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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Continuing Education

Upcoming training and events are on the SWFLN Continuing Education Calendar.

SWFLN offers a diverse range of workshops and webinars to help members develop professional skills in the areas of technology, management, leadership, communications, library operations, and more.  Our programs are led by industry and academic professionals.  SWFLN's continuing education events are open to all staff as well as their volunteers.  To find out if your library is a member of SWFLN, click here.

The comprehensive training program at SWFLN consists of the following components:

SWFLN enjoys the service of many of its members who provide guidance and advice by participating on the Continuing Education Committee.  The committee meets monthly and advises SWFLN on topics and the various training needs of its member library staff.  To view the committee's activities, click below:

View CE Committe Activities

Training Options
Training Options are Southwest Florida’s leading Training Center for Microsoft, Adobe, Crystal Reports and many other software vendors. They offer computer training courses in IT, design and office applications to individuals and small, medium and large organizations by way of public and custom onsite classes. Their services also include consulting, planning, implementation and management of IT projects and room rentals.

SWFLN has a limited number of seats available each fiscal year (October 1 through September 30) at Training Options for SWFLN members to benefit from software training at dates and times that are convenient to the members.  To obtain a dedicated seat at a Training Options class, click here, find the class and date that suits your schedule, and email SWFLN to inquire about the availability of this benefit.

Florida Library Webinars / Statewide Webinar Program
Florida Library Webinars is a program of the Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Services.  It is managed by the Tampa Bay Library Consortium in collaboration with Florida’s other multitype library cooperatives (NEFLIN, PLAN, SEFLIN and SWFLN).

FLW provides training for staff working in all Florida libraries.  Their training is focused on technology skills, customer service and other personal and professional development.  Live training is available most week days and recorded content is available on-demand.

Florida Library Webinars is funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, from
the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Services, and managed by the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.

Florida Electronic Library (FEL) 
The Florida Electronic Library (FEL) is a gateway to electronic magazines, newspapers, almanacs, encyclopedias, books, and the Ask a Librarian reference service. Over 17 million articles are downloaded each year Access to a core collection of licensed online resources and virtual reference works.  FEL is a collaborative virtual reference service that helps all Florida citizens, a catalog of Florida library holdings that supports an interlibrary loan service, access to the digital collections of “Florida on Florida” and “Florida Memory”. Floridians have access to more than 50 virtual reference titles through the FEL. 

Florida Library Training 
The Division of Library and Information Services is the designated information resource provider for the Florida Legislature and all state agencies. It also coordinates and helps to fund activities of public libraries, provides a framework for statewide library initiatives, provides archival and records management services, and preserves, collects, and makes available the published and unpublished documentary history of the state.

Statewide Training Calendar
This site is a cooperative project among the multi-type library cooperatives in Florida and the Division of Library and Information Services. It is funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and by a Library Cooperative grant funded by the Florida Legislature. These grants are administered by the Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Services.


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WebJunction  24/7 Professional Development
Library staff must keep their skills current to face the evolving needs of library users. But managing staff training can be expensive, inconvenient, and difficult to get off the ground. WebJunction works with a number of supporting organizations to provide cost-effective training and staff development programs that are convenient to access and easy to manage.

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