Moving Forward Together

September 8 & 9, 2022

Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myers Airport/FGCU

16410 Corporate Commerce Way, Fort Myers, FL 33913



12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Lunch and Discussion.

Participate in a dialogue between SWFLN and libraries with a look to the future and how we will Move Forward Together. This will be YOUR opportunity to influence SWFLN’s growth, including its programs and services – and how the organization can offer your library real value!

And a great chance to connect with your colleagues!

While the day is designed for library directors and management, anyone is welcome to attend.


Staff Day 2022



9:00 AMWelcome
9:30 AMFuture of SWFLNBrian Chase and Sue Hall
10:15 AMFlorida Division of Library and Information ServicesClaudia Holland
11:00 AMBuilding a Culture of Customer ServiceToni Garvey
11:45 PMLunch
1:00 PMPoster Session: Innovation and SuccessVarious
1:45 PMDigital Navigation in LibrariesAdam Chang
2:30 PMfear(less) libraries: a post-pandemic guide to mindfulness for library folksCrishuana Williams
3:15 PMDiscussion/Wrap Up

Download the SWFLN Staff Day 2022 Agenda

Program Descriptions and Speaker Information

  • Future of SWFLN.

Discussion of what is next for SWFLN.

Brian Chase, Executive Director of SWFLN and Sue Hall, Strategic Planning Consultant.

  • Florida Division of Library and Information Services

What services does the Bureau of Library Development offer? What is new? Join Claudia Holland and find out.

Claudia Holland, Chief, Bureau of Library Development
Florida Department of State
Division of Library and Information Services

  • Building a Culture of Customer Service

Toni Garvey is a nationally known library consultant specializing in strategic planning, creating Master Plans and building projects.

Toni Garvey served as the Director of the Phoenix Public Library for 15 years. She has more than 25 years of experience as a public library administrator. Garvey was the 2004 Library Journal Librarian of the Year and was President of the Public Library Association in 2002.

  • Lunch
  • Poster Session: Innovation and Success
  • Digital Navigation in Libraries

Digital Navigation in libraries requires identifying methods to bridge the digital divide and prevent digital exclusion in our communities. This presentation will address best practices of digital navigation and identify ways to support library patrons with their digital needs and strengthen our roles as digital navigators.

Adam Chang works as the Region Manager with the Citrus County Library System. He earned his MLIS from the University of South Florida along with an MBA. Adam has worked in libraries for over 10 years with several of those years working as an Instruction & Research Librarian. Adam is currently a member of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium Board.

  • fear(less) libraries: a post-pandemic guide to mindfulness for library folks

Crishuana Williams presents a mindful approach specifically for library folks to work with fear as a form of stress reduction in a post-pandemic world. The recent global crisis has given us an ample amount of “change” to deal with in the coming months. How do we process this change in a way that can help us to move towards our goals? Can we move out of fear into a workstyle that invites a new sense of compassion and active energy as we go forward? This workshop will share two techniques from the mindfulness tradition uniquely adapted to our professional practice in libraries. We will practice two techniques specific to change readiness – tonglen meditation and metta loving kindness meditation. We will work together to apply these techniques to a current professional goal we are cultivating.

Working in technical services for the past few years and libraries for a decade, Crishuana Williams gives professional workshops marrying mindfulness based research and library work. She has published work with the Hood Museum of Art and holds organizational membership in the American Theological Library Association. She has been practicing and teaching yoga and meditation for nearly 15 years. In 2019, she spoke at TEDx on the powerful and unusual partnerships transforming library work. Her past workshops include combatting information overload, boundaries and renewal at the central reference desk, collaboration and flexibility for teams, and, foreshadowing the pandemic: cultivating a culture of change-readiness. This year’s workshop will share mindfulness techniques for our professional practice that position us to move out of fear into a more compassionate and active workstyle that takes advantage of the opportunities ahead.

Crishuana currently works with bibliographic metadata for the operations team at the Jane Bancroft Cook Library and has served on a number of strategic planning committees. I have published work with the Hood Museum of Art and hold organizational membership in the American Theological Library Association. Learn more about me over on Crishuana.Com.
Discussion/Wrap Up

Conference Location

Hotel Directions and Booking Information 

The conference is at the Hilton Garden Inn Ft Myers Airport/FGCU

16410 Corporate Commerce Way, Fort Myers, FL 33913

Staying overnight? SWFLN has a special rate of $95 a night. Call the Event Coordinator Directly to book this rate: Patty – 239-210-7212

Registration is open to all SWFLN members, Florida Library Information Network (FLIN) staff, and volunteers.