Thursday, March 31, 2011

NEFLIN Adds Three New Counties

The members of the Central Florida Library Cooperative (CFLC) met this past December and voted to dissolve their cooperative. Subsequently, the State Library assigned three counties to NEFLIN (Brevard, Seminole and Volusia) and the remaining ones to TBLC. A revised map showing the five currently operating MLCs is on the left.

The NEFLIN Board spent time at their past three meetings discussing this issue and then voted at their March meeting to offer membership to libraries in these three counties.

This is the current map with the 23 counties that NEFLIN now serves.

We are excited about the opportunity to provide service to libraries in these three counties.  You will meet their staff at NEFLIN workshops and other events.  Make them feel welcome! 
(You will find that these folks look, act, and sound just like us.)

For new members...we have scheduled a series of webinars to further explain how to get the most out of your membership in NEFLIN. Think of these as attending a virtual open house. We have scheduled a number of these to allow the most staff to attend.

Here is a PDF with details on NEFLIN’s services.  Make sure you get the most out of your membership.

Ask questions of the NEFLIN staff.  (We are librarians after all, and enjoy answering questions.)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Social Media Policy and Virtual Teams webinars

Social Media Policy, Privacy and Best Practices
Tuesday, June 7, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon on your DESKTOP
What is the Social Media Policy? Is there a difference between Social Media policy and guidelines? How are organizations using these effectively? How are municipalities and local governments using Social Media tools? What happens when an employee or co-worker posts on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn about their company or their boss? During this two hour webinar, learn what Social media guidelines and policy can be established, what types of policy considerations to adopt and some of the steps to keep in mind as they are implemented. Learn from real-life examples as well as other considerations and issues.
Trainer: Suzi Holler, Virtual Options Coaching & Training
Register for Social Media Policy, Privacy and Best Practices

Creating and Managing Virtual Teams
Thursday, June 9, 10:00 am-  12:00 noon on your DESKTOP
Working virtually has some great advantages, but are virtual teams one of them? How can you create and effectively manage virtual teams and their projects? The technology enabling the work of virtual teams gets most of the attention, but it's the changes in the nature of teams that is creating the challenges in their management. Learn what makes virtual teams fundamentally different, plus the breadth of skills necessary to make them work, from communication strategies to human and social processes to project management techniques that support this new mode of operation.
Trainer: Suzi Holler, Virtual Options Coaching & Training
Register for Creating and Managing Virtual Teams

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Computers in Libraries 2011: Session Recaps

The annual Computers in Libraries conference was held last week. Here are links to recaps of various sessions. Check them out!

Librarian in Black
  •  eBook Models and Challenges
  • eBooks and their Growing Value to Libraries
  • Getting to the Eureka Moment
  • Making Online and Mobile Interactions Rock 
  • Opening Keynote Panel
  • Search Update (We are down to Google and Bing)
  • Search: Quick Tips for Adding Value
  • Semantic Web Apps for Researchers
  • Super Searcher Strategies and Tips
  • Visualization Technologies
  • Building Great Websites
  • eBook Update and Outlook 
  • Improve Your Website Now
  • Innovative Marketing Tools and Strategies
  • Measuring, Visualizing and Analyzing what Libraries do
  • Mobile Landscape and Location
  • Usability Express

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Download Firefox 4 or Chrome 10 now

Do yourself a favor and download Firefox 4 or Chrome 10 today. Both browsers are major improvements over previous versions. (I can't speak to Internet Explorer 9 since it doesn't work with Windows XP.)

I can't tell you how much better Firefox 4 is than version 3. The reason that I began using Google's Chrome browser was that Firefox got so sluggish. It seemed to take longer and longer just to load. However, Firefox is back with speed and features that make it again my browser of choice.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Virtual Job Shadowing

Would you like to share a typical workday with students and others interested in learning about library careers?

We invite you to be “shadowed” at work for a “virtual job shadowing” project using Twitter. All volunteers will be asked to select a day in April to tweet about their workday. FLA's Virtual Job Shadowing Project will run from April 11-22 (including National Library Week).

For more information see the FLA Virtual Job Shadowing Facebook page -- . To volunteer for a date or to get more information, please contact Lois Albertson at or 877-733-5460 ext. 224.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

NEFLIN Interest Groups

NEFLIN Interest Groups are informal presentations and discussions on a variety of topics and disciplines within librarianship. They are open to any library staff to attend. Upcoming Interest Groups include:

Youth Services Interest Group
Wednesday, April 13, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Millhopper Library, Gainesville

Teen Interest Group
Thursday, May 5, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Tower Road Library, Gainesville

Library Technologies Interest Group:
Using Text Messaging to Enhance Library Services

Wednesday, May 25, 10:00 - 11:00 am
on your DESKTOP

Monday, March 21, 2011

Applications being accepted for Library Leadership Institute

The Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute prepares individuals to lead libraries today and into the future. If you are a dynamic, creative, and achievement oriented individual who is interested in increasing and improving your library leadership knowledge and skills, apply today.

• Fleming Island Public Library (near Jacksonville) or SouthShore Regional Library (near Tampa), and on your desktop

The Institute is a blended learning experience that includes:
• 3 online classes
• 7 face-to-face faculty-led classes
• Online resources including a wiki and webinars
• Self-selected, goal-based mentoring partnerships
• Live and online performance and learning support

Applications accepted from March 15, 2011 – June 1, 2011
Notification of Acceptance – August 1, 2011

Prepares individuals to lead libraries today and into the future

A year-long comprehensive series of face-to-face and online learning sessions designed to increase and improve individual leadership competencies.

The Institute is based on four foundations:
• Core leadership competencies
• Shared learning experiences
• Practical application assignments
• Mentoring partnerships

• Library staff from all types of libraries (public, academic, school, and special) who are dynamic,
creative, and achievement oriented
• Professional librarians as well as individuals in management positions without an MLS
• Library staff with a minimum of two years professional work experience

Obtain an application at the Leadership Institute website or contact Jill Canono at

Friday, March 18, 2011

Florida Census Data Released

Highlights: Between 2000 and 2010, Florida's population grew by more than 2.8 million people (from 16 million to 18.8 million), and Florida will get two more seats in Congress for a total of 27 representatives.

I found the Florida Sun-Sentinel's database easier to use than the official census website to look at breakdowns by population, race, housing, etc.


See NEFLIN Workshop:

Accessing and Mapping NEW 2010 Census Information: Tricks and Shortcuts
Thursday, June 2, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at NEFLIN in Orange Park
Register at 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Cataloging: New Perspectives: College of DuPage teleconference

Friday, April 8, 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm on your DESKTOP
What’s going on with Cataloging??? Over ten years after the publication of FRBR and two years after the final draft of RDA, we come to a decision point. The questions that are posed are not just about the adoption of new cataloging rules, but of possible new directions for library data. The report on the Future of Bibliographic Control advised us to increase sharing -- between libraries and with non-library communities -- and to move our data from silo'd databases to an open web platform. We will review steps that are being taken to at least experiment with those recommendations: the definition of library terms in a format compatible with the Semantic Web; national and international efforts to create linkable library data for web services; and results from two significant efforts: the World Wide Web Consortium's Incubator Group on Linked Library Data and the U.S. National Libraries test of RDA.
Presenters: Karen Coyle and Chris Cronin

NEFLIN members: Register HERE
All others register with your local MLC or the State Library.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

NEFLIN Webinars for Media Specialists

These webinars are geared especially toward media specialists. Register today to view on your DESKTOP.

Copyright Issues for School Libraries 
Wednesday, April 20, 2:00 - 3:30 pm on your DESKTOP

Inviting Student Participation in Your School Library Media Center
Thursday, April 7, 2:00 - 3:30 pm on your DESKTOP

Life in the Cloud: Staying Organized and Effective When Serving Multiple School Libraries
Tuesday, May 3, 2:00 - 3:00 pm on your DESKTOP

Getting There Together: Assessing Student Learning
Tuesday, May 24, 2:00 - 3:30 pm on your DESKTOP

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

FLA Survey on Digital Skills

The ability to use technology to connect, to research, even to fill out simple and vital forms is no longer optional. Yet many of our library customers do not have these basic skills ­ and they look to librarians for direction and training. This study will look at perspectives from both public and academic libraries to provide an awareness of the varied landscape of digital training skills and needs among Florida residents and clarify the state of technology training for librarians throughout Florida.

By taking part in this study, you will help to provide a more accurate picture of what is needed to make Florida¹s residents successful netizens.  The survey should take less than 20 minutes of your time. Results will be shared at the Florida Library Association¹s Annual Conference on May 6, 2011.

The survey will be available until April 4, 2011. If you have worked in a Florida Library within the past twelve months, we hope you will share your expertise by going to the following URL:

Thank you,

Paul Alford

Friday, March 11, 2011

Free Content for Library Collections

Today's College of DuPage webinar was on "Free Content for Library Collections".  The presenters discussed a number of free sites, but the best part is the Resource List they put up online.  150 sites with free content arranged by subject.  I'm sure that you will find some new websites you were not aware of on this list.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A 10 Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning

Tuesday, April 12, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Location: NEFLIN in Orange Park

This three-hour course focuses training on the 10-step approach to service continuity planning and two practice exercises on developing a customized emergency preparedness risk assessment and designing and implementing a disaster-related table-top exercise.

Personnel affiliated with the national NN/LM National Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative at the University of Virginia originally developed the course. The NN/LM SE/A Regional Emergency Preparedness representative adapted it for the Southeastern Atlantic area, particularly coastal states, and will teach the session with interactive delivery formats being a combination of lecture, electronic presentation, individual exercises and class participation.

Main Results: To make librarians aware and empowered of three things:

  • How to plan to get help with providing core services during a disaster and to quickly recover all services to normal operations, afterwards
  • How to be prepared in the event of a disaster
  • How to be prepared in their community and at home
At the conclusion of the program, each attendee should:
  • Know how to perform a library and archives risk assessment
  • Appreciate the value of an immediate response
  • Understand the importance of service continuity during a disaster
  • Protect highly valued materials
  • Know how to obtain outside help and available resources
  • Be prepared at home
  • Be able to design a disaster-related table top exercise 
Participants can receive 3 hours of MLA credit.

Trainer: PJ Grier, Network Access Coordinator, NN/LM

Register at: 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Finding, Using and Publishing Creative Commons Works: Live Online

Friday, April 1, 2:00 – 3:00 pm On Your DESKTOP

Have you ever seen a great photo, video or document online that you wished you could use, but were unsure if the copyright would allow it? Creative Commons licenses allow content creators to share their works while retaining some control over how their works are used. Learn how to find great photos and other content to use in your presentations, print items, and blogs with easy-to-follow use restrictions. Use a Creative Commons license on the works you create and you will be contributing back to the creative community by sharing your works.

  • Understand the history, development, and purpose of Creative Commons licenses
  • Learn the types of licenses available and the permissions granted with each type
  • Discover tools to find photos, music, videos, articles and more published with Creative Commons licenses
  • Tips for using, saving and managing Commons content
Virtual Trainer: Jennifer Gregor, St. Petersburg College

To register see

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Word 2007 Level 3 class at NEFLIN

Is Word 2007 making you crazy? This hands-on Level 3 class includes lessons on:
  • Using Microsoft Office Word 2007 with other programs
  • Collaborating on documents
  • Managing document versions
  • Adding reference marks and notes
  • Making long documents easier to use
  • Securing a document 
Trainer: New Horizons Expert Trainer
Tuesday, March 29, 
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: NEFLIN, 2233 Park Avenue, Suite 402, Orange Park, FL 32073

Register for Word 2007 Level 3 at

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E-Books: 2 Great Free Opportunities for Libraries

Things are moving very quickly in the library e-book space.  Two developments to be aware of are the Internet Archive’s “” and “E-Discover the Classics” a partnership including the Colorado Library Consortium(CLiC) and several Colorado libraries.

“OpenLibrary” allows folks to register and check out up to 5 books at a time.  “E-Discover the Classics” provides libraries with MARC records that include links to the Project Gutenburg files.  

Read more about “Open Library”  and find out how to be a participating library.

Charlie Parker, 

Friday, March 4, 2011

Columbia Public hosts LC Exhibit

You are cordially invited to the grand opening ceremony of the Library of Congress Gateway to Knowledge Traveling Exhibition on Tuesday, March 15th at 9:00am at the Columbia County Public Library. The exhibition is housed in a large tractor trailer and will feature over fifty objects, images, and audio-visual presentations. There will be two tour guides available and computer stations for guests to further explore the collections of the Library of Congress.

The exhibition will feature facsimiles of such treasures as the 1507 Waldseemüller Map (the first document to use the word "America"); the 1455 Gutenberg Bible; the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, in Thomas Jefferson’s hand with edits by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams; the 1962 drawings for the comic book that introduced Spider-Man to the world; the handwritten manuscript to jazz pioneer Jelly Roll Morton’s "Frog-i-More Rag"; and Walt Whitman’s poem "Leaves of Grass."


Debbie Paulson, Library Director
Columbia County Public Library
308 NW Columbia Ave. Lake City, FL 32055

FSU 2011 Education & Library Career Exposition

You are invited to attend Florida State University’s 2011 Education and Library Career Exposition on April 28, 2011.  This event will be held on campus in the Oglesby Union Ballrooms from 9am to 1pm and lunch will be served from 1-2pm. This event provides recruiters with the opportunity to connect with job seekers majoring in Library & Information Studies and Education.

The Registration fee for this event is $125.  Please note registrations received after April 7th will be assessed an additional $25 late fee.

* To register for this event please visit and click on Register for the 2011 Education & Library Career Exposition located at the top of the page.

For more information contact:
Nancy Friedman
Assistant Director, Career Events & Employer Relations
Florida State University Career Center
Dunlap Success Center, 2107
PO Box 3064162
100 South Woodward Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4162
Phone: (850) 644-9773 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

20 Questions: Reference Deluxe Edition: New Class Added

20 Questions: Reference Deluxe Edition

Wednesday, March 9: Yulee
Thursday, March 10: Ocala (FULL - taking waitlist)
Tuesday, March 22: Palatka NEW
Wednesday, March 23: Jacksonville Main Library
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: Free for all
See details and registration at

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

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

OCLC Billing Update

Your library likely received an e-mail yesterday from OCLC regarding billing.

If you are a NEFLIN member and receive monthly invoices from NEFLIN for your OCLC activity...nothing will change. Your invoice from NEFLIN for OCLC services will still come every month. It will contain the same fees/rates as usual.   You may now return to your day.

If you are a NEFLIN member and receive monthly invoices from need to read the following information from LYRASIS describing how you will soon begin receiving your monthly invoice directly from OCLC.