• The Commonwealth Catalog Reaches 50,000 Requests

    Submitted by Alexandra on February 3, 2016

    The Commonwealth Catalog (ComCat) went live on April 1, 2015 with four, eager library networks.  Now the system supports the borrowing and lending of nine networks and two universities, and their patrons have been busy!  ComCat has had over 6,800 new users added since January 1, 2016 and by mid-January, the system processed its 50,000th request.

    ComCat’s collections will continue to grow as other networks prepare to join the system in the coming year.  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.  


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  • System Maintenance Announcement

    Submitted by Alexandra on December 17, 2015

    During the holiday period, the FLO Office will be conducting system maintenance.  

    Please note:

    All FLO systems (Voyager, SFX, EZproxy, IR+, Commonwealth Catalog, etc.) will be down from Saturday, 12/26, through Tuesday, 12/29.

    By the end of day, Tuesday, 12/29, full access should be restored to all systems.

    We apologize for any inconvenience.  Thank you for your patience.

  • Staff Profile: Cathy Tuohy

    Submitted by Alexandra on November 30, 2015


    Cathy Tuohy has always had a passion for literature, language, and systems.  Today she is the Assistant Director for Technology and Technical Services at the Cardinal Cushing Library at Emmanuel College.  Like many professionals in the library and information science field, Cathy studied English before turning her focus onto libraries.  While studying at Loyola University in New Orleans, Cathy did classwork at night and copy cataloging at the university library during the day.  Her time as a paraprofessional cataloger first inspired her to pursue librarianship as a career.  


    Cathy’s current position at Emmanuel has a more traditional focus on supporting the library in an academic community, but she has a long history of less traditional librarian roles at a variety of big companies.  This included working with vendors and managing market data for Fidelity, and performing support for software, clients, and servers at Mellon Trust.  Cathy enjoyed coordinating with vendors to provide the best access and content for e-resources.  It was work that went beyond the usual IT support for hardware and software and ultimately helped inform Cathy’s choice to return to work in specifically a library setting.  

    Now at Emmanuel for thirteen years, Cathy continues to manage the college’s e-resources and to support their related software.  She credits her work satisfaction to having experienced a variety of library jobs and settings.  That is her advice to others just beginning their careers in the library and information science profession.  Trying out different libraries and environments can help you determine “where your skills lie and maybe [help you learn] more about your passions,” be it public, school, academic, or specialized libraries.  

  • Tricks and Treats

    Submitted by Alexandra on October 26, 2015

    It’s that time of year again, the leaves are changing, the temperatures are dropping, and pumpkins are popping up everywhere - it’s Halloween!  FLO institutions and libraries are celebrating the season in a variety of ways.  

    Courtesy of @lesleylibrary

    The libraries at Emmanuel College and Lesley University both had specially curated seasonal book displays.  Lesley even made theirs into a book-o-lantern!

    Courtesy of @wentworthinst

    Wentworth Institute of Technology had a spooky bake sale where you could vote for your favorite treat (no tricks!).

    Courtesy of @wheelockCAB

    Wheelock College went all-out with their annual Freak Weekend festival with games, snacks, and more-- even toilet paper pumpkin bowling.  

    However you celebrate, have a Happy Halloween!



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