Sample Digital Collections

Digital Services


Collaborating with public post-secondary education institutions to create and support Florida's digital archives and collections, including open-access textbooks and education resources.


Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative (FALSC) offers a variety of products and services that support digital archives and collections, including platforms for digital collections, scholarly journals, electronic theses and dissertations, archival finding aids, and long-term preservation.


Florida Online Journals (Florida OJ)

Florida Online Journals (Florida OJ) program. We can work through your library, or directly with your faculty, to publish and/or produce their open access journals. If you need a publishing system for your journal, Florida OJ can provide a free platform and technical support. Using OJS, editors can have authors submit manuscripts, can edit the manuscripts, and can publish to the web.  If you are already publishing through another system, you can still host with Florida OJ. OJS provides not only basic search and browse features for hosted journals, but indexing with the Directory of Open Access Journals, RSS feeds, automatic email notifications for users, and other features.  If you are ready to request a journal site in Florida OJ, please review the Florida OJ Quickstart Guide and then contact us

Click here to go to Florida OJ homepage.


Florida Islandora (FL-Islandora)

A digital library platform, Florida Islandora (FL-Islandora), enables users to create digital collections and make them accessible to the public.  FL-Islandora sites are available free of charge to public universities and community colleges in Florida.  If you would like a FL-Islandora site for your institution, contact to request more information.  Libraries using the FL-Islandora platform can find detailed instructions on the Florida Islandora Guides (FIG) wiki and can stay up to date with news about the system shared through the Florida Islandora listservIslandora SubGroup (ISG) meetings are held monthly between FALSC and libraries using FL-Islandora.  Agendas and links to these meetings are posted on FLVC's LibGuides page at

Gallery of featured sites using Florida Islandora:

Broward College Florida Gulf Coast University Florida Atlantic University Libraries Hillsborough Community College Florida State College at Jacksonville Florida State University Valencia College Publication of Archival Library and Museum Materials (PALMM) Lake Sumter State CollegeUniversity of Central FloridaSt. Petersburg CollegeFlorida Agricultural and Mechanical UniversityUniversity of West Florida


Publication of Archival, Library and Museum Materials (PALMM)

Publication of Archival, Library and Museum Materials (PALMM) supports the cooperative building of shared collections using common standards and a shared infrastructure by providing digital access to important source materials for research and scholarship.  Projects may involve a single university or college or may be involve collaborative efforts between a university or college and partners within or outside of the state university or college system. PALMM projects create high-quality virtual collections relevant to the students, research community, and citizens of Florida. Detailed PALMM documentation is available. 

Click here to visit the PALMM collections homepage


Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD)

Digital services provides support for your institution's Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) program through storage, web access, and security controls.  Your graduate school or library will need to provide software which will allow students to upload and describe their ETDs and send us a copy of the accepted final ETD along with descriptive metadata in METS format. Ous services host the URL online, provide a PURL, create a catalog record for your local Aleph OPAC, and manage access controls.  Digital services staff at FALSC are available to speak with your library and other departments on campus about starting an ETD program. Several members of the Digital Initiatives Standing Committee are also available to talk about ETD programs at their local campus.



FLVC provides services for the long-term preservation of digital content. The Florida Digital Archive (FDA) provides a cost-effective, long-term preservation repository for digital materials in support of teaching and learning, scholarship, and research in the state of Florida. The FDA relies on the DAITSS (Dark Archives In The Sunshine State) open source digital preservation software application. DAITSS provides automated support for the functions of submission, ingest, archival storage, access, withdrawal, and repository management, and is particularly well suited for materials in text, document, image, audio, and video formats.

Click here to visit the Florida Digital Archive (FDA) homepage


Archival Finding Aids

Archon is a software tool for curators of archives and manuscript collections to create encoded archvial description (EAD) finding aids, linked authority records for creators and subject headings, and other information. Finding aids created in Archon can be displayed in Archon or exported by the user for import into other systems. FLVC currently hosts and maintains Archon installations for libraries, however migration is underway to ArchivesSpace.

As of Fall 2018, FALSC is in the process of migrating from Archon to ArchivesSpace.  All institutions previously using Archon hosted through FLVC have been contacted and are either in process of migration or are slated for deletion.  A LibGuide to track the status of the migration is available at .  Announcements will be sent and workflows will be shared between institutions using the listserv FLVC-ARCHIVES-MIGRATION@LISTSERV.FLVC.ORG , which any interested parties may subscribe to by sending a request to .

Digital Services Reports and Publications


  • Black History Resources in Florida’s Digital Libraries (PDF) (Word)


  • Altmetrics in Action: Digital Libraries, Altmetrics, and Metadata (poster presentation), Wilhelmina Randtke (FALSC), Florida Association of College and Research Libraries (FACRL) Annual Program, October 2016 (Image)
  • The Final Report of the Open Access Textbook and Educational Resources (OATER) Task Force, September 2016 (PDF)
  • Adventures in Analytics!: Alternative Approaches to Metrics in Islandora by Bryan Brown (Florida State University), Gail Lewis (FLVC), and Wilhelmina Randtke (FLVC), Islandora Camp Florida, May 2016 (PowerPoint)
  • Finding the Right Page:  Book Navigation in FL-Islandora, Gail Lewis (FLVC), Islandora Camp Florida, May 2016 (PowerPoint)
  • FL-Islandora: Florida's shared Islandora instance hosted by the Florida Virtual Campus, Lydia Motyka (FLVC), Islandora Camp Florida, May 2016 (PowerPoint)
  • Experiences with Off-Production Server Ingests, Randy Fischer (FLVC), Islandora Camp Florida, May 2016 (PowerPoint)
  • Inventory of Digital Libraries and Collections Held by Florida Public Universities and State Colleges, Spring 2016 (PDF)


  • More than Metadata:  Where the Rubber Meets the Road in DLS Migration, Lee Dotson (University of Central Florida), Lydia Motyka (FLVC), Joanne Parandjuk (Florida Atlantic University), Jamie Rogers (Florida International University), Digital Library Federation, October 2015 (PowerPoint)


  • PDF to PDF/A: Evaluation of Converter Software for Implementation in Digital Repository Workflow by Jamin Koo and Carol C.H. Chou, 2012 (Word)
  • Describing Digital Object Environments in PREMIS by Angela Dappert, Sébastien Peyrard, Janet Delve, and Carol C.H. Chou, 2012 (PDF)


  • Towards Interoperable Preservation Repositories: Repository Exchange Package Use Cases and Best Practices by Joseph G. Pawletko and Priscilla Caplan, 2011 (PDF)
  • DAITSS Grows Up: Migrating to a second generation preservation system by Priscilla Caplan and Carol Chou, 2011 (PDF)
  • Using preservation of faculty research as a demo preservation use case for developing a digital preservation strategy within a research university by Plato L. Smith II, 2011 (PDF)
  • Long-term preservation of ETDs: what do you do when your file formats become obsolete? by Lydia Motyka, 2011 (PDF)


  • The Florida Digital Archive and DAITSS: a model for digital preservation by Priscilla Caplan, Library Hi Tech, v.28:no.10, 2010 (Article)


  • Updating DAITSS - Transitioning to a web service architecture by Randall Fischer, Carol Chou, Franco Lazzarino, 2008 (PDF)


  • Ingest and Dissemination with DAITSS by Randy Fischer (FCLA) and Stephanie Haas (Assistant Director, Digital Library Center, Universiy of Florida), 2007 (PowerPoint)
  • Format Identification, Validation, Characterization and Transformation in DAITSS by Carol Chou, 2007 (PDF)


  • Preserving ETDs with DAITSS by Chuck Thomas, 2006 (PowerPoint)
  • DAITSS and the Florida Digital Archive Presented by Priscilla Caplan, 2006 (PowerPoint)


  • The FCLA Digital Archive by Priscilla Caplan, Joint Meeting of the CSUL Committees, 2005 (PowerPoint)
  • Statewide Digitization and the FCLA Digital Archive by Priscilla Caplan, OCLC/IMLS Statewide Digitization Planners Meeting, 2005 (PowerPoint)
  • DAITSS: Dark Archive in the Sunshine State by Priscilla Caplan, DCC Workshop on Long-term Curation within Digital Repositories, 2005 (PowerPoint)
  • Digital Preservation and Trusted Digital Repositories by Priscilla Caplan, ALA PARS program, 2005 (PowerPoint)
  • Building A Dark Archive in the Sunshine State: A Case Study by Priscilla Caplan, 2005 (PDF)


  • How to Build Your Own Dark Archive (in your spare time) by Priscilla Caplan, Keynote, Cornell Digital Preservation Workshop, 2004 (PDF)
  • Preservation Ruminations: Digital Preservation and the Uncertain Future by Priscilla Caplan, New York Library Association (Rudi Weiss Memorial Lecture), 2004 (PowerPoint)
  • Digital Preservation Policies: Technical Considerations by Priscilla Caplan, Society of American Archivists (SAA) Boston, 2004 (PowerPoint)
  • Building a digital preservation archive: Tales from the front by Priscilla Caplan, VINE: The Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems Volume 34 Number 1, pp38-42, 2004 (Article)


  • Preserving Digital Collections by Andrea Goethals, Digital Libraries for Cultural Heritage: Current Status and Future Needs WorkShop, 2003 (PowerPoint)
  • A Tale of Two Archives: Notes from the Dark Side by Priscilla Caplan, with Jerry Persons, Fall CNI Task Force, 2003 (PowerPoint)


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FALSC offers a wide range of services and products to state college and university libraries.