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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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Florida College System Announces Task Force on the Future of Academic Libraries

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TALLAHASSEE – Florida College System (FCS) Chancellor Dr. Willis Holcombe today announced the creation of a joint task force with the Florida Board of Governors to develop a long-term strategic plan for the state’s academic libraries. The Task Force on the Future of Academic Libraries in Florida will include library directors, academic leaders and technology officers from public and private colleges as well as universities throughout the state, along with representatives from Florida’s K-12 education system, the state’s library system, public libraries, the College Center for Library Automation and the Florida Center for Library Automation.

“I am extremely delighted to be working with the Board of Governors and our many partners on this exciting new initiative to develop a comprehensive and technology-based academic library resource system for the state of Florida,” said Chancellor Holcombe. “The changing realities and needs of our libraries will benefit from the task force’s exploration of emerging trends and technologies as they formulate strategies for achieving this goal.”

Representatives of the Florida College System look forward to the first meeting of the task force scheduled for July, 19, 2010 at the University of Florida, which will feature a panel discussion on the future of academic libraries. Distinguished panelists include Dr. Daniel Greenstein from the University of California system and Dr. David Shulenburger from the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities. The Higher Education Coordinating Council, created by the Legislature to study issues common to higher education institutions, will oversee the meeting.

The Department of Education’s Division of Florida Colleges represents the 28 institutions in the Florida College System. For more information about the Florida College System, visit The Board of Governors represents the 11 institutions in the State University System. For more information about the Board of Governors, visit