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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!

 

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

Job title: Access Services Librarian

Location in Library: Floor 3 to the right of stairwell 2.

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 at my desk on the third floor 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 Gould

The Library has recently gained a new librarian.  Let’s get to know her!  rosalind gould

Name: Rosalind Gould

Job title: Access Services Librarian

Location in Library: 1M

Tell us what you do in 50 words or less:  I work with a lot of the folks at the library and around campus to make sure that Wheelock students, faculty, and staff have access to the books, films, laptops, journals, and databases that they need. Basically, I’m here to help people access library services.

Choose one service that your department provides that you most want the Wheelock community to be aware of:  The people! The librarians and other folks at the Wheelock College Library are the best resource for getting research and resource help. A close second: reserves. We work with faculty to provide course readings to students in the library. Check them out, literally!

What is a typical work day like for you?  I mainly spend my time between the Library Service Desk and my office on 1M. I communicate with people inside and outside the library to make sure that we are providing the best service to the Wheelock Community. We love making sure you have what you need when you need it, and we love when materials are returned on time. It’s a win, win!

What is your favorite website?  The Biodiversity Heritage Library. This 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 big fantasy reader, 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… At the Arnold Arboretum, most likely looking for birds.


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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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Meet the Staff

It takes a staff of dedicated people to keep the Wheelock Library and Resource Center running. In addition to our student workers and evening/weekend supervisors, we have several professional librarians and para-professional support staff members.

We often work behind the scenes, so you may not know who we are or what we do. Here’s a handy guide! Click on the names with links to learn more about that person’s role in the Library…

Adam Williams, Instruction and Research Librarian
Allyson Harper-Nixon, Library Services Specialist
Ann Glannon, Associate Director and Collection Management Librarian
Anne Moore, Technical Services Librarian
Ashley Peterson, Access Services Librarian
Brenda Ecsedy, Director of Academic Resources and Library Services
Cortney Tunis, Resource Center Manager
Louisa Choy, Digital Services Librarian
Maric Kramer, E-Learning & Reference Librarian
Youngmi An, Administrative Assistant

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