Thursday, October 21, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
My boss at a previous job kept an "At-A-Boy" file for those days that you sometimes need a little pick-me-up. Today was one of those days. In writing our annual reports I went over some quotes from member who attended training this year, and really felt "picked up" by these two.
“In these economically challenged times it is wonderful to know that there is still an affordable way librarians can receive the quality training we receive through NEFLIN. May this source never dry up for the sake of professional relevance.”
“DeEtta Jones Young is among the most powerful and effective instructors whose workshops I have attended. If she presented a workshop on ‘How to use mud to achieve fame and fortune’, I would make a point of attending, because I know I would learn something worthwhile. Thanks, NEFLIN!”
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
register early to get a seat or get on the waitlist!
- Leverage the strengths and deal with vulnerabilities by assessing your assertiveness
- Speak accountably from the Power of “I” on a deeper, more professional level
- Apply an assertive formula and techniques to manage your emotions and ask for behavior change from others
- Set boundaries, parry “digs” and identify and manage passive aggressive behavior
- OCLC cataloging services and their potential benefits
- Additional vendor services for cataloging and processing
- Where to find information about these services
- How to assess real costs
- Answer “So what do you do?”…Create a 60 seconds conversation on what you do and why it is important to your listeners
- Identify opportunities to market your credibility and value
- Say a few words…Leverage the OREO model to organize your thoughts impromptu on a topic
- Sound interesting…Use your voice to gain and keep what you say interesting
- Get some energy… Explore energetic magnetism and how to begin “Sparking”
- Understand how gifts impact library collections and processes
- Review policies and politics surrounding gifts
- Evaluate workflow and processing of gifts
- Discuss what happens when gifts are unwanted and what to do
- Set the experience of current teens in the United States into a historical and cultural context
- Define three physical changes in the brain during adolescence
- Examine the effects of development on teen's social, physical and emotional behavior
- Discuss preventative measures to deter undesirable behavior
- Practice strategies for coping with, correcting and redirecting teen's undesirable behavior
- Learn to advocate for the needs of teens to key stakeholders
Friday, October 8, 2010
A few thoughts after attending one day of the Florida Library Director's Conference this past week in Tallahassee...
The book, The Accidental Library Manager, was in everyone's bag. It will be added to the NEFLIN Lending Library asap.
Gene Coppola from Palm Harbor told me about offering bestsellers and DVDs through a media vending machine that is available when the library is closed.
Raymond Santiago from Miami-Dade is always funny and insightful. He recommended checking out the latest OCLC Report How Libraries Stack Up: 2010.
Cuyahoga County Public Library allows patrons to renew by text.
Florida will be celebrating its 500th anniversary in 2013. Wow!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
2. Innovation Award. This award recognizes an innovative program or service that has demonstrated impact on the community a NEFLIN library serves.
Flagler County Public Library was this year's Innovation Award winner. The library was facing a significant decline in their budget and decided to become a Passport facility.
Revenue over the past two years has exceeded $100,000, which enabled the library to purchase additional computers, chairs, shelving, etc.
Sorry gang that it has taken so long to put up info from the NEFLIN Annual Meeting. That darn day job just kept interfering. Here ya go!
Keynote Presentation: The Future Was Yesterday, So What Happens Tomorrow?
J. Richard Madaus, CEO, College Center for Library Automation
In the afternoon we had a series of Round Table discussions. Here are brief descriptions of the round tables along with links to any handouts.
Advocacy That Made a Difference with Paul Clark, Clay County Public Library
This round table will discuss lessons I learned from advocating at the Capitol over the past 2 legislative sessions. I encourage participants to bring their own stories and ideas of how we can work together as a team for advocating for libraries next year.
Community Services, Patrons, Fines and Fees with Ron Block and Wally Bowden,
Jacksonville Public Library
The Jacksonville Public Library Board of Trustees adopted a definition of what a “Customer in Good Standing” means in December 2009. The new definition implanted a policy change that requires customers to have no outstanding fines or materials in order to access library services. This Round Table will present the process of implementing the new policy. The six month “Get to Zero” PR campaign to inform customers of the change and the impact that the change had on staff and customers when it was officially started on 7/1/2010.
Digital Photography for Library Projects with Dawn Jensen, CFLC
Learn how to use this digital photography and photo-sharing websites to effortlessly connect, effectively market, and communicate with your patrons.
Ebooks and Library Processes with Michael Kucsak, University of North Florida
eBooks offer a lot of flexibility for the reader and a lot of decisions for the library. Join this round table to discuss patron needs and library opportunities when adding eBooks to your collection.
Floating Collections with Emily Young, Alachua County Library District
Thinking about floating your collection or have an experience to share? Join in a lively discussion of the pros and cons of floating your collection, issues that can be encountered and the process Alachua County Library District followed to get it floated!
Florida Electronic Library and Gale Database Update with Stacey Knibloe, Gale/Cengage
This round table will focus on what’s new with Gale resources available from Florida Electronic Library including Small Business Resource Center and Demographics Now, FEL’s newest research tools.
Making the Most of Your Friends Organizations with Dawn Bostwick, Nassau County Public Library
Need a little help from your Friends? Or a lot?! Join us for a discussion on how to get where you need to be and develop a strong, supporting Friends group in the process. Topics for discussion include: communication, commitment, organization, community needs, goals and roles.
Monday, October 4, 2010
The Librarian in Black did a nice series of recaps of the Ebooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point online conference.