Hot Topics 2022: Fun & Games Recap
More than 100 of you joined us on April 27th at Hot Topics: Fun & Games, and we were so thrilled to see you all! We hope everyone enjoyed this day of learning about the ways libraries are gamifying their programs and services. This trend is helping us engage new users and connect with our communities in ways that are fun AND effective.
We especially want to thank all of our NEFLIN members and friends who presented breakout sessions at the conference and volunteered to help out with registration and setup. The NEFLIN region is filled with talented and generous library people!!!

Save the date and plan to attend our next face-to-face conference, the NEFLIN Annual Meeting, on Friday, September 16th, at the UNF Conference Center in Jacksonville! Registration will open this summer.
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Congratulations to our JMCEF
Raffle Winner!
Congratulations to Anne Casey, director of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Hunt Library, for winning this year's Jim Morris Continuing Education Fund Raffle! Anne is the proud new owner of a Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner. Thanks to her and ALL of you who purchased tickets, we were able to raise $524!!

All proceeds from this raffle go right back into the Jim Morris Continuing Education Fund to help NEFLIN members attend conferences and other professional development opportunities.

Donations to this fund are tax-deductible and always appreciated!
Help us plan future training and
events at NEFLIN
We rely on your input for future workshop, webinar, and conference planning. Please take a moment to complete this brief Continuing Education survey about which offerings NEFLIN should include in our next fiscal year.

You'll have the option to enter our raffle for one of two $50 Amazon gift cards upon completion of the survey.
New to the Lending Library:
NEFLIN has added a new wing to the Lending Library - an eBook section! We have curated a collection of Professional Development eBooks for library staff to complement our long-running print collection. Some titles will be available in both formats, but some will be exclusive to either the eBook collection or to the print selection. Going forward, we will purchase material in both formats. 

If you would like to use the eLending Library, just send an email to [email protected] asking for access! We will set you up with an account. If you already have an OverDrive account for your home library, you will still need a new one for this collection. 

You'll find the eLending Library at There is also a link to take you there from our main Lending Library page on the NEFLIN website. 
Featured Webinar:
Community History Collections:
Managing and Developing Your Resources

Have you thought about how your library can partner with local community groups to archive & share community history? Not only are local history projects a great outreach opportunity, but they also help us archive important pieces of our cultural history.

We'll talk about how to get started - groups to connect with, tips for organizing and prioritizing projects, strategies and tips for digitization of photographs, textual documents, and movies (including how to create more accessible content), curation and content plans, archival and conservation of original source materials, outreach and community involvement, grant funding, and more! 
Meet the Trainer: Robin Fay
Robin Fay is a metadata and cataloger expert trainer. With over 15 years’ cataloging and metadata experience including for the Library of Congress, University of Georgia Libraries, University System of Georgia Documentation Group, Orbis Cascade Alliance, among others, Robin combines real life experience with a warm and enthusiastic training style. Robin is a sought after speaker and trainer, having trained staff at all levels in public and academic libraries, in addition to archives and special collections.
Innovation Project Spotlight
Over the next few months, we'll be highlighting the 8 NEFLIN member libraries who are recipients of a 2022 Innovation Project Award. These libraries all submitted their innovative ideas to the NEFLIN Board, who then awarded up to $10,000 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 16th, they will share their progress and results.
Our next highlighted winner is Alachua County Library District. Their exciting project, Family Invention Lab, is off and running after the May 15th kick-off program just held at the ACLD Headquarters Library.
The goal of this project is to bridge the gap between Children/Teen programming and adult programing. Using the concept of “Invention Literacy” coined by Makey Makey inventor Jay Silver, the series will give patrons hands-on experience and knowledge in a friendly environment. This summer ACLD patrons will learn basic coding and engineering lessons suitable for the whole family.  Each month they will focus on a new activity to pump your brain's STEAM power.
Interest Group Update:
Academic Librarians gather at SJRSC
This quarter marked the first time one of our interest groups has been able to meet in person since the pandemic began, which made the Academic Libraries Interest Group May 5th meeting at St. Johns River State College especially enjoyable. Librarians from Jacksonville University, Santa Fe College, FSCJ, and SJRSC gathered for a tour of the new library at the OP Campus, including the academic tutoring center and the writing center that are incorporated into the library facility. The day finished off with discussion and an update on NEFLIN services.
Since the group enjoyed being together so much, plans are in the works to hold an upcoming in-person meeting at another NEFLIN academic library. Stay tuned for more details, and send potential discussion topics or meeting ideas to our group facilitator, Dr. Brittnee Fisher, at [email protected].
These training opportunities have been funded in part under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Florida Department of State, Division
of Library and Information Services.
For FY2021-22, the total state and federal budgets for NEFLIN's programs are $676,872. 41% of the total costs ($276,872) are supported by federal funds, and 59% 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]