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Special Edition of the NEFLIN Newsletter

We have so much news right now that we are putting out this special edition wrapping up 2 017-18 and previewing 2019.
NEFLIN Celebrates 25 Years !!! 
First off, Happy Anniversary to NEFLIN!  We are celebrating our 25th year of providing service to northeast Florida libraries. 
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NEFLIN Annual Meeting Recap
We had record attendance this year at the Annual Meeting. 168 members joined us from our the region!   
Past, present, and future segments highlighted the morning.  We had presentations from the NEFLIN staff, a walk down memory lane with guest speakers, Amy Johnson and Dave Whisenant, and what's coming up in 2019 (see below).   
There was a concern that the day would have "too much Brad"
in it.  He was constantly on the microphone, showing not one but two videos, and talking about NEFLIN's history.  However, it turned out that we had just the right amount of Brad.  
Amy Johnson, Director 
Florida Division of Library and Information Services
aka our State Librarian  

Dave Whisenant
Former NEFLIN Executive Director 
Now with FALSC
The afternoon consisted of concurrent sessions led by Jill Canono, participants in NEFLIN's Assessment Project, libraries who were awarded NEFLIN Innovation Projects, and some of the highly rated presenters from our Hot Topics Conference

Jill Canono
Special Distinguished Career Award
for coordinating the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute (SSLLI)  
Enjoy photos from the event (Thanks to our photographer, Jae Bass).  We hope to see you next year!
The silent auction at the Annual Meeting raised $2,042 for the Jim Morris Fund.  This fund provides travel assistance to professional development events and conferences.   
Thanks to all members who donated baskets and to Christine Boatright, JoAnn Bailey, and Katrina Evans for helping with the auction. 

Coming in 2019

One exciting part of the Annual Meeting is when we get to announce the new projects NEFLIN will launch in the upcoming year.  This year, we introduced the Virtual Reality Project, the NEFLIN Expertise Database, and a new round of Innovation Projects.  Be watching your email for information about how to get involved with any or all of these projects!
The Virtual Reality Project
Trainer Mickey Boyd will be traveling throughout the NEFLIN region to provide a daylong VR workshop for your staff, followed by a daylong event for your patrons.  You'll have the use of Virtual Reality technology and equipment provided by NEFLIN so that your staff, and your patrons can experience this immersive technology firsthand.
The NEFLIN Expertise Database (NED)
This searchable database will serve as a clearinghouse for knowledge, experience, and specialties that NEFLIN members can offer.  It will be a resource that you can both contribute to and benefit from. 

Innovation Projects
Once again, NEFLIN members will have the opportunity to apply for up to $10,000 for an innovative project or service you would like to undertake.   
Remember that innovation doesn't have to include technology, and that we are looking for projects that are innovative for YOUR library, which can differ greatly based on sizes and types of member libraries.  
Interest Group Update
We have enjoyed many successful Interest Group meetings this year.  
If you've been a part of an Interest Group, be sure to thank your facilitator! These NEFLIN members volunteer their time to plan, schedule, and facilitate four meetings a year, and their hard work is what makes these interactive groups possible.
There's a group for everyone, so for 2019, choose one and participate as much as you can. Core members help the groups grow and remain a valuable resource for participants. To be sure you are on the email list for the group(s) you are most interested in, click here
 Summer Reading Roundup 2018-19
It may be a tad early to think about your personal plans for Summer 2019, but it's coming up on Planning Season for Summer Reading programs. We have several events and workshops happening from October through January all around the region.   
JPL Youth Performers Showcase

Once again Jacksonville Public Library and NEFLIN are bringing talented performers and edutainers together for a day-long showcase of their talents. Over twenty singers, magicians, jugglers, clowns and other assorted acts will show their skills for you. It will be at JPL's West Branch, Thursday, October 4. Details and registration here 
FLYP Workshops
The State Library is offering five FLYP workshops throughout the region in December and January. Erin Arnold of Marion County Public Library and Alexandra Phillips of St. Johns County Public Library will be leading the workshops. Click here to go to the information and registration page
Adult Summer Reading 
Don't worry - we aren't forgetting the grownups. Candace Casey from Osceola County Public Library is presenting a workshop in Ocala January 23, 2019. This year's Adult theme is A Universe of Stories. Find out more and register here.
Don't Eat the Red Frog!
Superstar trainer and author
Andrew Sanderbeck
returns to NEFLIN with his presentation Don't Eat the Red Frog! This interactive day-long workshop features many techniques for dealing with difficult customer service situations. After taking this workshop, you will have an array of skills for defusing explosive situations and delivering the best possible service.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 
9 AM - 4 PM 
@Jacksonville Public Library 
University Park Branch

 The 2018 NEFLIN Award Winners
Congratulations to these NEFLIN Award Winners, who were  
honored at this year's Annual Meeting.  Thank you for all your hard work and commitment to NEFLIN!

Kathleen Citro
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ
Distinguished Career Award

  St. Johns County Public Library
Kid's Cursive Classes
Innovation Award
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Sharon Coon
Jacksonville Public Library
Library Champion Award
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Julie Rekow
Jacksonville Public Library
Member of the Year Award

Jacksonville Public Library  
Golden Apple Award
Alachua County Library District
 Making the Most of
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Columbia County Public Library
Making the Most of
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University of St. Augustine
Making the Most of

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