Introducing Mare Parker-O’Toole

Let’s meet the Earl Center of Learning and Innovation’s Assistant Director!

mare parker-o'tooleName:  Mare Parker-O’Toole

Job title:  Assistant Director of the Earl Center for Learning and Innovation

Location in Library:  Earl Center for Learning and Innovation

Tell us what you do in 50 words or less:  Oversee and shape the Earl Center for Learning and Innovation.

Choose one service that your department provides that you most want the Wheelock community to be aware of:  In a range from toys to technology it’s hard to choose. Our openness to exploring things that haven’t been done yet. Helping to figure out solutions and new ways of approaching teaching and use of the haptic and the virtual.

What is a typical work day like for you?  So far, runs the range from the micro – replacing 20 year old glass thermometers with something a bit safer –to—thinking about how the Earl Center model could be replicated in other countries that Wheelock has a presence in.

What is your favorite website?  http://www.instructables.com

What is your favorite book in the Wheelock Library collection?  Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

What is your favorite thing in the Wheelock Earl Center collection?  The screen saver on the large wall-mounted monitor outside my office. A garden pool with fish that scatter when you touch the screen.

When I’m not at work, you can find me…

Currently laying an oak floor with reclaimed wood in my library. I swing a mean floor nailer.

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