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In Memoriam: Dr. William Miller
Dr. William “Bill” Miller, Dean of the Florida Atlantic University Libraries for over 27 years, passed away on July 18, 2019. Bill began his tenure at FAU in 1987 and served as dean until his retirement in 2014. He oversaw many technological advances to the library and was an avid supporter of library cooperation. Bill was a founding member and longtime Treasurer of the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN), a member of the Florida Library Network Council, and was actively involved in FCLA, FLVC, and FALSC while serving as dean.
Nationally, Dr. Miller served as the editor of The Reference Librarian for many years, was president of the Association of College & Research Libraries (1996-97), and was very active in ALA’s Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). In honor of his many years of service, ALA named Bill the winner of the 2014 Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, the highest honor RUSA can give.
Our condolences are given to his wife, Dr. Kathleen Miller, who is the current Dean of Libraries at Florida Gulf Coast University, their family and friends, and to the many present and former FAU library staff who worked with him through the years. Bill will surely be missed.
FALSC Says Goodbye to Two Long-Time Employees
Jeannie Dixon, Assistant Director of Data Quality, will be retiring on August 2nd. We will miss Jeannie and thank her for all her contributions to the library profession throughout the years.
Jeannie received her BS in Library Science at Mississippi University for Women in 1976 and her MLS from the University of Alabama in 1977. She began her 42-year professional career as a cataloger at Birmingham, AL Public Library System (1977-78). Later she was Head of Cataloging for the State Library of Mississippi (1978-1982). After moving to Houston, she became Head of Cataloging at Houston Public Library (1982-1984) and then Coordinator of Library Automation, Houston Area Library System (1984-1988) and Automation Librarian at Pan American University in Edinburg, TX (1988-1992).
Since moving to Florida in 1992, she has worked at FLVC/FALSC and its predecessor organizations in numerous capacities for the past 27 years! Jeannie played a major role in implementing and configuring Aleph for the colleges in 2004. She currently leads the Data Quality team in Integrated Library Services and supplies invaluable reports to librarians across the state.
Paramount in Jeannie’s life is her family - married to Tucker Dixon; 2 children Robert and Mary; 6 grandchildren; 3 step-sons; 5 step-grandchildren; 5 step great grandchildren! She is looking forward to travelling more with her family and friends and continuing her involvement with her church. We wish her well.
Lydia Motyka, Digital Services and OER Coordinator, will be retiring on July 31st after 18 years with the organization.
Lydia received her BA in Sociology from State University of New York Binghamton and an MLS from Drexel University. Before coming to FCLA (one of FALSC/FLVC predecessor organizations), she worked for two ILS vendors, Inlex and Innovative Interfaces, assisting with library system installations. She came to Florida in 2001 to help with the university libraries’ migration from NOTIS to Aleph. Later, Lydia moved to digital services where she managed the Florida Digital Archive. After the formation of FLVC, she became Manager of Digital Services, where her main project was migrating data from DigiTool to Islandora, FALSC’s current digital platform.
Due to health issues, Lydia’s role with the organization has been somewhat reduced in the past few years, but her desire to provide excellent support to the universities and colleges in Florida has never diminished. We wish her well in all her future endeavors!
FALSC Welcomes Leigh Mihlrad to its Staff
FALSC would like to formally welcome Leigh Mihlrad to its staff as the new Assistant Director for E-Resources, effective June 24, 2019. Leigh comes to us from Washington, DC where she was an Information Technology Librarian for the FDIC. She has also held positions at National Institutes of Health Library, Georgetown University Medical Center, and the Health Sciences Library at the Albany Medical College. Leigh has an extensive background in managing and maintaining electronic resources, and her experiences will be beneficial in assisting FALSC in its state and group licensing programs. She will be located in FLVC's Tallahassee office.
Please make her feel welcome as she acclimates to Florida and our organization.
UNF Library Names New Library Dean
Dr. Brent Mai, has accepted the University of North Florida's offer to become the new dean of the Thomas G. Carpenter Library.
Mai will begin his new position early this summer. Under his leadership at Fairfield University for the last three years, he has headed the migration to a new integrated library system and developed a strategic plan to implement the university's vision. We here at FALSC welcome him to the Florida and look forward to working with Dr. Mai.
For details on the dean’s long and distinguished career, please see UNF's formal press release here.
Clayton Tucker joins the FALSC Staff
FALSC would like to welcome Clayton Tucker as the latest addition to its staff, effective April 1st. Clayton will serve as a Library Services Analyst as part of the Integrated Library System Workgroup. Clayton comes to us from the University of Florida where he was a Circulation Team Leader at the George A. Smathers Libraries for the past three years. Previously, he was a Library Assistant at the UF Health Science Center Library in Gainesville as well. Clayton has a BA in English and Political Science from the University of North Florida and a MLIS from Florida State University. He brings to FALSC a working knowledge of our current ILS and desire to learn new skills. Welcome aboard, Clayton!
Maggie Hoomes Also Joins the FALSC Staff
FALSC would also like to welcome Maggie Hoomes to its staff as well, effective April 22nd. She is the latest addition to our Help Desk where she will serve as a Help Desk Analyst. Maggie has held library positions at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Florida State University's Law Library and Strozier Library, and Tallahassee Community College. Her MLIS is from FSU, but she also has a Masters degree in Education from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelors degree from Georgia Southern University. Maggie is cheerful, energetic, and eager to learn her new position. Library staff should look forward to working with her as they interact with the FLVC Help Desk staff. Welcome Maggie.
Eastern Florida has a New Librarian
FALSC would also like to welcome Holly Tkaczyk to Eastern Florida State College as their new Instructor/Librarian for the Cocoa Campus. Holly has worked in academic libraries for over 14 years and comes to the college from Tennessee. She received her MLIS from the University of Alabama and her BA in English from Michigan State University. Her favorite pastimes include traveling, movies, and reading and writing poetry. Holly has two adult children and a tabby cat.
New Addition to the FALSC Staff
FALSC welcomes Gary Phillips to its staff. Gary will serve as our Systems Reports Specialist, effective February 25th. He is a very familiar face to the organization since he has worked for FLVC and FCLA in various roles for the past nine years. Since 2012, he has been a Systems Engineer for FLVC’s Department of Information Technology where he provided hardware and software support for many of the organization’s servers. Well versed in several programming languages, Gary also has extensive experience in working with various library systems throughout his career. He will be working in our Data Quality Workgroup primarily assisting in the production of reports. Please join us in welcoming him to FALSC!
New Faces at Broward College
Over the past several months, Broward College has welcomed two new staff members to replace long-time librarians who recently retired. In September 2018, Angela Griffin joined their staff has the Director of Technical Services, a position previously held by Jan Rothhaar, who retired earlier in the year after 32 years of service. Angela comes to the college from St. Thomas University, Law Library where she also worked in Technical Services. In addition, Craig Amos was hired in January 2019 as the Associate Dean of Library Access and Discovery. He replaces Rich Ackerman who retired in the summer of 2018. Craig’s previous position was with Nova Southeastern University as a Reference/Subject Specialist Librarian. Welcome to the FALSC community.
Eastern Florida State College Says Goodbye to Jill Simser
Jill Simser, an Associate Professor/Librarian at the Cocoa campus, has retired from her position at Eastern Florida State College effective January 2019. Jill has been at EFSC since 2003, coming from Valencia College. She has served as the college's representative to the FALSC Members Council for Library Services for the past few years and on various FALSC, FLVC, and CCLA committees during her tenure with the college. We wish her well as she begins a new course in her life.
Cay Hohmeister is retiring
Cay Hohmeister is retiring after eight years as Leon County’s library director and 18 years with Leon County. Cay says, “It has been a joy and a privilege to work with our wonderful library staff members and other Leon County offices. The Leon County Board of County Commissioners has long supported the library in its vision of ‘Inspiring a Love of Reading and a Life of Learning."
Library users--the people who come to the library and visit our website to use all of our services--make our jobs rewarding, varied and interesting. The library truly is for everyone.
Debra Sears, who has been the Library's Extension Services Manager for 10 years, will be Leon County’s new Library Director.
FSU names new Dean of University Libraries
Florida State University has named Gale S. Etschmaier as dean of University Libraries, effective Sept. 7.
Etschmaier has served as the dean of library and information access at San Diego State University since 2011.
“Florida State is pleased to welcome Gale Etschmaier as our next dean of libraries,” said Sally McRorie, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. “Our extensive library operations are critical to student and faculty success at every level and in every program. Dean Etschmaier’s proven record of innovative leadership will help keep our academic progress toward the Top 25 on track.”
Etschmaier succeeds Julia Zimmerman, who concluded her 11-year tenure as dean June 30. Read more here.
Valencia State College Winner of the 2018 Learning Resources Commission Exemplary Practice for Library Services
The Human Library, presented by Nardia Cumberbatch, Jeannie Rodriquez, and Regina Seguin at Valencia College West Campus was awarded the Winner of the 2018 Learning Resources Commission Exemplary Practice for Library Services. See the presentation here.
TCC Welcomes New Library Director
Tallahassee Community College recently welcomed its new library director, Stephen Banister. Banister comes to TCC from Minot State University in North Dakota, where he had served as library director since 2010. He has also been the library director at McKendree University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Lamar State College.
“I am excited to be with TCC, and I am looking forward to working with the library staff and with the College community,” said Banister. “The library is a critical part of the campus, and I am looking forward to building on the positive developments the library has already made over the last few years.”
Banister holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Louisiana State University and pursued further graduate work at Capella University. Read more here.
FSU Libraries dean closes the book on 48-year career
Nearly a half-century after landing her first job at Strozier Library, Florida State University Dean of Libraries Julia Zimmerman will finish her career right where she started. Zimmerman will retire from Florida State in June after more than a decade of leading University Libraries to a new level of excellence.
Read more here.
Rich Ackerman is retiring!
Rich Ackerman, Associate Dean of Technical Services, will retire from Broward College this month. Rich served as the Associate Dean of Technical Services for more than seven years.
Rich celebrated several major accomplishments during his time at Broward College including upgrades to physical building, implemented new mobile website for library (2014), and much more! His service to FALSC include being a FALSC Members Council interim representative (2016) and Alternate (2012-2016), as well as the FLVC Digital Initiatives Standing Committee (2013-2014).
Prior to working at Broward College, he worked at Nova Southeastern University for four years as the Manager and Director of e-resources and web services. Rich has developed many lasting relationships across south Florida and with the FALSC Team through his leadership, strong work ethic, service, and dedication to accessing information. However, he is most passionate about his love for orchids.
We wish him all the best as he rides off into the retirement sunset. Congratulations Rich!
New library director at Santa Fe College
Patricia Profeta is the new library director at Santa Fe College starting August 1. Patricia is currently the Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness at Indian River State College in Ft Pierce. Before that she was Dean of Learning Resources at Indian River from 2012-2016, Asst. Dean of Learning Resources, 2003-2006, and Assoc. Dean of Learning Resources, 2006-2012.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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