2018 Regional Conference: Diverse Services for Diverse Communities
August 02, 2018 from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
The increasing diversity of library patrons presents challenges to libraries seeking to serve patrons and their needs. The 2018 SEFLIN Regional Conference will explore the ways libraries plan, provide, evaluate and market services to diverse patrons in both public and academic libraries.
08:30 a.m. - Registration, coffee and networking, Sponsor Exhibits
09:30 a.m. - Keynote by Craig Pittman: Oh, Florida!
11:00 a.m - Break with refreshments
11:30 a.m. - Breakout Sessions 1
12:13 pm - Lunch and Door Prize
01:45 p.m. - Breakout Sessions 2
02:30 pm - Break without refreshments
02:45 p.m. - Breakout Sessions 3
Location: Kovens Conference Center
Florida International University
Biscayne Bay Campus
3000 N.E. 151 Street
North Miami, FL 33181-3000
Click here to register for the SEFLIN 2018 Conference.
Keynote by Craig Pittman - 09:30 a.m
Oh, Florida! That name. That combination of sounds. Three simple syllables, and yet packing so many mixed messages. To some people, it's a paradise. To others, it's a punch line. As the author and journalist, Craig Pittman explains: it's both of these.
Craig Pittman is a native Floridian. Born in Pensacola, he graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him "the most destructive force on campus." Since then he has covered a variety of newspaper beats and quite a few natural disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires and the Florida Legislature. Since 1998, he has covered environmental issues for Florida's largest newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times. He has won the Waldo Proffitt Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism in Florida four times, and twice won the top investigative reporting award from the Society of Environmental Journalists. He is the author of four books: Paving Paradise: Florida's Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss, co-written with Matthew Waite (2009), Manatee Insanity: Inside the War Over Florida's Most Famous Endangered Species (2010), The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World's Most Beautiful Orchid, (2012); and Oh, Florida! How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country (2016), which last year won the gold medal for Florida non-fiction from the Florida Book Awards. He lives in St. Petersburg with his wife and children.