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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, March 31, 2017

Help Save IMLS!

Greetings SWFLN Members and Friends!

At least $210 million in federal library funding is on the budget-cutter's chopping block. Our champions in Congress need your help to save it and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Everything you need is at ALA's Legislative Action Center now!  You can also visit the District Dispatch for more context.  Action is needed by April 3rd!

Access the below link to find who and where to send your communications:

Eliminating the IMLS, and the LSTA program, would have devastating impacts on statewide library services that are provided by the Florida Bureau of Division of Library Development and the Multitype Library Cooperatives such as SWFLN.

LSTA funding for FL has averaged $8 million per year over the past five years.
LSTA funds and mandated State matching funds support almost all of the statewide programs and services of the State Library entirely, or in part.  
Some 53 FTEs are supported with LSTA funds, more than half of the State Library staff. 
Put in context, the elimination of these federal funds would decimate the State Library;  LSTA funds helped, in part to sustain critical statewide library programs and services.
LSTA funds currently support:

·         Florida Electronic Library (FEL) (entirely LSTA)
·         Summer Reading at Florida Libraries (in large part)
·         Statewide Library Data Collection and Data Dissemination
·         Statewide Support for Training and Resource Sharing (e.g. Web Junction, Face-to-Face Workshops, Webinars, Multitype Library Cooperatives)
·         Statewide Services and Programs from the Division of Library Development such as staff support and technical assistance
·         State Library Websites and social media tools for use by the public and the library community
·         Research Library Services such as ILL, Digitization Initiatives, History and Genealogy Services, Public programs and exhibits

The elimination of the IMLS and LSTA funds would forever alter the face of library service in the State of Florida. Please speak up. ALA's Online Advocacy Center provides you with all the tools you need!
Their system will provide you with editable, pre-drafted messages that will be automatically delivered to your representatives.

Please act now, actions by April 3rd might make the difference!

As detailed in the ALA Washington Office blog, the President of the United States effectively proposed eliminating all federal library funding and closing IMLS – the small, respected agency that administers $183 million of those funds through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). He also asked Congress to wipe out $27 million for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL), which school libraries use to buy books and other materials for the nation’s poorest children. But our library champions in Congress have mobilized to fight back and they need your help to succeed.
We know from many past funding fights that these Representatives’ requests of their colleagues simply will not be enough. Members of the House need to hear from their constituents before the April 3rd deadline.  Please e-mail or call your Representative and ask them to sign both the LSTA and the IAL “Dear Appropriator” letters our champions have circulated, otherwise the powerful Appropriations Committees will not make LSTA and IAL a priority, dramatically increasing the odds that they will be cut or eliminated next year.
ALA’s Legislative Action Center has everything you – and five of your friends, patrons, relatives, employees and patrons – need to identify your  Member of Congress and to tell him or her by email, tweet or phone to sign the LSTA and IAL “Dear Appropriator” letters to protect those critical programs in the FY 2018 federal budget.
We MUST save federal library funding and IMLS!  If not you and your fellow library lovers, who?  If not right now, when?
Take Action to #SaveIMLS Because #LibrariesAreEducation
The ALA's Online Advocacy Center provides you with all the tools you need!
Their system will provide you with editable, pre-drafted messages that will be automatically delivered to your representatives.

Send an eMail to Your Representatives in Washington
Make a Phone Call - the system provides a script and the number

In what is arguably the most important time in recent history, National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C. is coming up May 1&2.  
The hotel room blocks at the Liaison is nearly sold out, you can make a reservation by clicking here. Make sure to book your room by March 31st to ensure they don’t miss out on the discounted rate.
Here is a link to hotels that are either in Washington DC or in nearby Virginia with ready access to the Metro which comes into Union Station, not far from The Liaison and the legislative office buildings
The Washington Office announced that the keynote speaker for the Briefing day will be Hina Shamsi, Director of the ACLU National Security Project.

If you are unable to join the delegation for NLLD you will be able to participate through Virtual Library Legislative Day (VLLD). If you would like to receive a link to the live webcast from NLLD and receive the talking points and reminders, they can register through this form for the VLLD.

Monday, March 13, 2017

SWFLN has started captioning its webinars!!!

In an effort to make its webinars more accessible, SWFLN has recently had five webinars from its current 2016/2017 year transcribed and captioned. SWFLN hopes that this service is beneficial to the SWFLN membership and beyond!

10/12/16: SMILE Setting Departmental and Individual Goals: 

10/21/16: OCLC & Library of Congress Faceted Vocabularies: 

10/28/16:   A is for Attitudes: 

11/18/16: When Opportunity Knocks: Understanding Your Gifts, Passions, and Values: 

12/09/16:   Setting Up a Digital Reference Program: How to Serve our Patrons Effectively: 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Library Staff Day is coming up!

Join SWFLN on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, for an exciting and informative day of training sessions, workshops, and simulations at our Library Staff Day. This fun and educational event, designed specifically for all library staff, will be held at the Airport Hilton Garden Inn in Fort Myers, Florida.

For Sessions A, B, and C there will be three options.

Seats are limited for each workshop, so sign up early or you’ll miss out!

Please remember to register HERE and
indicate your choice on the LSD Session Selection System.

Both breakfast and lunch are included.

Friday, November 18, 2016

SWFLN Annual Meeting 2016, a great success!!!

We were so lucky to have Florida's First Lady, Ann Scott at SWFLN's Annual Meeting this year to receive SWFLN's Library Champion award! It was a great time for all, with middle grade author, Michelle Weber Hurwitz, sharing her stories and inspirations for her books. Two wondering women who support literacy and libraries!!!

Click HERE to view more photos from our wonderful meeting!!!

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