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  • The Commonwealth Catalog Reaches 50,000 Requests

    Submitted by Alexandra on February 3, 2016

    The Commonwealth Catalog (ComCat) went live on April 1, 2015 with four, eager library networks.  Now the system supports the borrowing and lending of nine networks and two universities, and their patrons have been busy!  ComCat has had over 6,800 new users added since January 1, 2016 and by mid-January, the system processed its 50,000th request.

    ComCat’s collections will continue to grow as other networks prepare to join the system in the coming year.  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.  


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  • System Maintenance Announcement

    Submitted by Alexandra on December 17, 2015

    During the holiday period, the FLO Office will be conducting system maintenance.  

    Please note:

    All FLO systems (Voyager, SFX, EZproxy, IR+, Commonwealth Catalog, etc.) will be down from Saturday, 12/26, through Tuesday, 12/29.

    By the end of day, Tuesday, 12/29, full access should be restored to all systems.

    We apologize for any inconvenience.  Thank you for your patience.

  • Tricks and Treats

    Submitted by Alexandra on October 26, 2015

    It’s that time of year again, the leaves are changing, the temperatures are dropping, and pumpkins are popping up everywhere - it’s Halloween!  FLO institutions and libraries are celebrating the season in a variety of ways.  

    Courtesy of @lesleylibrary

    The libraries at Emmanuel College and Lesley University both had specially curated seasonal book displays.  Lesley even made theirs into a book-o-lantern!

    Courtesy of @wentworthinst

    Wentworth Institute of Technology had a spooky bake sale where you could vote for your favorite treat (no tricks!).

    Courtesy of @wheelockCAB

    Wheelock College went all-out with their annual Freak Weekend festival with games, snacks, and more-- even toilet paper pumpkin bowling.  

    However you celebrate, have a Happy Halloween!

  • Staff Profile: Ann Glannon

    Submitted by Alexandra on October 8, 2015

    Ann Glannon realized she has handled or purchased about 85% of the books in their collection since she was first hired at Wheelock College Library.  Almost 30 years at an institution can produce some remarkable statistics!  Throughout her time at this library, Ann has served as the Reserves Assistant, the Curriculum Resources Librarian, and even rose to be the Associate Director.  Throughout these positions, her focus has been in public services, be it face-to-face interaction when leading instruction or fielding reference questions, or behind the scenes, working to develop the best collections and resources the library can offer.  

    However, Ann did not always see herself in the library science profession.  For years, friends and colleagues remarked that she would make a good librarian, or that she already was a librarian at heart, but Ann danced around this professional possibility.  When Ann completed an interest and talent survey, the careers she was paired with were artist, musician, and librarian.  Even then, she wasn’t sure that career would be a good fit.  She spent some time trying out a couple varied jobs before she finally pursued this librarian idea for herself, choosing to volunteer at a hospital library.  Something about the work made sense to Ann, and shortly thereafter she applied for a position at the Wheelock library, where she has worked ever since.  

    Ann considers it lucky that she ended up in a professional community that has offered offered her support, encouragement, and the space to grow and make her own contributions.  Her advice to those just beginning their careers is to “make the most of what turns up.”  You don’t always know where a career path will lead.  Remember to act with “integrity and generosity,” especially in the close-knit community of Boston librarians; someone may very well remember or recommend you for a new opportunity.  This strategy has served Ann well over the years and continues to keep her positive and inspired today while she serves as Wheelock College Library’s Interim Director.