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.