• Broadly Narrow - The Challenges of Selecting: from Specialized Libraries to Statewide Sharing

    Submitted by Alexandra on November 22, 2016

    Group view of room

    On November 18th, 2016, Fenway Libraries Online hosted the inaugural event for the Collection Management Community of Interest: Broadly Narrow - The Challenges of Selecting: from Specialized Libraries to Statewide Sharing.  The event began with a presentation on collecting for specialized libraries, led by Joanne Doucette the Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Henrietta DeBenedictis Library, at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  

    The event also featured a panel discussion with members of the All-FLO Collection Development Committee (ACDC).  The panel discussed the detailed process of developing the academic content profile for Ebook Library (EBL) available through the Commonwealth eBook Collections (CeC).  ACDC went on to discuss the challenges of working with vendor ebook packages and their ideas for the future of managing ebook collections.  

    Attendees asked great questions and promoted an insightful discussion.  Thank you to our presenters and panelists for conducting an excellent event!


    Interested in events like this one?  Check out our Meetup groups to learn more. 



  • Taking Stock: Best Practices for Designing Library Learning Space Today

    Submitted by Alexandra on November 8, 2016
     Allison Head

    Earlier this month, Fenway Libraries Online (FLO) and the Fenway Libraries Consortium (FLC) hosted the event, Taking Stock: Best Practices for Designing Library Learning Space Today.  The keynote speaker of the event was Allison Head, Executive Director and Lead Researcher at Project Information Literacy (PIL).  


    Head spoke about the research PIL has conducted regarding building renovations at academic libraries.  The research encapsulated all parts of the renovation process, from how librarians and architects work together in planning stages, to the goals and changes librarians and administrators wanted to see in the physical space, to how patrons used the spaces after the renovations.  The full report on this project is still to be released.  


    Learn more about Allison Head and Project Information Literacy here.  


    Learn more about events from FLO here.  


  • The Commonwealth Catalog Reaches 150,000 Requests

    Submitted by Alexandra on October 20, 2016

    On October 18th, 2016 the Commonwealth Catalog reached its 150,000th request!  

    ComCat 150

    Of those 150,000 requests, over half of them have been created in the last six and a half months alone.  At that rate, the system and staff are processing an average of 358 requests per day.  

    This is quite the milestone for the system that first went online with four library networks on April 1st, 2015.  Since that start date, the Commonwealth Catalog has grown to include over 44,400 active users and now supports the borrowing and lending of nine library networks and three universities.  

    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.  

  • 2016 FLO Conference

    Submitted by Alexandra on September 7, 2016


    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.  




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