Dear Brad,

Last month, nearly 150 of you attended the NEFLIN Annual Meeting and helped us celebrate 30 years of NEFLIN! For those who were there, we hope you enjoyed hearing about what NEFLIN did in 2023 and what we will be doing in 2024.

The day kicked off with a keynote session from Peter Bromberg and continued with staff reports and breakout sessions from your fellow NEFLIN members.

Other highlights included the presentation of this year's NEFLIN Awards and Continuing Education Awards, which we will feature in next month's newsletter, as well as giving out almost 50 new pairs of NEFLIN shoes! You can see pictures of the day here:

This month's newsletter will tell you all about our upcoming projects and events. Be sure to read closely and take advantage of the opportunities that will benefit you!

Jenny Eason

[email protected]

Member Services Coordinator

Innovation Projects

Apply by November 15th!

It's time to brainstorm!

NEFLIN Innovation Projects provide up to $7,500 for members to fund a new project or service at their library. The application must describe how this new idea is innovative for your library.  

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Find out more about the Innovation Projects, including descriptions of past winners, at

Download the Application

Scholarships for NEFLIN Members

Accepting Applications Now!

Through the Jim Morris Continuing Education Fund, NEFLIN members are eligible to apply for financial support for conferences, training, and other professional development opportunities, whether in-person or virtual.

We are currently accepting applications for any opportunities happening in 2024. Apply by December 31st for consideration.

Apply for Scholarship Funds

Thank you to everyone who supported the JMCEF

by donating or purchasing a basket at this year's Silent Auction.

We were able to raise $1,115.00 to add to the fund!

Youth Performers Showcase

October 25, 2023


Wednesday, October 25

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Alachua County Library District HQ


Here we go again! Ready for a day of presenters and performers looking to inform, entertain and educate your youngest patrons? It's time for the annual Youth Performers Showcase! Once again coming to you from the Headquarters Library in Gainesville, we are happy to bring you some of the finest talent in our area.

If you've never been, think of it as Summer Reading Idol or the Library Voice (or should that be the Shush?). Singers, magicians, storytellers, and all kinds of acts will have a few minutes to show you what they can do. It's an all-day event for Youth Services staff, but you don't have to come for the whole thing - you can attend as you are able.

Register Here

Teen Services Essentials

October 26, 2023

Thursday, October 26

9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Alachua County Library District

Cone Park Branch - Gainesville

Looking for ways to better serve the teens in your community? Explore the wonderful world of teen services!

Participants will learn useful tips and techniques for working with young adults. We will review adolescent developmental needs and life experiences. We will discuss best practices for interacting with teens and how librarians can support the 40 developmental assets. We will explore what's trending in teen publishing, collection development, and readers advisory strategies as well as advocacy for teens. The deadline to register is Friday, October 20th.

Register Here


We are offering this same workshop in Daytona Beach in late February if that is more convenient for you. Registration for that session will open in December. 

Meet the Trainers: 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

Thank you, retiring Board Members!

We are so thankful for our members who serve on the NEFLIN Board - and we are always sorry to see them go! The Board helps us make the plans and decisions that will best serve the NEFLIN membership, and we couldn't do what we do without their leadership and advocacy.

Thank you to Shannon Dew of Florida State College at Jacksonville, Brent Mai of University of North Florida, and Shaney Livingston of Alachua County Library District for serving for the last three years. They have not only been Board members, but also officers (secretary, president, and treasurer, respectively).

We appreciate and will miss you!

Shannon Dew

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Shaney Livingston

Alachua County Library District

Brent Mai

University of North Florida

Welcome, new Board Members!

And now, a new chapter begins. Welcome to the NEFLIN Board, Patty Duval, Casanna Jackson, Trina McCowan, and Melissa Reynolds!

Patty Duval

Alachua County School District

Casanna Jackson

Jacksonville University

Trina McCowan

University of North Florida

Melissa Reynolds

Volusia County Public Library

Save the Dates!

There's lots more happening in 2024!

Save the dates for these upcoming opportunities:

Hot Topics Conference 2024

Theme: "Other Duties as Required"

Keynote speaker: Dr. Anne-Marie Casey

Date: April 26, 2024

Location: University of Florida Conference Center (Gainesville)

Florida Libraries Online Conference 2024

Theme: TBA

Date: Summer 2024 (TBA)

Location: Online

2024 NEFLIN Annual Meeting

Date: September 13, 2024

Location: TBA

These projects were 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 FY2023-24, the total state and federal budgets for NEFLIN's programs are $694,693. 42% of the total costs ($294,693) 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]
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