Decades of academic library experience; focused on management/leadership, reference, information literacy instruction, and assessment. Presented papers at Computers in Libraries, American Library Association, Florida Library Association, and Florida Reading Council. At Eastern Florida State College, in addition to participating on many collegewide and library committees, I collaborated on the design and construction supervision of the new library and other campus buildings; served as the college’s Tenure and Professional Development Council Chair; and most recently facilitated the development of the college’s Copyright policies and procedures, including co-presenting a workshop on Copyright Law in Education to faculty and staff.
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.
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.
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.
Alison is the manager of the Jacksonville Public Library’s E-Services department, which provides computer and technology instruction to all ages. She was previously the manager of the library’s Acquisitions department, handling the receipt and processing of materials for the library’s 21 branches. Alison has also held managerial positions at branch libraries, where she honed her programming skills on big events like comic-cons; ongoing events like a speaker series, board game nights, and a coffee-shop-based book club; and one-off programs including Friend Speed Dating, telescope nights, and poetry festivals. Her first professional job was as a reference and instruction librarian at Florida State College at Jacksonville, and she still works there as an on-call librarian.
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.
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.
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.