Wednesday, November 28, 2007

"Globe" Trotting: Stephen C. Foster State Park (GA)

The globe was trotting over Thanksgiving! It accompanied Kathy Turner (Director of Instructional Programs at CFLC-member Evans Library at the Florida Institute of Technology) to the Stephen C. Foster State Park in Georgia.

According to Kathy, "in its world were the Okefenokee Swamp, black bears, and lots of alligators."

Thanks for sharing, Kathy!


Monday, October 29, 2007

CFLC Chronicles: CFLC Annual Meeting

CFLC Annual Meeting
Friday, December 7, 2007
9:30 a.m - 10:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Program and Lunch
Central Brevard Library & Reference Center, Cocoa, FL
Cost: $20 for CFLC members
Help spread the word:
Click here for a downloadable flyer in PDF format!

Program will include:
Special Guest: Dorothy Blair
Literacy Librarian, Waggin' Tales Coordinator - St. Lucie County
Founder/Training Director of Star Bright Therapy and Obedience Dogs in St. Lucie County

RSVP by December 1, 2007
Register online or by calling Linda Java at 407/644-9050

Monday, June 25, 2007

CFLC Chronicles: Librarians Serving the Public Scholarship Program

Posted by request of the College of Information of Florida State University:

The Florida State University College of Information invites applicants for the Librarians Serving the Public scholarship program. The College of Information has partnered with the Central Florida Library Cooperative (CFLC), the Northeast Florida Library Information Network (NEFLIN), and the Panhandle Library Access Network (PLAN) in this program, which is supported through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. With its partners, the College will recruit and select students to earn the MSLIS degree and to meet the diversity and leadership needs of academic, public, and school libraries in northern and central Florida.

The College is currently able to offer 20 scholarships to begin in Fall 2007. The scholarships will pay tuition for 6 credits of master's degree coursework for 3 semesters (Fall 2007, Spring 2008, and Summer 2008). This is a total of 18 credits, or one-half the MSLIS program at the College. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate a commitment to working in public, academic, and/or school libraries in north or central Florida. Acceptance to the program is also competitive based on the materials submitted in application to Florida State University, the College of Information and to Librarians Serving the Public.

For information about how to apply, visit our web site:


Workshop Wealth: CCLA Database Vendor Workshop

This invitation is posted at the request of CCLA, the College Center for Library Automation:

The College Center for Library Automation (CCLA) is offering a database vendor workshop in your area and would like to invite you to participate. Vendors from Gale and EBSCO will be on hand at Valencia Community College, West Campus on Tuesday, July 24, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. to demonstrate their resources, offer valuable suggestions and tips for effective searching, and answer your questions about features and functionality. The focus will be on the EBSCO medical databases: CINAHL, PsycARTICLES, Clinical Pharmacology, and the Health Source products and the Gale literature databases: Literature Resource Center, LitFinder, etc. and the new Testing and Education Resource Center. Location information is provided below.

Valencia Community College / West Campus
Address: 1800 South Kirkman Road, Orlando
Building: LRC
Parking: Park in the Gamma parking lot - use staff parking area. The LRC is just south of the lot. No permits required.
Local hotels: Marriott Courtyard/International Drive, 407-351-2244
Maps & driving directions here.
Campus map here.

If you would like to register, please send an email to lmccarthy (at) by July 9, 2007 with your name and telephone number.


Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Workshop Wealth: Summer Training Schedule

The training schedule for Summer 2007 (July - September) has been posted to the CFLC Web page here.

A new printed schedule should be arriving soon for those of you on the mailing list. Check out the bounty of summer classes!


Tuesday, May 29, 2007

CFLC Chronicles: Leadership Development Opportunity

Posted by request is this item of interest for all Florida library employees desiring to advance and hone their leadership skills:

Applications are still being accepted for the fourth year of the State Library & Archives of Florida's Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute.

The Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute is a year-long comprehensive series of learning sessions that focuses on developing an understanding of leadership within a conceptual framework and practical applications. Participants will attend 10 days of training throughout the year covering
* mentoring and leadership styles
* exemplary leadership
* leadership and diversity
* present state of leadership
* community advocacy
* the future of leadership

The Institute includes sessions relating to various concepts and skills, using supplemental books, articles, and materials based on participants' needs and interests. The leadership sessions are a combination of lectures and informal, interactive discussions. A variety of small group and large group activities with inventories, surveys, and assessment tools are used to stimulate personal development. Participants take part in a formal mentoring process that matches participants and mentors based on career development interests and geographical location.

This year-long Leadership Institute is open to library staff who exhibit leadership potential, including the ability to share with others enthusiasm, optimism, and vision for the library services of tomorrow. The Institute is open to individuals from all types of libraries (public, academic, school, and special). It is designed for professional librarians, as well as those in management positions without an MLS. Candidates should have a minimum of two years professional library experience and a demonstrated successful professional work experience.

Applicants can apply to attend the Institute in either the Tampa or Daytona area.

Deadline for applications - June 13, 2007 postmark
Selection and notification - August 2007

Complete information about the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute and application forms are available at

Contact Stephanie Race at NEFLIN ( or 904.278.5620) for more information.

The Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute is made possible by a Library Services and Technology Act grant administered by the Florida Department of State, State Library and Archives of Florida. The Institute is managed by the Northeast Florida Library Information Network.


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

"Globe" Trotting: Tulum

This blogger was gently reminded today of the fact that there's quite a backlog of globe trotting photos that need to be posted. Oops...apologies! Given that more are always wanted and encouraged, it behooves me to post what I've got.

The CFLC globe trotted in late October (ahem!) to Tulum, Mexico, with Diane Henderson, CFLC trainer.

For the curious who want to know more about this interesting place, some general and travel information about Tulum can be found here, here, here and here; a heavily illustrated tour here; and, in Spanish, the official information from the INAH (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia) here. Some of the most fascinating information, however, allows photographic comparison with the historic Catherwood illustrations from the Stephens and Catherwood expeditions of the 1840's: Castillo photo here/illustrations here and here; Temple of the Frescoes photo here/illustration here and fresco detail here; site plan of Tulum here; and photo of Temple of the Diving God (also pictured below) here.


CFLC Chronicles: Materials Lists

CFLC's bulletin boards are a slightly underused membership service, which accounts for this blog post. Head over to the CFLC Virtual Book Exchange Bulletin Board to find three lists of materials available from a member library until May 29. Hurry, hurry!


Tuesday, April 17, 2007

CFLC Chronicles: Alternatives While Server Is Down

CFLC is having connectivity issues--we aren't connected and that's an issue!

The power surges caused this weekend by the thunderstorms fried our server. What this means to you is that you're not going to be able to get through to us via our Web pages or our e-mail until our server comes back from being repaired. We as yet have no ETA on its return.

In the meanwhile, please call the office to register for workshops and special events (407/644-9050) or if you need us for any reason.

If you're looking for the CFLC Reference Desk page, until we're back up, you can try using the page as it is archived on the Wayback Machine. The most recent revision there is from May 30, 2006 and is found here; the Spanish language Reference Desk page is from February 15, 2006 and is found here.

Thank you for your patience as we work toward resolving our technical difficulties.


Monday, April 02, 2007

Friday Fun Thing: April Fool's Day

This Friday Fun Thing is a Monday post, just because it's too good to pass up these wonderful April Fool's Day posts.

Check out the Google post about their new wireless delivery system...via your plumbing! Their new TiSP service is announced here. Be sure and click around the site; the puns are too funny to miss.

And on another Google note, the biblioblogosphere is abuzz with the announcement that Google has acquired world domination is near! The announcement (complete with screenshots) began at ALA TechSource with this brilliant collaborative post and it has been equally well analyzed with follow-up posts by Andrew Pace here and Karen Schneider here. Well worth the read. Nicely done!


Friday, March 30, 2007

Friday Fun Thing: Librarian Dress Up

Okay, she's got the bun, the books, and the finger-shush, but the outfits are anything BUT stereotypical! Check out the 21st century equivalent of a paper doll here.


Wednesday, March 21, 2007

CFLC Chronicles: Last Call CE Survey

The time is closing in on the CFLC Continuing Education (CE) Committee survey (previously described here). If you haven't already done so, please take a very few minutes before the end of this month to complete the CE survey found here ( and tell us what you REALLY think.

All library staff are encouraged to participate, since the more types of libraries and library personnel are represented, the broader and more realistic the picture of local needs will be.

If you have already completed the survey, thank you for your time, feedback, opinions, and ideas. You are helping CFLC help you!


Monday, March 19, 2007

CFLC Chronicles: Member Profile

Nice profile of a CFLC member, Deb Ebster of the Universal Orlando Foundation Library at Rosen College (UCF), here in the Job of a Lifetime column of the C&RL News, February 2007, Vol. 68, No. 2.

Congratulations, Deb!


Friday, March 09, 2007

Friday Fun Thing: Cat in the Hat's Birthday

The Cat in the Hat is turning 50! (Do you now feel old?)

"For every Cat in the Hat Birthday Card received by mail or online, Random House Children's Books will donate one book to First Book (up to 1,000,000 books). Official Cat in the Hat Birthday Cards can be found in the first printing of The Cat in the Hat Party Edition (on sale 1/9/2007), at participating retailers hosting an NEA Read Across America Event, or online at"

As of this writing, Florida is ranked #43 out of 52, so click here to link directly to the card and send the Cat birthday greetings!


Monday, February 26, 2007

Blog Business: Comments

With apologies to readers who wish to leave legitimate comments, this blog has been hit by a rash of spam comments today and I have temporarily turned the comments off. If you have a comment that's honestly related to the content of any of the posts, you may e-mail me at the address listed and I will post your comments. Sorry for the inconvenience!


Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Friday Fun Thing Early: Happy Valentine's Day

Saw a brief news piece this morning that in essence said, "If you've blown Valentine's Day presents for this year, here's something new to consider for next year," and then showed "Rainbow Roses." It is not what you might be thinking, i.e., a bouquet of multi-colored blooms.

Instead, a product of Holland, they are amazing-looking artificially created real roses; the producer's site states, "Due to a unique colouring application, every rose petal receives its own cheerful colour." See them here and here and on the producer's site with other flowers being treated similarly here.

As a related fun aside, don't forget to pay attention to the Google Valentine logo today...yum!


Monday, February 12, 2007

CFLC Chronicles: Mandatory Reading

Last week, the biblioblogospheric buzz belonged to one particular blog post. No fewer than four people (and countless library blogs) pointed out to me that I ought to include in this blog a pointer to Are Librarians Totally Obsolete? 33 Reasons Why Libraries and Librarians are Still Extremely Important at the DegreeTutor site. Boy, were they right! (Thank you, all of you!)

In a reading round-up, here are some of the best substantive pieces I've come across discussing this quasi-manifesto:
If all this verbiage is too much to tackle, at the very least, read the original 33 good reasons. Read them; share them; take them to heart; and by all means, take them to policy makers and those who fund libraries. (My favorite summary comment about it [here from LibrarianInBlack]: "I would advise keeping this handy for the next time your city, citizens, students, administrations, etc. start rumbling about how there's really no need for libraries any more. Between this article and a stun gun, you should be well set to defend yourself.")


Friday Fun Thing Redux: Beauty Without Brains

I've been asked to post the Mercedes commercial again now that it's slipped off the front page to make it easier to find for a longer period of time. You'll be happy to know this time I've found it as a YouTube file so it won't play automatically and loudly every time the page opens!

For those who didn't see it the first time through, enjoy. For others, enjoy it again!


Sunday, February 11, 2007

CFLC Chronicles: Kingston Trio

Kudos to the Mount Dora Library Association for a very nice, very nostalgic, and very sold-out concert last night with the Kingston Trio.

Kudos (big ones!) also to the Kingston Trio who have just celebrated their 50th anniversary! And talk about "the show must go on" member had just broken his leg the day before. The concert ended as he ran out of Vicodin. ("But the lights are really pretty!")

Should you be jealous or chagrined for having missed this opportunity, don't despair. Just click on the Association's website for information on the special "back by popular demand" performance scheduled for February 9th next year. It was announced last night that tickets would go on sale March 1st.

Now, if someone could just tell me how to get M.T.A. out of my head...poor Charlie, riding forever 'neath the streets of Boston (and between my ears!).


Friday, February 09, 2007

Friday Fun Thing: Ms. Dewey

This should actually be a Tuesday's Tool, but it's so different that it qualifies as a Friday Fun Thing...

Check out this Flash-based "interactive" search engine, Ms. Dewey. (And be sure you have your sound on!) I have looked it up and read about it and if you want to learn more, there are (currently) 223 blog entries here. Basically, it doesn't add or detract from simply going there and playing, however, so I'll let it go at, "Try it, you'll be intrigued!"


Thursday, February 08, 2007

CFLC Chronicles: Continuing Education Survey

From now until the end of February, CFLC is seeking your input - tell us what you REALLY think and help CFLC help you!

How can we meet your needs as a creative learner? Are there any courses or programs that you would like to see offered? What about times and methods of teaching? Here’s your chance to let us know what you need and want!

The CFLC Continuing Education (CE) committee would love to hear from you during February about your needs for continuing education topics, times, and methods. This will help CFLC plan upcoming workshops and continue to deliver high-quality and useful continuing education classes suited to your needs.

Are you a Librarian, a paraprofessional, a volunteer, or a library board member? Your opinions and requirements will help shape offerings that will meet your needs and represent you properly.

All library staff are encouraged to participate, since the more types of libraries and library personnel are represented, the broader and more realistic the picture of local needs will be.

The CE Committee is conducting this survey online using a company called Zoomerang. It is easy and quick - expect it to take only around five minutes of your time. The survey can be completely anonymous, though you can choose to input your name, in which case, your individual responses will be kept confidential. There's no need to gather any information ahead of time, as most of the questions just ask for your opinion.

Please take a very few minutes to complete CFLC's 2007 Continuing Education Survey, found here:

Help us spread the word to your co-workers and colleagues in other libraries. You can download a flyer in Word document format here and as a PDF here.

Thank you in advance for your time. We appreciate and welcome your honest feedback, opinions, and ideas.


Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Wednesday's Weblogs: Best of Blogs Award Nominations

Over at this page, they're accepting nominations in various categories for the 2006 Best of Blogs.

They're designed to recognize small blogs, so think of those hidden gems you read and nominate them by midnight EST on Friday, February 16. Voting will begin Friday, March 2.

There's actually not a form to nominate; you simply post a comment in the appropriate category with the name of the blog you're nominating.

Vote early and often(!).


Saturday, February 03, 2007

Friday Fun Thing: Antiques Roadshow

Yesterday wasn't much of a day for fun things, so here's one a day late, courtesy of Diane H.'s sleuthing skills...

Wondering about that old "thing" Aunt Tillie has stashed in her attic? Here's your chance to find fame and fortune with it: Antiques Roadshow will be coming to Orlando during its 2007 Tour! See information at their page here about how to submit items and get tickets for the June 30th show. Online ticket application has begun already, so if you want to go, don't dally!

BTW, if you can't bring yourself to appear in public (or aren't chosen to do so) with Aunt Tillie's "thing," the page also has an interesting section on tips of the trade for do-it-yourself appraisals. Enjoy!


Friday, February 02, 2007

CFLC Chronicles: Weather Aftermath

As far as CFLC has been able to ascertain, member libraries came through the Central Florida tornadoes last night pretty well. The two counties appearing in the news as the most affected are Lake and Volusia. In Lake County, the library in Lady Lake is closed today because the power is out and there are a few staff members who have damage to their houses. Volusia County reports that all of their buildings are fine and that they have no reports yet of staff members with home damage.

Stetson closed for part of the day because of power outages, but buildings and staff are fine. Embry-Riddle came through last night's events unscathed but updated us on the aftermath of the Christmas Day tornado, saying "The library damage was minor compared to the campus but we still lost 780 books. The repairs have been made except for one so we are good to go." Having been to a meeting there earlier this month, I can tell you how massive and impressive the effort was on the part of the staff to get up and running again in such a timely fashion.

Kudos to ERAU and gratitude that all the recent weather events were not worse. Take an object lesson and make sure your library and home disaster and safety plans are up-to-date! Should you need it, CFLC has a Web page here that references a number of excellent disaster planning and mitigation resources.

Let us know if there are damaged libraries that we missed or that need help from CFLC or its members!


Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Wednesday's Weblogs: Weblog Awards

Vote now for the Seventh Annual Weblog Awards, the 2007 Bloggies. Thirty categories (with five blogs each) of some of the best blogs around are presented for your viewing, reading, and voting pleasure.

Voting will close at 10:00 PM EST on Friday, February 2. The winners will be posted at the same site on Monday, March 12.


Monday, January 29, 2007

Workshop Wealth: OCLS Technology Webinars

The CFLC Mailbag has been busy; here's another request for posting, this time from CFLC member, Orange County Library System:

Our technology series can give you the edge you need. The Orange County Library System is a recognized leader in information technology. Grab lunch (or breakfast!), login and join colleagues from around the country for presentations by OCLS staff, discussion and idea sharing online.

Reserve Your Seat Today!
$75 per session or $199 for entire series

Tame the Beasts: Try a little TLC with your Teens

February 13, 2007
1 p.m. EST
Duration 1.5 hours

Learn how the Orange County Library System's Teen Library Corps (TLC) engages teens in the library and the community through volunteer service. Find out how you can develop a similar approach for teens to give back a little "TLC" by volunteering their time, talents and youthful ideas to innovative library projects and programs.

You will hear from:
Danielle King , Youth Programs Coordinator


Get Them with Gaming: Teen Gamers and Libraries
February 20, 2007
1 p.m. EST
Duration 1.5 hours

Gamers are comfortable in the virtual environment but are not gracing the threshold of libraries. Providing gaming services to youths in our community creates the foundation for a lifetime of library patronage. OCLS offers games to check out, game nights and gaming consoles. Come and listen to how we are bridging the generation gap with our gaming initiative.

You will hear from:
Sheri Chambers, Digital Content Manager
Carolyn McClendon, Assistant Manager
Jeff Johnson, Technology & Customer Support Specialist


Library Security Today: Tools Used For a Safe Library
February 27, 2007
1 p.m. EST
Duration 1.5 hours

Join us for a presentation and discussion on security in the library. Orange County Library System uses a number of tools to help protect our patrons, staff and materials from harm. Topics covered include: Rules of Conduct, Incident Reports, Trespass Warnings, Security Camera DVR Systems and staff only card access doors.

You will hear from:
Craig Goetzke, Security & Maintenance Department Head


Registration deadline is 24 hours prior to the webinar.

Workshop Wealth: Information Architecture

Another posting request from the CFLC Mailbag:
Information Architecture
[A Special Libraries Association
Florida & Caribbean Chapter

Friday, February 09, 2007
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Registration: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Largo Public Library, Jenkins B
120 Central Park Drive
Largo, FL 33770

Information architecture (IA) is a new and growing field that deals with the structure, navigation, and findability of information on the Web. Gain an understanding of IA by attending this full-day workshop.

Ms. Diane Austin, Instructor at University of South Florida , will conduct the workshop. Through lecture, discussion and exercises learn more about IA, understanding the user experience and IA tools.

Registration fee (includes lunch):
$40.00 — SLA/ALA/FLA/etc
$50.00 — Non-member
$20.00 — MLS students (Student workshop grants are available)

See the website for more information, registration, and directions.

Registration ends Monday, February 05, 2007. Direct questions to Liz Bumgarner, 813-878-6245, (liz.bumgarner [at]

CFLC Chronicles: FAMU Open House

From the CFLC mailbag, a request to post the following invitation:


2 – 4 PM (Light Refreshments will be served)

(located across from the Federal Building)


Parking available in lot under I-4 on Hughey Ave., in front of Federal Building

Friday, January 19, 2007

Friday Fun Thing: Beauty Without Brains

Thanks and kudos to Kristen M., a CFLC member who forwarded the following Friday Fun (and FUNNY!) Thing. If you don't have speakers, find somewhere that does, because it's mandatory in this hysterical commercial. If it doesn't play all the way through (and I'm having that problem about half the times I've tried it from the player below), click here for the original site. It's well worth it.

Video and Code Provided by


Monday, January 08, 2007

CFLC Chronicles: Happy New Year!

With this blogger back from a very nice long vacation out of town ("globe trotting" pix to follow soon!), the CFLC Currents blog is back from hiatus and wishing you a very Happy New Year and best wishes for 2007!

Aside from several hundred spam messages, also found in my clogged e-mail box were requests to post the following two major announcements about Florida Library Association opportunities.

Registration Desk Opportunities - Conference 2007
The Registration Subcommittee is looking for volunteers to staff the registration desk during Florida Library Association’s Annual Conference 2007. Working the Registration Desk is a wonderful networking opportunity. You will meet FLA Members from all over the State!

If you are interested in volunteering two hours of your time at the Registration Desk during Conference 2007, please email your complete contact information to Chris Barber (cbar2[at]

The days/dates for volunteering are:
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
See you there!

FLA Poster Session and Roundtables
Looking for a great way to start out the New Year? Well, I’ve got the answer for you! Apply for a Poster Session or Roundtable at the 2007 FLA Annual Conference, 10-13 April. Poster Sessions and Roundtables are a great way to let the Florida library community know about your research, best practices, and the hottest topics today. Both are also great ways to network. So get started on those resolutions and apply for a Poster Session or Roundtable today. Applications are accepted until 31 January 2007.

To apply for a Poster Session go here:

To apply for a Roundtable go here:

Please direct any and all questions to Jason Martin (mjmartin[at]