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  • A Wealth of Common Goods

    Submitted by Alexandra on June 3, 2015

    On Thursday, May 21, Fenway Libraries Online presented its second annual staff conference.  The event, titled, “A Wealth of Common Goods,” was graciously hosted by Emmanuel College.  Staff from FLO institutions and the wider community attended, including representatives from Colleges of the Fenway, Simmons College, the Massachusetts Library System (MLS), and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).  During the conference, Ann Hancock of Emmanuel College and Stephen Spohn of the MLS discussed the statewide Commonwealth eBook Collections and FLO’s growing partnership in the program.  Kelly Drake of FLO and Paul Kissman of the MBLC presented on the Commonwealth Catalog, the statewide interlibrary loan service hosted by FLO and now up and running with select library networks.  The conference continued with Paul Hoffman of FLO and Lee Sullivan of Lesley University speaking on the FLO-wide RDA Project.  This project worked closely with FLO cataloguers to assign Content, Media, and Carrier fields to records in order to better sort the catalog by item media type.  

    Finally, the conference closed with a big thank you to Kelly Drake.  After five years as Systems Librarian at FLO, Kelly left to spend time traveling, biking, and hiking across the country with her husband.  Her colleagues thanked her with a standing ovation, a half dozen cards bursting with signatures and of course, with a delicious cake.  We will all greatly miss Kelly’s dedication and enthusiasm, but we wish her happy trails on her exciting new adventures.  

  • New Name, New Space: Moriarty Library at Lesley University

    Submitted by Alexandra on May 11, 2015

    News story by Carrie Morgan, Head Librarian at Moriarty Library

    Lesley University’s new art library – now formally named the John & Carol Moriarty Library – opened for service the week of February 16. The beautiful new space has proven to be a community favorite with its elegant pairing of 19th century Greek Revival style and contemporary sensibilities and materials suited to a creative community. The Library is part of the larger Lunder Arts Center and connects to a new four-story studio building by a glass-walled commons. A grand opening celebration of the Center occurred on April 10-11.

    The Moriarty Library occupies two levels in the former North Prospect Church, which was purchased by Lesley University in 2006. Built in Harvard Square in 1845, the structure has moved twice; first to Porter Square in 1867 and then south on its parcel this past December. It features restored clapboard cladding, as well as stained glass windows that the University will restore over time. The new facility increases the total square footage of the former AIB / LUCAD Library at Kenmore Square fourfold (to just over 5,000 sq ft) resulting in more computer workstations, more and varied seating / study spaces, and a larger Information Services desk. Additional upgrades include an overhead book scanner, a large format scanner and color copiers; a space for small group library instruction; large TV screens for communications, marketing, teaching, presentations, and other special projects; and a second small group study room.

    The Moriarty Library supports the teaching, curriculum, and creative inquiry of students and faculty in the College of Art and Design and other integrated arts programs at Lesley University with specialized collections and services. The facility welcomes members of the FLO community and the general public to visit!

    For more information about the Lunder Arts Center, visit:

    For more information about the Moriarty Library, visit:

  • 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

  • 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.