Special Libraries Association

Program Archive

Professional Development Workshops


Keep ‘em coming: Building loyal relationships with those that matter

Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Start & End Date: October 28, 2011
Location: University of Central Florida Main Library

Description: Do you work with people? No matter the relationship–user, co-worker, administrator, investor–it takes work to build successful relationships. Join the Florida and Caribbean Chapter of SLA as we hear from James Kane, recognized as “one of the leading researchers and consultants in the science of loyalty and the role it plays in human relationships and the communities we form” (http://www.jameskane.com). During the full-day workshop, we will explore the key elements to forming these lasting relationships, learn to identify target groups, and discuss practical ways to improve the relationships we have. Participants will spend time analyzing their unique organizations and developing customized plans and will leave with practical ways to implement new strategies. The presentation will appeal to a broad audience, not just those in libraries. Lunch and light snacks are included.



Calculating Return on Investment for Libraries
Career Agility for Information Professionals

Time: 9am – 4pm
Start & End Date: November 5, 2010
Location: College Center for Library Automation,
City: Tallahassee, Florida

Description: The workshop topics are “Calculating Return on Investment for Libraries” and “Career Agility for Information Professionals.” The speaker is Cindy Hill, knowledge services consultant and former president of SLA.



Libraries of the Future

Time: 9:00 – 4:00
Start & End Date: November 13, 2009
Location: USF-Lakeland
City: Lakeland, Florida

Description: The workshop theme is “Libraries of the Future”. The program speakers are Paulette Hasier (Library Task Manager, ARTI), Jonathan Reichental (US IT Innovations Director, Pricewaterhouse Coopers) and Catherine Lavallée-Welch (Associate Librarian, USF Polytechnic



1+1=More Than 3: Collaboration, Technology, and Futurism

Time: 8:00 – 5:00
Start & End Date: October 10, 2008
Location: Florida State University. College of Information, Shores Building, Room 206
City: Tallahassee, Florida

8 Tips for Effective Internet Collaboration Andrew Sanderbeck, People Connect Institute, Tampa Florida

When Dr. Stephen Covey wrote about collaboration and “Synergy” in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People he didn’t know how collaboration would be changed by technology. This interactive and fun session focuses on many of the successful forms of collaboration in the here and now, both in person and through the ever widening scope of technology. Come “Sharpen your Saw” and learn how to upgrade your collaboration skills with others as we learn 8 Tips for Effective Internet Collaboration and take a sneak peak into the future of collaboration, or as Business Week Magazine described it “The Power of Us!”

Geeks Bearing Gifts: Unwrapping New Technology Trends  J. Dale Prince, Technology Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine

With the advent of AJAX and other interactive technologies, the Internet has become a collaborative workspace. Organizations, small and large, find that resources on the Web facilitate group work and remove much of the sting from being chair of a committee or task force. “Geeks Bearing Gifts: unwrapping new technology trends” addresses these developments with a hands-on approach that’s both informative and fun. The session covers wikis, collaborative word processing, meeting scheduling, and numerous other technologies that aid in corralling the cats.



Gear Up! Digitization 101

Start and End Date: October 19, 2007
Location: University Club, Florida State University Campus
City: Tallahassee, Florida

Description:  Jill Hurst-Wahl, Hurst Associates, presenter.  Digitization is much more than converting a physical or analog object into its digital equivalent: it efficiently repurposes crucial information resources to improve their use by staff, colleagues, and end-users.  For libraries, digitization can open the collection to a much larger user-base, whether that user-base is comprised of researchers, students, or business people.  A dangerous trap for digitization efforts is to focus on the conversion process instead of other, mission critical, pre-scanning issues such as selection criteria, preservation of original documents, metadata creation, software and hardware concerns, integration into existing systems, and legal issues.  These issues and more were discussed in this workshop.

Special Librarians and the Internet, panel discussion, with Florida Library Association

Start & End Date: April 27, 2007
Location: Tampa Convention Center
City: Tampa, Florida

Information Architecture Workshop

Time: 9:00 – 4:00
Start & End Date: February 9, 2007
Location: Largo Public Library
City: Largo, Florida

Description: Information architecture (IA) is a new and growing field that deals with the structure, navigation, and findability of information on the Web. Gain an understanding of IA by attending this full day workshop. Ms. Diane Austin, Instructor at University of South Florida, will conduct the workshop. Through lecture, discussion and exercises learn more about IA, understanding the user experience and IA tools.



Technology Alphabet Soup

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
Start & End Date: October 13, 2006
Location: Time Customer Service, Inc.
City: Tampa, Florida

Description: Now that school is back in session, how about brushing up on your alphabet? Not your regular ABC’s, but you technology ABC’s. Don’t know your CSS from your RSS? SQL send you squealing? XML send you into exile? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Technology Alphabet Soup is the workshop for you. Join the Florida and Caribbean Chapter as Dr. Stephen Bajjaly ladles out the secrets of HTML, CSS, XML and more.

Stephen Bajjaly is an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science, where he teaches information technology, Web design, and management courses. He received his PhD in Information Science from the State University of New York at Albany and his MBA from San Diego State University. He is a past president of the South Carolina chapter of SLA.

Objective: Gain a basic understanding of one of the most popular markup languages in use today, HTML, and how cascading sheets, CSS style, facilitate the creation and maintenance of webpages. Learn why XML use is on the rise and how to use RSS in your organization


The Sarbanes-Oxley Act: Deciphering the Mystery

Start & End Date: March 11, 2005
City: Orlando, Florida

Description: Since the 2002 passage of the Sarbanes Oxley Act, information professionals have been placed in the middle of this relatively new legislation. However, there are many questions that these professionals would like answered in regard to this act. Questions such as: What is the Sarbanes Oxley Act? How is it implemented? How will it impact the information profession? These are some of the questions that will be discussed and answered at the Florida Caribbean Chapter’s Spring Program.

The impact of the changing corporate environment, new technology and new laws on records and information management (RIM) and the records and information manager (Sarbanes Oxley, E-Sign Act, HIPPA, FACTA, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act). How the laws have affected corporations and their need for records and information management. Is the RIM out of the basement? (Jenny Jolinski)


The Art of Managing a Library

Type of Event: Chapter Workshop
Start & End Date: October 1, 2004
City: Tampa, Florida



Creating Alternative Learning Environments and Opportunities

Start & End Date: March 28, 2003
Location: Flagler College
City: St Augustine, Florida

Description: Flagler College’s Proctor Library was the location for the Spring Meeting and Workshop of the Florida & Caribbean Chapter. While the Proctor Library is very new, built in 1996, the College itself is the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, a grand resort hotel built by industrialist Henry M. Flagler in 1888. Flagler, co-founder of the Standard Oil Company, built several other luxury hotels in St. Augustine in addition to establishing the Florida East Coast Railway which opened the state of Florida to the wealthy and adventurous masses from the northeastern section of the United States. The development of West Palm Beach and Miami were to follow in the plans that Flagler had for the wilderness environment of Florida’s east coast.

Emerging Technologies

Type of Event: Chapter Meeting
Start & End Date: October 17, 2003
City: Tallahassee, Florida

Description: Whether we like it or not, tools and technology continue to evolve! We are bombarded daily with news of new applications, languages, gadgets, websites, tools, etc. To respond to our own information challenges, information professionals need the opportunity for an immersion into current technology concerns involving our workspace. This program will showcase experts who will bring us up-to-speed and current with today’s new technologies.



Creativity in the Workplace Workshop

Start & End Date: November 8, 2002
City: Tampa, Florida

Description: Dr. Gerard Puccio presented a full day Creativity workshop sponsored by Florida and Caribbean Chapter of SLA. It was held in the Grace Allen Room of the University of South Florida Library on November 8, 2002. Dr. Puccio is Director and Professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, (http://www.buffalostate.edu/centers/creativity) Buffalo State, State University of New York; an internationally known program that offers courses and academic credentials in creativity.

Web Search Skills for Know-It-All Web Searchers Workshop

Start & End Date: April 9, 2002
City: Daytona Beach, Florida

Description:  Rita Vine, full of energy and enthusiasm, spoke to a standing-room only group on Wednesday, April 9th at the Florida Library Association Annual Conference in Daytona Beach. Rita delivered a fast-paced, dynamic program on the latest ways to search faster and smarter on the Internet, and she updated last year’s program by offering us many new tips and ways of dealing with challenging users. I only wish all of you could have been there! I will attempt to summarize some of the main points of her presentation below, but first, let me share with you some of the evaluations (I have almost 70 of them) that attendees filled out.



Tactics for Organizational and Professional Change 

Start & End Date: February 9, 2001
City: Tallahassee, Florida

Description: Sammy Alzofon, President-Elect of the Florida and Caribbean Chapter of SLA, opened the workshop by talking about change and looking at it as opportunity. Heidi Hess of ChangeCraft in Lakeland, Florida then led the morning session, about changes which have already occurred, changes that are going on now, and expected changes in the future.  We started by listing changes in our lives and then sharing those ideas.

E-reference and e-service and e-materials 

Start & End Date: October 19, 2001
City: West Palm Beach, Florida

Description: The Fall workshop of the Florida and Caribbean Chapter was titled E-Reference, E-Service, E-Materials:  How It’s Changing the Look and Feel of Our Jobs, and took place at The Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach.  The workshop was sponsored in part by The Palm Beach Post, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and Lexis-Nexis, and was arranged by Sammy Alzofon.


The Librarian As Webmaster  

Start & End Date: February 11, 2000
Location: Energy Technology Resource Center
City: Tampa, Florida

Description: “The Web and the Public Library” by Jason Biggers, Principal Librarian for Electronic Reference and Information, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library. The introduction of the Internet has revolutionized libraries.  We can offer services that a few years ago would have been cost-prohibitive.  The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library began offering services with a web page on the TBLC server.  Jason noticed there was little use in the beginning, but with offering a brochure for publicity, and interactive services, by the end of 2001 they hope to have a complete blend of internal and external services.  The library comprises 32 locations, serving nearly one million people.

The web site is comprised of more than 380 web pages.  They use Websense for filtering.  This allows complete control of what is allowed on staff and public machines, with different machines having different levels of filtering.  It now filters out all chat, but they are thinking about changing this because of interactive reference.  With Websense,  sites are reviewed by humans and filters are updated daily.  There is a time limit on public workstations of 30 minutes when others are waiting, and this is strictly enforced.  Patrons who violate policy are kicked off.

Special Librarians and the Internet, panel discussion, with Florida Library Association 

Start & End Date: April 27, 2000
Location: Tampa Convention Center
City: Tampa, Florida

Description: Special Librarians and the Internet” was the topic of the panel presentation for this workshop jointly sponsored by Florida and Caribbean Chapter SLA and Florida Library Association.

Webportals Workshop 

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Start & End Date: November 3, 2000
City: Daytona Beach, Florida


The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and the International Standard Audiovisual Number (ISAN) 

Start & End Date: October 22, 1999
City: Punta Gorda, Florida

Description: The workshop was held at IMPAC, in Punta Gorda. Integrated Control Systems, also known as IMPAC, was incorporated in 1972. It was founded with the primary mission of providing “the knowledge, skills, and implementation strategies to guarantee improved productivity and profitability for corporations throughout the world” (from IMPAC’s brochure, “IMPAC University”).

The workshop was designed to give attendees insights into issues of global information identifiers. Our four speakers were experts, involved at all levels: representing information companies and foundations, drafting language of new standards, and consultants to the initiators.


Everybody Wins: Building Alliances for Greater Gains 

Start & End Date: March 26, 1998
City: Gainesville, Ft Lauderdale, Florida

Description: Florida and Caribbean Chapter members were treated to an unusual and very successful program on the afternoon of March 26, from 1:00 to 4:00. SLA Headquarters and LEXIS-NEXIS provided a nationwide videoconference, described also as a distance learning program, entitled “Everybody Wins: Building Alliances for Greater Gains”. It was presented simultaneously in two locations in Florida, nicely accommodating our state’s geography. Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville and Nova University in Fort Lauderdale were the two sites used for this interactive telecast. We appreciate co-sponsorship of these sites by NEFLIN, SEFLIN, and LEXIS-NEXIS, along with our Chapter

Libraries and Digital Imaging …Getting Started 

Start & End Date: October 23, 1998
Location: Walt Disney World
City: Orlando, Florida



Telecommunications Workshop 

Start & End Date: April 11, 1997
Location: Florida Marine Research Institute
City: St. Petersburg, Florida

Description: Dr. Tom Will is President of Intercom, Inc., a telecommunications firm in Miami as well as Adjunct Professor at FIU and SEFLIN Board member. Dr. Will spoke on the Future of Telecommunications, specifically on the fact that the price of telecommunications will drop significantly.

Giving Users What They Really Need 

Time: 1-4pm
Start & End Date: October 16 – October 17, 1997
Location: Florida Coastal School of Law
City: Jacksonville, Florida

Description: This videoconference by Special Libraries Association and Knight-Ridder Information was broadcast live to our downlink co-sponsored by our Florida and Caribbean Chapter SLA, NEFLIN, and Florida Coastal School of Law.

Effective Presentations

Sea Turtle Inn, Jacksonville
October 17, 1997, 9am-4pm

Description: This Chapter Workshop was preceded by a business meeting and a Lifetime Achievement Award presentation for William Condon of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. The presentation was made by Marjorie Pace.



Riding the Internet Waves: What’s Catchy for Special Librarians 

Start & End Date: February 2, 1996
City: Gainesville, Florida

Description: Polly Frierson of IBM Corporation in Rochester, Minnesota, opened the workshop with a presentation on “Special Librarians and the Internet”. In addition to showcasing several innovative uses of the Internet, Polly discussed and showed slides of the homepage for the IBM library.

Three librarians addressed “Value-Added Repackaging of the Internet”, by discussing and showing home pages they have developed as collections of Internet links. Each one described how they went about finding, evaluating, and selecting resources for a particular subject area.

Management Issues ’96 Workshop 

Type of Event: Chapter Workshop
Start & End Date: May 3, 1996
City: Fort Myers, Florida

Description: Suzi Hayes opened the workshop with a talk about her experience as Corporate Librarian of Encore Computer Corporation in Ft. Lauderdale in providing management with information about the value of the library or information center. Titled “What Good Is It?” the talk covered the information audit, and interview ques tions, and various ways of measuring value and of communicating this value to those outside the library.

Competitive Intelligence Workshop 

Start & End Date: October 11, 1996
City: Palm Beach, Florida

The day-long workshop on Competitive Intelligence began with Faye Brill, past president of the Society for Competitive Information Professionals (SCIP). Competitive Intelligence is knowledge and foreknowledge of the competitive environments in which our organizations or institutions operate, and is used for strategic decisions. Faye discussed how and why to do Competitive Intelligence, the information professional’s role, and the ethics of CI.


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