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 (2022-2023)

  • Rachel Cooke, President
  • Clarissa West-White, President-Elect
  • Elana Karshmer, Past-President
  • Julie Hornick, Secretary
  • Valerie Boulos, Treasurer
  • Nancy Schuler, Communications Manager
  • Ava Brillat
  • Cindy Gruwell
  • Diana Matthews
  • Cristy Moran
  • John Reynolds
  • Steven Wade

FACRL Statement of Support for Historically Black Colleges & Universities

Florida Association of College & Research Libraries (FACRL) condemns the threats of racial violence and the terror they are intended to inspire at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). Our state’s four HBCUs - Bethune-Cookman UniversityEdward Waters UniversityFlorida A&M University, and Florida Memorial University - serve and employ thousands of Floridians. We commit our solidarity to the HBCU community of scholars and educators, and stand in opposition to acts of terror that threaten the physical and psychological safety and lives of our fellow Florida higher education community. FACRL’s membership reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of our state and we grow in our representation as we stand with and support our HBCU institutions.

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.

Land Acknowledgement

FACRL would like to acknowledge and honor the indigenous communities upon which Florida and its colleges, universities, and institutions now sit. We recognize that our state has been built on the homelands and resources of the Calusa, Cuchiyaga, Miccosukee, Muscogee, Seminole, Taino, Tequesta, Timucua, and Tocobaga peoples. Thus, we acknowledge the heritage of these tribes as we honor the resilience of the nations indigenous to the state of Florida.   

We recognize the history of genocide and forced removal of indigenous people from their territory, and the painful legacy these acts have left upon our community and among the indigenous peoples still connected to this state. We honor and respect their continued relationship to the land, and we call upon our community to reflect upon the past and learn how to be better stewards of the soil and water upon which our state rests. Acknowledging our indigenous and native neighbors is only a small part of what we can do to honor them. We must amplify their voices in our collections, programs, and activities at work and in our lives. Indigenous and native peoples and communities do not only exist in the history of Florida; they exist in the present and will exist in the future of Florida as well. In this acknowledgment, we honor the memory and history of Florida’s indigenous communities as defenders and stewards of the land upon which we all now live, work, and play. 

For more information on Florida’s indigenous communities, please visit the following sites: (Calusa) (Cuchiyayga) (Miccosukee) (Muscogee) (Seminole) (Taino) (Timucua) (Tequesta) (Tocobaga)
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