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The Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative website provides information, training, tools, and other resources for library staff at the colleges and universities served by the Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC).

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Visitors are invited to learn more about the Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative (FALSC) and the 150+ libraries at our state's 40 public institutions of higher education. A clickable map locates the colleges and universities that we serve and provides links to each institution's library website.

FALSC SAYS GOODBYE TO TWO LONG-TIME EMPLOYEES

Jeannie Dixon, Assistant Director of Data Quality, will be retiring on August 2nd. We will miss Jeannie and thank her for all her contributions to the library profession throughout the years.

Jeannie received her BS in Library Science at Mississippi University for Women in 1976 and her MLS from the University of Alabama in 1977. She began her 42-year professional career as a cataloger at Birmingham, AL Public Library System (1977-78). Later she was Head of Cataloging for the State Library of Mississippi (1978-1982). After moving to Houston, she became Head of Cataloging at Houston Public Library (1982-1984) and then Coordinator of Library Automation, Houston Area Library System (1984-1988) and Automation Librarian at Pan American University in Edinburg, TX (1988-1992).

Since moving to Florida in 1992, she has worked at FLVC/FALSC and its predecessor organizations in numerous capacities for the past 27 years! Jeannie played a major role in implementing and configuring Aleph for the colleges in 2004. She currently leads the Data Quality team in Integrated Library Services and supplies invaluable reports to librarians across the state.

Paramount in Jeannie’s life is her family - married to Tucker Dixon; 2 children Robert and Mary; 6 grandchildren; 3 step-sons; 5 step-grandchildren; 5 step great grandchildren! She is looking forward to travelling more with her family and friends and continuing her involvement with her church. We wish her well.

Lydia Motyka, Digital Services and OER Coordinator, will be retiring on July 31st after 18 years with the organization.

Lydia received her BA in Sociology from State University of New York Binghamton and an MLS from Drexel University. Before coming to FCLA (one of FALSC/FLVC predecessor organizations), she worked for two ILS vendors, Inlex and Innovative Interfaces, assisting with library system installations. She came to Florida in 2001 to help with the university libraries’ migration from NOTIS to Aleph. Later, Lydia moved to digital services where she managed the Florida Digital Archive. After the formation of FLVC, she became Manager of Digital Services, where her main project was migrating data from DigiTool to Islandora, FALSC’s current digital platform.

Due to health issues, Lydia’s role with the organization has been somewhat reduced in the past few years, but her desire to provide excellent support to the universities and colleges in Florida has never diminished. We wish her well in all her future endeavors!

 

NEW ILS UPDATE

FALSC would like to thank everyone who participated in the ITN process for a new Integrated Library System. We appreciate all the hard work of both the Evaluation Team and all the Reviewers across the state!

After the Evaluation Team meeting on May 7th, a recommendation was made for FALSC to begin negotiations with one or more of the vendors. This has been reported to the UWF President, VP for Research and Strategic Information, FLVC CEO and the FALSC Executive Director.

The work of the Evaluation Team is now complete and the work of the Negotiation Team will begin. The formation of the Negotiation Team will include the FALSC Executive Director and staff, FLVC CEO and Contract Manager, UWF Procurement, and a representative from the SUS and FCS. Negotiations will begin over the summer.

For more details and the latest information on the ILS selection, please refer to FALSC’s special Libguide page about the project.

 

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UPDATE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: 

As the old joke goes, “Time flies like an arrow . . . and fruit flies like a banana!”  I’m amazed at how quickly the first half of 2019 has flown by! And just as quickly as time seems to pass by, the rate of change in our libraries and in our profession seems to be equally frenetic.

I had the opportunity last month to participate in an excellent preconference at the American Library Association Annual Conference on “Change Management in Libraries and Technical Services.”

To read about the latest FALSC projects, view the July Update.

PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: FALSC adds another new staff member, Leigh MihlradRead more.

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