and control
• Implement a variety of teaching strategies to improve interaction
• Effectively integrate technology into teaching
Virtual Trainer: Russell Palmer, Lyrasis

Tuesday, August 17, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Have you wondered just what a web service is, and what it would mean to use one? Are you thinking of investing effort into building new systems that rely on web services, or enhancing an existing service with API-provided data? OCLC offers a variety of web services which can be used to extend library interfaces and improve user experiences. This session will provide an overview of the web services offered by OCLC and demonstrate real world applications of these web services in libraries. Come learn about services such as the WorldCat Search API, xISBN, WorldCat Registry and Identities. Virtual Trainer: Karen Coombs, OCLC

Thursday, August 26, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

In this two-hour live online class, students will learn the basics of survey design. Libraries need to continuously take the pulse of their user population. Librarians also conduct surveys for professional research. In this class, students will explore survey design basics, and learn a variety of ways in which surveys can be distributed for completion, including the use of Web 2.0 tools. By the end of this class students will be able to:
• Write effective survey questions
• Use online survey tools like Zoomerang to create surveys and manage survey results
• Distribute surveys to the user population effectively in a variety of formats
Virtual Trainer: Russell Palmer, Lyrasis

Monday, August 30, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
This class is FULL. Register to be put on the waitlist.

In the last of the 5-part series, we will take a closer look at how your leadership style is affected by your personality – AND how that affects those who follow you. How does “who you are” affect “how they follow”? And how do we hire the right followers – the first time? Not just someone who will do what we say, but someone who can contribute in a meaningful way. What should we look for? What should we avoid - at all costs? Save yourself hours of future work by being more aware of what you need and who fits that bill...Attend this workshop and learn not only about your own leadership style, but learn about the behavioral styles of your staff and gain an understanding about why those styles matter in choosing new employees. Virtual Trainer: Linda Bruno, Library Consultant

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Koha Open Source ILS Webinar Series

Register for one or all three of these live online webinars on Koha Open Source ILS with Virtual Trainer Nicole C. Engard, Director of Open Source Education at ByWater Solutions.

Attendees should have a basic knowledge of what Koha is, even if you have never used it.

Tuesday, July 20, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
In this two-hour live online session attendees will learn how to use the Koha ILS to manage both patrons and circulation. Topics include: adding and editing patrons; searching the catalog via the staff clientand the OPAC; checking books in and out; placing and managing holds; and running circulation reports.

Tuesday, August 10, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
In this two-hour live online session attendees will learn how to Use the Koha ILS to perform technical services actions such as Cataloging and system administration. Topics include: setting general system preferences; managing basic system setup; both copy and original cataloging; and Koha tools.

Tuesday, September 7, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
In this two-hour live online session attendees will learn how to Use the Koha ILS to manage serials, acquisitions and reporting functionality. Topics include: adding vendors and budgets for acquisitions; adding serial subscriptions; placing and managing orders; and advanced reporting options.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

NEFLIN Annual Meeting

Hey You! (Me?) Yes, You.

We are looking for members to attend the NEFLIN Annual Meeting.

Come out for our usual day of learning and fun.

Everything about the meeting.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Help Me, Help You

We had a recent request from a member library about getting a library school intern to do a project. Because of the growth of getting an M.L.S. degree online, there may be a number of students getting their degrees while living near your library. Help a student get some practical experience, and you get some free help in return. (It's called a Win-Win.)

At the University of South Florida, Internships are called Fieldwork and the contact person is:

Dr. Linda B. Alexander
School of Library and Information Science
CIS 1040
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33620
(813) 974-8966

At Florida State University contact:

Christie Koontz, PhD
College of Communication & Information
Faculty, School of Library & Information Studies
142 Collegiate Loop
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2100
850 645-7145

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Small Business Resource Center

The State Library and Archives of Florida is pleased to make the Small Business Resource Center available to Florida libraries through the Florida Electronic Library. When starting a new business, entrepreneurs need all the help they can get. Access to Small Business Resource Center is like having experts on call 24 hours a day.

The Small Business Resource Center is perfect for public and academic libraries, chambers of commerce, and small business development centers. It covers all major areas of starting and operating a business including financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting and taxes. Startup and established businesses alike can find the answers they're looking for from an easy-to-use interface.

Live online training to learn more about the Small Business Resource Center is available. The current schedule and registration information is online at

Contact Stephanie Race for more information.

Friday, July 2, 2010

It's A Bird, It's a Plane, It's What?

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a heart with a dagger in it?!?

The folks at Lyrasis are trying to reach a different demographic than I belong to. They were handing out these temporary tattoos at their ALA booth.

For those who say they have seen everything...gotcha!

July Webinars

On our sister blog, Library Webinars, we have just put up the monthly list of live webinars. We have found numerous sessions in July that can assist with your professional development. Check it out!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

WebJunction Florida

The State Library and Archives of Florida is proud to announce WebJunction Florida which provides Florida library staff access to free, self-paced online courses. Course topics include:
  • Application Software
  • Customer Service and Interpersonal Skills
  • Library Management
  • Library Services
  • Networking and Security
  • Organizational Management
  • Personnel Management
  • Technology
  • Web Design and Development
This is open to all library staff in the state and will allow registration for courses at $0 cost without the use of a coupon code but you must be approved as an “Affiliate” with Florida first. Please note that your affiliation must be approved before the list of courses becomes visible.

To “Affiliate” with WebJunction Florida
  • Visit the new WebJunction Florida (
  • Sign in with your current WebJunction username and password (or register is you haven’t previously)
  • After signing in, click on *Edit Account* and the My Affiliations tab to request affiliation with Florida. Press the SAVE button at the bottom of the page.
  • Please allow up to three business days for processing. You will receive an email once your request has been processed.
You can read more about affiliations in our member center.
  • Need help? Find help and support in the member center, or you can always contact us.
  • If you do not yet have a WebJunction account, visit the WebJunction Florida site, and Create and Account. It is free. Then follow the instructions above to Affiliate with Florida.
WebJunction Florida is brought to you by a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Florida Department of State, State Library and Archives of Florida.