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The Tampa Bay Library Consortium (TBLC) is pleased to recognize four distinguished leaders with its “Library Champion Award” for exceptional support for libraries. The 2012-13 honorees are: Senator Jack Latvala , Senator Jeff Brandes , Representative Seth McKeel, and Representative Ed Hooper.
Senator Jack Latvala – Senator Latvala, who serves part of Pinellas County, has long been recognized as a supporter of libraries in his community and in the Legislature. Senator Latvala serves on the Senate Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee and shares credit for increasing State Aid to Public Libraries and restoration of Library Cooperative funding. Meeting with Senator Latavla is always a pleasure for library advocates because of the depth of his knowledge and consistent support.
Senator Jeff Brandes – Senator Brandes represents parts of Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. During the 2013 Legislative Session Senator Brandes sponsored Senate Bill 608 on “Library Innovation” that proposed creating a grant program to support innovative programs in Florida libraries. Though the bill did not pass, he demonstrated a great understanding and support for the innovative services being developed by Florida libraries in response to exciting changes in our communities and the world of information. Senator Brandes also serves on the Senate Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee and shares credit for increasing State Aid to Public Libraries and restoration of Library Cooperative funding.
Representative Seth McKeel – Representative McKeel represents Lakeland and part of Polk County. He chairs the House Appropriations Committee and his committee strongly supported increased State Aid to Public Libraries and restoration of the MLC funding last session. Prior to his election to the Legislature, Representative McKeel served on the Lakeland City Commission which provided him with a strong understanding of the value of libraries.
Representative Ed Hooper – Rep. Hooper represents part of the Clearwater area in Pinellas County and he chairs the House Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee, the committee that handles Department of State budget issues. In this role, Rep. Hooper is shares special credit with Representative McKeel for this session’s increased State Aid to Public Libraries and restoration of Library Cooperative funding. Representative Hooper is one of those legislators who can describe the value of libraries as well as library advocates can.
TBLC appreciates and thanks the leaders honored here, the Governor, and all of the legislators whose support for Florida libraries contributed to this year’s legislative successes!
This year celebrates the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 March on Washington. Below you will find statistics highlighting the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
July 20, 2013
Hart Memorial Library, Kissimmee
The recent e-book controversy around the reluctance of the Big 6 now Big 5 publishers to sell or license popular e-books to libraries with reasonable prices and terms has had a positive benefit – it has made librarians more aware of and appreciative of authors and publishers.
On Saturday, July 20th representatives of the Florida Authors and Publishers’ Association (FAPA) (formerly Florida Publishers’ Association) and Tampa Bay Library Consortium (TBLC) board members got together at the Hart Memorial Library in Kissimmee for a conversation about common interests and possible ways to work together.
The informal session gave the participants the opportunity to describe their work and perspectives on the rapidly evolving world of publishing and libraries. All brought an appreciation for the others’ work and roles, some themes emerged and at the end there was an impressive list of follow-up opportunities.
At the start we recognized a significant successful partnership that we can build on. FAPA has an annual “FAPA President’s Book Awards” program and librarians serve as the judges.
One of the issues that shaped the conversation was the recent meteoric rise of self publishing. The authors referred to self publishing frequently and the library participants commented on how self publishing has emerged as a popular DIY program topic.
The author folks helped the librarians understand …
- The self publishing phenomenon.
– Many of the FAPA members are self publishers.
– Many FAPA members write children’s books.
– Writer’s Workshops and FAPA members’ availability as speakers and workshop presenters.
– FAPA is considering offering webinars for members.
– How important discovery and getting their books into libraries is for the author participants.
The library folks helped the author and publishers understand…
- How libraries rely on positive book reviews for purchase decisions.
– How purchasing decisions are often made by a small number of staff that usually does not include the directors.
– How libraries generally buy from aggregators or wholesalers.
– How the library market is segmented (e.g. public, school, academic) and how that affects communicating with and selling to libraries.
– How some libraries already host writer’s groups.
– How libraries have different policies regarding authors selling books at events – and this sensitized the library folks to how authors need to be able to sell books, even it’s only a few, to help cover costs.
– How libraries use of digital rights management (DRM) to circulate ebooks using the 1 book / 1 borrower approach.
Outcomes and Follow-Up
- The library participants will assemble material about how publishers and authors can sell their books – especially ebooks, to libraries.
– The library participants will explore having an Authors, Publishers, & Librarians session at the Florida Library Association Meeting.
– FAPA has plans for posting links to their members’ pages which will enable library folks can discover them and find out about their books.
– FAPA will assemble a list of their members who are available for workshops in libraries on topics like How to Write and Publish Your Book, How to Write Your Memoirs, and How to Self Publish Your Book. They will share the list and the library participants will circulate it throughout the library community.
– Library folks will distribute lists of the FAPA award winners within the library community, including the k-12 school community.
– The participants discussed how FAPA could become a clearinghouse for authors and publishers seeking to sell ebooks to libraries for uploading to OverDrive or placing on servers using Douglas County or Califa model.
That is an impressive list of follow-up activities and most can be easily accomplished. At the day’s end all of the participants commented on how positive and helpful the session was and how it seemed to exceeded everyone’s expectations.
And the most significant outcomes are a stronger relationship and the recognition that the session was just a beginning.
2013 Florida Visioning Challenge Winner, Michelle Morales-Pineda, Valencia College
It would be great to incorporate into our services a way to notify patrons of new arrival books, reviews, and images that match their preferences in their profile. For example, my profile preference might be specifically children’s folklore. When a new book about children’s folklore is available, I would get an email notification with links that would direct me to a page where I can request the item(s).
2013 Florida Visioning Challenge Runner-Up, Kathy Yonce, City of Saint Petersburg North Branch Library
How about real-time online bookclubs for those who can’t physically make it to a bookclub meeting. The host could be any librarian or paraprofessional who wants to facilitate the event. Our libraries might want to have an online open Q & A once a month to answer library related questions. And finally, why not host a real-time online chat with a local or (better yet) well known author. We could archive the transcripts for patron reference.
2013 Florida Visioning Challenge Honorable Mention, Elise Aielo, Palm Harbor Library – Culture Club
At present, people go to many other places BUT the library for their dose of community and culture: movie theaters, bookstores, concert venues, Starbucks, etc. Let’s take it back. Encourage local and regional artists to give concerts at the library on weekends. Have art festivals at the library on a weekend. Have local independent filmmakers host a film festival. Host dance classes, art classes, poetry slams, and writer’s workshops. Ultimately, have a 24 hour or late night coffee shop where people can feel safe hanging out. This would be another place to host local music and artists. Take back the community, libraries!
More Visions: You can read the rest of the 2013 Florida Visioning Challenge submissions here: http://tblc.org/floridavisioningchallenge
Check out the great photos from the 2013 FLA Annual Conference in Orlando. It was wonderful to connect with so many of you out there.
A very special congratulations to the following TBLC Member Libraries! Hernando County Public Library was named the Library of the Year. Manatee County Public Library was awarded both the Library Innovation and Betty Davis Miller Youth Services Award. Clearwater Public Library was awarded the Libraries Mean Business Award. Largo Library was honored with the Friends, Foundations and Boards Outstanding Member for Iris Shalit.
What an exciting time for our members and a recognition that is well deserved!
Awards were given in several other categories and were recognized at the 2013 annual conference at the Orlando Hilton May 1-3, 2013. FLA awards recognize libraries and individuals providing outstanding service to their local communities and at the statewide level.
- Librarian of the Year – Carolyn Volz, Hodges University
- Lifetime Achievement – Carole D. Fiore, Training & Library Consulting
- Friends, Foundations and Boards Outstanding Member – 2 WINNERS
o Iris Shalit, Friends of Largo Library
o Shelia Leach, Friends of Martin County Library System
- Betty Davis Miller Youth Services – Manatee County Public Library
- Exemplary Learning Design – Orange County Library System
- Libraries Mean Business – Clearwater Public Library
- Library Innovation – Manatee County Public Library
- Library of the Year – Hernando County Public Library
- Public Library Website - Alachua County Library District
- Youth Services Website - Orange County Library System
For more information about Florida Library Association awards, including criteria and eligibility, see http://www.flalib.org/awards_documents/2013_award_winners_for_web.pdf .
For those who missed yesterday’s Google Hangout on video sharing, check out the recording on the TBLC YouTube Channel.
If you have questions from the event about recording, sharing, YouTube or Vimeo, please send an email to:
TBLC members and friends will be gathering at
on the evening of Monday, March 11 at 7:00 pm
Come join other librarians from around the state for a social gathering.
Andrews is located at 228 South Adams Street
1 block North of the Capital
Food and drinks will be a dutch treat.
If you have questions, please contact