• 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.  

  • Coming in 2017: New Student Life and Performance Center at NEC

    Submitted by Alexandra on March 4, 2015

    After six years of planning, the New England Conservatory (NEC) Board passed a vote to begin construction of its new Student Life and Performance Center, scheduled to break ground on May 5, 2015.  It will be the first new construction project at the Conservatory in over almost 50 years.   The building has been designed by Ann Beha Architects and Gensler Boston, and will be constructed by Tishman Construction.  

    Among many beneficial features, including new performance spaces and a dining commons.  the new building would also include a new two-level Library, enabling their long-separated audio resources and printed materials to be housed in one location.

    NEC Library Director, Alan Karass adds: “The new Student Life and Performance Center, including the new library, will be an important addition to the NEC campus. Not only will the new library bring together all of the Conservatory’s collections, it will also include ample seating and spaces designed for collaborative learning.”

    The Student Life and Performance Center is due to open in 2017, in time for the Conservatory’s 150th anniversary.  Read more about the project here.  

  • Commonwealth eBook Training Overview

    Submitted by Alexandra on March 4, 2015

    For those of you who were not able to attend the Commonwealth eBook Training on February 27, 2015 please take a look at the overview below.  It includes notes about the providers, navigating their home pages, and other useful links and guides.  Contact us with any questions.  

    Link to Commonwealth eBook Training Overview



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