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Learning Resources Commission

Represents the interests of Learning Resources personnel.




  1. What We Do
  2. Executive Board
  3. Bylaws
  4. Newsletter
  5. Announcements
  6. Awards and Recognition


Learning Resources: Who We Are

The purpose of the Learning Resources Commission is to represent the interests of Learning Resources personnel and those they serve throughout the Florida College System and to promote participation and professional development opportunities relating to all aspects of learning resources.





Chair: Isabel Hernandez, Miami Dade College
Phone: 305-237-6151

Chair-Elect: Grenka Bajramoski Fletcher, Valencia College
Phone: 407-766-0270

Secretary: Lena Phelps: South Florida State College
Phone: (863) 784-7303

Webmaster: Lindsay Schriftman, Miami Dade College
Phone: 305-237-5245



Join us for the Region V &

Learning Resources Commission

Spring Conference

May 8-9, 2014 -  Spring Conference Flyer alt

Download the Registration Form now!

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Thank you to our conference sponsors:

Baker & Taylor

Balloon-A-Tics of Miami

Boston Market

Capella University

Dade Recycling

EBSCO Information Services

First Investors Group

Grand Canyon University

Pradere Manufacturing Corporation

A Mile of Smiles


Costco Wholesale

Embroservice Advertising Specialties

La Provence Artisinal French Bakery & Cafe

Macmillian Publishers

Miami Dade County Elections Department


Midtown Video

Midwest Library Services

Pride Enterprises

South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union




Hotel Information for the Spring Conference:

Holiday Inn, Port of Miami Downtown, 340 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

Phone: (305) 371-4400Toll Free: (800) 526-5655

Price: $139.00 per night (*subject to change)

Breakfast Buffet: $15

Overnight Valet Parking: $25



Courtyard Marriott, Downtown/Brickell Area, 200 SE 2 Avenue, Miami, FL 33131

Phone: (305) 374-3000Toll Free: (800) 321-2211

Price: $129.00 per night (*subject to change)

Overnight Self Parking: $18, Overnight Valet Parking: $25



Incoming officers were elected at the 64th Annual Convention in November:

  • Grenka Fletcher, Incoming Vice-Chair (Valencia College)
  • Lena Phelps, Incoming Secretary/Treasurer (South Florida State College)
  • Lindsay Schriftman, Incoming Webmaster (Miami Dade College)

LRC Officers at the November 2013 meeting

From left to right: Lindsay Schriftman, Incoming Webmaster, Miami Dade College; Isabel Hernandez, Vice-Chair, Miami Dade College; Lena Phelps, Incoming Secretary/Treasurer, South Florida State College; Dan Hood, Immediate Past Chair, Indian River State College; Grenka Fletcher, Incoming Vice-Chair, Valencia College; Michelle Monteleon, Chair, Hillsborough Community College


Call for Exemplary Award Nominations!

The AFC Learning Resources Commission is pleased to sponsor the two Annual Learning Resources Commission Exemplary Practice Awards:

1) Library Services for MLS Librarians

2) Learning Support Services for support staff

The commission recognizes outstanding programs and professionals in the learning resources field and invites each Florida College to showcase its best programs.

If your college has a program considered new and innovative or a program that illustrates exceptional practice in either library services (for MLS librarians) or learning support services (for support staff), we encourage you to nominate one per campus. The program must have been in existence for the 2013-2014 academic year (July 2013-June 2014). The nomination should include an abstract of the program and any supporting documentation. The nominee must also be a member of AFC by the application deadline to apply. By mid-September, finalists will be asked to present their entry at the AFC Fall Convention in Sandestin, October 29-31, 2014. The winners will receive $500.

Click here for the nomination form.

Deadline--August 29, 2014, sent electronically to Isabel Hernandez at ihernand@mdc.edu.

If you have any questions, call Isabel at 305-237-6151 or email her.


Recognizing the need to establish procedures and guidelines as they reflect the rights, responsibilities, and objectives of its membership, the Learning Resources Commission hereby adopts these Bylaws: Click here to view the Bylaws





Exemplary Practice Award


2013: Library Services

Chipola College, "Why is Amelia Bedelia in a College Library?" (presented by Renee Scott Hopkins)

2013 Library Services Exemplary Practice

The K-12 Collection in the Chipola College Library serves students in the Teacher Education Program. This collection was created to provide students with hands-on experience with children’s and young adult library resources and to extend the importance of reading within the classroom and beyond. This collection has been responsible for a large jump in circulation. The collaboration between the Chipola Library and the faculty and students of the Teacher Education Program will be discussed, as well as how assignments are successfully tied into the collection. The recent addition of the Teacher Education Collection and the organizational structure will also be discussed.

2013: Learning Support Services

Daytona State College, "Math Up: Gateway to Success" (presented by Theresa Greenbaum, Rachel Wendt, Michele Pelham, and Brandi Horn)

2013 Learning Support Services Exemplary Practice

In the Fall of 2012, the Academic Support Center (ASC), in collaboration with the School of Mathematics at Daytona State College launched a new program, entitled Math Up, to help increase college readiness and completion. Math Up is a free program that provides a collaborative, engaging, stress-free environment in which students enrolled in Intermediate Algebra (MAT1033) can review key concepts and study skills the week before beginning the course. In this presentation, the facilitators will first review the history of the program’s creation, development, and implementation, as well as the program’s constant evolution and commitment to improvement. We will then uncover the findings and lessons learned from this initiative and discuss the impact that the program has had on the ASC and developmental math students. Finally, we will discuss and explore the implications for the college-wide community of using Math Up as a model to encourage collaboration and inspire innovative and creative initiatives to help students succeed.

2012: Library Services

Santa Fe College, "Library Research Award" (presented by Diana Matthews)

2012 Library Services Exemplary Practice

The Library Research Award is a joint collaboration between the Lawrence W. Tyree Library and the Research in Undergraduate Education (RUE) Workgroup at Santa Fe College. Its aim is to recognize exemplary research and information literacy skills of Santa Fe College students, as evidenced by course papers, and in support of undergraduate research across campus. This annual award is now in its third year. Students submit research papers that were written for Santa Fe College courses within the past calendar year, along with a reflective questionnaire that gathers information about their research strategies and experience. Each applicant’s packet is reviewed by both librarians and faculty from within their content area, employing a standardized rubric. Packets are evaluated both on content and on information literacy skills. Up to three awards are given annually at the college’s annual student awards ceremony, each with a cash prize. Feedback from faculty and students has been overwhelmingly positive. The introduction of this award has helped improve information literacy awareness and has fostered connections between the library and the campus as a whole.


2011: Library Services

State College of Florida Libraries, Sarasota-Manatee, "Just In Time: Student & User Support Services" (presented by Rhonda Kitchens)

In 2009, the State College of Florida Libraries, Sarasota-Manatee Library (SCF) faced a CMS upgrade that left it unable to monitor, follow and help students.  Working with the Tampa Bay Library Consortium Ask A Librarian service, SCF was the first Florida institution to deploy Instant Invite (Oracle’s Click to Chat System).  This service has been used  in several ways.  Feedback in this service created other opportunities for user support and a unique snapshot of the information ecosystem.


2011: Learning Support Services

Daytona State College, "Under One Roof: Daytona State College’s Learning Commons" (presented by Patrick Love, Diane Holmes Curtis, and Mercedes Clement)

This session will give attendees an overview of the services offered to students, faculty, and staff in the connected buildings housing the College’s library, primary technology services, and student success centers. Specifically, the overarching attitude of collaboration and dedication to student success among staff members will be highlighted as a key to the success of this model.


2010: Library Services

Santa Fe College, "Utilizing Online Class Guides to Enhance Information Literacy Instruction" (presented by Jenna Miller and Diana Matthews)

To support distance learners and Santa Fe College’s sustainability initiative, the reference librarians replaced print handouts with online class guides. The reference librarians continue to tailor dynamic guides to the needs of classes scheduled for information literacy instruction. In this session, the presenters will describe how to: create a template for online class guides, foster faculty interest and collaboration in the development and promotion of class guides, and use class guides to offer a simple method for administering assessment of a library’s information literacy program.


2010: Learning Support Services

Daytona State College, "Partnership for Success: Faculty Involvement in Academic Support" (presented by Judy Campbell and Bob Balsamo)

Faculty involvement in the Daytona State College Academic Support Center (ASC) began to increase as faculty members became more aware of the academic support opportunities available to their students and the corresponding effect these opportunities had on student performance. The presentation will explain the 13 strategies the ASC developed to increase faculty participation and affect student success. The result of these initiatives is the exemplary partnership that has evolved between faculty and the ASC. Between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010, 148 faculty members contributed 5,421 hours of ASC service. Without the active and consistent faculty participation in ASC activities, it would have been impossible to provide academic support to the thousands of students who sought academic assistance. By their repeated visits, students confirmed that the help they were receiving in the ASC was valuable to their success. This extraordinary response from faculty directly benefited the students who sought ASC assistance.



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