Detailed information about BLD`s staff and programs

Florida Department of State
Division of Library and Information Services
Bureau of Library Development
Programs, Staff and Contact Information
Chief, Bureau of Library Development – Amy Johnson
[email protected]
The Division of Library and Information Services’ Bureau of Library
Development (BLD) supports the establishment, expansion and
improvement of public library service in Florida, within the context of the
larger library community, by working proactively with library staff, governing officials, trustees and
community supporters. The Bureau provides leadership training, grant funding and technical
assistance to Florida libraries; promotes advocacy and cooperation among all types of libraries;
supports continuing education and staff development activities; and plans and implements a
dynamic program of statewide development.
Continuing Education and Communications – Patrick Milas
[email protected]
The Bureau provides continuing education for libraries by offering
local, regional and statewide training to Florida library staff and
supporters, both online and in person. Examples of workshop and
training topics include grants, leadership, library administration, egovernment services, planning and the Florida Electronic Library. In
addition, the Bureau works with Florida’s multitype library
cooperatives to provide an array of training and services.
E-Government Services for Florida Public Libraries – Dorothy Frank (Interim)
[email protected]
E-Government services rank high on the list of needs for public library
patrons, with librarians reporting an increase in questions about Internet
access for job searches and access to government information. The Bureau
supports this need through consultation and technical assistance to public
library administrators and staff, governing officials, library board members
and citizen supporters to encourage best practices with respect to egovernment.
Updated: 3-31-2015
E-Rate and Multitype Library Cooperatives – Dan Lhotka
[email protected]
Florida public libraries receive assistance in providing technology services
to their communities and in obtaining E-Rate telecommunications
discounts. Libraries request funding for services in four categories:
telecommunications, Internet access, internal connections and basic maintenance of internal
connections. Eligible schools, school districts and libraries may apply individually or as part of a
The multitype library cooperatives are 501(c)(3) membership organizations. As such, they deliver
services based on their members’ needs. The cooperatives work in partnership with the Bureau to
provide statewide services such as the statewide courier delivery system, Ask a Librarian, Florida
Library Jobs and regional training. Dan acts as the liaison between the cooperatives and the Bureau.
Florida Electronic Library – Dorothy Frank
[email protected]
The Florida Electronic Library (FEL) provides Florida residents free access
to virtual library resources. This includes online magazines, journals,
newspapers and reference books; live chat with librarians through Ask a
Librarian; digital collections of historical Florida images and documents; and
a statewide courier service.
Grants – Marian Deeney
[email protected]
The Bureau administers state and federal grant programs to support the
improvement of library services. Staff members assist libraries with the
development of grant applications and with development and design
projects and programs. Grant programs include State Aid to Libraries
grants (Equalization, Multicounty and Operating), Library Services and
Technology Act grants, Public Library Construction grants and
Multitype Library Cooperative grants.
Leadership and Recruitment – Jill Canono
[email protected]
The Bureau has developed a statewide approach to leadership in order to assist
libraries in providing the highest quality services to the citizens of Florida in an
effective and innovative manner that meets today’s needs and tomorrow’s
challenges. The leadership program’s three components are the Sunshine State
Library Leadership Institute, the Annual Public Library Directors’ Meeting and
the Florida Library Jobs website.
Updated: 3-31-2015
Library Administration – Sandy Newell
[email protected]
The Bureau provides information and support to directors and managers
on library development issues, including administration, legal and
governance issues, programs, long-range planning, resource sharing, data
gathering, and working with library boards and supporters. BLD has
developed a program specific to the needs of new public library directors that provides guidance
and support to those transitioning into new roles.
Special Projects Consultant – Karen Joslin
[email protected]
The Bureau’s Florida Libraries as… campaign creates opportunities for library
staff to learn and share ideas to improve, expand and publicize their library’s
offerings. The campaign also seeks to raise public awareness about the vital
services libraries provide to their communities.
Special Projects Consultant – Sondra Taylor-Furbee
[email protected]
The Bureau coordinates special projects of various types. Currently, the
Bureau is coordinating the Florida Statewide Digital Action Plan.
Statistics – Katrice Stewart
[email protected]
The Bureau’s statistics program provides information and assistance to
Florida’s libraries on effective data collection and use. Florida public library
data is gathered, compiled, published and submitted to the federal government.
Also gathered and reported are multitype library cooperative, State Library
Agency and academic library data.
Youth Program – Jana Fine
[email protected]
The Florida Library Youth Program is a collaborative effort between the
Bureau and youth services staff at public libraries statewide. The
program’s mission is to provide information and resources to promote
the services of public libraries and schools to infants, children, teens and
Updated: 3-31-2015
Support Staff
Sena A. Heiman
Melissa Hooke
[email protected]
[email protected]
Faye Lewis
[email protected]
Updated: 3-31-2015