The Florida Association of College and Research Libraries (FACRL) is the Florida state chapter of the American Library Association's (ALA) division of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

FACRL strives to provide opportunities for professional development and networking while promoting the exchange of ideas and information.  FACRL is open to librarians from all types of academic libraries in Florida, including public and private colleges and universities, as well as specialized research libraries.

There are two ways to become a members of FACRL.  If you are a member of ALA's ACRL division, you are automatically a member of FACRL.  If you're not an ALA/ACRL member,  just click the "Join" button above and complete the application.  The only requirements for non-ALA/ACRL membership are that you are a librarian or library vendor working in Florida with some affiliation to higher education and are willing to pay a small membership fee.  FACRL does not have institutional memberships.

Board of Directors (2021-2022)

  • Elana Karshmer, President
  • Rachel Cooke, President-Elect
  • Cristy Moran, Secretary
  • Valerie Boulos, Treasurer
  • Nancy Schuler, Communications Manager
  • Alyssa Koclanes, Past-President
  • Heather Bush
  • Julie Hornick
  • Deborah Prosser
  • Cindy Gruwell
  • Steven Wade
  • Clarissa West-White

FACRL stands with the BCALA condemning violence and racism aimed at Black people and communities of color

FACRL stands with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and other organizations that condemn violence and racism aimed at Black people and communities of color.

FACRL’s Board of Directors denounces the deaths of Black people at the hands of law enforcement, among them George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others who were targeted because of their race. The Board asks members of the Florida library community to recognize, acknowledge, and work in solidarity to eradicate systemic racism. Ignoring the threats of racism serves not only as a barrier to equality for citizens and residents of our country but ensures that the violence associated with racism remains unchecked and continues to spread within our borders and beyond.

In addition to fighting racism, FACRL is committed to enhancing the diversity of its leadership by creating a more inclusive Board of Directors. To that end, the FACRL Board of Directors  pledges to make diverse representation and inclusivity a priority, and will actively seek out Black members and people of color to run for leadership roles for upcoming elections and to fill chair positions.

The fight against racism is important. We must do better; and starting now FACRL commits to be engaged and vocal in the fight.

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