You are Invited to Attend the Florida Library Association's 2017 Annual Conference "Essential 2 Education."

Florida libraries are not just places to check out books. As budgets for county services continue to decrease libraries have become places of learning, clearinghouses of information, and, in some cases, community centers that provide reliable internet access and other amenities that some citizens cannot afford. Our libraries are not a luxury, but a necessity, essential to ensuring that Floridians have access to resources and to the librarians and paraprofessionals who can help them locate, access, and understand the information they need.

You won't want to miss this great opportunity for networking, collaboration and professional development!

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 Keynote Speaker:Toni Tipton-Martin

Toni Tipton-Martin is an award-winning food and nutrition journalist and community activist who is busy building a healthier community through her books, classes, and foundation. She has been invited twice by First Lady Michelle Obama to the White House for her outreach to help families live healthier lives, and also received the 2014 Southern Foodways Alliance John Egerton Prize for this work.  For a full biography, click here! 


  • NEW! Pre-Conference Session: Advocacy Bootcamp (5/9) included in full conference registration
    • Jointly presented by ALA’s Office for Library Advocacy and the Office for Intellectual Freedom Sponsored by: PLAN, TBLC, NEFLIN, SEFLIN
    • Program Proposal sponsored by the FLA Intellectual Freedom Committee

  • NEW! Wifi provided in meeting space

  • NEW! Enjoy brief complimentary wellness services (including chair massages, hand massages, aromatherapy and cosmetology provided by Aveda students) as you make your way around the Exhibit Tradeshow.

  • Over 60 professional development breakout sessions covering the following areas of interest: Advocacy & Fundraising, Career & Personal Development, Information Literacy, Outreach, Technology and many more!

  • Connecting with new and old friends while enjoying the culinary delights of the Caribe Royale

  • President's Reception

  • Scholarship Silent Auction

  • Poster Sessions

  • Performer's Showcase Adult and Children's

  • Cutting edge technology at TechZone

  • Lightning Rounds

  • Networking with supporting industry at our Exhibit Tradeshow in conjunction with refreshment breaks and our opening reception

  • Friend's Day! Enjoy lunch with library Friends and Board Members from all over the state

  • Alumni Receptions (tentative -- details TBA)

  • Other conference extras include yoga, after-hours social and t-shirts.
     Sign up for the special events and purchase your conference tee today!

Page Updated: 03/01/2017