• Staff Profile: Ann Glannon

    Submitted by Alexandra on October 8, 2015

    Ann Glannon realized she has handled or purchased about 85% of the books in their collection since she was first hired at Wheelock College Library.  Almost 30 years at an institution can produce some remarkable statistics!  Throughout her time at this library, Ann has served as the Reserves Assistant, the Curriculum Resources Librarian, and even rose to be the Associate Director.  Throughout these positions, her focus has been in public services, be it face-to-face interaction when leading instruction or fielding reference questions, or behind the scenes, working to develop the best collections and resources the library can offer.  

    However, Ann did not always see herself in the library science profession.  For years, friends and colleagues remarked that she would make a good librarian, or that she already was a librarian at heart, but Ann danced around this professional possibility.  When Ann completed an interest and talent survey, the careers she was paired with were artist, musician, and librarian.  Even then, she wasn’t sure that career would be a good fit.  She spent some time trying out a couple varied jobs before she finally pursued this librarian idea for herself, choosing to volunteer at a hospital library.  Something about the work made sense to Ann, and shortly thereafter she applied for a position at the Wheelock library, where she has worked ever since.  

    Ann considers it lucky that she ended up in a professional community that has offered offered her support, encouragement, and the space to grow and make her own contributions.  Her advice to those just beginning their careers is to “make the most of what turns up.”  You don’t always know where a career path will lead.  Remember to act with “integrity and generosity,” especially in the close-knit community of Boston librarians; someone may very well remember or recommend you for a new opportunity.  This strategy has served Ann well over the years and continues to keep her positive and inspired today while she serves as Wheelock College Library’s Interim Director.

  • Staff Profile: Robyn Ferrero

    Submitted by Alexandra on September 14, 2015

    This is the first of an ongoing series which will feature short interviews with long-time staff members in the consortium.  Look forward to these postings among our other updates and news stories.  


    Robyn Ferrero has worked at the Lesley Sherrill Library for 31 years, most recently serving as the Head of Access Services.   

    Long before her work in libraries, Robyn started her career across the globe-- at Kedron Park Teachers’ Colleges in Brisbane, Australia to be exact!  She entered college with an interest in human behavior and sociology, and went on to teach elementary school for several years.  When a state-wide training program was created to enable teachers to move into Teaching Librarianship positions, she took the opportunity and made the transition from teaching to librarianship.  

    At Sherrill Library, Robyn began at the circulation desk of the Kresge Center for Teaching Resources, managing the use of AV equipment, videos, and other teaching tools.  This process changed completely when Lesley joined the FLO consortium and updated and automated circulation procedures.  Eventually, the library as a whole moved to its Brattle Campus location and the Kresge Center evolved into the Media Center.  As departments and locations continued to shift, merge, and expand, Robyn’s role evolved as well, until she ultimately found her current position as of Head of Access Services.

    Robyn thoroughly enjoys her work saying “Access Services is the place to be.”  As for up-and-coming library and information professionals, Robyn recommends “exploring the profession” and avoid having too narrow of a perspective early on.  Robyn says she I has “often joked that my Grandmother’s generation only had to upgrade from black and white TV to colour,” while technology in the library world updates much faster.  This rapid pace ensures “you will never be bored in this profession” and you never know what options and avenues may open up along the way.

  • Annual FLO Staff Picnic

    Submitted by Alexandra on August 19, 2015

    Despite unpredictable summer thunderstorms, Fenway Libraries Online was able to host its annual staff picnic.  More than a dozen consortia staff members joined the FLO staff in Evans Way Park.  People took shelter in the shade of the park’s numerous trees and relaxed with cool fruit and ice cream.  The weather was hot and summery, and luckily thunder only rumbled in the sky after the picnic had packed up.  A breeze kept the group cool, and was a faint reminder that the fall semester is right around the corner.  Thanks to everyone who attended!  

  • Commonwealth Catalog Reaches 10,000 Requests

    Submitted by Alexandra on July 22, 2015

    Usage of the Commonwealth Catalog (ComCat) has increased steadily since it went live for patrons on April 1, 2015. ComCat now includes six library networks: Bridgewater State University, Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing (CLAMS), Fenway Libraries Online (FLO), Minuteman Library Network (MLN), Old Colony Library Network (OCLN), and the SAILS Library Network.  The ILL management system has over 4600 registered patrons and earlier this month recorded its 10,000th request. Sounds like our patrons are really jumping into their summer reading! 

    The collection will continue to grow in variety and size as other institutions and networks prepare to join later this summer and fall. UMass Amherst is up next. If you are a FLO patron and haven’t yet tried placing a request in the Commonwealth Catalog, click the link to get started.  



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