• 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: 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 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

  • FLO Bicycle Ride - Saturday, August 2, 2014

    Submitted by formerly adam on June 25, 2014


    UPDATE 8/1/2014 - Because of the weather, the ride and lunch are cancelled.



    Get pumped up, literally, and join us for the Inaugural FLO Bicycle Ride. 

    Our route is out-and-back on the historic Minuteman Bikeway from Arlington to Bedford. It's an easy, flat, ride - about 18 miles round-trip with lots of great scenery and no cars!

    Concerned about the distance? Stop off in Lexington (about 6 miles), have a snack, rest your legs, and we'll pick you up for the ride back.

    If you would rather walk, jog, razor scooter or inline skate, that's cool too.  Feel free to do whatever moves you. 

    After the ride we will meet up for lunch at Flatbread Company in Somerville. It's about 3 miles from the end of the ride to our lunch destination, so plan your morning accordingly. 



    Q: Can I just come to lunch and not do the ride? 
    A: Sure!  
    Q: What if it rains?
    A: Rain date is Sunday, August 3rd.
    Q: Can I invite my friend Zach?
    A: Sure!
    Q: What's it cost? 
    A: The ride is free, lunch is on you and Zach.

    Ride Details

    Start time:
    10:00 AM - meet in Arlington Town Parking Lot
    End time:
    12:30 PM  - if you plan to ride from Arlington Town Parking Lot to lunch with the group 

    Start/End Location
    Arlington Town Parking Lot 
    Water Street (just off of Mass Ave.)
    Arlington, MA 02474 - map

    Metered parking in Arlington Town Lot is $0.50 / hr (3 hour maximum)

    Lunch Details

    1:00 P.M.

    Flatbread Company
    45 Day Street
    Somerville, MA 02144 - map
    (617) 776-0552


  • Reboot: Envisioning FLO Through 2020

    Submitted by formerly adam on May 21, 2014


    Thursday, June 5, 2014


    Emmanuel College Auditorium
    400 The Fenway, Boston MA


    8:30 – 9:00 Registration and Continental breakfast

    9:00 – 9:15 Welcome

    9:15 – 10:15 Expanding Resources and Access

    • EBL Consortial EBook Trial - slides
    • The Commonwealth Catalog goes live! - slides
    • Digital Repository Review - slides

    10:15-10:30 Break

    10:30 – 11:30 Explorations in Open Source Software

    • CORAL – Venturing into Open Source Development - slides
    • Evergreen Team Report - slides

    11:30 – 12:15 Keynote, Eileen Abels, Dean of the Simmons School of Library & Information Science - slides

    12:15 – 1:15 Lunch

    1:15 – 3:45 SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results)

    3:45 – 4:00 Wrap-up and Farewell

  • Evergreen Team Meets with MassLNC

    Submitted by formerly adam on May 21, 2014

    On May 1st the Evergreen Team met with members of MassLNC to discuss various aspects of participation in the Evergreen open source development community. We had an energetic meeting and the folks from MassLNC provided lots of food for thought. They will be a valuable resource should we continue moving forward with Evergreen.

    One concern that the Evergreen Team has regarding open source development is that because Evergreen's user base is largely public libraries, features that FLO libraries might find useful are less likely to be considered high-priority development items by the community. We are seeing examples of this with reserves and some aspects of authority control.  



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