Dear Brad,

It was great to see so many of you at Hot Topics 2024: Other Duties as Required!

We hope everyone who attended left better prepared to tackle those unexpected tasks and responsibilities that we all encounter in our libraries.

A huge thanks goes out to our volunteers and to all those who presented such engaging breakout sessions, as well as to our wonderful keynote speaker, Dr. Anne Marie Casey. You can find slides and handouts for many of the presentations at

Mark your calendars for our next big NEFLIN event - the Annual Meeting on Friday, September 13th, at UNF. Hope to see you there!!

Jenny Eason

Member Services Coordinator

Apply for the Sunshine State

Library Leadership Institute

by May 31st!

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!

Take the Continuing Education Survey

Help us plan future training and events!

We rely on your input for future workshop, webinar, and conference planning. Please take a moment to complete this brief survey about which offerings NEFLIN should include in our next fiscal year.

You'll have the option to enter our raffle for one of four $25 Amazon gift cards upon completion of the survey.

Take the Continuing Ed Survey!

Don't miss out! This survey closes on Friday, June 7th.

Florida Libraries Online Conference

Register Now!

Florida Libraries Online is now open for registration!

This free, completely virtual conference will take place on Thursday, June 13th. You don't want to miss this daylong event featuring the topic of Libraries as Community Anchors.

FLO will feature keynote speaker Dr. Audrey Barbakoff on the topic "Anchoring Relationships for Engaged, Supportive Commities." Breakout track topics will include Marketing & Branding, Artificial Intelligence, Creating Spaces, Customer Service, and Outreach & Partnerships.

Find out more and register at

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Audrey Barbakoff is the CEO of Co/Lab Capacity, which provides community-centered consulting and training for libraries and social good organizations.

During more than a decade working in public libraries, she fostered a passion for community engagement and leadership. Her innovative and inclusive work has been recognized by Library Journal Movers & Shakers, the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal 40 Under 40, the Freedom to Read Foundation, and the Urban Libraries Council.

In addition to her MLIS from the University of Washington, Dr. Barbakoff holds an EdD in organizational change and leadership from the University of Southern California. Her dissertation research focused on building organizational capacity for equity, diversity, and inclusion in public libraries through community-led programs. Her newest book is The Twelve Steps to a Community-Led Library. Find her at

Featured Webinar

Focusing on Focus Groups with Curtis Rogers


Thursday, June 20th

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 "Body of Knowledge" with Jacksonville University.

JU is proposing the addition of Anatomage Tablets to their collection:

“At Jacksonville University (JU), there are two areas of study with consistently high enrollments: natural sciences and healthcare sciences. To better support this significant number of students, our library proposes to offer an unexpected, yet innovative, resource that will expand learning beyond the classroom: portable tablets that provide 3D virtual dissection experiences for human and animal studies. Today's students expect a seamless blend of virtual and in-person learning experiences, and providing tablets enables customized and repeatable learning that further enhances their lab learning. This innovation will support all students, encouraging implicit learning and enriching the educational experience in the library." 

Meanwhile, St. Johns County Public Library's innovative project is Sensational Senior Totes: Sensory & Literacy Activities for Cognitive Support for Adults:


"According to the U.S. Census, persons aged 65 and older represent 21% of the population of St. Johns County. A 2023 report by the Alzheimer’s Association projects a 24% increase in Dementia in Florida by 2025. The aim of the Sensational Senior Totes (SST) project is to assist Programming staff in presenting engaging adult outreach in support of cognitive health. The totes will include books, sensory toys and word-based activities as a tool of engagement. Totes will be available for independent in-house use as a pilot prior to inclusion in the SJCPLS Library of Things collection."

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 Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute - affectionately known as SSLLI.

While SSLLI is a statewide program, NEFLIN has managed the Institute for the Division of Library and Information Services since its inception in 2003. More than 600 library professionals have worked their way through the Institute by participating in monthly cohort meetings, completing practical application assignments, working one-on-one with a mentor, and planning and executing a leadership project.

NEFLIN is proud to be an integral part of SSLLI, which will be kicking off Year 19 this October! If you've ever considered applying for SSLLI, what are you waiting for? Now is the time! Submit your application by May 31st.

SSLLI Year 1 - Jacksonville Cohort

SSLLI Year 17 - Graduation

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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