SEFLIN Membership and Qualifications

SEFLIN membership provides the following benefits: 


  • Continuing Education program for member library staff that provides face-to-face, live online, and self-paced trainings covering a variety of topics including reference/public services, cataloging/RDA, digitization, children/youth services, management and leadership and much more.
  • Professional Development program allows member library staff opportunities to serve on committees and discussion groups that plan two annual conferences, engage in library advocacy activities, and collaborate on specific areas of interest including reference, cataloging, technology, digitization, user experience, and marketing services.
  • Use of SEFLIN Connect online meeting rooms for trainings, project meetings, and Webinars.
  • Access to discounts from vendors such as Taylor & Francis, Thorndike Press, Gale Cengage, Baker & Taylor and many more.
  • SEFLIN also coordinates two reciprocal borrowing programs for academic libraries and participating libraries in Palm Beach County as well as digital consortiums for e-books (OverDrive) and e-magazines (Zinio). 


How to Apply for SEFLIN Membership


SEFLIN single type library membership was approved by the SEFLIN Board on February 10, 2012. To apply for SEFLIN membership, complete the PDF membership application form and send the completed application to SEFLIN by mail, fax, or email. Retain a copy of the membership application for your records. 


SEFLIN Membership Qualifications


The Board of Directors shall judge applications for new membership based on the readiness of the prospective member to:

  • Provide an established library or information center with resources sufficient to serve its primary clientele,
  • Provide an established operating budget that includes a minimum of one full-time professional staff member with an ALA accredited graduate degree in library and information studies, or, for school libraries, a graduate degree and certification by the State of Florida as an educator with library media on their teaching certificate,
  • Have an Internet accessible online catalog with records in a nationally recognized standard format such as MARC or a subsequent standard,
  • Share materials with SEFLIN members without cost,
  • Participate in resource sharing and provide interlibrary loan to SEFLIN members and other Florida libraries, and
  • Support SEFLIN’s vision, mission, and activities


Application Process


After an application is received, a site visit is scheduled. The SEFLIN Board reviews the application and site visit report and makes a recommendation on acceptance. After Board action, the library is notified of the membership recommendation and invoiced. Membership in SEFLIN is activated upon payment of annual dues.


Contact Us for more information about membership and regional library resource sharing. For effective resource sharing, online catalog records should be included in OCLC for discovery by library users and for interlibrary loan. Participation in the Florida Library Information Network (FLIN) is encouraged - An OCLC symbol is a required for participation in the statewide library ground delivery system. Applicant libraries can provide explanation if using other procedures for resource sharing.