• The Commonwealth Catalog Reaches 150,000 Requests

    Submitted by Alexandra on October 20, 2016

    On October 18th, 2016 the Commonwealth Catalog reached its 150,000th request!  

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    Of those 150,000 requests, over half of them have been created in the last six and a half months alone.  At that rate, the system and staff are processing an average of 358 requests per day.  

    This is quite the milestone for the system that first went online with four library networks on April 1st, 2015.  Since that start date, the Commonwealth Catalog has grown to include over 44,400 active users and now supports the borrowing and lending of nine library networks and three universities.  

    If you are a FLO patron or staff member and haven’t yet tried placing a request in the Commonwealth Catalog, click the link to get started.  

  • 2016 FLO Conference

    Submitted by Alexandra on September 7, 2016


    This summer, Fenway Libraries Online (FLO) presented its third annual staff conference.  The event, titled, “Libraries and Librarians in Transition,” was graciously hosted by the New England College of Optometry.  Staff from FLO institutions and the wider community attended the presentation and reception, including representatives from Colleges of the Fenway, Simmons College, and the Boston Public Library.  

    During the conference, Walter Stine, Executive Director of FLO, Kevin Kidd, Library Director at the Douglas D. Schumann Library & Learning Commons at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Deborah Pepper, Senior Director of Operations and Collaborative Services at the Colleges of the Fenway discussed the array of changes that took place this year.  Changes included a multitude of new staff members, improved technology support and resources, and several physical library renovations.  


    The keynote speaker for the conference was John Palfrey, Head of the School at Phillips Academy, Andover.  Palfrey spoke about the importance of libraries, even in the internet age, and even with all of the changes in staffing, technology, and brick-and-mortar spaces.  

    The event was a well-attended success, and a welcome celebration after a busy year.  


  • New FLO Offices Are Open!

    Submitted by Alexandra on August 30, 2016

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    The FLO staff are now working in their newly renovated office, located in the Wentworth Institute of Technology's Douglas D. Schumann Library & Learning Commons, on the second floor of Beatty Hall. (See WIT Campus Map for details).  The library officially opens to the public on Tuesday, September 6th.  If meeting with FLO staff prior to that date, please contact the office for details.  

    To find the FLO Office: 

    • Enter Beatty Hall through the main glass doors facing the quad. 
    • Proceed to the 2nd floor and pass through the security gates into the library. 
    • Proceed straight into the library, with the circulation desk on the right.  
    • The FLO Office is in the corner, to the right of the glassed-in study rooms at the back of the library. 

    We look forward to seeing you in our new space!

  • Temporary FLO Office

    Submitted by Alexandra on August 9, 2016

    Temp Office

    The FLO Staff will be moving to a temporary work space due to a renovation project happening at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, where the FLO Offices are located.  

    From Friday, August 12th through Tuesday, August 30th, the FLO Staff will be working remotely as the new office space is readied for use.  All systems and services should continue to function normally, but we apologize for any delays in communication during this transition. FLO staff will have one, on-campus, temporary workstation which will be located at room 318 of Beatty Hall starting Monday, August 15th.  Please make arrangements with FLO Staff directly if you need to meet in person.  

    Thank you for your patience.  We look forward to seeing you in our new office in September.  



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