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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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  • 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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