A New Era at NEFLIN
2022-2024 Strategic Plan Launches
Last month marked the beginning of a new era at era guided
by a plan that many of you helped us formulate.
Yes, that's right - NEFLIN's 2022-2024 Strategic Plan is here!
Based on feedback from NEFLIN members, our areas of focus for the next three years will be:

Community Engagement
Enhanced Innovation
Member Support
Training Opportunities
Strong Organization

See the complete plan

We greatly appreciate all of you who participated in the series of Focus Groups led by consultant Dr. Anne Casey that we hosted earlier this year. Dr. Casey took the information you shared and homed in on the areas that are most important to our members. We hope that you will see that reflected in the training, services, and annual projects that NEFLIN offers over in 2022-2024. We're looking forward to continuing to serve you in the years ahead!
COOP Planning Project
Gets Underway
Fourteen NEFLIN Member Libraries Participate
Does anyone else feel like we're living in strange times? Or that a good motto for the last few years could be, "Well, I didn't see that coming!"

NEFLIN's COOP Planning Project aims to help libraries prepare for the unexpected, and we're excited to get this project underway with fourteen participating NEFLIN member libraries. A Continuity of Operating Procedures (COOP) Plan establishes procedures and guidance to ensure that essential functions for the library are continued in the event that man-made, natural, or technological emergencies disrupt normal operations. A COOP enables the library to operate with a significantly reduced workforce, diminished availability of resources, and to operate from an alternative work site should the primary facility become unusable.

Participants in this project (listed below) will work with Jamie LaRue to develop their own COOP. Look for updates throughout the year!

NEFLIN Board Updates
We want to extend a huge thanks to NEFLIN Board Member Julie Evener of the University of St. Augustine. Julie has served on the Board since 2021, contributing not only her perspective as an academic librarian, but also a professionalism, thoroughness, and attention to detail that is invaluable. We wish her the best as she moves on to pursuits outside of the NEFLIN region. We will miss you, Julie, but we know our paths will continue to cross in the future!
Taking Julie's place on the Board is Dr. John Lucy, director of the Trinity Baptist College Library in Jacksonville. Dr. Lucy is a native of Jacksonville. He holds a Master of Library Science degree from Florida State University and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of North Florida in Educational Leadership. He has extensive library experience on both the collegiate and private school level. Welcome, Dr. Lucy!
Jim Morris Continuing Education Fund
Accepting applications now!
The Jim Morris Continuing Education Fund helps NEFLIN members attend conferences and other professional development opportunities...but applications are only accepted during certain times of the year. If you would like financial support to take part in professional development in 2023, now is the time to apply!

You'll find more information about the JMCEF and a link to apply at

We also welcome donations to help this program thrive! Make your tax-deductible donation here.
Featured Workshop
Emotional Intelligence and Generations in the Workplace
Thursday, December 15th
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
NEFLIN Headquarters (Orange Park)

Emotional Intelligence – maybe you’ve heard the term, but what in the world does it mean? The short answer is simply being intelligent about emotions – yours and others’. The longer – and much more interesting – answer will fascinate you.
And as we’re dealing with emotions every single day – ours and theirs – we’re also dealing with the tension of how different generations move through their lives – and their workdays.
We’ve been hearing it for years ~ there are differences in the generations when it comes to how they perceive their work – and yours! And although we know it’s true, we really just wish we could avoid the whole topic.

Except…what if we had a place where we could openly discuss the differences and why they matter? What if we stopped to acknowledge weaknesses, but also celebrate and build on the strengths of each group? What if we examined our common values? What if…we opened the lines of communication??

Whether you’ve been in your job for a decade or more or have just begun your library journey, Emotional Intelligence and Generations in the Workplace will be eye-opening. What if…you decide to attend??
Trainer: Linda Bruno
Linda has been developing and conducting training workshops for libraries and other organizations for more than fifteen years. She offers workshops on topics ranging from Leadership Skills to Emotional Intelligence – and lots of areas in between!

Linda received her MBA from the University of Florida and has years of experience in hands-on management positions. She develops her workshops based on solid research and – more importantly – real-life application. Linda is also certified with DDI and Achieve Global.

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
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