SWFLN offers a diverse range of workshops and webinars to help library staff and volunteers 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 SWFLN and FLIN members 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.
Florida Library Webinars / Statewide Webinar Program
Florida Library Webinars is a program of the Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Services. Florida Library Webinars 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.
Florida Library Training
The Florida Department of State, 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provides archival and records management services; and preserves, collects, and makes available the published and unpublished documentary history of the State.
Our subscription to Tech-talk.com includes Tech-BYTES, a weekly email about software, Tech-TOPIA, access to articles with ideas for working more efficiently and Tech-QUESTION, where you can ask how-to questions on any topic Tech-Talk covers. Information on how to access archived Tech-Talks.
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.
Staff Coverage for Training
SWFLN will pay for on call or substitute staff member so you can attend training!