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Introducing Taylor Kalloch

 

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Name: Taylor Kalloch

Job title: Archives Associate

Location in Library: Lower Level (My door is right next to the vending machines, outside of the small computer lab).

Tell us what you do in 50 words or less: 
I collect, organize, preserve, and store archival materials related to the history of Wheelock College. Another major part of my job involves making materials accessible to the Wheelock community and beyond, by describing the materials, answering reference inquiries, and working with researchers who are interested in using the collection.

Choose one service that your department provides that you most want the Wheelock community to be aware of:
Working with primary sources and doing archival research can be daunting, especially when it is a new experience. I want the Wheelock community to know that archivists don’t just collect and protect the historical records; they also help connect researchers with collections and guide the researcher through the entire process.

What is a typical work day like for you? 
Every day is a little different depending on reference inquires, researchers, and what projects I have going on. But in general while the materials in the archives are from the past, the archivist’s job is to be constantly planning for the future. In this vein I spend a good amount of time each day looking forward by answering questions such as: How can we improve how our collections are stored and preserved? How can I describe the collections to ensure they will remain accessible for years to come? What materials do we need to collect now in order to provide a full and balanced picture of Wheelock College for those who are interested in 50 or 100 years from now?

What is your favorite website? 
I can’t say I have a favorite website but here are two that I frequent often:
King Arthur Flour Recipes
Pottermore

What is your favorite book in the Wheelock Library collection?
I like books entirely too much to have just one favorite so here are a few that commonly make the top of my favorites list:
The entire Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (Never read the series? Start HERE.)
Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel
The Encyclopedia of New England: The Culture and History of an American Region edited by Burt Feintuch and David H. Watters
No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women by Estelle B. Freedman

When I’m not at work, you can find me… baking, cooking, reading, crafting, exercising, making as many trips back to Maine as possible, watching re-runs of TV classics such as M*A*S*H, and relaxing with my three cats.

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Introducing Charles Owen

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Another new face at the Library!

Name: Charles Owen

Job title: Administrative and Acquisitions Assistant

Location in Library: Floor 2

Tell us what you do in 50 words or less: I order all materials for the library, reconcile all invoices, maintain serials, and anything else that I am asked to do.  Most recently, I have been working on compiling data for the school’s accreditation.

Choose one service that your department provides that you most want the Wheelock community to be aware of:  We do allow people to suggest titles to buy and often we do end up buying them.  If you have a suggestion they are always considered and if they are not purchased they still help to shape our understanding of the community’s needs.

What is a typical work day like for you? Depends on the day.  Usually I am ordering something, whether it be office supplies or books.  I also tend to do invoices at least once a day.  Otherwise I do not know what I’ll do on any given day until I’ve checked my email and found some urgent message.

What is your favorite website?  Wikipedia

What is your favorite book in the Wheelock Library collection?  The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

When I’m not at work, you can find me… Studying or working on group projects for my Master’s, traveling, or planning a travel adventure.

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Introducing Joseph St.Germain

There is a new face at the Library!

Name: Joseph St. Germain, but most people call me Joe.

Job title: Access Services Librarian

Location in Library: Floor 1M

Tell us what you do in 50 words or less: I strive to make sure library resources and services are useful and available to Wheelock College students, faculty, and staff by crafting user-friendly policies and procedures, educating patrons about the library’s varied offerings, and developing a service oriented environment at the front desk.

Choose one service that your department provides that you most want the Wheelock community to be aware of: Course reserves are one service I hope both faculty and students are aware of. Placing items on reserve ensures that students can access essential course readings, media, and other resources at their convenience.

What is a typical work day like for you? You can usually find me behind the front desk or in my office on the floor 1M providing both direct and indirect support to staff and patrons through policy implementation, staff training and mentoring, resource selection, interlibrary loan facilitation, reference consultations, and similar tasks. Essentially, I am always working to make sure every patron’s experience at the library is positive, productive, and worthwhile. My goal is to ensure patrons get the information and help they need to succeed in their academic and personal pursuits and have a pleasant time doing so.

What is your favorite website?  Boston.com is my favorite website and the first one I read each day during my morning commute. It does a great job of balancing news, weather, and features and keeps me relatively informed about what’s happening in the city.

What is your favorite book in the Wheelock Library collection?  I would have to go with The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Although it is a sad book, I like how the story emphasizes the fragility and wonder of life and love as well as how well-developed and realistic the characters are.

When I’m not at work, you can find me… walking around the Horn Pond Park in Woburn, MA. The park is full of trails and a great place to go to think, socialize, and appreciate nature.

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Introducing Rosalind Bucy

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Job title: Learning & Research Services Librarian, and Liaison to the School of Arts & Sciences

Location in Library: Floor 2

Tell us what you do in 50 words or less:  Think of me as your personal research consultant!  I can help you to figure out how to get started with a research project, and what to do when you’re facing a fork in the road.  I can help you to uncover what information you need to meet your goals, and coach you on how to find it.

Choose one service that your department provides that you most want the Wheelock community to be aware of:  We offer drop-in research help every day from noon until close.  Just stop by the front desk and you’ll be on your way.  We also offer consultation services to faculty who are developing syllabi, choosing readings and videos, and creating research assignments.  Maric and I can link you to books, articles, and videos that are available through the library and support the curriculum you are teaching.  We are also happy to help consider ways to structure assignments that involve library and internet research, and to provide research instruction to students in the form of class visits, library workshops, video tutorials, one-on-one appointments, and more.  Get in touch and let us know how we can help you to meet your teaching goals!

What is a typical work day like for you?  My typical work day involves helping library users at the front desk and via email, planning and teaching library research workshops, and conducting one-on-one research consultations.  There’s usually some behind-the-scenes administrative work to be done too.

What is your favorite website?  The Biodiversity Heritage Library is such a rich source of historic literature in the biological sciences.  The BHL digitizes books from the world’s top natural history libraries (think Smithsonian, Harvard, etc.)  and makes them freely available online.  Many of these books have beautiful illustrations that are online and in the public domain.

What is your favorite book in the Wheelock Library collection?  I am not typically a reader of fantasy, but Graceling by Kristin Cashore is such a fun and imaginative book.  I like to imagine what my grace might be…probably sleeping.

When I’m not at work, you can find me…birding at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, indulging in a chocolate croissant at Tatte, or hiking a mountain somewhere.

Last updated 7/28/2015


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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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