Dear Brad,

If you're wondering why we're featuring a Ninja DualBrew Pro Specialty Coffee System at the top of this month's newsletter...then that means you clearly haven't secured your JMCEF Raffle tickets yet!

Each year, NEFLIN hosts a raffle to raise money for the Jim Morris Continuing Education Fund. All funds raised through this raffle go back into the JMCEF to support professional development scholarships for our members.

Raffle tickets are $1 each with a minimum $10 purchase. The drawing will take place at the 2024 Hot Topics Conference, but you do not need to be present to win.

You may purchase raffle tickets online until April 19th or at the event.

Jenny Eason

Member Services Coordinator


Submit your nominations by April 26th!

It's time! Nominations for the 2024 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 26th! Awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting on September 13th.

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

The Sunshine State

Library Leadership Institute

is coming to the NEFLIN region!

Are you early in your library career and looking to build a strong future for yourself?

Are you mid-career and interested in new challenges?

Or are you late in your career and wanting to finish strong?

The Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute is an excellent tool to help you meet your goals - no matter which stage of your career you are in. SSLLI is a one-year cohort-based leadership program that boasts more than 600 graduates. Alumni of the program are now leading in libraries all over the State - and Country!

The application window for SSLLI Year 19 is now open, and - GOOD NEWS - one of this year's cohorts will meet in Clay County (Fleming Island)! Don't miss this chance to be a part of SSLLI while it is in our own backyard.

Go to and apply by May 31st!

NEFLIN Road Show Continues

with Resume and CV Development for Library Staff

Register now for Resume and CV Development for Library Staff with Anne Marie Casey!

Thursday, May 2nd, 2024

9:30 am - 12:00 pm

@Port Orange Regional Library

Have you been thinking about jumping into the job market or applying for a promotion in your current organization?  

Having a professional resume or CV that is tailored to the library jobs you are applying for is important. It is not hard to put together, but it requires some thought and preparation. There are key elements you always need to include and other items that are good to include early in your career, but need to be dropped off as you progress. 

In this in-person workshop, we will help you design your own basic resume or CV that you can use for years as a template for any future needs. You will learn the difference between a resume and a CV, the basic elements, what is important in the library job application market and what is better left off. You will have an opportunity to share your current resume or CV for feedback and work on your new template.  

Register Now

Trainer: Anne Marie Casey

Anne has over 40 years’ experience in librarianship. She has worked in academic and public libraries and her career spans the gamut for Cataloguing Technician to Director of ERAU’s Hunt Library from which she recently retired. Anne has extensive experience in recruiting employees and assisting faculty with their personal research web presence. She has served on the NEFLIN Board of Directors and consulted with NEFLIN on the last three strategic plans. She has earned an AMLS in library science from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Managerial Leadership in the Information professions from Simmons University.

New to Equipment Loan -

GIANT Games!

Just in time for Summer Programming - Giant Games are here!

Check out one or check out all five! The collection includes Connect 4, Jenga, Sorry!, Uno, and Candyland.

See the complete Equipment Loan collection at To make your reservation for any item, email

Featured Webinar

Focusing on Focus Groups

with Curtis Rogers

Tuesday, April 30th

2:00 - 3:00 pm


Are you thinking about hosting focus groups? This session is designed to equip librarians and non-profit professionals with the essential skills to conduct effective focus groups.

Delve into the intricacies of gathering qualitative data and harnessing valuable insights to inform strategic decision-making. This session will explore best practices for designing, facilitating, and analyzing focus group discussions tailored specifically for the unique needs of libraries and non-profit organizations.

Whether you’re seeking to enhance community engagement, refine program offerings, or evaluate user experiences, this webinar promises to provide actionable techniques and valuable guidance to maximize the impact of your organization’s initiatives.


Register Here

Meet the Trainer: Dr. Curtis Rogers

Dr. Curtis Rogers is a library consultant who has worked in the library and information science field for over 30 years. He has worked at the Union (SC) Carnegie Library, the Charleston County (SC) Public Library, and retired as the Communications Director of the South Carolina State Library. He has also taught courses at the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science. He received a Master of Library and Information Science, and a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Carolina. He is a Past President of the SC Library Association. 

Innovation Project Spotlight

For the next few months, we'll be highlighting the 11 NEFLIN member libraries who are recipients of a 2024 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 13th, they will share their progress and results.

Our next featured project is "Unlocking Learning: Niche Academy @ NFC Library" with North Florida College.

“Unlocking Learning: Niche Academy @ NFC Library” is an initiative designed to revolutionize the learning experience at North Florida College’s academic library. By integrating Niche Academy, an expansive tutorial platform, we aim to provide a user-friendly, accessible, and comprehensive learning resource for our students. The project will empower students, staff, and faculty to acquire new skills and knowledge conveniently. The library’s commitment to facilitating high quality learning and providing additional teaching resources to our instructors is reinforced through this subscription to Niche Academy, ensuring that our patrons have the tools and support needed to thrive academically and beyond." 

Meanwhile, Suwannee River Regional Libraries innovative project is the Library of Extraordinary Things:


"The Suwannee River Regional Library's innovative Library of Extraordinary Things transforms the traditional role of a library, providing Suwannee County residents access to a diverse array of experiences. Beyond books, patrons can borrow items such as kayaks, gardening tools, and musical instruments, fostering community engagement, learning, and skill-building. The project aims to enrich lives, encourage sustainability through resource sharing, and position the library as a dynamic hub for exploration and collaboration. With a focus on adaptability and community empowerment, the Library of Things represents a visionary approach to redefining library services in the modern age."

We look forward to seeing the results of these innovative projects!

30 Years of NEFLIN

For 2023-2024, we are celebrating 30 years of NEFLIN, and this month, we're highlighting the NEFLIN Awards...which, coincidentally, are open for nominations as we speak!

Today, the NEFLIN Awards include four categories: Member of the Year, Distinguished Career, Library Innovation, and Library Champion. But the very first NEFLIN Award, the Library Champion Award, was instituted in 2006, and its first recipient was Kevin E. Hyde, Jacksonville City Council President and supporter of the Jacksonville Public Library. The NEFLIN Board added the additional categories in 2010 (Innovation) and 2013 (Member of the Year and Distinguished Career). Each year, we look forward to honoring these deserving colleagues and library supporters!

Anne Marie Casey

2023 Distinguished Career Award

Travis Blanton

2023 Library Champion Award

Jenny Ransone

2023 Member of the Year Award

Alachua County Library District

2023 Innovation Award

Dr. Kathleen Ciez-Volz

2023 Library Champion Award

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 | |
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