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).
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 HAS UPGRADED TO ALEPH V.23!
Over the winter break, FALSC and FLVC staff successfully upgraded our current Library Services Platform (LSP) to Aleph’s latest release, version 23. Aleph v.23 has many new features in all areas of the system which will be beneficial to all 40 institutions. These new features are outlined in FALSC’s Libguide site on the project, found here. This upgrade is the first in several years for the system and required several months of effort from key FALSC and FLVC staff.
If you have any questions or issues regarding Aleph and the new upgrade, please feel free to contact the FLVC Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-506-2210.
IN MEMORIAM: FALSC and FLVC sadly announces the passing of one of our dearest colleagues, Sharon Moskowitz, who passed away on Friday, December 7th after a lengthy illness. After beginning her library career at Leon County Public Library and Florida State University, Sharon began work at CCLA in April 1997 as a Library Support Technician. She served the next 21 years providing help to college and university library staff and patrons throughout Florida. Sharon truly loved the challenge of her job and working with others to solve their problems or provide them with the most pertinent information. Here’s a quote from her own Linkedin page: “I love my job! Service desk positions are always fast-paced and challenging, but academic library staff and patrons are a delight to work with, and the constant technical change keeps things interesting.”
In her personal life, she was a devoted wife, mother, and active in the local theatre in Tallahassee. FALSC and FLVC staff are deeply saddened by this loss.
REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR 2019 OER SUMMIT: This year, FLVC will take the OER Summit to the next level, featuring guest speakers, breakout sessions to provide attendees with resources, and opportunities to participate in interactive workgroups. At the end of the Summit, attendees will have resources and a better understanding of how to implement OER within their institutions.
Registration for this year’s Summit is open; the cost is $150 per attendee. For more information regarding the summit or to register, visit flvc.org/OERsummit.
UPDATE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Somewhat to my surprise, it's the end of the year, and what a year it's been! We've made major strides in our work with textbook affordability and OER, as exemplified by the OER Summit in February of this year and by our consortial membership in the Open Textbook Network. In Digital Services, major progress has happened on projects such as Archon to ArchiveSpace migration and updates to Florida OJS and Islandora. In the area of Library Support and Training, we're offering enhanced services, such as the EZProxy project to connect data on e-resources usage with student success metrics. As we finish up another year, I echo the sentiments of our dear friend Sharon that "library staff and patrons are a delight to work with." I couldn't agree more, and I know that FALSC staff will continue to honor her words. To read about the latest FALSC projects, view the December Update.
PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: Cay Hohmeister is retiring after eight years as Leon County’s library director and 18 years with Leon County. Debra Sears, who has been the Library's Extension Services Manager for 10 years, will be Leon County’s new Library Director. Read more.
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