Friday, February 25, 2011

NEFLIN's New Registration System!

NEFLIN has a new registration system for classes that begin after April 1.
View the new Spring schedule in Catalog View, Calendar View, or Events List View (includes subject tags).


There are many new virtual and face to face classes in April, May and June, including:

  • Multi-part Copyright Issues webinar series
  • Webinars for Media Specialists
  • Rudimentary RDA
  • Library Management Skills with DeEtta Jones
  • Collection Development Tips for Tight Budgets
  • Social Media Policy, Privacy and Best Practices
  • Creating and Managing Virtual Teams
  • Sharpening Your Organizational Skills webinar
  • Pop-up Cards and Books with Eliza Holliday
  • New 2010 Census Information
  • Exploring Google Docs webinar
  • Choosing Materials for Bilingual Populations webinar
  • Advanced Book Repair
  • Two Drupal workshops
  • Finding the Storyteller in You - Connie Regan-Blake
  • Biological Agents of Deterioration: Mold and Pests
  • Managing Conflict with Confidence
  • Emotional Intelligence
    • Much More! See it all here - online or print

      Thursday, February 24, 2011

      Pat Dedicos's School Library Honored

      Pat Dedicos, School Librarian at Twin Lakes Academy Elementary School in Jacksonville and former NEFLIN Board President, was honored recently when her library was visited by Dr. Nancy Everhart, American Association of School Librarians’ President and recognized on the AASL Vision Tour.

      Pat says, "We are proud to be one of only 35 school libraries in the country to be distinguished as an “Outstanding School Library”, and the only one in Florida."

      The Vision Tour is Everhart's idea to showcase exemplary school libraries across the nation. The Twin Lakes Academy Elementary School Library Program was chosen as an "outstanding" Florida school library by FAME (Florida Association for Media in Education).

      On her tour, Everhart's goal is to gain support for Learning4Life (L4L), AASL's national plan for implementing the "Standards for the 21st Century Learner" and "Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs." By touring exemplary school libraries, Everhart hopes to raise the profile of what an outstanding school library can do for students, as well as the school and local community. She also hopes to create a celebrity roster of well-known educators, organizations and public figures as advocates for school librarians and their programs.

      The American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.The mission of Twin Lakes Academy is to inspire the Wildcat LEADers to Learn-Excel-Achieve-Dream.

      The vision of Twin Lakes Academy library states: “By analyzing and evaluating information, Wildcats are leaders who become learners for life.” Its library mission reads “Guided inquiry connects the curriculum to the world.” Twin Lakes Academy Elementary is dedicated to improving student achievement in all areas on all levels.

      Wednesday, February 16, 2011

      Be the "Library Guy or Gal" For a Day

      Based on last year's winning campaign to keep Florida libraries in the state budget.


      The Florida Library Association is looking for folks willing to help us maintain a positive presence in Tallahassee while the legislature is at work. The shaded areas of this calendar identify key times for the “Library Guy or Gal” to be in the Capitol.

      To coordinate your effort with FLA please e-mail Charlie Parker, FLA Legislative Committee Chair, at and let him know when you are planning on being there. He can provide information about issues and where to be. Of course folks are also invited to tell the library story in the Capitol whenever you can. And groups are great – the more the better!

      The schedule is based on an assumption that Mondays and Fridays are travel days with little legislative activity. It includes the Opening Day of session (March 8) and the closing day for a 60 day session (May 6). It also includes May 3rd when a 72-hour time period begins before the final appropriations bill can be taken up, passed and they can adjourn.

      It is also good for the library community to have a presence at the Capitol when the House and Senate Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations (TED) Committees are meeting. We will try to keep folks informed of those dates or you can check the House and Senate Calendars at the Online Sunshine website.

      Thanks to Paul Clark, the original “Library Guy” for letting us use his name and persona that he made famous!

      Tuesday, February 15, 2011

      FLA's Technology Petting Zoo

      Are you on the cutting edge and want to share a technology for the library of tomorrow? If so, please apply to share!
      On Friday May 6, 2011 at the FLA Conference we are planning a technology petting zoo. The event allows conference attendees to see cutting edge technologies that will shape the libraries of tomorrow.

      The Technology Zoo entries will be organized like poster sessions. Each presenter should be available for questions and provide participants a chance for hands-on interaction.
      Additional details about the program and an application form are here.

      Applications close March 10, 2011.

      Please join us!
      Deborah Henry
      USF St. Petersburg Library

      Monday, February 14, 2011

      New date for "Free Content for Library Collections": College of Dupage

      The postponed College of DuPage program “Free Content for Library Collections” has been rescheduled to March 11. Register to receive the access information.

      Free Content for Library Collections

      Presenters: Michael Galloway and John Mark Ockerbloom
      Friday, March 11, 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm

      The Internet offers a treasure trove of free resources that can greatly expand the range of information and services that libraries can offer their patrons. But it's not always easy to find the best information to meet users' needs.

      In this program, Michael Galloway, Manager, Digital Collections for ipl2: Information You Can Trust, and John Mark Ockerbloom, editor of The Online Books Page, will give a tour of some of the millions of books, magazines, journals, and informative web sites that can be accessed online for free. They will discuss how they evaluate and describe online resources to include in their directories, how readers can find what they need in these directories and elsewhere online, and how they can distinguish useful information from unreliable or irrelevant sites. You'll find out how you can integrate free online resources with your local library offerings in ways that give patrons better service than either online or print alone can provide. And you'll also learn how your library and your patrons can contribute to this growing corpus of knowledge.

      Register for "Free Content for Library Collections" at


      If you watch this as a group please email me afterwards with the number of people who watched it for our headcount. This is important information for the state grant application for next year.

      Register for the remaining College of DuPage Teleconference:

      See all NEFLIN events at:

      Governor Scott's Budget includes Library Funding

      An article from the local paper today. 

      Friday, February 11, 2011

      JPL's new E-newsletter

      I just received in my e-mailbox the first edition of Jacksonville Public Library's new E-newsletter.  

      Very nice layout/design/graphics.  

      Here is a link to the full version.

      20 Questions: Reference Deluxe Edition

      NEFLIN presents a free workshop offered in multiple on-site locations throughout our region.

      Join popular Lyrasis trainer Russell Palmer for this face-to-face class designed to offer an introduction to free online reference tools for the new reference practitioner or as an excellent refresher for the experienced librarian.

      The 20 Questions: Reference Deluxe Edition class will draw questions and resources from many of the popular live online “20 Questions” series of classes, and will be accompanied by hands-on exercises that will offer students an opportunity to practice answering questions in the humanities, the sciences, social sciences, education, genealogy and more!

      After this class, students will be able to:
    • Guide users to quality reference resources on a range of topics
    • Understand the kinds of questions users are likely to ask
    • Utilize many new and different reference resources

    • Register to attend one of these hands-on sessions. All classes are 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

      Tuesday, February 22: Gainesville
      Wednesday, February 23: Starke
      Wednesday, March 9: Yulee
      Thursday, March 10: Ocala
      Wednesday, March 23: Jacksonville
      Thursday, March 24: Fleming Island

      Thursday, February 10, 2011

      March Training at NEFLIN

      Face to Face Training

      Becoming a Library and Information Professional: All About Graduate School: 2 dates and locations, free for all. Need more registrations

      March 8, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm at Millhopper Library, Gainesville

      March 10, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm @ NEFLIN

      Need more registrations
      March 18, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm @ Florida Gateway College, Lake City

      Bookmobile Interest Group Need more registrations
      March 29, 1:00 - 4:00 pm at Bradford County Public Library, Starke

      March 29, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm @ NEFLIN
      May 2, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm @ NEFLIN

      Online Training
      These virtual trainings can be viewed ON YOUR DESKTOP. You will be emailed access information. Contact Patty for more information. Online classes often fill up so register early.

      March 14, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
      Copyright: Live Online series. Wednesday from 2:00 - 3:30 pm.
      3. Digital Rights, the Internet and Social Media: March 23. This webinar is full. Register to be on the waitlist.

      Customer Service: Live Online series. Wednesdays from 1:00 - 2:00 pm

      March 3, 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Need more registrations

      March 7, 2:00 - 4:00 pm Need more registrations

      March 25, 10:00 - 11:30 am Need more registrations

      See all NEFLIN Continuing Education at

      Wednesday, February 9, 2011

      Is "Book" a Verb?

      Interesting presentation passed on to me by Rachel Schipper from the University of Florida.  Great visuals, if you haven't watched a presentation on Vimeo before.

      Not sure if this would appeal to everyone—but it is a provocative and interesting presentation done by a blogger and director of instructional technology in Georgia, Joe Windish. Feel free to share.

      Friday, February 4, 2011

      E-Books and E-Readers

      A few articles and blog posts have caught my eye regarding E-Books and E-Readers. Not all these articles are recent, but hopefully new to you.

      Thursday, February 3, 2011

      Cataloging Interest Group and Library Tour

      Catalogers, come join us for a tour of the Jacksonville Public Library’s technical services and processing center. We’ll get a chance to see the conveyor system in action and have time for general discussion about cataloging issues and your take on what’s ahead for this field. Come with questions and ideas to share.

      Host: Lynn Jacobson, Library Supervisor, Cataloging and Integrated Library Systems, Jacksonville Public Library

      Thursday, February 24
      Tour: 1:00 - 1:30 pm
      Interest Group meeting: 1:30 - 3:00 pm
      Location: University Park Branch Library, 3435 University Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32277
      Free to all

      Wednesday, February 2, 2011

      Two workshops for Media Specialists

      The ExC3EL RUBRIC

      The ExC3EL Rubric (ExC3EL = Expectations for Collaboration, Collections, and Connections to Enhance Learning: A Program Evaluation Rubric) explains how 21st Century Library Media Programs should function in Florida's K-12 Schools. This workshop will explain ways to meet the standards in the rubric, as well as give examples of how to document the standards to become a Florida Power Library School.

      Trainer: Pat Dedicos, Duval County Public Schools
      Thursday, February 24, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon at NEFLIN in Orange Park

      Register for ExC3EL at

      READS: Florida's K-12 Integrated Library Media Reading Guidelines

      READS is Florida's K-12 integrated library media reading guidelines and stands for:
      Read (as a personal activity)
      Explore (characteristics, history and awards of creative works)
      Analyze (structure and aesthetic features of creative works)
      Develop (a literary-based product)
      Score (reading progress)

      Come and meet the new literary partner READS in this session. A brief overview of the document will be presented, describing the reading, literature appreciation, and media literacy responsibilities of our jobs. Creative ideas for curriculum connections and implementation will be included.

      Trainer: Nancy Teger, Nova Southeastern University
      Thursday, February 24, 1:00 - 4:00 pm at NEFLIN in Orange Park

      Register for READS at

      Tuesday, February 1, 2011

      New OCLC Report: Perceptions of Libraries

      OCLC updates one of its best reports.  Worth a look!

      OCLC's newest membership report, Perceptions of Libraries 2010, a sequel to the 2005 Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources, is now available. The new report provides updated information and new insights into information consumers and their online habits, preferences, and perceptions. Particular attention was paid to how the current economic downturn has affected the information-seeking behaviors and how those changes are reflected in the use and perception of libraries.

      This OCLC membership report explores:
      • Technological and economic shifts since 2005
      • Lifestyle changes Americans have made during the recession, including increased use of the library and other online resources
      • How a negative change to employment status impacts use and perceptions of the library
      • Perceptions of libraries and information resources based on life stage
      The report is based on U.S. data from an online survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of OCLC. OCLC analyzed and summarized the results in order to produce this report.