*** The next meeting of the SWFLN Board of Directors will occur on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at 3:00 PM, at the SWFLN office ***

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.

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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!

Monday, January 12, 2015

SWFLN Member Sharing Wolf Program Ideas!

Learn first-hand, on February 13, 2015, from Kelly Godfrey, the International Wolf Center's Program Director, how you and your patrons of all ages can experience this award-winning pilot program on wolves.  Using the latest technology, IWC's WolfLink programs are being offered at a low, reasonable cost for a variety of audiences connecting people with wolves using technology.  Beginning at 3:30 pm, this free program with Kelly will demonstrate how schools and libraries can customize an educational WolfLink program at their own school or library, featuring access to real wolf experts.  In addition to offering online curriculum resources for educators, a wolf discovery kit, full of wolf pelts, bones, wolf scat, etc., will be available to touch and learn from.  An opportunity to watch live wolves in their environment to better understand wolf behavior, ecology, and conservation, as well as ask questions and interact with their curator, is planned.  

There will also ​be a program at 9:30 am, which is geared more for children.  You are welcome to attend the morning session if it better fits your calendar. Call Joanne at 239.472.2483 (Sanibel Public Library) if you have any additional questions.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

SWFLN Member Providing Preservation and Archival Workshops!

Upcoming Programs at The Revs Institute®
The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is partnering with 
The Revs Institute® to offer training programs in collections care activities for the preservation of cultural collections.  The programs are for staff and volunteers who have responsibility for cultural collections, such as librarians, archivists, curators, collections managers, stewards of historic house museums and records managers.
This workshop will give an introduction to best practices in caring for paper-based artifacts. Topics covered will include: handling guidelines, assessing storage materials and special needs, prioritizing for treatment, and understanding preservation and conservation terminology.
This program is appropriate for those looking to develop new skills, as well as for individuals wanting to increase their knowledge about best practices in the care of paper-based collections. 
Speakers:            Jessica Keister, Paper & Photograph Conservator, CCAHA
                                Stephenie Schwartz Bailey, Education Program Manager, CCAHA
Fee:                       $50.00 (includes lunch)
​Date:                     Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
Time:                    Registration 9:15am to 9:30am
                                Program 9:30am to 3:30pm
Proper archival procedures enable safe and effective management of collections. Participants will learn about the fundamentals of archival appraisal, acquisition, and access; proper storage materials; and the most common preservation problems associated with paper-based archival collections. This program will touch briefly on processing, arrangement, and description. 
Volunteers, historians, and those with archival responsibilities in addition to other duties may find themselves in the position of "archivist" without formal training in the profession; this program offers an introduction to best practices in the field. 
Speaker:              Dyani Feige, Director of Preservation Services, CCAHA
Fee:                       $50.00 (includes lunch)
Date:                     Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
Time:                    Registration 9:15am to 9:30am
                                Program 9:30am to 3:30pm
Please visit http://www.ccaha.org/education/program-calendar for more information and to register.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

SWFLN Member Looking For Part-Time Help!

Revs Institute for Automotive Research, Inc.
Job Description: Cataloging Librarian (temporary)


Job Title:  Cataloging Librarian
Date:  November, 2014
Hours:  24 hours per week
Prepared by:  T. Purcell

Position Overview
The Revs Institute research collection includes both a library and an archive.  It contains books, manuscript collections, images, objects, ephemera and serials.  We are currently looking for a cataloging librarian to review the records that describe our serial collection and update them according to professional standards. 

Initially the position has been approved for six weeks.  We offer a flexible schedule and an hourly rate of $25.00.  A background check and drug test are required.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Special Collections Manager, the cataloger will:

     1.       Review and clean up the existing bibliographic records.
     2.       Add shelf locations to each record.
     3.       Add information to describe our holdings.
     4.       Check to see which periodicals have been digitized for online access, and add the
                URL to the bib record. 

Required Education
MLS, MSLIS or comparable.

Required Qualifications
·         Cataloging experience
·         Ability to work according to an established schedule and meet deadlines
·         Computer literacy
·         Dependable
·         Service orientated
·         Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
·         Ability to work without close supervision
·         Good problem solving skills

·         Possession of a strong sense of teamwork and collaboration