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April 2010

Donate your old books!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: that phrase is posted at the transfer station (aka the dump). At the Wheelock College Library we are reducing the number of unneeded books, we are reusing them to benefit a literacy foundation, and recycling them to people who do need them. The Library is now partnered with Better World Books , an organization which collects used books and sells them online to raise money for literacy initiatives worldwide. This is similar to Amazon’s Marketplace and in fact, you can purchase books from them at any time and proceeds will support literacy foundations.

Drop your books in one of the bins pictured to the right, which are located:

  • In the Library
  • In the Campus Center
  • In the Hawes building
We have selected the National Center for Family Literacy to receive a percentage of the sale of the discarded and unwanted items which we send to Better World Books. If you are unable to sell your textbook back to the bookstore, donate it in a bin and we will see that it goes towards a good cause. When you are cleaning out your dorm room, we will gladly accept any unwanted books you may have, not just textbooks. And you can leave campus feeling good about supporting a worthwhile cause!

Introducing: Ashley Peterson, Access Services Librarian

Name: Ashley Peterson

Job title: Access Services Librarian

Location in Library: my office is on floor 1M, and I can often be found at the Service desk.

Tell us what you do in 5o words or less: “Access Services” may sound a little cryptic, but what our department does is right there in the name: we provide the Wheelock community with access to all the Library’s “stuff”– everything from books to video cameras to DVDs to reserves to headphones to ILL services to online resources to conference rooms…and beyond! We love providing the community with all you need and expect from a library, and we also love it when borrowed items are returned on time. Everyone wins!

Choose one service that your department provides that you want the Wheelock community to be aware of: Definitely reserves.  College is expensive enough without throwing in the cost of books!  We work with faculty to ensure that students have the option to access class readings in the Library, for free.

What is your favorite website?, home of the brilliant, now-defunct web comic.  After almost a decade of writing absurdly hilarious and at times heartbreaking stories about unforgettable (and profane, parental guidance suggested!) characters, Chris Onstad, the author, is taking a much-deserved break.  Lucky for us, the entire archive is available to explore.

What is your favorite book in the Wheelock Library collection? Matilda by Roald Dahl (J D14m, located on floor 2M) has been a favorite for going on two decades now. It even inspired my first tattoo. I also love movies, and Anthony Lane is my all-time favorite film critic. His collected writings, Nobody’s Perfect: Writings from the New Yorker is available online through ebrary.

When I’m not at work, you can find me… Stuffing my face, planning vacations, visiting art museums and spending too much money at vintage stores.

All Library items due on May 14th

Attention students! Starting today, all books you check out from the Library will be due on May 14th.

Our normal 21-day loan period will be shortened so that we can get our stuff back before you all skip town for the summer.

By May 14th, ALL ITEMS (including DVDs, kits, tests, video cameras, and of course books) need to be returned. Anyone with items out past that date will have their Library privileges suspended for next semester. And no one wants that!

Extended Hours at the Library

Finals season is almost here! For all you night-owls, the Library will be open late starting Monday, April 26th and extending through the end of the semester.

The full schedule is:

Monday, April 26th-Thursday, April 29th


Friday, April 30th & Saturday, May 1st

Sunday, May 2nd


Monday, May 3rd-Thursday, May 6th


Friday, May 7th & Saturday, May 8th


Sunday, May 9th


Monday, May 10th-Thursday, May 13th


Friday, May 14th


Library doors will lock every night at 10pm. Use your Wheelock ID or call 617-879-2220 to enter the building after 10pm.

Your Secret Weapon: a Librarian

Getting help from a librarian is a smart way to combat the stress of the end-of-semester project pileup. Here’s why it’s worth considering..

  • We have experience with the kinds of research and assignments you have to do and are familiar with the tools and sources that you need. We aren’t starting from scratch every time, which can save you time and aggravation.
  • They aren’t our projects so we aren’t freaking out about them. We can be calm and help you keep things in perspective.
  • We like to do research and we like to help! That’s why we work here, that’s what we are trained to do. We love this stuff so you don’t have to!

We were pleased to learn that others agree with us. Check out the “Campus Overload” blog of the Washington Post, to see three more reasons to consider librarians as a “secret weapon” to tackle assignment stress.

Not sure how to find a librarian? Stop by the beautiful new first floor of the Library building, just 20 feet from the Campus Center. The service desk is right by the door, so it’s easy to find someone to help. Or try this link to find half a dozen other ways to get in touch with us.