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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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  • Coming in 2017: New Student Life and Performance Center at NEC

    Submitted by Alexandra on March 4, 2015

    After six years of planning, the New England Conservatory (NEC) Board passed a vote to begin construction of its new Student Life and Performance Center, scheduled to break ground on May 5, 2015.  It will be the first new construction project at the Conservatory in over almost 50 years.   The building has been designed by Ann Beha Architects and Gensler Boston, and will be constructed by Tishman Construction.  

    Among many beneficial features, including new performance spaces and a dining commons.  the new building would also include a new two-level Library, enabling their long-separated audio resources and printed materials to be housed in one location.

    NEC Library Director, Alan Karass adds: “The new Student Life and Performance Center, including the new library, will be an important addition to the NEC campus. Not only will the new library bring together all of the Conservatory’s collections, it will also include ample seating and spaces designed for collaborative learning.”

    The Student Life and Performance Center is due to open in 2017, in time for the Conservatory’s 150th anniversary.  Read more about the project here.  

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