In This Issue
Member-Driven is How We Roll
Save the Date: Library MakerFest
Collaborating with Strangers - Workshop
Don't Let Wet Weather Dampen Your Day
Member Spotlight: Pam Picray
Member-Driven is How We Roll 
NEFLIN is a member-driven organization.  Members are actively engaged in the planning and activities of NEFLIN.

To assist us in having services, programs, and events that you want to participate in, we need your assistance in planning them.

We are offering five sessions in February to help us gather information to update our Strategic Plan.  (I know that anything related to planning tends to make one yawn, but not when NEFLIN does it! Expect fun, learning, and a free lunch.)

Please register today, and look for information in next month's newsletter about our Annual Survey which allows those who can't attend a planning session to provide input.
Save the Date: Library MakerFest 

Just in case you haven't heard the news, NEFLIN is taking over the Library MakerFest from our friends in TBLC! After several successful years in Plant City, we are moving it to the Clay County Fairgrounds. We hope you'll be able to attend this exciting day-long look at what libraries all around our state are offering in Maker programs! 

The 2018 Library MakerFest will be  Friday, May 4, 2018! We will send out more detailed information very shortly on how to register for this event. Libraries from across Florida are invited as both exhibitors and attendees. 

Collaborating with Strangers - Workshop

Did you enjoy your sampling of Collaborating with Strangers at the Annual Meeting so much that you can't wait to experience a full session? Or maybe you were unable to go to the Annual Meeting but have heard nothing but raves from your colleagues about this fun networking activity? Do you have no idea of what I'm talking about but you're intrigued nonetheless?

Collaborating with Strangers (CoLab) Workshops bring people together in a unique way - one-on-one "speed meetings" where participants meet new people and learn all about their professional interests. These fun, fast-paced networking sessions were developed at the University of Florida's George A. Smathers Libraries as a novel way of connecting students and faculty. The workshops have spilled forth from campus and now you have the opportunity to experience what led over 70% of participants to feel "...more confident approaching people they do not know."

Do we need to mention that everyone will be wearing giant cards featuring information on your career and personal interests?

Over 2700 people have participated in the workshops since they began in 2011. You can find more information on CoLab by visiting their website. Once you are thoroughly enthralled with the idea of joining in, click here to register for NEFLIN's presentation of Collaborating with Strangers at the Fred Sivia Center in Gainesville on Monday, March 5!

Don't Let Wet Weather Dampen Your Day
Need to keep your next outdoor event dry in the rainy season, or cool in the summer?
Don't forget that you can borrow NEFLIN's canopy from the equipment l oan program.  The 18' x 30' canopy seats 75 people comfortably in the shade.

Contact NEFLIN to reserve the canopy now for your next outdoor program.
Member Spotlight: Pam Picray 
We are pleased to put the spotlight this month on NEFLIN member, Pam Picray.
Pam Picray
Pam has been a librarian for 38 years.
She received her degree from Mississippi University for Women and began her career as Medical Librarian for the United States Army at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
Since 1988, Pam has been a school librarian at Gottlieb Day School, Hendricks Avenue Day School, and Duval County Public Schools (DCPS).

Currently she is the librarian at Spring Park Elementary School in Jacksonville.
She has served on the NEFLIN Continuing Education Committee twice, currently as Chair. Pam is a past-president of M.E.D.I.A., the professional organization for librarians in Duval County.
Pam has presented at numerous District, State and National conferences and this year she was nominated for the ALA
"I Love my Librarian" Award.
Outside of the library, Pam works with Edward Waters College athletics, Jacksonville Giants, and volunteers with multiple organizations including the Florida Theater. She lives in Jacksonville with her husband, James and their dogs Bella and Toby.  

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Friday, February 2 in Ormond Beach 
Friday, February 16 in Gainesville

Hey, Youth Services folks - Are you looking for alternatives to the experience you normally have at FLYP? Olivia Wilson and Katherine Kastanis from the Dunedin Public Library are sharing ideas on new books, programming and activities designed to go with this year's statewide theme in Youth Librarians Rock!
This is an all day workshop with offerings for both younger audiences and Teens. We are offering the exact same workshop at two locations, so you only need to sign up for one. You can register by clicking on the location of your choice below:

2/2:  Ormond Beach
 2/16:  Gainesville

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