Buy your JMCEF Raffle Tickets
Online purchasing closes this Wednesday!
Don't hesitate! Now is the time to buy your JMCEF raffle tickets. You could win a Home Theater Projector and 100" portable projector screen - AND you'll be supporting the Jim Morris Continuing Education Fund!

The drawing will take place at the NEFLIN Technology Conference on April 21st, but you do not need to be present to win.
Tickets may be purchased online through Wednesday, April 19th (PayPal or Credit Card) and at the Tech Conference (cash only).

Tickets are $1.00 each (minimum $10.00 purchase).
Nominations are now open
It's time! Nominations for the 2023 NEFLIN Awards are now open. This is your opportunity to honor a deserving colleague or community member for the hard work they are doing.

Nominations are due Friday, April 28th!
Member of the Year
The NEFLIN Member of the Year Award recognizes a current employee of a NEFLIN library who has made a significant positive impact on his/her library and the community it serves. Download Nomination Form

Distinguished Career Award
The Distinguished Career Award is for an individual who has displayed exemplary achievement and leadership throughout his/her career in the library field. Download Nomination Form

Library Innovation Award
The NEFLIN Innovation Award recognizes an innovative program or service that has demonstrated impact on the community a NEFLIN library serves.  Download Nomination Form

Library Champion Award
This award is for any individual who has demonstrated exceptional support for a NEFLIN library. (Current employees of NEFLIN libraries are not eligible.)  Download Nomination Form
Florida Libraries Online
Save the Date

This free, completely virtual conference will take place on Thursday, June 15th. You don't want to miss this daylong event featuring keynote speaker Dr. Michael Stephens, author of Wholehearted Librarianship: Finding Hope, Inspiration, and Balance.

Breakout tracks will feature Leadership, Customer Service, Outreach, Programming, and Physical Spaces. Save the Date and watch for an email when registration opens in May!
Thank you for taking the
2023 NEFLIN Annual Survey!
Congratulations to these five NEFLIN members, who won a $25 gift card for their participation in the 2023 NEFLIN Annual Survey! We are thankful to all of our members who took the survey, and we hope you will see the ways that we consider and implement your feedback.

Be on the lookout for the Continuing Education Survey coming out in May - your participation is valued and appreciated!
Suzanne Buckles
Putnam County Schools
Suzanne Eichler
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Kyleen Knight
Clay County Public Libraries
Donna Koon
Suwannee River Regional Library
Diane Scot
Keiser University
Sunshine State
Library Leadership Institute
Apply now!
Where do Florida's library leaders get their start?

In the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute! 
This 10-month program is designed to prepare library leaders who can meet today's needs and tomorrow's challenges.
We encourage you to consider applying for SSLLI Year 18 if you:
  • Work full-time in a Florida library.
  • Have a minimum of two years of successful professional library experience.
  • Are willing to lead transformation within your library.
  • Are committed to completing this rigorous professional development experience.
The application window will be open from April 5 through June 2, 2023.
Questions? Please reach out to us at [email protected] or to NEFLIN at [email protected].
Upcoming Interest Groups
Looking for a way to connect with others who share your interests? Maybe it's time to try an Interest Group! Check out our complete list of groups and add your name to their email lists so that you will stay in the loop about upcoming meetings.
The Teen Services Interest Group will meet on Friday, April 28, from 9:00 am -3:00 pm at the Live Oak Public Library.

It's been a long time since this group has been able to gather in person - join us for a fun-packed day as we share ideas and collaborate on solutions to all of your Teen Services challenges.
The next Gaming Interest Group will be held online on Thursday, April 27th, 2023, from 10:00 -11:00 am

Sun, Fun, and Games
This meeting will be about two 'hot' topics: Burnout and the Summer. With the hotter months fast approaching, what are some things you guys are doing to keep things 'cool' at the library and avoid gaming burnout, both for yourselves and your patrons. What are you summer plans? We'll spend the back half of the meeting in a more interest-driven, group-led discussion, so be prepared to for lots of potential topics, and bring your curiosity!
Featured Workshop
Literacy Play: The Early Literacy Skills in Story Time
with Artistic Literacy, Inc.

Invigorate your story time with this hands-on workshop!

Join us for an introduction to the pre-literacy skills that children need before they are ready to learn to read. Explore each of the six preliteracy skills with books and activities that integrate playful learning into your story time.

Throughout the day we will share stories, sing songs, and refine our story time programs so that children and parents get the most out of this core library service. Experienced story time presenters and those new to libraries will both leave with ready-made programs that they can implement in their libraries as well as many additional activities they can modify as they plan future story times. 
Meet the Trainer: Artistic Literacy, Inc.
Elizabeth McConney has been providing art programming at libraries and schools in northeast Florida since 2005. With a B.A. in Visual Arts from New College of Florida, Elizabeth is a studio artist who works by commission. She is currently a Literacy Content Specialist for the Lastinger Center at the University of Florida College of Education.

Amber Holley has worked with Jacksonville Public Library since 2004 in several libraries both large and small, urban and suburban. She has worked as a teen librarian, children’s librarian, and a branch manager. She is currently the Manager of Learning Services. Amber has been presenting training to other librarians since 2007. She has a B.A. from New College of Florida, a M.L.I.S. from University of South Florida, and is a graduate of the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute.
Innovation Project Spotlight
For the next few months, we'll be highlighting the 10 NEFLIN member libraries who are recipients of a 2023 Innovation Project Award. These libraries all submitted their innovative ideas to the NEFLIN Board, who then awarded up to $7,500 for each winning idea. All of the libraries are working now to put their projects into action, and at the NEFLIN Annual Meeting on September 15th, they will share their progress and results.
Our first featured project comes from Bethune-Cookman University's Carl S. Swisher Library. Their project, Air Printers and Relaxation Zone, is two-fold: "We wish to help our students, staff and faculty print documents and posters easily; and provide a lounge area for them to enjoy their purchases from the Starbucks café that is located inside of the library."
From BCU's Project Overview: "Students repeatedly visit the circulation desk to ask why their documents, sent from their phones, did not print, why they cannot drink or eat items purchased from the Starbucks that is located in the library and where in the library can they simply sit and chat with friends. Funds from this grant will assist Carl S. Swisher Memorial Library & Learning Resources Center in converting newly freed space into a multipurpose, multifunctional space for students, faculty and staff with access to air printers and lounging space.
Meanwhile, the Brevard County Public Libraries will be using their Innovation Project award to create a Small Business Hub at the DeGroodt Memorial Library in Palm Bay:

"To answer a unique call for changes to service, the Small Business Hub would provide resources for potential and active entrepreneurs and startups with home business-based software, hardware, print and other resources. A dedicated collaborative space containing a current, topical book collection, business card exchange rack, business application rack, job posting board and a private study room with PC access for production and online meetings. The library will initiate bimonthly evening or weekend meet ups with speakers pooled from community partners leading to self-sustainable usage and programs. These services are missing in the south end of Brevard County."
Don't forget to attend the NEFLIN Annual Meeting to find out more about ALL of our 2023 Innovation Projects.
Celebrating New Chapters
Since time flies so quickly, we don't always get to honor our colleagues as we would like to before they start a new chapter in life. Lately, though, it seems like the word "retirement" is popping up pretty often...and from some people who have been welcome fixtures at NEFLIN for many years!
Congratulations to Dawn Bostwick on her retirement as the director of the Nassau County Public Library System! Dawn served with NCPL for 27 years, with 22 years as director. We've enjoyed getting to know Dawn at many NEFLIN events over the years, as well as during her time on the NEFLIN Board, and she will be missed!
Just down the coast from Dawn is Harold George, who retired after 35 years of service to the St. Johns County Public Library System. Harold began as circulation assistant and worked all the way up to retire as Extension Services Manager. We are also especially grateful to Harold for the time he spent serving on the NEFLIN Board of Directors. Congratulations, Harold!
We know of a few others that we hope to highlight soon - but in the meantime, we are thankful for all of you who have contributed so much to NEFLIN!
This project was funded either under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services or the Library Cooperative Grant program. Florida’s LSTA and LCG programs are administered by the Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services.
For FY2022-23, the total state and federal budgets for NEFLIN's programs are $688,109. 42% of the total costs ($288,109) are supported by federal funds, and 58% of this program ($400,000) is supported by state funds.
Jenny Eason | Member Services Coordinator | NEFLIN
2233 Park Avenue, Suite 402, Orange Park, FL. 32073
904.278.5620 | | [email protected]