Schedule of Events

Note: Some sessions may change day/time.  
Check back regularly for updates and more exciting details about the event.  

Tuesday, May 9                                                                                                                  
1pm -- 4pm

Pre-ConferenceAdvocacy Boot Camp
(Curacao 3/4)
Jointly presented by ALA’s Office for Library Advocacy and the Office for Intellectual Freedom

Program Proposal sponsored by the FLA Intellectual Freedom Committee

5 p.m. -- 7 p.m.

Registration Opens
(Grand Sierra North Registration Counter)
Bags sponsored by: Gale, a Cengage Company
6 p.m. -- 7:30 p.m. Poolside Meet-up
(Show your name badge at the Caribe Royale Calypso pool bar and receive a 20% discount) 
Wednesday, May 10
7:30 a.m. -- 7 p.m. Registration Opens 
(Grand Sierra North Registration Counter)

8 a.m. -- 9 a.m.

New Member & First Time Conference Attendee Orientation
(Curacao 7/8)
8:30 a.m. -- 9:30 a.m.

Coffee Break (Grand Sierra Foyer)
Sponsored by: FACRL
9:30 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Opening General Session 
(Grand Sierra FGHI)
Sponsored by: Harvard Jolly Architecture

Keynote Address by Toni Tipton-Martin

                         FLA Awards Presentation

12 p.m. -- 1 p.m.

Library Career Development Committee Meeting (Bonaire 4)
Marketing Committee Meeting (Bonaire 3)
Retirees Member Group Meeting (Bonaire 5)
Youth Services Member Group Meeting (Bonaire 6)

1 p.m. -- 2 p.m. 

Breakout Sessions:
Continuing Education Committee Meeting (Bonaire 3)

1 p.m. -- 3 p.m.

Author Tables (Grand Sierra C)

2:15 p..m. -- 3:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions:

Intellectual Freedom Committee Meeting (Curacao 2)

3 p.m. -- 5 p.m.

Author Tables (Grand Sierra C)

4 p.m. -- 5 p.m.

Breakout Sessions:

Awards Committee Meeting (Bonaire 3)

4 p.m. -- 6 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Opens and Welcome Reception
(Grand Sierra D/E)
Appetizers and c
ash bar from 5pm -- 6pm

5 p.m. -- 6 p.m.

Poster Session I (In Exhibit Hall: Grand Sierra D/E)  

  • Full Steam Ahead 
  • Growing Your Event on a Small Budget
  • #LetsGetSocial: Tips for Boosting Your Library's Social Media Presence
  • Passive Makerspace Programming:  Make & Take Kits for any Budget
  • Liaison Relationships Are Essential: Connecting to Our Community
  • STEM for Everyone: Celebrating Astronomy at the Library
  • Coffee and Conversation With a Librarian: Reaching Out to Persons Experiencing Homelessness
  • Health Education for South Florida Transgender Women: The FIU HWCOM Medical Library Outreach Project
6:00 p.m. -- 7:30 p.m.
SSLLI Networking Event, Caribe Royale bar (cash bar)
6:30 p.m. -- 8 p.m.

FSU Alumni Reception (Curacao 3/4)

6:30 p.m. -- 8 p.m.

USF Alumni Reception (Curacao 5/6)

6:30 p.m. -- 10:30 p.m.

After-Hours offsite networking event (additional ticket required, purchase here) Seating is limited.*

 "Monorail Crawl" 

Experience Walt Disney World in a new way! The Monorail Crawl is like your typical bar crawl, except that you don’t need a designated driver and your mode of transportation between stops is the world famous monorail!

Cost: $20, includes 1 drink (beer of wine) and light appetizers at the last stop.

Tentative Schedule
6:30pm – Leave the Caribe Royale for Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.
7:00pm - 8:00pm – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
**A shuttle will be available to go back to the Caribe Royale at 8:00pm from this location**
8:00pm - 9:00pm – Disney’s Contemporary Resort
**A shuttle will be available to go back to the Caribe Royale at 9:00pm from this location**
9:00pm - 10:00pm – Disney’s Polynesian Resort
10:30pm – Arrive back at the Caribe Royale.

Thursday, May 11
7 a.m. -- 8 a.m. Yoga Fit (additional ticket, limited spots available)
(Location: Pool deck)
7:30 a.m. -- 7 p.m. Registration Open
(Grand Sierra North Registration Counter)
7:30 a.m. -- 9:15 a.m. Mystery Writers Association Breakfast (Curacao 3/4)
Join members of the Florida Mystery Writers Association for breakfast and hear about their latest books.  Admission is free but seating is limited.  Ticketed event.  Tickets purchased during registration.  Sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America, Florida Chapter
8:15 a.m. -- 9:30 a.m.

Poster Session II (In Exhibit Hall: Grand Sierra D/E)  

  • Creating Relationships: Municipal Libraries and the Community
  • Student, Staff, and Facul-Tea Party: Casual Outreach Creating Educational Opportunities 
  • Data-Driven Deselection vs. Weeding at-the-Shelf
  • Makerspace-on-the-Go 
  • Book It to Book Club to Increase Literacy and Social Skills!
  • All-Ages Inclusive Programming
  • Use This!  Supervisor Development Programs that Work
  • Management Training and Community Building for Library Middle Managers: A Case Study at the University of Florida Libraries
8:30 a.m. -- 9:30 a.m. Coffee with Exhibitors (Grand Sierra D/E)
Sponsored by: Emerald Publishing
8:15 a.m. -- 9:15 a.m. Other:
Academic Publishing Member Group Meeting (Bonaire 4)
Black Caucus Member Group Meeting (Bonaire 5)
8:30 a.m. -- 4 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open, Silent Auction Open
(Grand Sierra D/E)
9:30 a.m. -- 10:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions: 

10 a.m. -- 12 p.m.

Author Tables (Grand Sierra C)

10 a.m. -- 12 p.m.

Performers' Showcase I: Children's Performers
(Grand Sierra FGHI)

10:45 a.m. -- 12:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Leadership Development Committee Meeting (Bonaire 3)
FLA Outcomes and Standards Committee Meeting (Curacao 2)

12 p.m. -- 1:30 p.m. Lunch for purchase with Exhibitors
(Grand Sierra D/E)

Cash Lunch Options:
Penne Pasta with marinara sauce or alfredo sauce and garlic bread stick -- $10
Chef salad with choice of dressing -- $10
Deli sandwich or Veggie pita -- $10 ea

Also available: Jumbo cookie $3 ea; potato chips $2 ea; whole fruit $2 ea; candy bars $2.50 ea; granola bars $2.50 ea; 12 oz soft drink $3 ea; bottled water $3 ea; 10 oz coffee, hot tea or iced tea $2 ea.

Lunch combo of sandwich, chip and drink  -- $14

12 p.m.  -- 2 p.m.

Author Tables (Grand Sierra C)

12:15 p.m. -- 1:30 p.m.

Scholarship Committee (Bonaire 3)
Academic Instruction & Info Lit Member Group Meeting (Curacao 3/4)

12:15 p.m. -- 1:30 p.m.

Poster Session III (In Exhibit Hall: Grand Sierra D/E)  

  • Leadership: Essential 2 Education
  • Crafting with the Classics: Art Education at Public Libraries
  • It's Tool Time @ the Library
  • Creatively Teaching Information Literacy Skills with LibGuides
  • Geek-ucation: Educating through mini-cons
  • Scouting for Tech: My Year With Girl Scouts in the Library
  • Connecting the Past To the Future: Library Genealogy Clubs From the Ground Up
  • Learning Circles: online education, in person, at the library.
12:15 p.m. -- 1:30 p.m. Friends Lunch with Awards Presentation 
(Bonaire 7/8)
1 p.m. -- 3 p.m. Performers' Showcase II: Performers for All Ages, respectively
(Grand Sierra FGHI)

1:30 p.m. -- 2:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions:

Technical Services Member Group Meeting (Bonaire 3)
Outreach and Programming Member Group Meeting (Bonaire 4)
Public Library Director's Group Meeting (Bonaire 5)
Membership Committee Meeting (Bonaire 6)

2 p.m. -- 4 p.m.

Author Tables (Grand Sierra C)

2:45 p.m. -- 3:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions:

Fundraising Committee Meeting (Bonaire 3)
Databrarians Member Group Meeting (Bonaire 6)

3 p.m. -- 3:30 p.m.

Networking with all Performers (Grand Sierra FGHI)

3:30 p.m. -- 4:15 p.m.

Final Refreshment Break with Exhibitors
(Grand Sierra D/E)

4:15 p.m -- 5:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions:

REFORMA Member Group Meeting (Bonaire 3)
One Person Library Member Group (Bonaire 4)
Legislative Committee Meeting (Bonaire 6)

5:30 p.m. -- 7 p.m. President's Reception, Silent Auction Finale, Wine Toss and more! 
(Grand Sierra FGHI)
Heavy appetizers and cash bar

 Friday, May 12
7:30 a.m. -- 12 p.m. Registration Open
(Grand Sierra North Registration Counter)
7:30 a.m. -- 8:30 a.m. OCLC Breakfast (Invite only)
(Curacao 5/6)
8 a.m. -- 9 a.m. Conference Planning Committee Meeting (Bonaire 5)
8 a.m. -- 9:45 a.m.

(Grand Sierra Foyer)

8:30 a.m. -- 9:30 a.m.

 Breakout Sessions:

FACRL Business Meeting (Bonaire 3)
Planning Committee (Curacao 2)

10 a.m. -- 11:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions:

11:30 a.m. -- 1 p.m.

Closing Session with Lunch
(Grand Sierra FGHI)

Guest Speakers: 2015 Florida Book Award Winners

Susan Cerulean
Author, Coming to Pass: Florida's Coastal Islands in a Gulf of Change
Susan Cerulean is a writer, naturalist, and activist who divides her time between Tallahassee and Indian Pass, in northwest Florida. Her 2015 nature memoir—Coming to Pass: Florida’s Coastal Islands in a Gulf of Change (University of Georgia Press) won the Gold Award for Florida Nonfiction by Florida Book Awards in 2016.  Previous books include Tracking Desire: A Journey after Swallow-tailed Kites, UnspOILed: Writers Speak for Florida’s Coast, and Between Two Rivers: Stories from the Red Hills to the Gulf.  She writes a regular column at

Andres Pi Andreu
Cuban American writer. Known for his books dedicated to children's and youth adults, with awards such as the White Ravens,  Apel·les Mestres, IBBY list, Florida Book Awards, etc. Born in Havana in 1969. His family comes from a long tradition of writers and publishers of children's literature. In 2010 he founded Linkgua USA, to publish and promote literature written in Spanish in the US. Member of the executive board of the prestigious Hispanic cultural platform and the SED Group. In addition to his illustrated albums, in which he demonstrates originality and humor to the test, is considered by critics one of the best writers for children in Spanish language.  

**Meet the authors after the Closing Session in the Grand Sierra Foyer**

2 p.m. -- 4 p.m.  FLA Board of Directors Meeting (Bonaire 3)