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Introducing: Allison Smith

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Job title:  Acquisitions & Administrative Assistant

Location in Library: Floor 2

Tell us what you do in 50 words or less:

I manage serials collections and administrative and financial support services for Academic Resources.

Choose one service that your department provides that you most want the Wheelock community to be aware of:

If you think there is something we ought to have in our collection let us know!

What is a typical work day like for you?

I’m generally processing serials, ordering and receiving books, and giving directions to lost students since my desk is right by the stairwell.

What is your favorite website?

Probably MotherJones.  I’m also on Goodreads a lot (unsurprisingly).

What is your favorite book in the Wheelock Library collection?

I’m a serial reader. One installment just isn’t enough. I love to read stories that go on for books and books. I can’t imagine that a series could ever replace Harry Potter as my all-time favorite.

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

Wandering the Impressionism Gallery at the MFA, drawing or painting in my tiny apartment, or relaxing with a good book and my two lazy cats.


Student Worker Week 2016

Student Employment Week 2016

Student Worker Week 2016Student Employment Week is April 11 through April 15 and serves as a worthy reminder of just how much we owe our amazing, talented, and dedicated student workers without whom the Library could not be open the 95.5 hours it is each week during the semester.

Each academic year, the Library employs an average of 24 student workers eligible for work-study. These workers have the important job of serving as the “face” of the Library, as they literally are the first people seen when students, faculty, and staff enter the building.

After undergoing a three part training, these workers are fully prepared to provide friendly, professional service by locating items, checking out materials, answering questions about spaces and services housed in the Library, and making educated referrals.

Whether it is early morning, afternoon, evening, weekday, or weekend, you can usually find one of our exceptional student workers below at the desk ready and willing to assist you.

Alyssa Halpin
Arianna Saunders
Ashley Wight
Christine Zamor
Claudia Barnard
Claudia Cabrera
Courtney Stage
Danielle Horan
Eric Clark
Gleidymar Rivera
Guerslande Etienne
Kailani Massaquoi
Kaleigh Carrington
Khilah Boone
Kirsten Robinson
Kiara Valentin
Mia Mendoza
Musshda Haq
Nicole Cure
Nicole Shine*
Orianna Natsis*
Raynna Walsh-Sormanti
Sarah Richards
Sarah Taylor
Shaila Vaden
Vlashandra Olivier

On behalf of the entire Library staff I would like to thank each of these students for their regular contributions to the Library!

*Both Orianna and Nicole were named Wheelock College Student Employees of the Year!  Congratulations to both!


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Heeding the Call to Service and Higher Education

The Library’s very own Eric Clark was recently featured in a video on the Wheelock College website. Eric has been one of our student workers since the fall of 2015. In the video, Eric talks about his passion for helping others and how it led him to return to school and pursue a degree in Social Work. He brings to work with him every day the same enthusiasm and commitment he applies to his studies.

Check out the video below, or find it here on the college’s website.

We love that the video features so many scenes of Eric working and studying in the library! He is an absolute pleasure to work with and always jumps at an opportunity to help both students and coworkers. We want to congratulate Eric on being recognized by the college as a student who is truly inspiring a world of good, and we can’t wait to see where the rest of his journey takes him.

 


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Get to Know Our Newest Student Employees

For this week’s blog post, I wanted to give our newest student employees a chance to introduce themselves by sharing a little bit about their experience working at the Library and about the services borrowing325x210located in the Library.

In total, the Library hired 11 new student workers this fall and I could not be more proud of how quickly they acclimated to their positions and proven themselves to be valuable members of the Library staff.

Here is what some of them had to say:

Mariana McNeil – Class of 2019

What you like about working at the Library: I always learn something new through the people that come here.

One service you think other students should know is offered at the Library: The Writing Center

Lauren Parks – Class of 2019

What you like about working at the Library: One thing I like about working at the library is meeting new people and helping patrons.

One service you think other students should know is offered at the Library: The library offers drop-in research help every day from noon to close.

Courtney Stage – Class of 2019

What you like about working at the Library: I like the people I work with and helping others out when needed.

One service you think other students should know is offered at the Library: The Writing Center and Peer Tutoring

Ashley Wight– Class of 2019

What you like about working at the Library: After working at the library for a month and a half, the thing I like most about working there is that I have so much knowledge about all the resources the library can offer.

Nicholas Freni– Class of 2019

What you like about working at the Library: I enjoy my coworkers as well as assisting patrons.

One service you think other students should know is offered at the Library: Peer Tutoring

Virginia Hardy– Class of 2018

What you like about working at the Library: I like a few things about working at the library. First, is that I am able to interact with students and faculty of the Wheelock Community. Second, I have learned new skills in helping patrons, library research, and accessing resources. And third, I get to work in a calm learning environment.

One service you think other students should know is offered at the Library: I think other students should know that the library provides technology and museum passes.

Arianna Saunders– Class of 2018

What you like about working at the Library: : I like floor 2M.

One service you think other students should know is offered at the Library: Peer Tutoring


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Introducing Dorothy Hibbard

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Name: Dorothy (Dot) Hibbard

Job title:  Access Services Associate

Location in Library: 1M

Tell us what you do in 50 words or less:

Whether you’re looking for a fun children’s book, a pass to a local museum, a laptop to borrow, in-depth research help, or just a stapler, I’m here to answer all your questions and connect you with the right library staff member to help you meet your needs.

Choose one service that your department provides that you most want the Wheelock community to be aware of:

Access Services manages the display cases on the first floor of the library. We like to showcase resources that the library has to offer that coincide with the goings-on around campus, so we often collaborate with different departments and student organizations in order to make displays that are relevant to the Wheelock community. If you are a Wheelock community member that has a great idea for a library display, send me an email. I love to hear suggestions!

What is a typical work day like for you?

I spend my mornings at the front desk, working face to face with students to help them get the most out of their library experience. I can help students find books and articles, locate items within our collection, and troubleshoot printing issues. In the afternoon I can be found in the Access Services office on floor 1M, where I am scheming up fun new ideas to make the library more accessible to our patrons.

What is your favorite website?

Sporcle is a great quiz website that lets you challenge your knowledge on pretty much any topic you can think of! I like to use it to remind myself how good I am at Harry Potter Trivia

What is your favorite book in the Wheelock Library collection?

I’m a serial reader. One installment just isn’t enough. I love to read stories that go on for books and books. I can’t imagine that a series could ever replace Harry Potter as my all-time favorite.

That being said, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass) came shockingly close. It is an absolute masterpiece of science fantasy, with a darker and more philosophical storyline than most Juvenile literature. If you are a Fantasci-fi nerd like me, definitely give Pullman a read.

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

Wandering the Impressionism Gallery at the MFA, drawing or painting in my tiny apartment, or relaxing with a good book and my two lazy cats.