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March 2018


FALSC is pleased to announce the hiring of three new directors, each of whom will join us in April:

Rachel Erb, Director of E-Resources, comes to FALSC from Colorado State University, where she has served as Electronic Resources Management Librarian. Rachel has more than 20 years of experience in academic libraries, with much of that time spent in positions related to contract and licensing negotiations and review at both the local and consortial levels. She earned her master’s degree in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) at Florida State University (FSU).

Brian Erb, Director of Library Support and Training, also comes to us from Colorado State University, where he has served as Science and Engineering Librarian and as Shore Librarian for the Semester at Sea program. With more than 20 years of experience in multiple areas of academic libraries, Brian brings to the position a current and broad awareness of the challenges facing academic libraries. He holds an MLIS from FSU.

Rebel Cummings-Sauls, Director of Digital Services and Open Educational Resources (OER), has served most recently as Director of the Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship at the Hale Library of Kansas State University. She has researched, published, and presented extensively in the areas of digital scholarship and preservation, as well as on textbook affordability and OER.  Rebel’s education and experience include both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from FSU, as well as professional work experience at FSU and the University of South Florida.



February 2018


Dr. Elizabeth Curry

Renaine Julian, Associate Director of STEM Libraries of Florida State University Libraries, has been elected as an officer of the Florida Library Association (FLA). He will serve as Region 6 Director for 2018-2019. Donna Vazquez, Associate Director of Florida Gulf Coast University Library, continues in 2018-2019 as FLA Treasurer.





January 2018


Dr. Elizabeth Curry

Dr. Elizabeth Curry, Library Dean of the University of North Florida (UNF), plans to retire from the university at the end of the spring semester. She will return part time to her consulting and training business. Elizabeth ran Curry’s Consulting Services Inc. for 13 years, and worked with the State Library to develop the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute.

In a long and distinguished career, she also has served as Library Dean of the College of Central Florida, Associate Dean of Florida State College of Jacksonville Library & Learning Commons, Public Services Division Director for the Alachua County Library District, Assistant Director of the domestic violence center CASA, Executive Director of the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN), Marketing Director of SOLINET (LYRASIS), and Library Development Consultant at the State Library of Florida. In 2010, Elizabeth received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Library Association.

She received the Northeast Florida Library Information Network (NEFLIN) Distinguished Career Award in 2016, and the American Library Association/Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ALA/ASCLA) Award for Leadership and Professional Achievement in 2017.

Since joining UNF in 2014, the dean has worked to reimagine the university’s library, reorganize staffing, renovate the Library Commons, encourage collaborations, and focus on engagement with students, faculty, and the community. 

As she wrote in announcing her decision to colleagues, “I’ve been a librarian for almost 38 years. I’m ready for more work-life balance.” We here at FALSC wish Elizabeth the very best in the next chapter of her life.


Donna AlsburyDonna Alsbury, Systems Report Specialist, retires Jan. 12 after nearly 29 years with FALSC and its predecessor organizations. Donna began her career as an acquisitions librarian and eventually branched out into reporting. Her skills and dedication to learning as much as possible about Aleph tables and reporting techniques, along with her advocacy in maintaining the integrity of reports and statistics, has made her an invaluable asset to the organization. Her contributions and presence will be deeply missed, not only by her colleagues at FLVC and FALSC, but also by those at the libraries who have relied on her reports.


We’ll reluctantly bid farewell to another retiring staffer, Technical Services System Specialist Mary Ann O’Daniel, on Jan. 31. Mary Ann has been with FALSC and its predecessor organizations since 1986, aside from short stints at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Florida in the early ’90s. She couldn’t stay away for long, and returned to work in acquisitions, writing documentation and assisting with the newsletter. She also helped library staff with remote access support, or modem setup assistance, on the then-integrated library system (ILS), NOTIS. In recent years, Mary Ann has been integral in supporting authorities, indexing and cataloging. She also played a major role in some of the backend setup needed to make UBorrow work with Mango. Mary Ann has worked tirelessly on numerous ILS implementations from NOTIS to Aleph and currently Sierra, and countless upgrades in between, including the shared bib project for State University System libraries. Her thoughtful and detail-oriented approach to her work has been an invaluable asset to this organization and to the libraries we support.


Chris Yearwood

FLVC and FALSC will also miss Software Applications Engineer Chris Yearwood, who leaves us this month for a position at Aderant Software after 11 years with FLVC and its predecessor organizations. As the LINCCWeb and authentication engineer, Chris worked on SFX, Ezproxy, eBook connectivity, search widgets, LINCCWeb toolbar, and LINCCWeb authentication. Most notable in LINCCWeb authentication was his development of the LINCCWeb SSO used by 17 of the colleges in their portals and Learning Management Systems. His work developing the LINCCWeb SSO solution in less than 90 days with Palm Beach State College earned the project a Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN) Innovation Award in 2008. Chris says he always enjoyed meeting librarians and students in the field to learn how FALSC’s software could be better.



December 2017


FALSC and FLVC welcomed new Help Desk Analyst Peter Ott on Dec. 11. Peter is originally from Illinois, but earned his master’s degree in Library and Information Studies at Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree in Information Resources from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His background is in information technology – both support and teaching.




November 2017


Keila Zayas-Ruiz joined Florida State University (FSU) as Sunshine State Digital Network (SSDN) Coordinator in September. Library and museum staff statewide can expect to hear often from Keila in the coming months as she helps get the Sunshine State Digital Network off the ground. Previously, she was Diversity Resident Librarian and Research Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville Libraries. Keila is no stranger to Florida: She earned her master’s in Library and Information Science at Florida State, a bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Florida, and an AA at Valencia College. 



October 2017


The “Chronicle of Higher Education” recently gave a shout-out not to one library staffer, but to a whole group of them with an article about interlibrary loan managers that ran as part of a series called “Unsung Campus: 5 Jobs Powering the Modern College.” The article, “When You Need That One and Only Book,” describes the interlibrary loan manager as a kind of detective working to facilitate scholarship. Megan R. Gaffney, the associate librarian in charge of interlibrary loans for the University of Delaware, describes the job’s payoff: “I love being able to hunt down something that I never thought we’d be able to borrow and say, ‘Here you go. We got it.’ "


Jay Wiese

Jay Wiese joined FALSC’s Gainesville office on Oct. 9 as a Library Services Analyst. Jay comes to us from the University of Florida Smathers Libraries Acquisitions and Collections Services Department. He has more than 16 years of experience in academic libraries, including 13 years in acquisitions and serials, and will join the Acquisitions/Serials Working Group as a FALSC liaison. Jay is an all-around great fit for FALSC and our member libraries: He has worked extensively with Aleph and EBSCO Discovery Service, and has participated in training on Sierra/Encore Duet. 



September 2017


Sadly, we're saying goodbye to two FALSC staffers this month.

Christine Freeland, who has served for three and a half years as an FLVC Help Desk Analyst based in Tallahassee, has returned to the Virgin Islands to be closer to family. Her last day on the Help Desk was Sept. 15.


Debra Cannon has been with us since August 2013 as an Assistant for Library and Digital Services in the Gainesville office. Her last day was Sept. 7.





August 2017


Florida’s public college and university libraries were well-represented at the daylong Panhandle Library Access Network/Florida Library Association (PLAN FLA) Mini Conference, held Aug. 25 at the Panama City Campus of Florida State University. The FALSC crew spotted a number of academic library colleagues in the audience, and conference presenters included:

  • Alvin Lee, Florida A&M University
  • Lorri Mon, Florida State University
  • Pamela Monroe, Florida A&M University
  • Shaun Saxon, Florida State University, Panama City


FALSC E-Resources Coordinator Amanda Yesilbas has successfully completed all requirements for a Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Certificate from the Society of American Archivists (SAA).





July 2017


Ying Zhang, head of University of Central Florida (UCF) Libraries’ Acquisitions and Collection Services, has been elected incoming Vice President/President-Elect (2018-2019) of the Executive Committee of the Chinese American Librarians Association, an affiliate of the American Library Association.


A bevy of Florida college and university librarians attended the American Library Association Annual Conference, June 22-27 in Chicago, and more than a few were involved in presentations. Our list is far from comprehensive, but we’d like to give a nod to those we know about. 

  • Mohamed Berray, Social Services Librarian at Florida State University, gave an ALA presentation titled “Strategies for Mapping Information Literacy Threshold Concepts to Course Objectives: A Case Study of the Political Science Department at Florida State University.”
  • Matthew Miguez, Metadata Librarian at Florida State University, was a speaker for a presentation on “Finding the Right API for You: A Technical Services Workflow Perspective.”
  • Tony Stamatoplos, Scholarly Support Services Librarian at the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, participated in a panel discussion on “Protest & Preservation.”
  • University of West Florida Librarians Britt McGowan, Amanda Westley Ziegler, and Melissa Finley Gonzalez presented posters.


Julia Zimmerman, Dean of University Libraries at Florida State (FSU), was all smiles as staff honored her 10 years of service with FSU on June 7. An alumna of Florida State, Julia returned from Ohio University, where she also served as Dean of Libraries, to lead FSU Libraries beginning in July 2007. At left, the Dean shows off her cake, photo courtesy of FSU Libraries.










June 2017


Marian Smith has accepted a Faculty Librarian position with Eastern Florida State College, and will work at the college's Palm Bay Campus. Prior to the move, Marian was with Pasco-Hernando State College, and served as Associate Director of Libraries, based at the East Campus in Dade City.  


FALSC said goodbye to Linda McCarthy, Director of Library Support and Training, at the end of May. In her 15 years with FALSC and predecessor organizations, Linda was a driving force behind scores of projects, a generous mentor and colleague, and a kind but indomitable presence at countless meetings and conferences. We salute her service. 


Deborah Robinson, Director of Library Services at Tallahassee Community College, passed away peacefully in Tallahassee on June 13. She was 61. A highly respected colleague, mentor, and friend to many in the library community, Debbie will be greatly missed. A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. July 15 at St. John's Episcopal Church, Tallahassee.



May 2017


Congratulations to the staff members at Florida’s public colleges and universities who have been elected to section seats in the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association:

  • Susan Silver, University of South Florida (USF): Member-at-Large (two-year term), Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS) of ACRL
  • Abby Janine Scheel , Florida State University (FSU): Member-at-Large, Literatures in English Section (LES)
  • E. Haven Hawley, University of Florida (UF): Secretary (two-year term), Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS)
  • Sara Russell Gonzalez, UF:  Member-at-Large (two-year term), Science and Technology Section
  • Michelle Demeter, FSU: Secretary, University Libraries Section


Morgan Tracy is the new Director of College Libraries at Seminole State College. He started in April and will now serve as the college's new MCLS primary representative.  Morgan comes to Seminole from Asbury University, Wilmore, Ky. Previously, he worked for the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives for several years.


Gloria Colvin, Director of Graduate and Faculty Services at FSU Libraries and a past President of the Florida Library Association, will retire May 31 to “start the next chapter” in her life. Gloria has been at FSU for more than 15 years, first as the Statistics, Assessment, & Special Projects Librarian, then as a reference librarian, founding member of the Scholars Commons, liaison to FSU’s College of Education, and most recently as a director. She writes: I’m looking forward to traveling, volunteering, spending more time with my grandchildren, reading the stacks of books I’ve accumulated, and not having to set an alarm clock in the morning.”


Ruth S. Ziegler, Associate Librarian and Head of Authorities/Catalog Management at FSU Libraries, will be retiring this month after 13½ years of service.  Ruth was instrumental in bringing FSU into the Library of Congress - Program for Cooperative Cataloging - Name Authority Cooperative Cataloging (PCC-NACO) in 2006 and has been involved with a number of major withdrawal projects since 2009. Ruth is looking forward to having time to paint, garden, photograph, cook, read and travel.


We note with sadness the passing of Phyllis J. Hudson, who was a librarian at the University of Central Florida (UCF) for 34 years. An outstanding colleague, she worked in several departments at the library, most notably Reference and Instruction, and touched the lives of thousands of Florida Technological University and UCF students. Phyllis was also a tireless advocate for United Faculty of Florida and for women’s rights in libraries and in the community at large. Phyllis died April 20 in Raleigh, N.C., at age 83.



April 2017


Elizabeth Curry, Dean of the University of North Florida Thomas G. Carpenter Library, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Leadership & Professional Achievement Award from the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The association’s news release quotes nominator Barbara Stites: “Often described by her peers as a creative problem solver who successfully facilitates process-oriented solutions, Curry is frequently sought out for strategic planning efforts, leadership training and complex project planning endeavors. Curry led a myriad of cutting-edge projects with the Southeast Florida Library Information Network, where she set the stage for libraries’ future leaders by implementing the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute, which is still active today.” Elizabeth will be honored June 24 at the ASCLA Achievement Awards Ceremony at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.


Judith Russell, Dean of University Libraries at the University of Florida (UF), has been named the winner of the 2017 James Bennett Childs Award by the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) of the American Library Association. The Childs Award is a tribute to an individual who has made a lifetime and significant contribution to the field of documents librarianship, and is based on stature, service, and publication. The scholar and librarian for whom the award is named had a career spanning 55 years, including service as Specialist in Government Document Bibliography at the Library of Congress. James Bennett Childs died in 1977 at age 80. 


Krystal Thomas, Associate Librarian and Digital Archivist at Florida State University (FSU) Libraries, has been awarded the 2017 Fred Standley Award, which recognizes a librarian who has made extraordinary contributions to the university through expertise, diligent effort, notable accomplishments, and exemplary teamwork. FSU Libraries honored several faculty and staff members at a reception in early March. The winner of the “Duct Tape Award,” recognizing a staffer who can deal with any issue that arises, was Bremen Hill, Undergraduate Services Overnight Coordinator. 


Theresa Burress, Humanities Librarian at New College of Florida, has been named one of Library Journal’s 52 Movers & Shakers for 2017. The magazine’s annual Movers & Shakers issue offers a “snapshot of the transformative work being done by those in libraries of all types and sizes across the field.” See Theresa’s profile online.



March 2017


Sara Duff, who has been the  Collection Strategies & Technical Services  Librarian at  Gulf Coast State College for the past seven years, will join the University of Central Florida as Acquisitions & Collection Assessment Librarian on April 7. 


Athena Hoeppner, Electronic Resources Librarian at the University of Central Florida, was a speaker for the webinar “Ensuring What Libraries Have Licensed Is What Users Can Reach,” which was presented on Feb. 8 by the National Information Standards Organization (NISO).

On Feb. 15, Florida was represented at a NISO Virtual Conference on Institutional Repositories: Ensuring Your IR is Populated, Useful and Thriving by Todd Digby, Chair of Library Information Technology at the University of Florida, and Robert Phillips, Digital Collections Applications Programmer at the University of Florida. The two presented “Enhancing the Institutional Repository through Publisher Partnerships to Increase Indexing, Linking, and Displaying of Faculty Published Materials.”



February 2017


Mohamed BerrayTwo Florida librarians recently were cited in a commendation of academic librarians serving as “referees” for Resources for College Libraries (RCL). Susan Ariew, Academic Services Librarian for Education at the University of South Florida, and Mohamed Berray, a Social Sciences Librarian at Florida State University, were named along with other referees in an article in the January issue of the College & Research Libraries Newsa publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL). 

RCL identifies more than 85,000 essential titles for undergraduate research and teaching. Published by Choice/ACRL in partnership with ProQuest, each RCL subject collection undergoes peer review by academic librarians and faculty to ensure continued excellence for a core collection development tool.


January 2017


We offer our congratulations to the newly elected members of the Florida Library Association (FLA) Executive Board for 2017-2018:

  • Vice President/President Elect: Sarah Hammill, Business and Online Learning Librarian, Florida International University
  • Secretary: Tina Neville, Head of Library Research and Instruction, Nelson Poynter Memorial  Library , University of South Florida – St. Petersburg
  • Director Region 1: Jorge Perez, Digital Learning and Information Technology Librarian, Florida International University
  • Director Region 3: Anne Marie Casey, Library Director, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Director Region 4: Phyllis Gorshe, Library Director, City of Dunedin
  • ALA Counselor: Elana Karshmer, Associate Professor and Instruction Program & Information Literacy Librarian, Saint Leo University


Judith Russell, Dean of University Libraries at the University of Florida (UF), has been selected by the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) to receive the 2017 Miles Conrad Award. NFAIS, a global nonprofit membership organization, presents the Miles Conrad Award annually to honor achievement in fostering the growth of information services. Judith was chosen in recognition of “her significant achievements in librarianship and for her leadership in information services throughout a career spanning academia, government, the non-profit and private sectors,” according to an NFAIS news release. Before joining UF in 2007, Judith was Superintendent of Documents at the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). She also has served as Deputy Director of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) and as Director of the Office of Electronic Information Dissemination Services and the Federal Depository Library Program at GPO, and has worked in the information industry and special libraries.


Dr. Martha Saunders, who began her career at the University of West Florida (UWF) in 1984 as a professor in Communication Arts, became the sixth President of the institution on Jan. 1. She takes over from former President Dr. Judy Bense, who led UWF for eight years. Previously, Dr. Saunders held leadership positions at two other institutions, serving as Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater from 2005 to 2007 and as President of the University of Southern Mississippi from 2007 to 2012. As part of UWF's Innovation Institute, FALSC and FLVC are administered by the university.


Caroline Reed, the Social Sciences Librarian at New College of Florida for many years, begins a new position as the Collection Development Librarian supervising Technical Services at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota on Jan. 9.   



FLVC will miss Dale Wann, who left us recently for a position at the Florida Department of Revenue. He was a programmer who worked here for 10 years. As the Primo Administrator, he kept it up and running, presenting about the implementation of Primo in a consortium environment at the ExLibris conference. He helped implement our Customer Relationship Management system, and did programming and maintenance for the legacy LINCCWeb products. Some of you may have met Dale at our FALSC Regional meetings, as he always had a keen interest in our customers and how to better meet their needs. 


Gerald Snyder, Coordinator of Special ILS Projects, will be retiring from FLVC this month. Gerald started at the University of Florida in 1982, where he worked on bringing up NOTIS, the first automation system for Florida university libraries. He joined the Florida Center for Library Automation (FCLA) in 1985 and has been a staff member for the subsequent organizations since then. Gerald has played an important role in support and development of Aleph, WebLuis, and Mango through the years. He will be deeply missed, and we wish him well as he embarks on his next adventures: traveling, completing the Camino de Santiago walk in Spain, and doing an old house remodel.  


Lydia Motyka, most recently Manager of Digital Services for FALSC, has resumed her former role as Manager of the Florida Digital Archive for the organization.



December 2016


Mercedes ClementMercedes Clement, a Senior Professor and Chair of Library Services at Daytona State College, was one of two recipients of the 2016 Leadership Service Award from the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC). Mercedes and other award winners were honored at the 67th annual AFC Meeting and Conference, Nov. 2-4 in Lake Buena Vista.



Pam DoffekPam Doffek has retired as Director of the Goldstein Library at Florida State University (FSU) after 12 years of service. She was praised for her service to the school and the library community at a reception on Nov. 9. Pam will now have time to pursue her many interests, which include her art, crafts, travel, and reading. The collection now housed at Goldstein will be dispersed among the other FSU libraries, and the space will evolve into an innovation space for the ischool.


Library Systems Application Lead Parker Fruehan will be leaving Florida Gulf Coast University in January to become Systems Librarian at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Conn.  FALSC appreciates Parker’s assistance in selecting the next-generation integrated library system and his work as chair of the Systems Working Group. He will be deeply missed. 


Mohamed Berray, a Social Sciences Librarian at Florida State University, has been selected as a member of the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders Program. This leadership development program offers newer library workers throughout the United States an opportunity to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and serve the profession in a leadership capacity.


Lisandra Carmichael

Lisandra Carmichael, Associate Dean at the Thomas G. Carpenter Library at the University of North Florida, recently received her doctorate in Information Studies from the School of Information in the College of Communication and Information at Florida State University. The title of her dissertation is Implementation of Succession Planning and Management Programs in Academic Libraries: Factors that Contribute to Deans’ Decisions


Helene GoldAn essay by Helene Gold, a Faculty Librarian at Tallahassee Community College, was published in the November issue of College & Research Libraries News. See “At least you didn’t burn the place down: Leadership isn’t for everyone” on the Association of College & Research Libraries website.



Sila LottSila Lott, a new Faculty Librarian at Tallahassee Community College, will join Jules Bailey of the Leroy Collins Leon County Public Library to present a Lyrasis Second Fridays webinar from 12:30 to 2 p.m. EST on Dec. 9. “Research Help Now: an Easy-to-Navigate Reference Tool” is free and open to anyone. Sign up here.




November 2016


Elijah Scott

Christine Cogar joined FALSC’s Gainesville office on Oct. 11 as a Public Services Systems Specialist. Chrissy comes to the organization from the University of Florida, where she was the Circulation Specialist and liaison to FALSC for the past seven years. The new staffer has 14 years of experience working in public services for academic libraries, and her knowledge of how ILS workflows impact staff will help FALSC smooth libraries’ transition to the next-generation integrated library system. 


Dr. Akos Delneky has been named Indian River State College’s Administrative Director of Learning Resources. He will serve as the MCLS representative for the college's libraries.




Elijah Scott

Jeff Phillips, Student Success Librarian at Florida State University’s Robert Manning Strozier Library, recently published an article in Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by the University of Alberta Learning Services. “Determining Gate Count Reliability in a Library Setting” appears in the journal’s current issue, Vol. 11, No. 3, and is available in html format or as a downloadable PDF.


Wilhelmina Randtke, FALSC Digital Library Services Coordinator, presented a poster session titled “Altmetrics in Action” at the annual program of the Florida Association of College & Research Libraries on Oct. 28 in Orange Park. This year’s theme was “Prove It! Demonstrating Effectiveness With Data.” For information on FACRL past programs, including the Oct. 28 poster presentations, click here







October 2016


Elijah Scott


Elijah Scott takes the helm as Executive Director of FALSC on Oct. 10. Elijah was most recently Dean of Libraries, College Testing, and Curriculum Innovation at Georgia Highlands College in Rome, Ga., and has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and library services.


Joni Branch


Joni Branch is the new Communications Coordinator at FALSC. Joni is a former journalist with experience in marketing and corporate communications.


Sunem Beaton-Garcia


Deborah Robinson, Library Director at Tallahassee Community College, is the new chair of the Learning Resources Standing Committee of the Council of Instructional Affairs for the Florida College System. The group includes library deans and directors from Florida colleges.  



September 2016


Matthew Bodie


Matthew Bodie is now the Executive Director, Learning Resources, of the St. Petersburg College Libraries and will be the new MCLS representative. He has been with SPC in many different roles for the past eight years.  


Carol Ann Borchert


Carol Ann Borchert is the newly appointed Director of Digital Scholarship Services at University of South Florida Libraries. Previously, she was the Coordinator for Serials at USF for 12 years.

Sunem Beaton-Garcia


Sunem Beaton-Garcia is the newly appointed Dean of Libraries and Academic Resources at Broward College and will serve as the new MCLS representative with expanded responsibilities for the library in her role.




August 2016

Cecelia Botero, former Associate Dean for Discovery and Access & Fackler Director, Health Science Center Libraries, at University of Florida, has begun her tenure as the new Dean of Libraries at the University of Mississippi. Cecelia represented the Medical School on FALSC’s Members Council on Library Services (MCLS).

Meg Hawkins has been promoted to Director of Library Services at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. Meg has been at the college for 22 years. She will serve as SCF’s representative to the FALSC MCLS.

Rob Krull was selected as the new Library Director at Palm Beach State College. He has been an Associate Professor at the college for the past 18 years.

Lorri Mon has been named Director of Florida State University’s School of Information Studies. Dr. Mon has been a part of FSU’s iSchool since 2006. She has taught and researched in online information services and emerging technologies, including social media, digital reference, virtual worlds, and e-government.

Pat Profeta, Library Dean at Indian River State College, has been promoted to Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness at the College. Pat has served the library community in many capacities over the years, including being the Chair of the Learning Resources Standing Committee more than once, and has been heavily involved in FALSC’s Sierra/Encore Duet Implementation project in several roles. She has also recently served on the MCLS Executive Committee.

Lauri Rebar, Associate University Librarian at Florida Atlantic University, was recently selected as co-editor of The Reference Librarian, a Taylor & Francis journal.

Ruth Smith, Library Director at Valencia College’s West Campus, now has oversight of all Valencia campus libraries.


July 2016

Catherine Cardwell is the new Dean of the University of South Florida’s Nelson Poynter Memorial Library. She has previously served as Director of Libraries at Ohio Wesleyan University, and as a librarian and administrator at Bowling Green State University. Throughout her career, Catherine has been active in OhioLINK, and was one of three independent college representatives elected to serve on OhioLINK’s Library Advisory Board with voting privileges. Additionally, from 2013-15, she was the independent representative in OhioLINK’s Library Advisory Council Coordinative Committee, which coordinates ongoing efforts of the council with the OhioLINK Executive Director.

Mark Marino, Information Literacy Librarian at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, is the recipient of the 2016 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award in Information Literacy. Mark received the award at the NISOD annual conference in May in Austin, Texas. The award is for faculty, administrators, and staff recognized for "doing extraordinary work on their campuses." Award recipients are nominated by colleagues, and usually represent a range of jobs at the college.

Technical Services Librarian John Armstrong is retiring in August after 28 years at Gulf Coast State College. Prior to GCSC, John worked for seven years at Florida State University’s Strozier Library.

Brenda Ferris, longtime Executive Assistant at the Florida Virtual Campus, retired on June 30. Brenda has served at FLVC (and its predecessor organization, the College Center for Library Automation (CCLA)) since 1998. Prior to FLVC/CCLA, Brenda served for 20 years at the Florida Public Service Commission. Of particular note, Brenda played a key role in the creation, development, and continued success of FLVC/FALSC/CCLA’s library advisory councils, committees, and processes. Her contributions will be sorely missed.


June 2016

Joseph Leopold has been selected as the new Dean of Communications at St. Petersburg College. Leopold has served as the director of Learning Resources at St. Petersburg College since 2012 and has also served as a member of the Library Services Member Council. Rebecca Frank will serve as the interim Member Council representative.

Ericka Wayne, a former Library Services Member Council representative and Library Director for Seminole State College has moved. Lisa Valentino, the Associate Vice President for Academic Services, will serve as interim representative on the Council.

Katherine Hoarne is now a visiting Rare Books Librarian at Florida State University.


May 2016

In case you haven’t heard, FALSC will lose its esteemed leader, Lucy Harrison, on May 22. We are very proud of Lucy as she takes the helm at GALILEO, Georgia’s statewide online library portal as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Library Services and Executive Director. She has been onboard at FALSC for 17 years in many different roles. Her impact on the organization and on Florida's higher education services has been powerful. We will miss her very much.

Tracy Elliott, Director of Library Services at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota has accepted a position as Dean of the San Jose State University Library in California, beginning June 3rd. Tracy has served in many roles for FALSC including her current role on the Executive Committee of the MCLS.  We wish Tracy well in her new endeavors and appreciate her contributions through the years.

We welcome Kate Nevins, who will join the FALSC leadership team on April 15 as a Visiting Strategist for Planning and Engagement. Kate retired as the Executive Director of Lyrasis last year and has been working with FALSC  for several months. Her work will primarily be focused on oversight in the areas of coordination, communications, and issue resolution. She will work closely with the MCLS and staff in continuing to move strategic planning for ILS implementation forward.


April 2016

Pat Alvarez, who has been a librarian at Palm Beach State College for the past 18 years, is retiring in April. Pat has been involved with the Civility Committee on campus and with many committees in the library area. 

Judy Born, Library Acquisitions & Technical Services Supervisor, at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, retires in April. Judy has worked at the college in many different roles since 1990. Judy has served on many FALSC committees through the years and has contributed a great deal to college libraries in Florida.  

Brian Kelley, Library Director at Palm Beach State College retires in June. Brian has served in several capacities during FALSC’s development, serving as the chair of the Executive Committee, leading several task forces on affordable textbooks, providing input on the organization’s committee structure, and more.

Renee Hopkins, Coordinator of Library Cataloging & Reference Materials at Chipola College will retire in May.  Renee served at the FALSC  LSMC representative for many years.  

Lake Sumter has a new Library Director, Kathleen Sacco, who has been SUNY Fredonia, for the past 17 years. She will take the helm at Lake Sumter on May 31, 2016. Welcome to Florida, Kathleen!

Several FALSC staff attended the 2016 IUG Conference in San Francisco in preparation for the migration to Innovative’s Sierra and Encore/Duet platforms in the summer of 2017. Topics included training, new product and service features and functionality, resource sharing, acquisitions, SkyRiver update, Encore Duet implementation tips and tricks and much more. The conference gave the staff a great introduction to our new ILS vendor and the opportunity to meet other III customers from around the globe.


March 2016

Sarah J. Hammill, business and online learning librarian at Florida International University, was selected as the 2016 winner of the American Library Association’s RSS Service Achievement Award. The award recognizes a member that has made exceptional contributions to RUSA’s Reference Services Section. 

Congratulations to New College of Florida’s Social Sciences Librarian, Caroline Reed, who was honored as the Florida Library Association Leader of the Year for her many years of selfless giving to the library community in Florida.

Winners of the Florida Library Association’s Library Research Award include Doris J. Van Kampen-Breit, of Saint Leo University, and Rachel Cooke, of Florida Gulf Coast University, for their research as described in a recent issue of Library Leadership and ManagementDo They Think We’re the Frenemy?: Examining Student Anxiety and Service Perception in Today’s Academic Libraries

Janet Devries, at the Palm Beach State College Harold C. Manor Library was honored as the Outstanding Paraprofessional of the Year by the Florida Library Association for her creativity, collaboration, and connectivity to promote the archives, exhibits, and programs at Palm Beach State College Library. Her digitization and marketing efforts of the college archives resulted in improved preservation and increased access and use.

Congratulations are also in order for Kathryn Miller, formerly the Director of Libraries at Florida Polytechnic, who was recently appointed Vice-Provost for Academic Support Services.  

FALSC Help Desk Technician, Erik Rivers was awarded the Florida Library Association Minority Scholarship. Erik is seeking his MLIS degree at the University of South Florida.  

February 2016

Congratulations to Jim Schnur, librarian of Special Collections and University Archives at the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library at USF St. Petersburg. Jim received a Proclamation from the City of Seminole earlier this month at a City Council meeting. The Proclamation recognized his contributions to local history, particularly his new book on the history of the Seminole community that was released in November 2015, Seminole (Images of America). The profits for his book releases—the latest release marking five books in five years—go directly to local historical societies and a library friends group. 

Mercedes Clement, Vice President for Regions and Chapters at the Association of Florida Colleges, and Senior Professor, Chair of Library Services at Daytona Beach State College recently attended the AFC Leadership Conference to help emerging leaders understand the legislative process. The Association is tracking several bills that could impact Florida’s colleges. 

Lisa Larson is the new Director of Member Engagement at Lyrasis. Lisa, who has worked within the library community for over 20 years, graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Communications and has been accepted into the MLIS program at University of South Florida. 


January 2016

Mohamed Berray, Social Sciences Librarian at Florida State University, is now the liaison to the Department of Political Science, the International Studies Program, and the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at FSU.

Michael Meth has been appointed Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services for the Florida State University libraries.

David Lowe has been named Data Librarian at the Florida Institute of Technology’s Evans Library.

Luda Dolinsky has been appointed as Director of the Medical Library at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) at Florida International University in Miami.

Florida librarians running for office in the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) include:

  • Tiffany Baglier, Assistant Head, Education Library, University of Florida. Education and Behavioral Sciences Section, Member-At-Large.
  • Abby Scheel, Humanities Librarian, Florida State University. Literatures in English Section, Member-at-Large.
  • Carrie Moran, User Engagement Librarian, University of Central Florida. University Libraries Section, Member-at-Large.
  • Colleen Seale, Selector for Women’s, Gender, and LGBTQI Studies, University of Florida. Women and Gender Studies Section, Secretary.


December 2015

Denise English, Director of Library Services at Lake Sumter State College will be retiring in December. 

Isabel Hernandez of Miami Dade College, who has served the library in many capacities over the years, will be also retiring in December.

 Troy Christensen of Florida Atlantic University Library will be moving to the University of Texas Arlington, where he will be “Librarian – Resource Delivery” in the Access & Discovery department beginning January 2016.

Beatriz F. Fernandez from Florida International University participated in the Miami Book Fair by reading from her book of poetry, Shining from a Different Firmament. Fernandez was the grand prize winner of the Second Annual Writer’s Digest poetry award and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2014.


November 2015

Mark Needleman, SFX-Metalib Support Specialist at the Florida Virtual Campus will retire in December 2015.  

The University of Central Florida Libraries has two new staff members, Chemera ( C.J.) Ivory as a new Business Librarian in Research and Information Services, and David R. Benjamin as the head of Special Collections and University Archives. C.J. is a graduate of Florida State’s M.L.I.S. program, and received her B.A. from UCF. She is also a member of FLA.  David received his M.A. in Library and Information Science as well as his B.A. in Art History from the University of Wisconsin/Madison. Prior to joining UCF, David worked as an archivist in both the Wisconsin Historical Society and the University of Kansas, and was the assistant director of the Volkerdin Center for Research and Academic Programs, Center for Creative Photography, at the University of Arizona.  David has a Masters of Library Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as a Masters of Architecture in American Architecture and Landscape History from the University of Kansas. An archivist for twenty-five plus years, David is involved with a number of regional, national, and international organizations including the Society of American Archivists, chairing their Visual Materials Section from 2010-2012; Association of Moving Image Archivists; Museum Computer Network; Midwest Archives Conference; and Society of Southwest Archivists.

Salwa Ismail, head of library information technology at Georgetown University is one of this year’s Library Journal Academic Movers. She credits her experience at Florida Atlantic University Library for helping her discover the library field as her career.  


October 2015

FSU Librarians, Kirsten Kinsley, Rachel Besara, Abby Scheel, Gloria Colvin, Jessica Evans Brady, and Melissa Burel have an interesting article in the September issue of College and Research Libraries, entitled, Graduate Conversations: Assessing the Space Needs of Graduate Students .  It’s based on a large-scale ethnographic study of graduate students at Florida State University conducted between 2010 and 2013.

FLVC’s Library Services Consultant, Margaret Murphree, retired on September 30th. Margaret worked with Primo and the User Centered Design team and was a consultant for the institutions in the central part of the state.  


August 2015

Britt McGowan, humanities librarian and instruction coordinator, at the UWF library spearheaded a  project with the goal of giving students and the general public the opportunity to progress in their information literacy and library research skills through a new information literacy tutorial project.   A committee of the Association of College and Research Libraries recently recognized the University of West Florida’s John C. Pace Library for the project that will now be included in its national “Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online” (PRIMO) database. Thirty four videos are now available in PRIMO thanks to UWF.

Katie McCormick, FSU’s Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives   will be on the 2015 Rivertrek Team for the Apalachicola Riverkeepers.  


July 2015

Carol Hixson, formerly dean at the University of South Florida Library, St. Petersburg, is the new dean at Florida Atlantic University, starting in August, replacing Bill Miller who recently retired.

Bill Garrison, Dean at the University of South Florida Libraries, has stepped down after over seven illustrious years there. Todd Chavez will serve as interim while a search for a new dean is being conducted.

Mem Stahley, of Eastern Florida State College, will be moving on. No plans for replacement have been announced.

Julie Alexander, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, will be leaving the Division of Florida Colleges for a position at Miami Dade College. Her last day with the Division is July, 24.

Tracy Elliott, Director of Library Services at State College of Florida at Sarasota-Manatee, did a presentation at the American Library Association Annual Conference in June 2015, called  Lifelong Learning for Libraries: Using Organizational Learning Theory to Manage Change.  

Denise Bennett, engineering librarian at the Marston Science Library, University of Florida , was selected for the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, given by the Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association. The prestigious award offers $5,000 and a citation to an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to reference librarianship.

Peter McKay, business librarian, University of Florida,  has been selected as the winner of the Gale Cengage Learning Excellence in Business Librarianship Award. The award offers $3,000 to a librarian providing outstanding business reference services. 

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