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The 2022 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 Alyssa Koclanes, Clarissa West-White, Julie Hornick for serving on this year's Nominating Committee.  Our new Board members will be formally installed during the May meeting.

CONGRATULATIONS to all our new board members!!!

President-Elect/Vice President

Clarissa West-White

Dr. Clarissa West-White

Since transitioning to the library from teaching in 2018 and graduating with the Master’s in Information in 2019, Dr. West-White has been able to become more involved in grant writing. Along with a colleague applied and received a near $30,000 grant to delve into the Black Fantastic. She also received $4,500 from the American Library Association and Carnegie Whitney to create with a colleague a Resource for Homeless Teens. She assisted the African American Culture Society, Inc. in Palm Coast in drafting the grant application for the Smithsonian Waterways project that was recently selected for funding. She serves as the Curatorial Director on the project. Finally, she was selected to serve as PI on a $15,000 OER Affordable HBCU grant funded by Hewlett when the previous PI left the university. She has served many state and national organizations in a variety of roles. Most recently, she was elected to the board of the Florida Association of College & Research Libraries. She has served on the board of the Florida Council of Teachers of English, where she worked to recreate the National Council of Teachers of Education's National Advocacy Day in Florida. With board members, she orchestrated the event in conjunction with area Colleges of Education's faculty to present representatives with a list of talking points and concerns regarding education. She also served on the local planning committee for the National Council of Teachers of English when its convention was in Orlando, and served on the planning committees for the 2020 NISO Plus Conference and the Academic Committee Conference (Zora Neale Hurston Festival).


Julie Hornick

Julie N Hornick

I am an Instructional Services Librarian at Florida Southern College (FSC) where I serve as a liaison for several academic departments. Prior to working at FSC, I spent 13 years as a school librarian in South Carolina, where I worked in elementary and middle school libraries. I am a 2019 graduate of the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute and hold an MLIS from the University of South Carolina and an MA in French Literature from Penn State University. I have been a Board Member-at-Large on the FACRL Board of Directors since 2020. Additionally, I am currently the Co-Chair of the ALA LIRT Conference Program Committee and am also a member of the ALA GameRT Membership and Promotion Committee. Before coming to Florida, I served on the Junior Book Award Committee as both a member and Chair, and then served as the Chair and Executive Board Representative for the State Book Awards program. I have always believed it is important to be an active member of the associations that represent our profession and to support the work they do, and I would be honored to continue to serve the FACRL membership as Secretary of the Board of Directors.

Board Members At Large (2-year term)

Ava Brillat

Ava Brillat

I am an academic librarian with over 10 years of experience in Florida university libraries. I have served FACRL as the chair of the Scholarship Committee since 2018. I believe the most important issues in academic librarianship today center on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. As we grapple with how to change our collections and instruction to serve more diverse needs, we must also work on cultivating our cultural and racial literacy to improve our relationships within the academic workplace. I would like to serve on the FACRL board to advocate for these concerns by encouraging mentoring, professional development, and networking to support our journeys towards a more equitable future. While we remain challenged by the changing needs of higher education, focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion grounds us in the principles of service, trust, and collaboration in a way that will position us for a better future.

Diana Matthews

Diana Matthews

Hi everyone! My name is Diana Matthews and I have been a reference and instruction librarian at Santa Fe College for 13 years. I have served on the FACRL Conference Program Committee for the past three years, and I'm interested in expanding my participation to the FACRL Board. Serving on the Board will give me an opportunity to be more involved in FACRL and to increase my collaboration with academic colleagues across the state.

As a community college librarian, I have a wide range of responsibilities, including providing reference services and instructional sessions, participating in collection development, teaching a 1-credit LIS course, and serving as my library's de facto instructional design librarian, taking charge of video tutorials, guides, and other instructional materials. I work closely with my institution's Disabilities Resource Center and have a strong interest in accessibility and universal design. I have cataloging experience and have recently spent the past year helping with cataloging while we hired a new cataloger. I also serve as the chair for the Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC) User Interfaces Standing Committee, which addresses usability and accessibility issues in search interfaces common to the 40 state institutions.

I have been a member of FACRL since I began my library career and have greatly enjoyed being part of the Conference Program Committee. I believe that my background as a community college librarian will provide a unique voice on the FACRL Board.

John Reynolds

John Reynolds

John Reynolds is a Reference and Education Librarian at the Calder Memorial Library at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where he coordinates the library’s systematic review service. He has also worked as a librarian at Nova Southeastern University, Baptist Health South Florida, and Palm Beach County Libraries. He is interested in evidence synthesis research and librarian professional development. He has served as a member of the FARCL Conference Program Committee since 2019 and was the committee co-chair in 2021. He has previously served as president of the Florida Health Science Library Association and the South Florida Health Science Library Consortium and is currently chair of the Research Committee for the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association. He also represents University of Miami Libraries on the Faculty Senate and General Welfare Committee. He has gotten to know librarians from around the state while working in these organizations and would welcome the opportunity to use these skills and connections if given the opportunity to serve on the FACRL Board.

Board Member At-Large (1-year term)

Cristy Moran

Cristy Moran

My name is Cristy Moran and I would like your vote for the Board Member At-Large for the FACRL Board. Throughout my career, I have looked forward to how we can serve our students, colleagues, institutions, and one another better. Serving on FACRL has been one way that I have done so. With your vote, I hope to expand on my history of service with FACRL most recently as Secretary (2020-22), Board Member At-Large (2019), co-chair for the Program Conference Committee (2018 & 2019), and member on the Local Arrangements Committee (2017) with a more active role.

Since 2015, I have been a faculty librarian at Broward College, based out of the joint-use North Regional/ Broward College Library serving both the North Campus college community and local area patrons. In my current position I serve on college-wide committees as well as leading initiatives within the library department. My responsibilities including chairing the college’s common reading program, researching faculty attitudes about information literacy, coordinating programming in conjunction with the North Campus community as well as the public library, and developing the library department’s newsletter.  

Beyond my professional skills and experience, I commit to bringing the crucial voice of community college librarians to the FACRL Board. When I come to the table, I will bring with the perspective of librarians who often don’t have the opportunity to serve on professional organizations: librarians who serve densely non-traditional, underserved, and marginalized colleges. Bringing much needed diversity to the FACRL Board is one way that I can fulfill my promise to seek justice, equity, and inclusion for all of Florida’s higher education institutions, staff, faculty, and students.  

For more information about me and to view some of my work, visit my e-portfolio or LinkedIn.

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