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Public Library Directors Conference

Each fall, The State Library and Archives of Florida hosts a conference for Public Library Directors from all over the state. This year’s conference was held on October 8-9 at The Doubletree Hotel in Tallahassee, FL. Directors met to discuss new ideas and tackle common issues faced within the Florida public library community.

State Library of Florida

Some of this year’s primary issues of interest included addressing the benefits and challenges of E-governence, evaluating strategies for internet safety, and coping with budget constraints on library resources. Attendees were invited to share thoughts and ideas in both a small and large group setting, focusing especially on cutting-edge trends within libraries that would allow libarians to better serve individuals from many diverse backgrounds, as well as reach out to individuals within each library’s respective community.

Dr. Debra Slone was one of seven active participants in a Public Library Directors’ Program Focus Group sponsored by the Florida State Library. The topics included fund-raising and alternative funding, budgeting, marketing, partnerships and strategic planning. She was requested by the state library to research ethics policies of public libraries in Florida and across the U.S.

~DR

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