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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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  • New Director at the Wentworth Alumni Library

    Submitted by Alexandra on February 26, 2015

    In February, Kevin Kidd began his tenure as Director of the Wentworth Alumni Library. Prior to arriving at Wentworth, Kevin served at the Boston College University Libraries where he was the Head of Library Systems and Applications. His work has even taken him as far away as Florence, Italy, where he spent a year as the Senior Research Fellow in E-Resources and Systems at the European University Institute.  With more than twenty years of experience in university libraries and a passion for technology, Kevin is sure to bring new ideas and strong leadership to the Wentworth Library.  

     Kevin Kidd

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  • New Member Services Librarian at FLO

    Submitted by Alexandra on February 12, 2015

    With her first week off to a snowy start, Alexandra Winzeler has begun work as the new Member Services Librarian at Fenway Libraries Online, taking over the position from Adam Shire.  Alexandra first spent time in the Fenway area as a student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts where she received her BFA. Since then, she completed her Master's degree in Library and Information Science at Simmons College and went on to work at institutions such as Harvard University and the Boston Athenaeum.  Alexandra is excited to apply her library studies in supporting the Fenway community where she got her start.  

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  • All Things FLO

    Submitted by formerly adam on July 17, 2014

    FLO Community: it’s been just over a month since our FLO staff conference on June 5 at Emmanuel College and a lot has happened since then. First, however, a big thank you to everyone who attended the conference! We got a lot of good input from everyone for our strategic planning process and I’ve heard a many positive comments about the day.  We hope to do similar conferences in the future, perhaps in a half-day format. (If you want to review any of the presentations from the conference, you will find them here:http://www.flo.org/news/reboot-envisioning-flo-through-2020.) In the meantime, I wanted to update everyone about current activities:

    EBL Ebooks – it’s no longer a trial! We will be continuing with EBL ebooks for the full academic year ahead. Also, we are planning to participate in the statewide ebook project being run by the Massachusetts Library System (MLS). More details about this as they become available.

    Commonwealth Catalog – work is underway to go live with the new, statewide virtual catalog (ComCat) in time for the fall semester. Starting around August 1, we will do a soft launch so that staff can try out the new system before we open it up to students and faculty. Look forward to an announcement later this month or in early August.

    Digital Repositories – in the coming year, we will be testing one or more digital repositories including Islandora and Avalon. We will also be sponsoring programs on archives management to give staff a common framework and language to move forward with digital archives.

    CORAL – at their June meeting, the Board of Directors approved releasing the RFP to upgrade CORAL with a Cost History feature. We anticipate that the RFP will go out next week with work to be completed in two to three months. Also, several library staffers are finishing a Case Study about CORAL that will be published by LYRASIS later this summer.

    Evergreen Review – also at the June meeting, the Board of Directors approved setting up a small working group in FLO to promote academic functionality in Evergreen. We anticipate working with other interested organizations to develop an academic interest group – “Academics for Evergreen” – within the larger Evergreen community. With the coordinated effort of a larger group, we hope to turn Evergreen into an acceptable ILS for FLO in a few years.

    Voyager Upgrade – we’ll be upgrading Voyager on Tuesday, July 29, with additional configuration on Wednesday, July 30. More details will be sent out soon about the upgrade.

    Strategic Planning and Vision Statement – the Long-Range Planning Committee (a Board committee) will meet in July to start discussion about our next strategic plan covering fiscal years 2016-2020. The committee will also discuss a vision statement for FLO based on the proposals at the conference. Stay tuned for further developments.

    And finally, don’t forget the FLO bike ride/walk/lunch on Saturday, August 2, and the FLO picnic on Thursday, August 14. See http://www.flo.org/ride for details and sign up for the bike ride. We’ll send out information about the picnic in early August. It can’t be all about work!

     

    Walter Stine
    Executive Director
    Fenway Libraries Online

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