***SWFLN is looking forward to introducing its Member Services Coordinator by October 1, 2015!!!***

Photos from our Annual Meeting are now posted on our Facebook page!

Big thanks to all our members, special guests and to the Fort Myers Beach Library staff.

Read our current and past newsletters right here!!

The monthly SWFLN Continuing Education Newsletter is also emailed to member institutions and to personal affiliates.

Helping Libraries Provide Better, Faster Service

The Southwest Florida Library Network (SWFLN) is one of the five regional consortia of multitype libraries in the State of Florida. SWFLN serves the counties of Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hendry, Lee, and Monroe.

SWFLN Recognizes Support

We honor a member of the community who has demonstrated exceptional passion in the promotion of libraries (Library Advocate); we commend an elected or appointed official for demonstrating remarkable support for libraries (Library Champion).

SWFLN Map of Florida Multitype Library Cooperatives

Florida MLC's present cost efficient, ongoing technology and training for all types of libraries: public, academic, school, private, and special; and provide even the smallest libraries with immense resource opportunities.

WISH Upon a Shell Program

Do you have an idea for future training? Do you, or a co-worker, need to learn about a specific subject? Contact us to submit your ideas, we can’t wait to hear from you!

Friday, August 21, 2015

SWFLN’s DigiRef Academy is coming!!!

It has been called by many names: chat reference, e-reference, and virtual reference, ask-a-librarian. Whatever the name, digital reference has formed a component of library service for over a decade, and while there is a large body of literature that has been written on the subject, it is nevertheless a mode of service that is often not well-understood and, more significantly, difficult to put into practice.

SWFLN’s DigiRef Academy is focused on helping members of the SWFLN community understand and provide for this now long-standing yet not-well-understood mode of reference service. Its purpose is to offer substantial hands-on training in the concrete practices that make up digital reference.

Providing digital reference well and skillfully demands a very specific and well-developed skill-set: reference interviewing, a rapid and broad grasp of online resource, the ability to type quickly and accurately, the ability to maintain contact with the patron while simultaneously remaining engaged in searches, and the ability to manage more than one online transaction at a time. In addition, and very importantly, this form of reference demands enhanced communication skills, because the patron does not have the benefit of observing the librarian’s body language or tone of voice. The librarian must put forth particular effort to demonstrate that he or she is present to and actively working with the patron. Digital reference, therefore, is not a form of reference that can be undertaken well without explicit training and practice.

SWFLN's DigiRef Academy will offer training via both webinar and face-to-face workshops in essential Digital Reference skills: the mechanics of performing the service, specific practices for communicating effectively via chat, and in-depth examination of a variety of online sources.

These sessions will integrate instruction with a substantial amount of practical, hands-on experience. Specifically, this means that we will be developing and honing particular skills and our knowledge of reference resources. We will also be engaging in a critical approach to Digital Reference, and considering the ways in which it is and sometimes is not a viable form of reference for certain types of patron queries.

In the DigiRef Academy inaugural webinar on October 15, we will have a short overview of the history of the service, learn about a series of best practices for the type of online communication that should be applied in Digital Reference. We will discuss participants’ experiences with this type of reference, brainstorming a variety of questions that participants can be addressing to each other in future breakout sessions.

Subsequent webinar and face-to-face sessions will build on this material with substantial hand-on practice and exploration of web-based resources. Practice sessions will take place in a collegial and supportive learning environment in which participants can feel comfortable building their skills.

Participants will emerge from these sessions with significant levels of experience in providing Digital Reference, enhanced knowledge of online resources, and greater confidence about providing the service and sharing their skills with colleagues.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Please Share Widely!!!!!

Please excuse any multiple postings of this message


Good afternoon, SWFLN family and friends!


Another moment you’ve been anxiously awaiting has arrived!  The mechanics for posting YOUR Member Services Coordinator position at SWFLN have been completed!  You can see the posting at the link below:





If the link above does not work, please go to the link:  http://jobs.fgcu.edu/


From the page at which you will arrive after clicking on the link immediately above, please do the following:


1.     Click on “Search Postings” at the top, left, blue column;

2.    Click on the box that says, “SEARCH”;

3.    Scroll Down and click on “Next Page > >”

4.    Scroll Down to “Member Services Coordinator, Req. #2379 – Library”


Please note that the job closes on Tuesday night, August 11, 2015, at midnight . . . so, if you know of anyone that is interested in working in an ever-changing, challenging, and exciting job . . . . and at a terrific workplace J . . . . . please share this information quickly!!!  I will be happy to answer any questions from anyone interested.


We look forward to being able to add this important member of the SWFLN Staff very soon!


Wednesday, June 24, 2015


THANK YOU . . . . THANK YOU . . . . THANK YOU!!!!!

Thanks go out from the Southwest Florida Library Network (SWFLN) to Florida’s Governor, Rick Scott, for fully funding the Florida Multitype Library Cooperatives for the 2015/2016 year!

We appreciate your validation, Governor Scott, of the importance of the support Florida’s Multitype Library Cooperatives provide to Florida’s libraries and, in turn, to the citizens of this great state!

We also thank Secretary of State Ken Detzner, SWFLN’s 2013 Library Champion, for his untiring encouragement of our efforts and the support of his office.

Special appreciation goes out to SWFLN’s Library Champion for years 2011 and 2012, Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto, for her determined backing of our efforts to improve the lives of Southwest Florida’s populace.

We also thank SWFLN’s Library Champion for 2014, Representative Matt Hudson, for recognizing the needs of the Multitype Library Cooperatives that serve and enhance the services of the libraries in his District.

We thank the Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget for taking the time to understand why we are important and how we add value to the services enjoyed by Floridians.

Please click here to find the Governor's contact information.  SWFLN encourages you take a few minutes of your time and write him a personal letter to thank him for his support.  Tell him why you appreciate his funding the Multitype Library Cooperatives, especially SWFLN!  All other links provided in this email will guide you in sending thanks, as well, to all individuals that participated in this cooperative effort!  Please take the opportunity now to thank them for their acknowledgment of the great service we help you provide.  Remember:  For every dollar the State of Florida spends on Libraries, there is a $10.18 return on investment.

THANK YOU . . . . THANK YOU . . . . THANK YOU!!!!!


Luly Castro

Friday, June 19, 2015

SWFLN Summer General Meeting - - - - PLEASE JOIN US!!!!!


Please share widely with your friends, colleagues, and family.  All are welcome.

Good afternoon, SWFLN members and friends!

We are going to have a wonderful time celebrating SWFLN and your membership on July 28, 2015!  Our Summer General Membership Meeting will be held in Hendry County!  Thanks to Ava Barrett, SWFLN Board Secretary and Library Director of the Hendry County Library Cooperative, for graciously inviting us over for a wonderful visit that includes networking with your colleagues.

          July 28, 2015
          1:30 PM
          Clewiston, Florida
          John Boy Auditorium
          1200 South WC Owens Avenue / Clewiston, FL  33440
          (863) 983-6204

The Summer General Meeting will include a brief “SWFLN Business Meeting”, a tour of the US Sugar facilities, a tour of the Clewiston Public Library, and a tour of the Harlem Library.  Ava Barrett has been able to arrange for the Sugarland Tour Bus from the Chamber of Commerce to drive everyone throughout the interesting route currently being planned!

Come and hear what great things we have planned for YOUR SWFLN in this upcoming year, where we have been fortunate to receive FULL FUNDING for YOUR LSTA Grant.  We’ll be looking for requests for training throughout the year and making adjustments, as necessary, to bring you the training you’ve asked for in the past and what you want in the future.

You may register by clicking here.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact me.

Come one, and come all!  We hope to see you and spend time together on July 28, 2015!