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 Name is Misty, and I currently work at the Bradford County Public Library. I started working in the library system in 2002-2004 in Union County. I then left for other adventures, but then returned in 2011. I am wildly known as the “Cardboard Queen.” If I dream it, I can build it, no matter how big or small. I am over the Children’s Dept. where I lead Preschool Storytime as well as middle school special education. I do outreach to the school system and community. I am currently the Children’s Interest Group leader for NEFLIN.
As Head of Youth Services, Katherine Fuhrig has completely redesigned and updated the Young Adult and Juvenile rooms at Franklin T. DeGroodt Library. This was accomplished despite limited funding and resources by way of a hands on approach and a “thinking outside the box” mentality. The result has impacted program attendance, brought in new patrons, and even garnered a few awards from parent groups. There are 2 FLA Webinars (“Redesign Your Library on a Budget”) available for further information. Katherine has also won some local awards through Brevard County for various youth and community programs. In addition to teaching webinars and producing programs/events, she has graduated from the Sunshine State Library Leadership institute. Her SSLLI project on STEM/STEAM programming is ongoing, and involves the centralization of STEM/STEAM resources as well as continuing education and training for Youth Services staff.
For nineteen years, I have been performing information literacy services, reference, instruction, supervision, collection management, and outreach. Currently, I serve as a reference, teaching, and outreach librarian at Stetson University. I supervised between 15-18 library assistants and help manage the library building as the Information Desk Librarian at Lynn University (Boca Raton).
I am a writer and content creator and have developed accessible, instructional and promotional content for public and academic libraries. In sixteen years at the Birmingham Public Library, I gained much experience working in a multi-location environment in a variety of capacities. I developed the ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with all levels of the organization. I served on the Public Relations Committee for twelve years with staff from across the entire system. I also served on the social media and Library 2.0 committee, a group dedicated to creating digital assets such as tutorials and videos for teaching, training, and promoting library resources and services. I built the Twitter account and helped with many integrated marketing campaigns, working closing with internal staff as well as outside partners throughout the city of Birmingham to promote the library’s services and to tell the library’s story.
I have been fortunate to lead the Friends of the Library; create programming; devellop strategic plans; manage outreach; and provide high-quality instruction, research, and reference.
Entering my 33rd year of dedicated service in the field of Library Science as of October 1, 2019. Committed to making a difference in my local community through my professional and private life.
Jennifer Parker is the Branch Manager of the Green Cove Springs Library, a small urban facility in North Florida. She has been developing and implementing programs for children, teens and adults since 1988. Since the 1990’s, Jennifer has served as an event planner for several educational, non-profit organizations. She has been an active lecturer on art appreciation, a weaving instructor/demonstrator, and a teacher of origami for more than 20 years. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL.
Christine Yip is the Access Services and Collections Manager at Marston Science Library at the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries. She leads a unit of 9 staff members and over 15 student employees in providing patron services and collection access in an academic library serving 1.5 million visitors per year. She has 15 years of academic library experience and specializes in workflow development, team-building, and project management. Christine has hired and trained over 150 employees in a variety of project initiatives including processing over 200,000 items for offsite storage and successfully launching a circulating tool library. She holds an M.A. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of Florida.