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TBLC Honors Former Director Dr. Barbara Stites’ 44 years of dedicated library service

Dr. Barbara J. Stites, Interim Dean of the Wilson G. Bradshaw Library at Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers, Florida is retiring on December 24, 2019 concluding a 44-year career in education and libraries. Barbara began her career as an elementary school teacher, moving to management of high school library media centers, then business and […]

TBLC Honors Pride Month: Sharing FLA Presentation on LGBTQ+ Reader’s Advisory

Tricia Smith of the St. Petersburg Public Library System, and Chris Brackett of Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library presented a session titled “Queens, Kings, and ACE: LGBTQ+ Reader’s Advisory” at the 2019 FLA Conference. Both presenters were incredibly generous and allowed us to share their presentation with our members. This is an excellent reader’s advisory resource. […]

2019 FLA Award Winners Announced! Several TBLC member libraries receive accolades

2019 Florida Library Association Award Winners Announced! The 2019 Florida Library Association Awards have been announced. Several TBLC member libraries have been honored: Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library Library of the Year Outstanding Business/Media Partner–WTTA News Channel 8 working with Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library Library Web Presence Citrus County Library System Outstanding New Librarian– Adam Chang […]

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TBLC 2018 Library Champion Award: John and Amanda Horne

John and Amanda Horne are the owners of the Anna Maria Oyster Bar. Last year the Hornes began their Dive Into Reading program. In its inaugural summer, the Hornes invited approximately 70 Title I students to their Ellenton location for breakfast, reading instruction, time to read one-on-one with a mentor, and a free book. Partnering […]

TBLC Announces New Executive Director, Jim Walther

It is my pleasure to announce Jim Walther as the new Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium. Jim comes to the TBLC from Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management where he was an Assistant Professor. His teaching included leadership and management, adult learning, and much more. He served two years […]

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