• End of Semester Season

    Submitted by Alexandra on May 6, 2015

    Kellie Fuller, Dan Crocker, Patty Challan from Emerson College

    Kellie Fuller, Dan Crocker, Patty Challan with a little walrus friend from Emerson College

    The end of the semester is a busy time: between final exams and graduation, students and staff alike can be pretty overwhelmed.  However, the FLO schools have come up with some interesting ways to cope.  To provide some much-needed fuel, many schools offered a study breaks with snacks and juice, and even some hot chocolate.  To help foster concentration, most libraries extended their hours for exam season, and set up silent work spaces.  But after a while, students and staff have had enough quiet time and just need a place to blow off some steam.  Emerson hosted a full-blown Cirque de De-Stress with crafts, massages and even some goofy costumes in their photo booth.  Several schools brought in some canine companionship to help ease the tension, offering quality time with adorable therapy dogs.  Whatever the method of relief, we wish everyone good luck recovering, and hope this semester has been a successful one!  

     Image from Dog B.O.N.E.S. Therapy Dogs of MA

    Image from Dog B.O.N.E.S. Therapy Dogs of MA who visited Emmanuel College

  • 2015 ARLIS/NA Study Tour Heads to Brazil

    Submitted by Alexandra on April 29, 2015

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    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!

  • 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 Happy requesting!


  • FLO Systems Librarian Returns to New England

    Submitted by Alexandra on March 17, 2015

    A few months ago, Paul Hoffman, Systems Librarian for Fenway Libraries Online, returned after more than a year and a half abroad.  Paul and his family lived in Pune, India for 14 months and in Mumbai, India for 5 months.  His wife, Rachel, teaches the history of India at Bowdoin College.  This sabbatical allowed her to learn more about the history of labor in Mumbai, most notably in the construction industry, which will be the topic of her second book.  

    During this time, Paul worked remotely-- very remotely-- and was able to check in and collaborate with the rest of the FLO team by phone.  One of his favorite parts of his time in India is the range of spicy, very spicy, and extremely spicy food.  He also found it amusing to hear his two daughters (then aged 3 and 7) picking up Indian English accents.  

    Today, Paul still works remotely, but this time from Maine and not from India.  His return to the States enables him to visit the FLO offices in Boston once a month-- keep an eye out for him at various committee meetings. We in the FLO office are glad to have him back in the neighborhood.  



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