*** Registration for Library Staff Day is now open!!! Head over to the SWFLN Calendar for more details ***

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, April 6, 2015

3D Printer Corner!

Be sure to check here for links on new and exciting ways this technology is being used!
*Disclaimer: SWFLN does not endorse the Makerbot 5th Generation 3D Printer!

The following YouTube videos were created to document issues SWFLN encountered while using the Makerbot 5th Generation 3D Printer:

Thursday, April 2, 2015

3D Printing Tissues by Organovo, extending this technology to new frontiers. Must See VIDEO! Click Read More, then Click Link!!

Description of the first 3D bioprinted human kidney tissue: Picture below.

Monday, March 23, 2015

SWFLN Member Looking for Volunteers!

Greetings fellow librarians from the staff and volunteers of Lee Memorial Health System Libraries:

My name is Anne Campbell and I chair a children’s reading program “READING ADVENTURES WITH BARBARA’S FRIENDS” at Health Park Medical Center. This program is provided by the Health Park Medical Library and consists totally of volunteers. We go onto wards where children are in admittance and into individual rooms of these children; here we offer to read to the children, make it possible for parent(s) to get a break and in some cases when a child does not want to be read to, we just talk and visit with them if we are permitted. One thing we always do and that is, leave an age appropriate book with that child. We allow the child to choose a book and if there are any siblings, juvenile visitors, parents, etc., they may also choose a book; these books, once they are stamped, belong to the child and we do not take them back to be re-gifted due to health concerns.   Any child who comes to Health Park and their parent(s) are invited to come to the library and choose a book to take home with them. 
We have between 300 and 400 children’s books in our library and are continually getting additional books given to us thru donations, fundraisers and funds to purchase new books. And we need help. This is an invitation to anyone who can devote 3 or 4 hours each week to come volunteer with us. If you have any interest or know of anyone who would be interested, please have them contact me at 239-220-9990, acampbell1936@gmail.com, or thru the Health Park Medical Library 239-343-6367. 
You will need to become a volunteer through Volunteer Services and be assigned to the library as a volunteer for the reading program. You will then be trained by me or someone I designate, and given a special apron designed to be worn when engaging in the service.  Both women and men are encouraged to volunteer.
Thank you; and if you simply want to know more about the program, please do not hesitate to contact me.
With sincerest appreciation,

Anne Campbell

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Amazing 3D Things! Click on "Read More"