Monthly Archives: October 2012

App of the Week: Facebook Pages


App: Facebook Pages

Cost: FREE

Availability: iOS

Developer: Facebook

Do you update your library page for Facebook? Well this app will certainly help you manage all your information! The Facebook Pages App helps admins of pages access messages, photos, insights, and settings. This is a great app to share posts, links and photos when you don’t have access to your computer or you are on the go.

What I like

  • You can quickly check your insights, total likes, people talking about your pages, and your total weekly reach.
  • If you manage multiple pages for your branches or campus libraries, you can access them all in one location.
  • Great for responding quickly to notifications, especially if you are on the go.
  • Update on the run! Want to post something as you are walking into the library in the morning, but your computer isn’t booted yet? Grab your phone and post that update in your Facebook Pages app.

What I don’t like

  • You don’t have the option to share a post, link or photo like you do on the desktop site.
  • You can’t check in at a different location. So let’s say you have community outreach event at the YMCA, you can’t check in and say you are there.
  • You can’t access your pages home feed.
  • You can’t tag people in the photos.

Overall: I give it an B-, if Facebook would let me check-in and share posts, they would get a better score. Download it and save some time next time you have to update you library page. 

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TBLC Around the Region Visioning Sessions

Visioning: The information and communication environment that libraries operate in continues to change rapidly.  It makes it difficult for people who work in libraries to clearly see the changes, challenges, and opportunities they present.  At the same time library services are changing quickly as libraries continue to innovate even during a time of serious budget challenges.

Engage: Our intent is to engage members of the TBLC community in a visioning process to identify the changes underway and innovative services that respond to them so that we can help position libraries for continued success.

Plan: The vision ideas from these sessions will be summarized and shared widely and will be used to help us plan for TBLC’s future.

Attendees: These sessions are open to all librarians, public, academic, special and k-12.


10:00 Get Started – Introductions & Review Plans
Brainstorm to create a list of challenges and opportunities confronting libraries
11:15 Break
11:30 Brainstorm to create a list of new & innovative services that libraries & TBLC can implement to succeed in challenging times
12:45 Review the mornings work
1:00 Adjourn!

Wednesday November 28th Rocky Bluff Branch Manatee County Public Library 6750 U.S. Hwy 301 N., Ellenton, FL 34222

Friday November 30th  Hart Memorial Branch Osceola County Public Library 211 East Dakin Ave Kissimmee, FL 34741

Tuesday December 4th Land O Lakes Branch – Pasco County Library System 2818 Collier Parkway Land O’Lakes, FL 34639

Friday December 7th Brackett Library - IRSC Mueller Campus Vero Beach 6155 College Lane Vero Beach, FL 32966

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2013 FLA Scholarship Applications now Available

The scholarship application deadline is February 1, 2013. The application packet must be submitted entirely in electronic PDF format.

The Florida Library Association (FLA) Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that the application process will begin for the 2013 scholarships on September 1, 2012. The scholarships will be awarded in the spring of 2013 and scholarship recipients will be recognized at the 2013 Annual Conference.

Three graduate school scholarships ($2,000 each) are available: one for a student attending Florida State University, one for a student at the University of South Florida and a third, the Minority scholarship, which may be used at either school.

To qualify for a Minority Scholarship, the candidate must belong to one of the following ethnic groups: Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, or American Indian/Alaska Native.

Additional scholarships are available for undergraduates: one for a student pursuing a bachelor’s degree ($750) and one for a student pursuing an associate’s degree ($350).

The scholarships are available from a dedicated fund and have been given since 1989. This fund is replenished through donations and fundraising activities. The primary fundraising activity is the Silent Auction held at the FLA Annual Conference.

Eligibility Requirements

  • applicant must be a resident of Florida and have some experience in a Florida library;
  • be admitted to an accredited program at a Florida college or university or to a library/information graduate degree program at FSU or USF;
  • commit to working in a Florida library for a minimum of one year after graduation; and
  • be an FLA member in good standing.

Application Forms

Email Forms in PDF Format to:

Caroline Reed
FLA Scholarship Committee
New College of Florida, Jane Bancroft Cook Library
5800 Bay Shore Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34243

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FREE Books: Contemporary Authors Series

The Gulf Gate Library in Sarasota has a few books they will not be able to house in their new building. They would like to pass them on to anyone who wanted them.

  • Contemporary Authors vols 1-285
  • Contemporary Authors New Revision vols 1-191
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism vols 1-279
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography vols 2-353
  • Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism vols 1-218
  • Twentieth Century Literary Criticism vols 1-223

If you are interested in the books, please contact Shirley Birkett at 941-861-1237 or

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What’s Trending in Technology: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

man-holding-ebookAmazon Kindle Paperwhite

Cost: $119 with ads, $139 without ads

Storage: organize your library with up to 2GB or 1,100 books

Pros: built-in-light, Paperwhite Display, higher resolution and contrast, light-weight: 7.5oz

Cons: additional $20 to remove ads, 3G version costs about the same as the 7″ color tablet, doesn’t incorporate audio (no headphone jack)

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is all the buzz. After the long wait, the 8-week battery life e-reader is finally here. What makes it drastically different? New crisper interface due to higher pixel rate and 25% increase in contrast. The built-in-light allows you to adjust your screen’s brightness, making it easy to read your book in all environments. If you are outside by the pool or inside ready for bed. The battery life has also been improved. Amazon suggests for the best optimization, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 10, you can obtain a charge up to 8 weeks.

Overall, the new e-reader is impressive, but still has a few flaws. But if you are looking for something light, this might be the option for you!

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Florida Library Webinars: New Training Program Launched

The Division of Library and Information Services is excited to announce that library staff in Florida now have free access to a comprehensive curriculum of online training.  Florida Library Webinars provides access to the new statewide training program featuring topics ranging from customer service to new technologies.
Library staff can create an account which you can use later to speed the registration process and to see the workshops you have taken and are currently registered to attend.
The site will grown throughout the coming months as new training opportunities are added.  We encourage you to check back often and to subscribe to the mailing list to receive updates as webinars are announced.
TBLC is proud to partner with the Division to offer this exciting new program.
Tell us what you think of the program, make suggestions for new webinars, ask questions, or chat with us.  You can call 800-622-8252 x228, email
or chat online with us from the Florida Library Webinars website.
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