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update from the executive director
Spring is in the air – and by spring, I mean pollen . . . lots and lots of pollen. The poet James Russell Lowell once wrote that, “Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.” Perhaps this imagery from Lowell will make the spring pollen more tolerable!
As you’ll see through this issue of the FALSC Update, we’re focusing much of our energy on the NextGen Integrated Library System Implementation, a project which we’ve been working on for more than a year and which is swiftly moving toward a conclusion. I would encourage everyone to review the implementation timeline available at https://falsc.libguides.com/ILS-Implementation/timeline to see the current status of the project. We will be moving through major milestones in this project over the next couple of months, and we are still on track for the planned “Go Live” of the new system on July 13, 2021.
The ILS Implementation isn’t the only work happening across FALSC and FLVC, as you’ll see throughout the rest of this issue of the Update.
All the best,
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FALSC says goodbye to two employees
In the midst of transitioning from UWF to FSU last month, FALSC said goodbye to two long-time employees from our Gainesville staff: Gail Orth and Elaine Henjum. Both departures are due to well-deserved retirements.
Gail was hired by FCLA in 2007 as an administrative support person and assisted in purchase requisitions for the SUS statewide database collections, processing invoices, and some HR duties. When the organization merged and became FLVC, she was moved to the Financial Services Team where she performed many of the same duties as well as supervising the front office staff in the Gainesville office. In 2015 when FALSC was created, she moved to the E-Resources Team where she worked with purchasing and invoicing for all of the statewide collections and group licensing for all 40 institutions and provided administrative support for the Gainesville office. She is looking forward to lots of travel in her retirement and can’t wait to start this new chapter in her life.
Elaine’s story with FCLA/FLVC/FALSC goes back to the very beginning of the organization itself. Hired in early 1985, she was one of the original staff members of FCLA and an integral part of bringing up the first shared integrated library system for the Florida universities: NOTIS/LUIS. After many years working as a Systems Specialist on NOTIS, she was also a part of the team that implemented Aleph for the SUS in the mid-2000s. After the formation of FLVC and FALSC, her duties were mainly with the database support, assisting in batchloading new records in Aleph for all 40 institutions. Her knowledge of our current system and all of its intricate functions has been invaluable and will be very difficult to replace. Elaine is looking forward to spending more time with her family, especially her young grandchildren.
Obviously, these staff members will be sorely missed, but we wish them well as they begin a chapter in their lives.
FALSC BUSINESS OPERATIONS UPDATE
At FALSC our continued goal is to provide superior customer service and ensure the institutions we work with feel confident and supported in any environment. This goal rings especially true as we respond to uncertainty around COVID-19. In light of the current environment, FALSC business operations will be conducted remotely until further notice. Although most FALSC staff will be working remotely during this period, regular email communication will be monitored. Please feel free to reach out to any staff members as needed. We want to assure you that FALSC continues active business operations and we are committed to helping to support your needs.
If you have questions about FALSC operations, please contact the FLVC Help Desk, 877.506.2210 or email@example.com.
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