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  • New Name, New Space: Moriarty Library at Lesley University

    Submitted by Alexandra on May 11, 2015

    News story by Carrie Morgan, Head Librarian at Moriarty Library

    Lesley University’s new art library – now formally named the John & Carol Moriarty Library – opened for service the week of February 16. The beautiful new space has proven to be a community favorite with its elegant pairing of 19th century Greek Revival style and contemporary sensibilities and materials suited to a creative community. The Library is part of the larger Lunder Arts Center and connects to a new four-story studio building by a glass-walled commons. A grand opening celebration of the Center occurred on April 10-11.

    The Moriarty Library occupies two levels in the former North Prospect Church, which was purchased by Lesley University in 2006. Built in Harvard Square in 1845, the structure has moved twice; first to Porter Square in 1867 and then south on its parcel this past December. It features restored clapboard cladding, as well as stained glass windows that the University will restore over time. The new facility increases the total square footage of the former AIB / LUCAD Library at Kenmore Square fourfold (to just over 5,000 sq ft) resulting in more computer workstations, more and varied seating / study spaces, and a larger Information Services desk. Additional upgrades include an overhead book scanner, a large format scanner and color copiers; a space for small group library instruction; large TV screens for communications, marketing, teaching, presentations, and other special projects; and a second small group study room.

    The Moriarty Library supports the teaching, curriculum, and creative inquiry of students and faculty in the College of Art and Design and other integrated arts programs at Lesley University with specialized collections and services. The facility welcomes members of the FLO community and the general public to visit!

    For more information about the Lunder Arts Center, visit:

    http://www.lesley.edu/PageTemplate.aspx?id=12998

    For more information about the Moriarty Library, visit:

    http://www.lesley.edu/library/college-art-and-design/

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  • End of Semester Season

    Submitted by Alexandra on May 6, 2015

    Kellie Fuller, Dan Crocker, Patty Challan from Emerson College

    Kellie Fuller, Dan Crocker, Patty Challan with a little walrus friend from Emerson College

    The end of the semester is a busy time: between final exams and graduation, students and staff alike can be pretty overwhelmed.  However, the FLO schools have come up with some interesting ways to cope.  To provide some much-needed fuel, many schools offered a study breaks with snacks and juice, and even some hot chocolate.  To help foster concentration, most libraries extended their hours for exam season, and set up silent work spaces.  But after a while, students and staff have had enough quiet time and just need a place to blow off some steam.  Emerson hosted a full-blown Cirque de De-Stress with crafts, massages and even some goofy costumes in their photo booth.  Several schools brought in some canine companionship to help ease the tension, offering quality time with adorable therapy dogs.  Whatever the method of relief, we wish everyone good luck recovering, and hope this semester has been a successful one!  

     Image from Dog B.O.N.E.S. Therapy Dogs of MA

    Image from Dog B.O.N.E.S. Therapy Dogs of MA who visited Emmanuel College

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  • 2015 ARLIS/NA Study Tour Heads to Brazil

    Submitted by Alexandra on April 29, 2015

    Image from arlisna.org

    Image from arlisna.org

    In June, 15 members of Art Library Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) will travel to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  MassArt’s own, Rachel Resnik will be participating in the trip.  The study tour program is organized by the ARLIS International Relations Committee (IRC) with the intent to pursue relationships with institutions and librarians outside of North America.  Last summer, members of ARLIS/NA (including Darin Murphy of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts) traveled to Budapest, Hungary and Vienna, Austria.  This year, while abroad in Brazil, the group will spend time in numerous museums and libraries, getting a look at collections in the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, the Biblioteca Mario de Andrade, the Museu Nacional das Belas Artes, the Museu de Arte Moderna, and others.  They will also participate in a symposium on recent and emerging trends in art librarianship with fellow historians and librarians.  Learn more about the trip here. Bon voyage!

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  • Commonwealth Catalog Goes Live

    Submitted by Alexandra on April 7, 2015

     

    After much anticipation, the Commonwealth Catalog went live for patron use on April 1st.  The date was a happy surprise as participating libraries experienced a year-long wait including a few false starts and a quite a bit of system setup and troubleshooting.  April Fools aside, this system is much improved and will allow patrons to request items from a growing group of Massachusetts library networks while providing a more helpful staff interface to process the requests.  Currently, Fenway Libraries Online patrons can borrow from the Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing (CLAMS), Minuteman Library Network (MLN), and Bridgewater State University library networks, and several more networks are due to go live in the coming months.  If you are a FLO patron, try placing your own request by going to flo.org/comcat.htm. Happy requesting!

     

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