ABOUT FALSC

FALSC plays a crucial role in ensuring that Florida’s

one million college and university students

have the resources and tools they need to succeed.

 

The Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative (FALSC), a unit of the Florida Virtual Campus, operates the integrated library system (ILS) used by public college and university libraries statewide 40 institutions and more than 150 campus libraries along with a shared catalog FALSC provides more than 150,000 unique, digital archive and collection items and a statewide collection of over 400,000 online journals, e-books, and other valuable e-resources. In all, FALSC's products and services are available to assist nearly 1.3 million students, faculty, and staff throughout Florida.

FALSC was established as a division of the Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC), administered by the University of West Florida’s Division of Research and Strategic Innovation (DRSI), by state statute in 2014. The organizations have offices in Gainesville, Pensacola, and Tallahassee, FL. FLVC was originally created under statute in 2012 through the consolidation of four statewide organizations: the College Center for Library Automation (CCLA), the Florida Center for Library Automation (FCLA), the Florida Center for Advising and Academic Support (FCAAS), and the Florida Distance Learning Consortium (FDLC).

Key Services

FALSC’s products and services are supported by librarians, developers, and technical staff who are dedicated to enhancing the library and learning experience of Florida's students. Key services include: 

  • Management and maintenance of the statewide collection of e-resources available to students at all 40 public colleges and universities.

  • A shared catalog of library holdings, enabling students to search for materials owned by any college or university in Florida.

  • A sophisticated integrated library system (ILS) used by libraries to manage their local collections.

  • Collaboration with public post-secondary education institutions to create and support Florida libraries' digital archives and collections.

  • Negotiation and procurement of e-resources for individual institutions through a group licensing process. 

  • In-person training and consultation on FALSC products and services, in addition to convenient online webinars, instruction, and self-paced training for all college and university libraries. 

  • A centralized, statewide Help Desk providing user and technical support for all FALSC library services.

  • A statewide open education community to promote and support textbook affordability and Open Educational Resources (OER).

Advisory

The Members Council on Library Services (MCLS), comprised of a presidentially appointed representative from each college and university, provides input on FALSC’s suite of library services. FALSC receives additional input from its Executive Advisory Council, which helps shape the strategic direction and services provided by the larger Florida Virtual Campus, ensuring alignment with statewide needs.