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September 2009

Your comments needed!

The Library is planning a renovation project and we want your input. Three different proposals for the space on the first floor have been put on display on the information table in the Library foyer, along with plans showing the current configuration for your reference.

Take a look at these proposals, then grab a comment sheet and let us know what you think! The comment sheets also have the three proposals printed on them, so feel free to write notes right by the specific plans, draw in other ideas, or otherwise express your opinions. Then drop your comment sheets off at the Circulation Desk on the first floor. We’ll take your ideas into consideration as we work toward the final plans for the renovation.

Thanks in advance for your help on this important project!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

September 15th-October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month. According to the website,

“Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.

The term Hispanic, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to Spanish-speaking people in the United States of any race. On the 2000 Census form, people of Spanish/Hispanic/Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or “other Spanish/Hispanic/Latino.” More than 35 million people identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino on the 2000 Census. ”

Check out factmonster or the Hispanic Heritage Month pages on and for more information, as well as fun lesson plan ideas for celebrating in the classroom.

Also, stop by the Library and check out our foyer display case for more resources about Hispanic culture, literature and history!

NEW in the Library: All-in-one Printer/Scanner/Copy Machines

Starting this fall, the Library is featuring brand new all-in-one printer, scanner and copy machines. The old standalone printers and copiers have been removed. The machines are located on the following floors:

  • Lower level
  • Floor 1
  • Floor 1M
  • Floor 2
  • Floor 3

You will need a Fenway card, loaded with Fenway cash, to access these machines. If you are a Wheelock alum, we will soon offer guest cards for your printing and copying needs.

Black and white print-outs and copies are 10 cents each. Color print-outs and copies are 50 cents each. You may also scan electronic copies from the machines to an email address free of charge.

All current Wheelock students have a quota of 200 free black & white print-outs. Once this quota is exceeded, you will need to pay Fenway cash to print.

Stay tuned for detailed instructions on using the new machines! There are also “How to Print” pdf documents on all Library computer desk tops, and paper copies floating around throughout the building.

Library website redesigned

If you haven’t been to our home page since you left in May, you’ve probably noticed we’ve made lots of changes! The page has been redesigned to help you find the information you need more efficiently. A few of the highlights:

  • Quick Links to some of the most frequently-used pages, including the full-text journal finder and the A to Z list of databases.
  • Research Tools pull-down menus for resources by subject area, course guides for selected classes, and database and e-book collections
  • Daily operating hours right at the top of the page
  • Flickr photostream of some of the many photos in the College’s Archives, housed at the Library

The home page also features a link to our Talk Back feature. Explore the new site and let us know what you think!