Digital Services

Privacy and Security Learning Cluster group meet monthly to learn about privacy and security issues facing libraries and their communities. It is hosted by Director of Digital Services, Josh Stone, along with guest lecturers from across the library and privacy fields. Topics to be covered will include creating passphrases and using password managers, conducting privacy audits, library vendors and privacy policies, using privacy tools, and more. Privacy and Security Learning Cluster participants will be able to learn the latest trends, tools, and tips to help their patrons stay safe in today’s digital world, as well as share their experiences and knowledge with like-minded privacy advocates.

SEFLIN is excited to introduce a new branch of services to our members centered around the developing topic of digitization. The goal of this branch of service is to connect SEFLIN member institutions with the expertise, tools, support, and training to ensure the success of libraries through the 21st century. The current focus on digitization aims to ensure access to the unique and vitally important cultural history of the South Florida region through preservation of and expansion of access to collections.

Current projects include support for digitization projects, the building of a regional Digital Directory for collaborative partnerships, and the creation of a Digitization Resource Guide.

Digital Directory

The SEFLIN region is rich in digitization expertise and experience, owing to a large number of brilliant professionals working in the area libraries. It is also home to a collection of rich and diverse cultural history materials, some of which are currently inaccessible to the broader public. To leverage our regional expertise and promote access to our rich materials, SEFLIN has created a directory of institutions where digitization expertise is housed, as well as a directory of local historical collections. The goal of this directory is to assist interested parties in finding partnership opportunities – whether for expertise or material! View the Digital Directory here.

Digitization Resource Guide

For those libraries in the SEFLIN region just beginning to contemplate digitization activities, SEFLIN has compiled a guide with best practices and guidelines for most entry-level projects. This guide is being constantly expanded and refined, so if your library would like a special topic covered, just ask!

2018 SEFLIN Breakthrough Digitization Awards Winners

SEFLIN is pleased to announce the four 2018 Breakthrough Digitization Awards winners. These projects demonstrate the importance of institutional partnerships, and the need to preserve and make accessible Southeast Florida’s rich history. SEFLIN will be awarding a total of $8,400 to help ensure that these worthwhile projects are completed. The SEFLIN Breakthrough Digitization Awards are funded under the provisions of the Library Cooperative Grant program, administered by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services.

Award Winners

Florida International University and the Historic Hampton House

Building on a collaborative History Harvest event held in February, FIU and the Historic Hampton House are partnering to collect, preserve, and share Miami’s local history. This project seeks to engage local residents and showcase their history through FIU’s digital collections platform.

Brockway Memorial Library (in partnership with Florida International University)

The Brockway Memorial Library currently possesses roughly 1,000 archival items with significant interest to Miami Shore’s local history. The Brockway Memorial Library has partnered with FIU to digitize these items, with a focus on early pioneers and residences, and make them available utilizing FIU’s digital repository.

Boynton Beach City Library, Lake Worth Public Library, and the Lake Worth Herald Press, Inc.

The Boynton Beach City Library, Lake Worth Public Library, and the Lake Worth Herald are collaborating to preserve and digitize the last remaining copies of the Lake Worth Herald newspaper published between 1912 and 1970. These newspapers contain vital information about communities from Boynton Beach to West Palm Beach during the area’s early years of growth and development. Once these newspapers are digitized, they will be made available to the public in a searchable database.

Florida International University

Florida International University Libraries currently house one of the world’s most extensive publicly available collections of Cuban and Latin American music known as the Diaz-Ayala Cuban and Latin American Popular Music Collection. Part of that overall collection is the Libertad Lamarque Collection, which is one of their more popular and important collections. As such, the Sound and Image Department will digitize and host this unique collection of sheet music for researchers and other interested parties around the world.

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