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Fieldwork at Northeast Florida Library Information Network (NEFLIN)

NEFLIN's virtual internship opportunity was an ideal position for me to gain experience collaborating within a regional library network, communicating with library vendors, and managing a remote internship while balancing my full-time position as a reference and instruction librarian at Johnson & Wales University and a full-time graduate student in the MLIS program at USF.

My fieldwork involved contacting current vendors to renew and update the discounts they offer to NEFLIN & SEFLIN member libraries. Once these discounts were confirmed, I updated the new discount and contact information on NEFLIN’s vendor discount website using WordPress. Then, I contacted former participating vendors to inquire if they would like to join the discount program again.


To expand the vendor discount program, I reviewed the vendors at another regional Florida library network, Panhandle Library Access Network (PLAN). This added many potential opportunities for vendors, and I reached out to each vendor that was not already on our list. The final step of my fieldwork was to compile a list of all the vendors, listing who was a current vendor in 2019 and who opted to not provide a discount this calendar year. 

Each year, NEFLIN has an intern who confirms the current discounts with the vendors. The comprehensive list I compiled will serve as a starting place for the next person in this position. This list provides a prior history of vendors and it will help to keep track of mergers, new names of vendors, and the sales representative for each vendor for our region of the country.

NEFLIN/SEFLIN Vendor Discount Program Website

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