This summer, Fenway Libraries Online (FLO) presented its third annual staff conference. The event, titled, “Libraries and Librarians in Transition,” was graciously hosted by the New England College of Optometry. Staff from FLO institutions and the wider community attended the presentation and reception, including representatives from Colleges of the Fenway, Simmons College, and the Boston Public Library.
During the conference, Walter Stine, Executive Director of FLO, Kevin Kidd, Library Director at the Douglas D. Schumann Library & Learning Commons at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Deborah Pepper, Senior Director of Operations and Collaborative Services at the Colleges of the Fenway discussed the array of changes that took place this year. Changes included a multitude of new staff members, improved technology support and resources, and several physical library renovations.
The keynote speaker for the conference was John Palfrey, Head of the School at Phillips Academy, Andover. Palfrey spoke about the importance of libraries, even in the internet age, and even with all of the changes in staffing, technology, and brick-and-mortar spaces.
The event was a well-attended success, and a welcome celebration after a busy year.