In This Issue
Good Time Had By All!
Lending Library Update
School Libraries Interest Group Meeting
SSLLI Mentors Needed
NEFLIN Member to Chair the State Library Council
Library MakerFest 2019 
Library MakerFest has come and gone. Many thanks to all who came out, whether they were exhibitors or attendees. Volusia County Public Library staff turned out in droves to help us run the event. The Daytona Beach Regional Library was a great venue! We're grateful for those who volunteered to help with registration, directions, and all the other tasks that made the day run so smoothly. 
We're sad to pass the event along to our friends at SEFLIN for the next few years, but we're sure they'll do magical things with it!  
Lending Library Update
We just added several new books to the Lending Library , including titles by some of our favorite trainers! These books are always just a click away! Request them online and we will get the book to you through DLLI or the mail. Here's a few of the new additions:
Three by Amy Alessio, Katie LaMantia & Emily Vinci:
School Libraries Interest Group Meeting 
Every time our school librarians gather together, they leave invigorated and inspired...and our latest School Librarians Interest Group meeting was no exception.  

On Saturday, April 27th, school librarians from Duval, Clay, Putnam and St. Johns Counties gathered at the Orange Park Jr. High Library for a day of learning, sharing, and fun. 

Highlights included a FAME update from President-Elect Lorraine Stinson, a presentation and hands-on activities with Kahtleen  Schofield from STEM2Hub, representatives sharing the latest from Follett and Mackin, a virtual workshop about weeding from the ladies at, time to try out Google Expedition Virtual Reality tools, and more.  
School Librarians, plan to join us this Fall for our next meeting - you can count on a day that is well worth your time!  To be sure you receive email updates about this group, join the email list.
SSLLI Mentors Needed
Marion County's Cynthia Plesner with her SSLLI mentor, Elizabeth Curry
Did you know that you don't have to be a Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute participant in order to be involved with the program?  You might be just the mentor someone is looking for.  
Developing a formal mentor/mentee partnership is an integral part of each SSLLI participant's experience.  Upon acceptance, each participant begins searching for a mentor to meet with them on a monthly basis, guiding them and supporting them on their leadership journey.  
Potential mentors might be:
  • a past or current director, assistant director, branch manager or comparable position within an organization, agency or business for five or more years.
  • a past or current member of a local, state, or national board, task force, or committee.
  • an individual with experience working with city or county commissioners; state legislators; university deans, provosts, or presidents; or other high level decision makers.
If you are interested in being a part of the SSLLI Mentor Pool, take a few minutes to find out more and submit the Mentor Interest Form.  Beginning in late July, newly accepted participants will have access to this list of potential mentors and will begin contacting those who they think would be a good match for their goals.

Remember that the deadline to apply as an SSLLI participant is June 15th.  If you have any questions about participating OR mentoring for SSLLI, please contact Jenny at or 904-278-5620.
Congratulations, Christine! 
Christine Boatright  
Congratulations go out to Florida Gateway College Library Director, Christine Boatright!
Christine has been selected to Chair the State Library Council beginning in July.
The purpose of this council is to advise and assist the State Library with planning, policy, and priorities related to the development of statewide information services.  One of their most important duties is to review and recommend funding for Florida's LSTA grant program.  Alongside Christine will be another NEFLIN member, Jessica Collogan, from Jacksonville University who also serves on the council. 

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

with Katie LaMantia & Emily Vinci
Tuesday, June 18
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Library renovations can be stressful for staff and patrons, but they are also an opportunity to reevaluate services and priorities. 
In this presentation Katie and Emily will provide tips and strategies for staying cool, calm, and collected during a renovation. 
Learn how to get your voice heard and advocate for your patrons and staff during the planning process and to come through to the other side feeling refreshed and re-energized.   
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