My background in libraries lies primarily in children’s and young adult programming where I have 7 years of experience. I have helped plan and implement SRP all 7 of these years and started a Teen Advisory Group that continues to thrive 6 years after I left it. For the last 3 years I have been a branch manager in both a small rural library where I supervised 6 staff and now a larger suburban library where I supervise 11 staff. While I continue to support programming and am an advocate for standards, my interests have shifted heavily towards collection development, staff development, and leadership.
My background in libraries began in high school as a part time Shelver for Suwannee River Regional Library. I returned to SRRL in 2008 as a Youth Services Coordinator in Hamilton County. In 2010, I began working for Columbia County Public Library as a Program Specialist. For the last three years, I have served as the Branch Manager at the Main Library in Columbia County where I supervise 10 employees.
Tara Tobin Cataldo is the Biological/Life Science Librarian and Science Collections Coordinator at the University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Libraries. She provides research and instructional support to the life science departments at the university, directs the collections’ operations of the Marston Science Library and serves on the group that manages the libraries’ multi-million dollar collections budget. Her research focuses on the use of digital information in higher education. Tara has her B.S. in Biology from the University of Tampa, her M.L.S. from the University of South Florida and she has been an academic librarian for 20 years.
Sarah Coates earned a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from Wright State University with an emphasis on Anglo-Saxon literature and Modern and Contemporary British Literature. She received her M.L.I.S. from the University of Oklahoma with an emphasis on digital collections and academic librarianship.
After teaching freshman composition for five years, she worked at Oklahoma State University Libraries in the Special Collections and University Archives department from 2011-2018. In 2018, she took a position as the University Archives Associate at the University of Florida.
My journey as a school media specialist has led me on several different and challenging roles within our public school library services. I have also had the privilege to experience a management position within the Jacksonville Public Library System, as a Youth Services Librarian. My career began in the late 90’s as a classroom teacher specializing in Early Childhood Education in Pasco County, Florida. Within my first 5 years of teaching I had decided to return to the University of South Florida to ern my MLIS. I spent 14 years in Pasco and worked as a classroom teacher, team leader, school media specialist, Instructional Coach and District Trainer. There was much change happening in Pasco County, which I felt had/has dissolved the integrity of the Library/Media Services and is what led me to Hillsborough County. Hillsborough County still values and respects the work that we do as school media specialists. I was only in Hillsborough County for a little over 2 years before my family made the decision to relocated to the Saint Augustine area. The local school systems had no openings for school media specialists at that time. In a leap of faith, I applied to and secured a position as a Youth Services Librarian for the Jacksonville Public Library System. This was an amazing experience for me and provided me the inspiration and growth I needed professionally to return to the school system. I did in fact return to the school system for family reasons, but we always treasure my time there. Today, I am a school media specialist in a Title 1 school in St. John’s County. Our school was in dire need of a media center and information literacy breakthrough. Over the last two years, we have had much success in many areas. I look forward to our continued growth and student success!
Lynn Mayfield holds a Masters degree in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University and a Bachelors degree in Secondary Education. She has over 30 years of experience in education from K-12 to Higher Education, 10 of those years as a School Media Specialist, and since 2008, as an Academic Librarian. She chairs the Keiser University Library Policy Committee and is a member of the Keiser University Curriculum Committee. Her experience in event planning comes from directing both church and school plays, and from facilitating school reading events such as Young Reader’s Day, Teen Read Week, and Library Week. Lynn has experience in most facets of librarianship as she has always worked in a small library; therefore, she has ordered materials, catalogued them, balanced budgets, managed library aides, weeded to meet accreditation standards, taught weekly library classes K-6 and periodic research classes on the high school and college levels, and participated in several accreditation visit preparations on both the K-12 and college levels as well as programmatic accreditations. She has also served as the Jacksonville Campus Teaching & Learning Coordinator since 2011.
I have worked in a library setting since August of 2015. I started as a Student Research Assistant at UNF and discovered my love for libraries and librarianship. I earned my MIS at Florida State University in 2018 while working at a public library in south Alabama. Since January of 2019, I have been with the Clay County Public Library. As the Young Adult Librarian, I research, plan, budget, and implement programs for tweens, teens, and new adults (ages 18-25.) I purchase new materials for our YA sections and work closely with our administration with other collection development projects such as weeding, reorganization, and maintenance. Outreach is another aspect of my job and I enjoy being in the community and working with our school district’s media specialists and other community partners. I also contribute posts and virtual content for our social media platforms. I have been fortunate in my career to be able to work in many facets of librarianship and I hope to continue to learn and grow in the profession.
Beth has worked in a number of library settings as an Educator, Media Specialist, Youth Services Manager, and Branch Librarian. She currently serves as a Library Cataloger for the Nassau County Public Library System and as the librarian for her parish library.
Katherine Moody has worked in libraries for over 18 years in special services, adult reference, and school media. She holds an M.L.I.S, is a certified Florida K12 Media Specialist and Florida Educator, and is a graduate of the Sunshine State Library Leadership institute. She served on the Northeast Florida Library Information Network Board of Directors including a term as President of the Board. Katherine is currently the upper school librarian and teaches the AP Capstone program at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, FL. She also volunteers at her children’s elementary school and enjoys spending time with her husband, children and dogs.
Howdy! I started volunteering in libraries when I was twelve and have never left, and have worked/volunteered in public, academic, school, or law libraries. I have been at Flagler College since graduating with my MA in Library Science from USF in 2007, and in 2012 I founded Special Collections at Flagler College. Other duties include serving as one of the internship supervisors, creating displays, reference, instruction, preservation and disaster preparation, and being one half of the team for Meet the Collections and Curators (a twice a semester event introducing students, staff, and faculty to the items housed in the Archives or Special Collections). Special Collections has one student worker whom I supervise.
I have many interests outside of work including taking part in living history demonstrations when the opportunity arises.
Patrick Reakes is the Senior Associate Dean, Scholarly Resources and Services for the University of Florida (UF) George A. Smathers Libraries. His previous roles at UF include Associate Dean, Chair of the Humanities & Social Sciences Library, Chair of Departmental Libraries and Head of the Neuharth Journalism Library. Prior to coming to UF he was a law librarian and adjunct instructor at Florida Coastal School of Law and visiting Business Librarian at Florida State University. He holds an MLIS from Florida State University and a B.S. in Journalism/Public Relations from the University of Florida.
Patrick was chosen as a fellow in the selective Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Research Library Leadership Fellows Program and is a graduate of both the Harvard University Leadership Institute for Academic Libraries (LIAL) program and the General Motors Dealership Management Academy. His research interests focus on historic newspaper digitization and preservation and he currently serves as the principle investigator for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) National Digital Newspaper Program project, the largest single grant ever awarded to the University of Florida Libraries.