Our Vision and Mission

SWFLN Vision

People will have fast, easy access to regional, state, and worldwide information resources through Southwest Florida libraries. Key stakeholders, funders, and the general public will be aware of the value of libraries to the quality of life, economic development, and education for Southwest Florida residents.

SWFLN Mission

Through the power of cooperation, SWFLN helps member libraries deliver better, faster service. It is the mission to provide library members with cost-effective sharing of library materials, staff training and education, and to help libraries make well informed technology decisions.

The Southwest Florida Library Network enhances and promotes library services in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hendry, and Lee counties by:

  • encouraging interlibrary cooperation among all libraries in the service area, including materials, facilities, and local experts;
  • assessing member needs, providing training and education to keep members informed and current;
  • promoting professional relationships and partnerships; and
  • monitoring trends and demonstrating innovative technologies.


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Helping libraries provide better, faster service.

The Southwest Florida Library Network (SWFLN) is one of the five, regional consortia of Multitype Library Cooperatives in the State of Florida. SWFLN serves the counties of Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hendry and Lee.

Florida’s five Multitype Library Cooperatives (MLC)

The team at SWFLN develops and executes SWFLN’s continually evolving range of member programs and services.

SWFLN works closely with an outstanding group of advisors, including the members of the Board of Directors, library leaders, and their staff.


To join SWFLN as an Institutional Member, please complete the Institutional Membership Application Form and Member Agreement.

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Board of Directors

Mindi Simon, President
Director, Lee County Library System

Dr. Tracy Elliott, Vice President
Dean, University Library, Florida Gulf Coast University

Catherine Cowser, Secretary
Director, Collier County Public Library

Linda Waters, Treasurer
Director, DeSoto County Library

Karen Smoczynski
Personal Affiliate Representative

Dr. Richard Hodges
Assistant Vice President for Library Services, Rush Library, Florida SouthWestern State College

Tracy Herman
Regional Librarian, Charlotte County Libraries and History

Elaine Sullo
Medical Library Manager, Lee Health Medical Library

Nicole Hellard
Director, Barron Library

Anthony Valenti, Immediate Past-President (ex officio, non-voting)
Collections Manager, Florida SouthWestern State College

Brian Chase (ex officio, non-voting)
Executive Director, Southwest Florida Library Network

Contact Information

Southwest Florida Library Network
13120 Westlinks Terrace, Unit 3
Fort Myers, FL 33913

(239) 313-6338

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Staff Directory

Brian Chase

Executive Director


Brian has worked in libraries for 25 years, including experiences in a private university, community college, special library, and public libraries. Following 14 years as a public library director, he joined SWFLN, where he enjoys the opportunity to help member libraries optimize resources, build amazing teams, connect with colleagues, and provide the best possible services to their communities.

Amy-Jane McWilliam

Assistant Director


Amy-Jane McWilliam brings over 20 years of extensive experience in library and research roles. Holding a Master’s in Information Science from Florida State University, Amy Jane has consistently demonstrated leadership throughout her career, highlighting her dedication to making strong community connections through strategic planning, staff development, resource evaluation, and community engagement.

Melissa Lanzilotta

Administrative Services Manager


Melissa is passionate about the intersection of education, technology, and community advancement. Melissa had the privilege of navigating diverse professional landscapes that have shaped her approach to making a difference. From overseeing a school library media center, teaching technology and robotics and coaching teachers on instructional technology, she has witnessed firsthand the transformative power of educational resources and innovative teaching methods. Having seen the profound influence that libraries have on local communities, she is dedicated to ensuring that the resources and training offered by SWFLN enhance and promote library services that reach every corner of our region.