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Librarian Olympics: How To Participate
SSLLI Applications
School Librarians Meeting
Member Spotlight: Clay County Public Library
Librarian Olympics: How To Participate
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NEFLIN is proud to announce that the Librarian Olympics are open for qualifying.

For those who don't like to read a bunch of words...


For those who like words, and reading, here goes...

Olympic Qualifying (April 15 - May 15)
To qualify we have set up a timed, online, quiz.  You will have five minutes to answer as many of the 50 questions on the following subjects; libraries, librarians, books, authors, and the Olympic games.

Each member library that participates will have a top qualifier. The Top 25 from that group will move on to the Olympic Trials.

Olympic Trials  (Summer 2016)
The Top 25 qualifiers now go the Olympic Trials and try to represent their library at the Olympic Games.  This will be a test of their knowledge, endurance, and street smarts.  NEFLIN will arrange for the qualifiers to all participate in a Scavenger Hunt at their library.  We will pick one day this summer to hold the Trials. 

The Top 10 from this event move on the Olympic Games.

Olympic Games  (September 23 - NEFLIN Annual Meeting)
At the beginning of the Annual Meeting we will whittle down the Top 10 to three with a variety of Olympic Games.  The Top Three will then compete for the Olympic Gold, Silver, or Bronze Medal.  It will be exciting!

NEFLIN Librarian Olympics Website

NEFLIN Awards: Nominations Open 
Awards 2016

Nominations are now being accepted for the annual NEFLIN awards. The deadline for nominations is June 15th.  
  • Member of the Year Award   
  • Distinguished Career Award  
  • Innovation Award
  • Library Champion Award
Detailed information and the online nomination forms are available at
We know that you work at a library with some exciting, dynamic people and ideas.  Let everyone know by nominating them for one of these awards!

 SSLLI Applications Now Being Accepted

The Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute is now accepting applications.

Participants can attend in Ocala at NEFLIN member, Marion County Public Library, or Ft. Lauderdale .
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Sessions are held once a month from Oct 2016-July 2017. 
Linda Bruno will again be the facilitator! 

The Institute is:
  • Open to individuals from all types of libraries (public, academic, school and special).
  • Designed for professional librarians, as well as those in management positions without a master's degree in Library Science.
Candidates should have a:
  • Minimum of two years professional library experience.
  • Demonstrated successful professional work experience.
For more information go to the  SSLLI Website.

School Librarians Interest Group Meeting

In what has become an annual event, NEFLIN's School Librarians Interest Group met for a face-to-face, day-long training session and interest group meeting on Saturday, April 9th.  

This year, NEFLIN invited author Hilda Weisburg to discuss the value of a school library program, and how vital and
indispensable  they are to the educational community. Attendees learned how to strategically plan for  advocacy  by creating and clearly articulating their own library program's mission and vision, and how building relationships is critical for success.

Join the School Librarians Interest Group for their next meeting in a special gathering with the Children's Services Interest Group on Friday, August 5th at the San Marco Branch of the Jacksonville Public Library.  This unique session will focus on ways school library programs and public libraries can  successfully  partner.  
Spotlight on Clay County Public Library

Patricia Coffman, Director

The Clay County Library System, located southwest of Jacksonville, is comprised of a Headquarters Library at Fleming Island, and four branches spread throughout the county; Keystone Heights, Middleburg, Green Cove Springs, and Orange Park.
Each Branch has its own unique identity, and seeks to serve its community with a blend of traditional library services, innovative new programs, and outreach into the community.
To meet the changing needs of our patrons, the Clay County Library System has launched a thought provoking initiative
re-evaluating collections and spaces. Our goal is to update, improve, and launch new services. This will create a fresh appeal to patrons at all of our locations.
A NEFLIN Innovation Grant provided a mobile computer Lab that has allowed branches without a fixed Computer Lab to also offer hands on computer training as well as adult and youth hands on programming. We recently launched a system wide newsletter, Facebook page, and an online program calendar that advertises and promotes programming at each branch.

Clay County Public

Northeast Florida Library Information Network 
2233 Park Avenue Suite 402
Orange Park, FL 32073

If I Hadn't Believed It, 
I Wouldn't Have Seen It 

Thursday, May 12 
9 am - 4:30 pm

Why talk about racism? What does it have to do with our work as librarians? Systemic structures such as racism uphold misinformation and perpetuate scarcity of access to information. Librarians, as information purveyors, must reflect on how our work upholds, contributes to, or helps dismantle these structures. 

Join facilitators from Community Change, Inc. who will provide tools to help us better recognize and address racism in our relationships, organizations, and library institutions.

Location: UF Levin College of Law in Gainesville

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