The 2021 FACRL Board Elections Results are in!
To all the candidates, know that all of us deeply appreciate your willingness to serve. And special thanks to Craig Amos, Julie Hornick, Elana Karshmer, and Alyssa Koclanes for serving on this year's Nominating Committee. Our new Board members will be formally installed during the May meeting.
Our Newly Elected Board Members:
Hello Florida Colleagues! I am Rachel Cooke, the Education & Arts Librarian at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). I would be honored to serve you as the next FACRL president-elect. Originally from Michigan, I started out as an Art History adjunct professor, then worked in various academic institutions in the Midwest before settling down at FGCU, where I have worked for 16 years. I have always been a strong advocate for connection and knowledge sharing. Several years ago my colleagues at FLA and I launched a statewide mentoring program that complimented the Sunshine State program. At ACRL, I am the incoming chair of the Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO) committee and am planning a national marketing campaign to make these great resources more visible.
For the past three years, I have enjoyed working with my wonderful colleagues on the FACRL board, as well as working behind-the-scenes to assist with initiatives in the Membership and Programming committees. We are hearing that folks want to connect with each other beyond the annual conference and are working to make that happen. For example, with the help of my colleagues at FACRL and FLA, I coordinated the first FLA/FACL webinar series to feature our Florida colleagues with expertise in data literacy, services, and management. Another idea I have is to start a statewide contact list of experienced folks who are willing to help their FACRL colleagues with specific questions in their field of expertise. Topics might include instruction, collection development, resource sharing, research, and publication.
During these challenging times, many of us cherish those connections we can make locally, regionally and statewide. FACRL can be that for us - a “statewide friendship line” of caring, support, and sharing of knowledge. I am excited to continue that journey with you while growing our membership and increasing opportunities of connection.
Nancy Schuler (MLIS) is the e-Resources, Collection Development, & Instructional Services Librarian at Eckerd College where she serves as liaison to the creative arts disciplines. She has more than nine years of experience working as an academic librarian, maintaining library websites, e-resource platforms, and spearheading efforts to highlight collections and programs throughout the institution using platforms such as WordPress, LibGuides, Canva, numerous image editing and screencasting tools, as well as HTML, CSS, and XML. She recently chaired the FACRL Conference Committee for the chapter’s very first virtual conference, overseeing the selection of conference proposals as well as communications with presenters. She has served on the ACRL College Library Section’s Communications Committee as social media and web editor, as well as FLA’s Marketing & Membership Committee. Her areas of interest include library spaces, unique collections, copyright, and co-curricular library programming. She received her MLS in 2008 from the University of Washington and undergraduate degrees in Geography and Natural Resource Management from the University of Maryland.