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) by state statute in 2014, and it's offices are currently located in Tallahassee, Florida. 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).
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:
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.
Management and maintenance of the statewide collection of e-resources available to students at all 40 public colleges and universities.
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).
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.
FALSC Statement on Racial Justice and Social Equity
The Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative (FALSC), an agency charged with and committed to supporting the educational goals of all persons, joins our collective voice with myriad other voices across our nation to speak out in protest of recent and recurrent events of social inequity and racial injustice.
As an organization that supports higher education, we maintain a commitment to the highest ideals of discourse, truth seeking, and the continued exploration of shared values of the human experience. FALSC provides library and information resources and services to more than 1.3 million students, faculty, and staff across the 40 public colleges and universities of the state of Florida. We recognize and cherish the incredible diversity and individual worth of each and every person across these institutions and across our entire nation.
We at FALSC reaffirm our dedication to our shared values of equity and inclusion in higher education and in all areas of life in our nation. These values are of little worth unless all individuals are treated consistently and equally to fundamental rights under the law.
We at FALSC uphold the values expressed by the Board of Governors (BOG) of the State University System of Florida in its June 2, 2020 statement, "A Letter to the State University System Community," available at https://www.flbog.edu/2020/06/02/a-letter-to-the-state-university-system-community/. As an agency of higher education, we agree with the Board of Governors that, "we must move forward with greater resolve to battle racism and systemic inequities wherever they exist."