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  • Annual FLO Staff Picnic

    Submitted by Alexandra on August 19, 2015

    Despite unpredictable summer thunderstorms, Fenway Libraries Online was able to host its annual staff picnic.  More than a dozen consortia staff members joined the FLO staff in Evans Way Park.  People took shelter in the shade of the park’s numerous trees and relaxed with cool fruit and ice cream.  The weather was hot and summery, and luckily thunder only rumbled in the sky after the picnic had packed up.  A breeze kept the group cool, and was a faint reminder that the fall semester is right around the corner.  Thanks to everyone who attended!  

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  • Commonwealth Catalog Reaches 10,000 Requests

    Submitted by Alexandra on July 22, 2015

    Usage of the Commonwealth Catalog (ComCat) has increased steadily since it went live for patrons on April 1, 2015. ComCat now includes six library networks: Bridgewater State University, Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing (CLAMS), Fenway Libraries Online (FLO), Minuteman Library Network (MLN), Old Colony Library Network (OCLN), and the SAILS Library Network.  The ILL management system has over 4600 registered patrons and earlier this month recorded its 10,000th request. Sounds like our patrons are really jumping into their summer reading! 

    The collection will continue to grow in variety and size as other institutions and networks prepare to join later this summer and fall. UMass Amherst is up next. If you are a FLO patron and haven’t yet tried placing a request in the Commonwealth Catalog, click the link to get started.  

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  • A Ghostbusters Sighting at Emmanuel College

    Submitted by Alexandra on July 8, 2015

    Is that a strange chill in the summer air?  Seems like something spooky is floating around the Fenway…

    In case you missed it, the team for the third Ghostbusters movie filmed some scenes at Emmanuel College and the Cardinal Cushing Library last week.  Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig were among the busy cast and crew filming on the campus quad.  For more information read the story on Emmanuel’s student news site.  

    Keep an eye out for some familiar hallways, buildings, and backdrops when you see the finished film due to hit theaters sometime next year!


    Image from a tweet by director, Paul Feig (@paulfeig)

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  • Thank You Quality Control Committee!

    Submitted by Alexandra on June 23, 2015

    Over the last several months the members of the Quality Control committee at Fenway Libraries Online have worked closely with Systems Librarian, Paul Hoffman, to assign RDA content, media, and carrier fields to records in order to enable better search limits and filtering in the catalog.  The presence of these fields in bibliographic records should prove extremely helpful in separating ebook from print books, as well as giving depth to the variety of media types in the collection.  

    Early on in the project, only 23% of the system’s records had entries in these fields.  Hoffman did extensive analysis of the remaining records, using clues such as the items’ shelving locations, to determine which combination of fields would be appropriately assigned.  The committee pored over tens of thousands of records, checking to ensure Hoffman’s analysis was accurate.  In many cases, Quality Control members took it upon themselves to manually fix records that needed adjustments.  Now, many meetings and record loads later, 97% of the catalog-- over 1.2 million records!-- have RDA content, media, and carrier fields.  Adding these fields was a crucial step to improving the quality of the system’s records, as well as preparing the records for future upgrades to the OPAC and Integrated Library System.  

    Thank you, Quality Control Committee for your dedicated work “in the trenches” of this detailed project.  Our records are better for your efforts!

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