Community Engagement Specialist-Position Opening

The Hernando County (Florida) Public Library System has an opening for a full-time Community Engagement Specialist. The Community Engagement Specialist develops and maintains collaborative outreach programs and community partnerships that increase awareness of library services in the community. This position is responsible for promoting and creating positive public awareness of library services through educational programs, presentations, social media, email campaigns, print advertising, special events, and community outreach. This position may involve producing publications for internal and external audiences including newsletters, speeches, articles, event listings, brochures, press releases, and other materials. The Community Engagement Specialist is responsible for the Library’s social media strategy and all social media engagement.



  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, public relations, journalism, or other closely related field required.
  • Two (2) years of professional experience in public relations and/or marketing.
  • Experience handling social media for an organization or business and knowledge of social media trends.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and other publishing and design software.
  • Demonstrated writing ability and verbal communication skills.
  • Must have exceptional interpersonal skills to work with library partners, the public, and library staff.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver’s License and be insurable by current insurance carrier.

If you meet these qualifications and have a positive attitude, superior customer service skills, and exceptional communication skills, please apply to join our innovative library team!

How to Apply:

All applicants must complete the board of county commissioner’s on-line employment application located atWWW.HERNANDOCOUNTY.US/HR.

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, employment application, salary requirements and college transcript(s).  Copies/unofficial transcripts showing degree awarded, must be attached to your employment application. All degrees must be awarded by an accredited educational institution. If selected, official transcripts should be sent directly from the College/University to Human Resources

September 25, 2015 at 12:43 pm Leave a comment

Heart of the Community Extravaganza-Lee County, Fort Myers


Southwest Florida, Sept. 18, 2015–On Oct. 16 Southwest Airlines , Lee County and City of Fort Myers officials will unveil the Heart of the Community placemaking grant enhancements to the Cornog Plaza on the campus of the Fort Myers Regional Library during a news conference at 2 p.m. The news conference kicks off the Heart of the Community Extravaganza, which will include a costume swap, Scary-oke Sing-off, treat bag craft, a stilt walker, balloon-tying and sweet treats provided by Southwest Airlines. Festivities wind down at 5 p.m. Costumes and blankets or lawn chairs are suggested. The Cornog Plaza is located at 2450 First Street in Fort Myers.


Families can go green this Halloween by swapping their gently used Halloween costumes and accessories! Beginning Oct. 1 costume donations will be accepted at Library Administration, 2345 Union Street in Fort Myers. A token will be exchanged for each donated costume or accessory. Those with a swap token will be invited to “shop” first during the Extravaganza Oct. 16 from 2-3 p.m.  Those without a token may start shopping at 3 p.m. and all unclaimed costumes will be donated.  The Scary-oke Sing-off is Karaoke in not-so-scary costumes and begins at 3 p.m. The costumes and performances will be a frighteningly good time.


“We are excited to share these amenities with the public,” says Sheldon Kaye, Lee County Library System Director. The amenities are just part of Southwest Airlines’ Heart of the Community enhancements. The programming will occur throughout the year.


Southwest Airlines provided a $50,000 grant to the Lee County Library System to transform the Cornog Plaza into an interactive space through a combination of expanded amenities and family-oriented programs. The Library System worked with the community to determine a clear vision and programming platform for the space. New amenities provided by the grant include: oyster canopy, giant bean bags chairs, rocking chairs, colorful tables and chairs, large market umbrellas and game carts..[b1]  Additional funds will be spent on programming and an interactive piece for children.


Placemaking is an emerging movement with environmentalist roots that positions public spaces as engines for urban development, serving as catalysts for building sustainable, healthy, inclusive and economically viable neighborhoods. For more than 40 years, Southwest’s lead partner Project for Public Spaces (PPS) has refined the participatory Placemaking process.




Media Contact: Kristy Kilfoyle, Program Coordinator

Lee County Library System

239.533. 4808, kkilfoyle@leegov.comr by phone at 800-I-FLY-SWA.



Project for Public Spaces is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Its pioneering Placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs. PPS was founded in 1975 to apply and expand on the work of William (Holly) Whyte, the author of The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. Since then, the organization has completed projects in over 3000 communities in 43 countries and all 50 U.S. states and are the premier center for best practices, information and resources on Placemaking. and




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September 18, 2015 at 2:14 pm Leave a comment

Civic and Community Engagement: An Essential Library Service in Project Outcome.

Project Outcome is managed by the Public Library Association, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and builds upon a 2013 initiative led by then-PLA president Carolyn Anthony (Director, Skokie Public Library), who established a Performance Measurement Task Force (PMTF). The goal of the PMTF was to develop standardized measures of effectiveness for library services and promote training and implementation tools for using the data collected. The PMTF identified seven essential library service areas for Project Outcome to assess:

Seven Service Areass

August 1, 2015 at 3:39 pm Leave a comment

Owatonna Public Library: Library plays an important role in the community

This week, officials from the Owatonna Public Library had the opportunity to share with members of the Owatonna City Council the library’s annual report for 2014, and it truly was impressive.


But the library is more than numbers, just as surely as it is more than books. It’s a place where friends gather, where poetry is read and shared, where films are shown, and, yes, where people who might not otherwise be able to afford access to the Internet can get online and become part of the information highway.


Playing it smart

“Our people love their library. It’s an important part of our community.”

That’s how Owatonna Public Library director Mary Kay Feltes sums up her annual report, which she delivered to the city council on Tuesday prior to the regular council meeting. And she’s got the charts to prove it.


July 11, 2015 at 1:55 pm Leave a comment

Public Library Adult Education for Immigrants in North Carolina

Jones, Jr., Plummer Alston. 2015. “Public Library Adult Education for Immigrants in North Carolina.” North Carolina Libraries (Online) 73, no. 1: 12-19.

In the period from 1876, the founding year of the American Library Association, to 1924, the effective year of the National Origins Act with its quotas for immigrants, U.S. public libraries of the Northeast, the West, and the Midwest were busy organizing to serve the needs of the flood of millions of immigrants from Southeastern and Central Europe, Russia, and the Middle East.1 North Carolina did not receive any significant number of immigrants from this influx as they had earlier immigrants, including Germans, English, French, Irish, and Scots, from the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. By 1880, these former immigrants were now established North Carolina citizens who had been assimilated, or Americanized, the term used at in the early twentieth century, and spoke English, albeit in differing and sometimes colorful accents and dialects.

June 16, 2015 at 2:54 pm Leave a comment

ALA Kitchen Table Conversations-June 2015

We asked for your feedback, and we got it! ALA is influential and great for networking — but we can also be too complex, sometimes bureaucratic, and we send a lot of email. Well, we heard you loud and clear, and we are working on it. Help us stay on track. Through a series of “kitchen table conversations” at the 2015 Annual Conference, attendees will gather to dig deeper into the ALA member experience. Topics may include joining and renewing, reducing email “chatter,” and making sure you get the information that matters most to you. You do the talking; we’ll be there to listen, learn, and then act. Please participate in the conversation and help us shape a new ALA together.

June 1, 2015 at 9:49 pm Leave a comment

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