2023 NEFLIN Annual Meeting
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The 2023 NEFLIN Annual Meeting will take place on Friday, September 15th, from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm, at UNF’s Adam W. Herbert University Center.  

The day’s agenda will include:

Cost to attend:  $45.00 (includes a catered lunch)

Please note: If this will be your first time to attend an in-person Annual Meeting, you are eligible to receive a pair of NEFLIN shoes! However, you must register by Friday July 28th to get your shoes. If you register after this date, even if it is your first in-person meeting, you will not be eligible to receive shoes.

Registration for all attendees will close on Friday, September 1st, unless the event reaches capacity before that date.
Call for Proposals
Lightning Round Sessions at the Annual Meeting
This year, we're including Lightning Round sessions as part of the Annual Meeting agenda. If your library has a program, service, or resource you'd like to share, please consider submitting a proposal.

Each presenter will have 5 minutes to present their Lightning Round session.

Remember that the NEFLIN membership includes all types of libraries from all types of communities, and if something is important or interesting to you, it will be to someone else, as well.

To submit a proposal, fill out the form below with a short description of your topic by Friday, July 21st. Contact [email protected] with questions.
NEFLIN's State Funding Cap Removed
Good news! After many years the cap on NEFLIN's state funding has finally been removed.

This funding cap has hindered NEFLIN and the other Florida MLCs from growing their services.

However, in the legislative session that recently ended, library champions from the House and Senate advanced a bill that eventually led to the cap being removed from the Florida Statutes. We are now beginning to work on plans to increase our state appropriation next year. We also need to thank our MLC Lobbyist, Travis Blanton, for shepherding this bill through the legislative process.
Sunshine State
Library Leadership Institute
Call for Mentors
The Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute Year 18 will be underway soon, and we’re looking for a few good mentors to help our new participants succeed.

If you have experience serving in leadership roles and would like to be a part of this highly respected program, we hope you’ll consider serving as a SSLLI Mentor.

Find out more about the SSLLI mentoring program here, and if you’re ready to add your name to the Mentor Pool, submit your Mentor Interest Form.
Featured Workshops
It's a Jay Turner Double-Feature!
It has been too long since we've been able to bring you a workshop from popular trainer Jay Turner - so we're making up for it by offering two in one day! Join us at the Orange Park Branch of the Clay County Public Library (very close to the NEFLIN office) for one or both of these in-person workshops: Leadership and Management Fundamentals and Getting Things Done.
Leadership and Management Fundamentals
with Jay Turner

This foundational course establishes and clarifies the core expectations of all people managers, offering a deep dive into key leadership competencies.

Whether you are a new supervisor or an individual contributor aspiring to move into management, this interactive workshop will equip you with the fundamental tools to be successful as a leader.
Getting Things Done
with Jay Turner

This engaging workshop is designed to revolutionize your approach to productivity, using the proven "Getting Things Done" (GTD) method. Learn to increase focus on your most meaningful work, organize information, prioritize commitments, create mental space, and achieve stress-free productivity.

Whether you are frontline staff, a branch manager, the library director, or anything in between, this interactive workshop will provide you with practical tools to transform how you work and empower you to focus on the things that really matter.
Meet the Trainer: Jay Turner
Award winning librarian and highly in-demand HR and org development consultant Jay Turner leverages almost two decades of experience as he helps organizations define and refine strategy, develop talent, execute major projects, and grow leaders across sectors. Named a 'Mover and Shaker' by Library Journal in 2015, he's known for implementing empowering programs and fostering collaborations. Jay, who also worked as a senior consultant at the American Red Cross and senior training manager at WIN Waste Innovations, now runs EduJay LLC, helping individuals and organizations realize their full potential. He lives in Kingsport, Tennessee, and is an avid gamer, heavy metal enthusiast, and Atlanta Falcons fan.
A Visit to Marion County's new Sankofa Public Library
It was such a treat to catch up with NEFLIN member Diane Johnson recently and see firsthand Marion County Public Library's innovative new Sankofa Branch.

Integrated into the new Mary Sue Rich Community Center, the Sankofa Branch features a reading area, children's space, 10 public computers, a study room, and all the services and resources available at the County's other stand-alone branches.
As part of the Community Center, however, this branch is also connected to a multitude of resources, including space for health and art classes, and senior activities; fitness equipment, an indoor walking track, and basketball courts; banquet rooms with full-sized professional kitchens; and more. Any Marion County resident can make use of the facility, but the Community Center directly benefits the primarily African-American West Ocala community. Even better, it is built on the site of the former Royal Oak Charcoal Plant, which was a source of heavy pollution in the community for many years.
There's much more to share about the Sankofa story and not enough space to do it justice here. Check out the Spring 2023 edition of Marion County Public Library's Words newsmagazine for an in-depth description of the library and the community center, or reach out to Karen Jensen at [email protected]  for more information.
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 next featured project comes from Flagler County Public Library. Their project is the purchase of a Soundproof Privacy Booth:

"The Pillar “phone” Booth will fulfill a need for library users to have a private space for telehealth appointments, zoom calls, virtual meetings, job interviews whether online or over the phone and quiet study. Virtual appointments, particularly in the healthcare field, web-based courses and online meetings have become commonplace especially post pandemic. The booth is movable and comes equipped with a small desk, LED lighting and a ventilation system that fully replaces the air every 60 seconds. It also contains two power outlets and two USB ports, to allow users to charge up to four devices simultaneously. The exterior of the unit is insulated with acoustic fabric, steel, and wool to greatly reduce sound inside the booth and mute noise for library users outside the booth. The space is large enough for one individual to work sitting down or two individuals to meet standing up."
Meanwhile, Bryceville Elementary School, part of Nassau County Public Schools, is using their Innovation Project award to create a Storybook STEAM Tinker & Maker Space for students:

"Bryceville Elementary School has made great strides in creating a warm, inviting, and collaborative learning space for our students. Adding a Storybook STEAM Tinker and Makerspace to our library will allow students to make strong connections between literacy and STEAM. Updating our library collection with new and exciting book titles and hands-on manipulatives will provide students with the space and resources to explore, create, and problem-solve. The skills obtained through this new Storybook STEAM Tinker and Makerspace are necessary for our students to become successful life-long learners."
Don't forget to attend the NEFLIN Annual Meeting to find out more about ALL of our 2023 Innovation Projects, and how to apply for a Innovation Project at your library.
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]