Wednesday, February 19, 2014

HHLib9's Encouraging Innovation and Technology Conference is 2/26 and 2/27!

On February 26th and 27th, 2014, join us for the 9th Handheld Librarian Online Conference (HHLib9) where librarians on the leading edge of our profession share their latest ideas, tools, and strategies.

HHLib9: Encouraging Innovation and Technology, the top online tech conference for librarians, will feature inspiration and how to’s. Take part in sessions that share the wide range of insights and experiences that come with implementing technologies and programs to meet the needs of library users. Drink up the inspiration and information onWednesday, February 26th and Thursday, February 27th, 2014.

In addition to a featured keynote presentation on meaningful gamification by Scott Nicholson of Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and the Because Play Matters Game Lab, the HHLib9 conference will offer presentations on the following range of topics:
  • Try Before You Buy: Beta Technology in Public Libraries
  • Using Augmented Reality in Information Retrieval
  • Social Georeferencing – A Model for Libraries
  • Creating An Infographic Contest at Your Library
  • Put a Badge on it! Badging and Professional Development

Register today at

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Encouraging Innovation and Technology: HHLib 9, Call for presenters ...

Encouraging Innovation and Technology: HHLib 9

LearningTimes invites librarians, library staff, vendors, graduate students, and developers to submit program proposals related to the topic of mobile library services for the online Encouraging Innovation and Technology: HHLib 9 Conference to be held February 26-27, 2014.   Proposals are due December 11, 2013.

The Encouraging Innovation and Technology: conference will feature interactive, live online sessions. We are interested in a broad range of submissions that highlight current, evolving and future issues in library services, including gamification in libraries, mobile library services, technological changes, gis, etc.  We (and the conference attendees) want to hear about:
o   Your most  innovative ideas
o   Your most innovative projects
o   Super successes and super failures.
o   Super plans
o   What  was learned from success or failure

Online presentations may be conducted in one of two  formats:
             *   a 45-minute live online session (i.e. synchronous webcast)
             *   a 15 minute lightning round presentation
Conference registration fees are waived for speakers. Presenters Are Expected To:

            1. Conduct your session using Adobe Connect (computer, Internet, mic required)
            2. Provide a digital photo of yourself for the conference website
            3. Respond to questions from attendees
            4. Attend an online 30-60 minute training on Adobe Connect prior to the conference

Proposal Submissions:  Submit your proposal by completing the web form at

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Handheld Librarian Online Conference is June 19-20th!

Encouraging Innovation

On June 19-20, 2013, join us for the 8th Handheld Librarian Online Conference where librarians on the leading edge of our profession share the latest tools and strategies.

Handheld Librarian: Encouraging Innovation, the top online tech conference for librarians, will feature inspiration and how to’s.  Be pushed and informed with a motivating and provoking keynote, panels sharing experiences and insights on implementing technologies to meet the needs of tech savvy users, and an in-depth workshop. Drink up the inspiration and information on June 19 and 20, 2013.  

Featured Keynote: “Faking the Internet,” by Michael Edson, Smithsonian Institution’s Director of Web and New Media Strategy.   Why don’t libraries get better the more they are used? Not just a little better—exponentially better, like the Internet. They could, and, in a society facing colossal challenges, they must, but we won’t get there without confronting a few taboos about what a library is, who it’s for, and who’s in charge.  Keynote 12:30 pm Central on June 19th.

Panel Presentations:
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Responsive Web Design: Jason Clark (Montana State University), Doug Furiato (Florida’s Ask a Librarian and the Tampa Bay Library Consortium), and Matthew Reidsma  (Grand Valley State University Libraries)  11:00 a.m. Central on June 19th.
Mobile Reference:  Ann Owens (Sacramento Public Library), Laura Kohl, (Bryant University), Heather Westhaver (Burlington (Ontario) Public Library) and Nancy Huling (University of Washington) 1:30 pm Central on June 19th.
Creating Videos at Your Library.  Toby Greenwalt  (Skokie Public Library),  Meagan Kinsley (American University), Anali Perry and Matt Harp (Arizona State University),  Angela Nolet (King County Library System) 3:00 pm Central on June 19th.
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Day 2 includes an essential workshop on MakerSpaces will be led by Tod Colegrove (University of  Nevada, Reno).  Lots of libraries are thinking about HackerSpaces, MakerSpaces, etc.  This workshop will help you decide what kind of space will work in your library and how to get started on implementing this new service for your users.
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REGISTER NOW for the June 19th  conference and  June 20th  workshops at:
Can’t be there for the whole day?  You will have access to the Archive to view after the conference.
Individuals can Register for Conference Only (June 19,  2013) – only US $65.00 , Register for Conference and Workshops (add US $45.00 ).  Reduced pricing is available on the website for groups.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Governor Rick Scott’s Recommendations for Library Funding
On Thursday afternoon Governor Scott published his 2013-14 budget recommendations for the legislature to consider in the coming Regular Session.

§  State Aid to Public Libraries – The Governor recommends $20,235,401 for State Aid. This is $1,064,599 less than the current appropriation of $21.3 million and is the amount requested by the Secretary of State. The recommendation represents the minimum in state funds now needed to qualify for federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding. When LSTA funding was reduced, the state’s funding requirement was reduced as well.  The library community will be working hard to persuade Florida legislators to increase the State Aid appropriation.

§  Library Cooperative Funding – Governor Scott recommends $1 million for Library Cooperative Grants. These funds are used by Florida’s multitype library cooperatives to support resource sharing among Florida libraries.  Governor Scott had vetoed Library Cooperative funding for the current year so the library cooperatives and libraries that rely on them for services are particularly appreciative of Governor Scott’s support for 2013-14 funding.

§  Florida Virtual Campus – Governor Scott recommends $23,927,294 for the Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC) which supports university and college library automation and licensed electronic resources.  This is an increase of $447,877 over the current year’s allocation of $23,497,417.  The FLVC provides distance learning and academic advising as well as college and university library services.

The Florida Library Community thanks Governor Scott for his appreciation of the value of library services enjoyed by Floridians and his continued support for library funding!

Be part of the Florida Library Association's Library Day at the Legislature on Tuesday, March 12.  Register at 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Handheld Librarian Online Conference. August 15-16th!

The Handheld Librarian Online Conference is excited to present nine hours of non-stop, blockbuster presentations on eBooks, social media, engaged users, mobile instruction, games, and technology tools. With keynotes from Lee Rainie & Ellyssa Kroski, and presenters from all over library land, and a second day of essential workshops on the state of the eReader lead by Sue Polanka & jQuery Mobile with Chad Mairn and Jason A. Clark.

Check out our jam-packed program including noted speakers Boyhum Kim, Iman Moradi, Robin Ashford, Bree Kirsch, Earnestine Adeyemoun, Willie Miller and David Lee King This is a not to be missed conference!

Can’t be there for the whole day? You will have access to the Archive to view after the conference. Individuals can Register for Conference Only (Aug. 15, 2012) - US $65, Register for Conference (Aug. 15, 2012) and Workshops (Aug. 16, 2012) (add $35 each workshop). Reduced pricing is available on the website for groups.

 REGISTER NOW for the August 15 conference and August 16 workshops at:

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

2012 FLA Award Nominations Opportunity

Recognize your library, staff and library supporters:
Nominate them for a FLA Award
Nominations are due February 1, 2012
Does your library get the recognition that you and your staff so richly deserve? Why don’t you nominate a program, service or person for one or more of the Florida Library Association’s (FLA) Awards? Let local, state and national leaders know about the difference your library makes in people’s lives.

Application: You do need to be a Florida Library Association member to submit a nomination, but you may nominate non-members.

FLA has a variety of awards you could win. Awards honoring individuals include the:

• Outstanding Citizen Library Award
• Friends, Foundations and Boards Outstanding Member Award
• Librarian of the Year Award

Other awards recognize special programs and services and include the:

• Exemplary Learning Design Award
• Library Innovation Award
• Library Web Site Award
• Libraries Mean Business Award
• Library of the Year

Visit the Florida Library Association website to see a complete list of the awards as well as last year’s winners.

The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2012.

For more information about these awards contact Sandy Newell at or 850.245.6624. Sandy chairs the FLA Awards Committee and is the public library administration consultant with the Office of Community Development in the Division of Library and Information Services

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Handheld Librarian VI Online Conference February 1-2, 2012

Join the Handheld Librarian conference once again for what will be an intense online professional development opportunity for librarians who love technology!

Mobile solutions for libraries that work!

The 6th Handheld Librarian conference is a place where interested librarians bring their tools and strategies to the learning scene. The conference will feature professional development for librarians by librarians. This is the grass-roots nature of this highly successful program. Handheld Librarian VI will build on the success of prior conferences in which an array of presenters share their experiences and insights on topics addressing themes such as e-books, location-based social networking, lending devices, reference and mobile technologies impacting society. You can see the quality of the content by looking through past archives. Their exciting one day conference, February 1, will feature presentations from your peers, along with two keynotes from respected thought leaders in the library world.

Michael Stephens, Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, will address the conference in the morning. His research focuses on use of emerging technologies in libraries and technology learning programs. He currently writes the monthly column “Office Hours” in Library Journal exploring issues, ideas and emerging trends in library and information science education. Stephens has spoken about emerging technologies, innovation, and libraries to audiences in over 26 states and in five countries, including a 2009 speaking/research tour of Australia.

The afternoon keynote features Stephen Abram. Stephen has over 30 years in libraries as a practicing librarian and in the information industry. He has visited hundreds of libraries in many different countries and is uniquely positioned to spark ideas and insights. Stephen is currently Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Markets at Gale Cengage in Toronto, Canada. He has been Vice President Innovation for SirsiDynix and the Chief Strategist for the SirsiDynix Institute, VP of Corporate Development for Micromedia ProQuest, and Publisher Electronic Information for Thompson

New* Post-Conference Skill Builders Workshops – Two additional opportunities!

New this year, a post conference experience focused on giving participants explicit hands on skills through extended workshops. For a nominal fee, participants can register for the following two-hour synchronous workshops on February 2. More information can be found at

·      Broad mobile development, including jQuery
·      Empowering your E-readers; teaching your readers to access content

Each workshop will not only provide a conceptual framework, but will ask the participants to try their hands at either developing or implementing specific strategies. After the workshop, audience members will be provided with additional ongoing tutorials and access to the experts for mentoring.