***SWFLN invites members and friends to come celebrate at the SWFLN Annual Meeting on November 4, 2015, click here to register!!!***

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!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Storytime Under the Stars: A Night of Stories with Carmen

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Carmen Agra Deedy has been writing for children for over two decades. Deedy began writing as a young mother and storyteller whose NPR commentaries on All Things Considered were collected and released under the title, Growing Up Cuban In Decatur, Georgia. She has been an invited speaker at venues as varied as The American Library Association, The International Reading Association, The National Book Festival, and the Kennedy Center. An ardent supporter of libraries, she was the 2008 National Spokesperson Media Month (AASL).

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Resources to Aid Patrons with Disabilities

SWFLN Webinars:

Date: February 13, 2015
Presenter:  Dr. Stephanie Rollins

Date: April 17, 2015
Presenter:  Dr. Stephanie Rollins

Date: June 19, 2015
Presenter:  Heather Hobbs Woodard

Date: September 11, 2015
Presenter:  Heather Hobbs Woodard

Diversity Discovery Institute

Year One Webinars: 

Date: October 24, 2014
Presenter:  Linda Bruno

Date: December 5, 2014
Presenter:  Julie Tompkins

Date: January 16, 2015
Presenter:  Linda Bruno

Date: February 20, 2015
Presenter:  Linda Bruno

Date: March 13, 2015
Presenter:  Linda Bruno

Date: April 24, 2015
Presenter:  Linda Bruno

Date: May 8, 2015
Presenter:  Dr. Bob Bitting

Date: June 12, 2015
Presenter:  Linda Bruno

Date: August 28, 2015
Presenter:  Linda Bruno

SWFLN's DigiRef Academy Corner!

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 is a mode of service that is often not well-understood and difficult to put into practice.

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.  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.

All the information covered in this series . . . . all in one place . . . . for you AND YOUR PATRONS to use 24/7/365!

Florida Library Training Calendar/Florida Library Webinars/Florida Electronic Library