Executive Director Update . John Opper Executive Director May 27, 2010. Legislative Update . Overall increase in state budget of 4 billion (3 billion in stimulus + gambling compact + trust and road funds).
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LicensingElectronic Library Resources – a new section of statue (1006.72, F.S.) was created that proscribes a process for the joint licensing of electronic library resources by Florida colleges, state universities, school districts and public libraries
Textbook Affordability – The section of statute concerning textbook affordability (1004.085, F.S.) was amended to include the consideration of open access textbook alternatives as well as encouraging faculty and academic departments to participate in the development, adaptation and review of open access textbooks – particularly for high-demand general education courses.
School District Virtual Instruction Programs – Section 1002.45, F.S. was amended to include community colleges as potential approved providers of virtual instruction programs in partnership with a school district.
Instructional Materials – Section 1006.28, F.S. was amended to include “electronic content” within the list of instructional materials that may be considered for use by a school district.
Learning Management Systems – a new section of Florida Statute was created (s. 1006.281, F.S. – Learning Management Systems) that encourages the use of learning management systems by school districts and establishes minimum functionality for such systems.
Access to Library Electronic Resources – Section 1007.27, F.S. was amended to provide accelerated students in dual enrollment, early admission, advanced placement and other such programs access to FCLA and CCLA electronic library resources.
Sunlink - Funds were provided to the College Center for Library Automation and the Department of Education to transfer the Sunlink bibliographic database to CCLA for inclusion in its online discovery tool to make it searchable by school district students, staff and parents.
Union Catalog – Both CCLA and FCLA have been directed to expand their online discovery tools to allow a user to search simultaneously their combined holdings and applicable electronic resources. In addition, the holdings of Sunlink, the State Library of Florida and the public libraries are to be included when and where feasible. The expanded search function is to be implemented by September 1, 2010.