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Thursday, November 19, 2015

VALF Volunteer Literacy Grant Opportunity

Apply for up to a $500 grant to be awarded by Volunteers for Adult Literacy in Florida. Draft application is due January 16, 2016. The final application is due March 18, 2016.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Getting a High School Diploma

Libraries can apply for scholarships for the Career Online High School by October 30. Here is the application

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Friday Webinar Applications due Oct. 30 for Scholarships for Online Private High School Accredited Diploma

The State of Florida introduces a pilot program opportunity for selected Florida public libraries to offer residents access to Career Online High School.


For more information about this opportunity, please plan to attend a webinar on Friday, October 16, 2015 at 2 p.m. Eastern. To use the phone for audio dial 1.877.325.5019 and conference code 994-815-4149.


For additional information about the Career Online High School program, watch these short videos:

Public libraries that are interested in being considered for the pilot program must submit an application by Friday, October 30, 2015, at 6 p.m. Eastern. The application is available online.


The Career Online High School program is brought to you by the State of Florida and is administered by Gale, a part of Cengage Learning.


If you have any questions, please contact me at or 850.245.6603.


Amy L. Johnson

Division of Library and Information Services

R.A. Gray Building

500 South Bronough Street, MS #9

Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250

850.245.6603 voice

850.245.6735 fax

Florida Certified Contract Manager (FCCM)


Monday, August 17, 2015

Online Giving Tip 8

Tip 8. "Remember to thank your donors. Use the momentum and Zeitgeist of the day to post instant videos or graphics acknowledging randomly selected gifts in fun and creative ways. People will be delighted to see themselves or their donations called out, and they'll have something fun to share with their friends, leading to yet more donations, and more fun."
From: Social Media and Online Giving published in Public Libraries: Nov/Dec 2014 p. 22-24


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Online Giving Tip 6

Tip 6. "Let people know what you've already accomplished and how their support will help you do even more. Putting extra thought into your donation form can help contributors understand the difference they'll make with their contributions. Tooting your horn is also helpful when you want donors to share your good work with their friends."
From: Social Media and Online Giving published in Public Libraries: Nov/Dec 2014 p. 22-24 shared some best practices for fundraising.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Online Giving Tip 5

Tip 5." Find creativity in simple things. You don't have to be an artist or songwriter, or make your executive director walk around town in a gorilla costume to be creative. It can be as simple as showing some personality. Speak directly to your audience. Let them know how much fun you are and how much you care. Remember that the benefit of being online is that you can always edit and refresh at no additional cost beyond staff time.

From: Social Media and Online Giving published in Public Libraries: Nov/Dec 2014 p. 22-24