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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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  • A Wealth of Common Goods

    Submitted by Alexandra on June 3, 2015

    On Thursday, May 21, Fenway Libraries Online presented its second annual staff conference.  The event, titled, “A Wealth of Common Goods,” was graciously hosted by Emmanuel College.  Staff from FLO institutions and the wider community attended, including representatives from Colleges of the Fenway, Simmons College, the Massachusetts Library System (MLS), and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).  During the conference, Ann Hancock of Emmanuel College and Stephen Spohn of the MLS discussed the statewide Commonwealth eBook Collections and FLO’s growing partnership in the program.  Kelly Drake of FLO and Paul Kissman of the MBLC presented on the Commonwealth Catalog, the statewide interlibrary loan service hosted by FLO and now up and running with select library networks.  The conference continued with Paul Hoffman of FLO and Lee Sullivan of Lesley University speaking on the FLO-wide RDA Project.  This project worked closely with FLO cataloguers to assign Content, Media, and Carrier fields to records in order to better sort the catalog by item media type.  

    Finally, the conference closed with a big thank you to Kelly Drake.  After five years as Systems Librarian at FLO, Kelly left to spend time traveling, biking, and hiking across the country with her husband.  Her colleagues thanked her with a standing ovation, a half dozen cards bursting with signatures and of course, with a delicious cake.  We will all greatly miss Kelly’s dedication and enthusiasm, but we wish her happy trails on her exciting new adventures.  

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  • Commonwealth eBook Training - February 27

    Submitted by kelly on February 5, 2015

    On Friday, February 27, FLO will host a 3-hour training on the three Commonwealth eBook collections: Baker & Taylor Axis 360, BiblioBoard, and EBL.

    Deb Hoadley from the Massachusetts Library System provides additional details:

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    Friday, February 27, 2015 from 10:30am-1:30pm, Wentworth Library Program Room

    Welcome to the Commonwealth eBook Collections!  We are ready to launch into some training for all three platforms! There will be a short update of the project; overview of all three platforms and what they offer; and then hands-on training with lots of time to ask questions and try everything out.
     
    There will also be introductory training on BiblioBoard Creator, and you will be receiving specific instructions about creating an account prior to the training. Email communication for Creator will come directly from BiblioLabs/BiblioBoard.
     
    Please BYODs!  It is important to also bring a laptop if possible.  We have a *limited* number of devices and laptops for those who can’t bring their own. Please let us know if you are unable to bring a laptop.

    We will take a short break at noon, please feel free to bring a non-perishable lunch. Snacks and beverages will also be provided.

    Location:
    Wentworth Institute of Technology
    Program Room - Library
    550 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA  02115-5901

    Please register for this event, so we know who is coming and how many will be in attendance.  Click this link to register: http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/ekform.cfm?curOrg=MLS&curName=2015/02/27_Training_for_Commonwealth_eBook_Collections_[FLO]

     

     

    Contact Deb Hoadley at MLS with any questions.  Email is dhoadley@masslibsystem.org and phone is 508-357-2121 ext. 309

     

     

     

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  • Success!

    Submitted by kelly on December 12, 2014

    On Thursday evening, December 11, 60+ current and former members of FLO met to celebrate the consortium's 25 years.  Along with enjoying food and drink, celebrants also heard about the early days of FLO from founding Directors (left to right) Ann Benoit (WIT), Nancy Allen (MFA), Jean Morrow (NEC) and Mickey Zemon (Emerson). 

    Image by Richard Campbell

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