Want to connect with other librarians and staff with similar interests?  Want to bounce ideas for new programs and service on those same people?  

In 2015, TBLC formed Groups to provide the opportunity for people with similar interests and job responsibilities to get together and learn from one another and from experts.  Each group meeting included informal presentations from local experts, plenty of time for networking and sharing future goals and aspirations.

We look forward to continuing our Group ventures and have recapped past topics along with a Group schedule to plan our time together!

Outreach Services

Last fall, September 28, 2015 we met at St. Petersburg College’s Innovation Lab and focused our discussion on “getting out there” in the community.  Much was gained from how you raise awareness for your libraries and build relationships in the community.

This year we met on August 25, 2016 at TBLC’s new office and focused our discussion on Community Collaborations, how we stay connected outside the library.  There was much to be gained from our time together!  Click here for meeting highlights.

If you have a topic of interest or would like to share as a speaker, we would love to hear from you! Reach out to Elise Aiello at elise@tblc.org.

Reference/Public Services

Last summer, June 8, 2015 we met at Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland and learned about UX – user experience in libraries.  Participants learned from the Poly librarians how their library works and how user experience is at the heart of all they do.

We are in the planning stages for our next Group meeting.  Stay tuned for details!

Maker Services & Programs

On January 27, 2016 we met at St. Petersburg College’s Seminole Campus Library and learned about the creative ways maker services and programs are incorporated in your libraries.  We concluded our time together with a tour of the Innovation Lab “technology playground”.

We appreciate our maker community coming together for LibraryMakerFest on June 16, 2016! See event highlights!  

Technical Services

Participants met on March 14, 2016 at the University of South Florida.  Deborah Fritz provided updates on The MARC of Quality and the latest developments of RDA.  We took a tour of the newly renovated USF Library and Technical Services department.   

Want more?  Have a question or topic to share?

There are plenty of opportunities to connect, learn and share with your peers through TBLC’s Continuing Education program.  To stay informed of the latest Continuing Education opportunities link to a current listing of workshops and webinars.  

If there is a topic you feel strongly and would like to learn more about or share as a speaker, we want to hear from you!  Reach out to Elise Aiello at elise@tblc.org.

This project has been funded under the provisions of the Library Cooperative Grant program which is administered by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services

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