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June 2010

Summer at the Resource Center

Welcome to the Resource Center

This summer, we invite you to…

  • Explore our space
  • Create a project for your class
  • Find students’ ideas for summer living from our bulletin boards
  • Browse over 1000 items for loan
  • Take a scavenger hunt

Our hours for June 14th – July 21st are Monday – Thursday, 9 – 5, unless otherwise indicated on our webpage

Later Summer Hours at the Library!

Attention Nite Owls!

Beginning Monday, June 28th, the Library will stay open later on most evenings. See below for our new schedule:
Mondays: 9am-9pm
Tuesdays: 9am-9pm
Wednesdays: 9am-9pm
Thursdays: 9am-9pm
Fridays: 9am-5pm
Saturdays: 12pm-6pm
Sundays: CLOSED

If you need to use the Library outside these hours, check out our website and explore our virtual collection: everything from article databases to online reference to ebooks. (you’ll need your Wheelock email log-in information to access these resources outside the Library)

If you need a quiet place nearby to work when the Wheelock Library is closed, check out the hours for the Simmons College Library, the Emmanuel College Library, and the Wentworth Institute of Technology Library.

Premier Searching in Academia

Ever wonder where to start? Need scholarly information for your paper, that your professor will accept? Need more than just the World Wide Web? Academic Search Premier (ASP), under our Find Articles and E-Books drop down menu, offers a great solution to all these questions and more. ASP offers a wide range of sources on an equally broad base of subjects, from accident analysis to zoology.

Simply try entering your topic into the search box or try some of the more advanced features. Some of the advanced searching features include “Subject Terms,” “Images,” limiting by publication date and type and an “Index” search function. If you need peer reviewed articles make sure to check off the “Scholarly (peer reviewed) Journal” selection under the search box. And if you need the article right away select the “Full Text” option. Don’t be afraid to experiment and play with all the buttons.

Academic Search Premier is a great starting point for your research. If you have any questions stop by or call (617-879-2222) the Library for further information or help with your research.

The Myth of the Frumpy Librarian

Welcome to part one in our Librarian Mythbusters series. While several stereotypes persist about people who work in Libraries, I’d like to tackle one in particular today:

Librarians have no style.

You’ve all heard and seen this stereotype in action. Does this tableau look familiar?

Outdated Librarian StereotypeFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Dowdy skirt, sensible shoes, frumpy cardigan, glasses on a chain. Accessorize with a feline companion and some knitting supplies, and bam! Instant librarian stereotype.

While I could make the point that frowsy, unfashionable people exist in ALL professions, as do hip folks with a great sense of style, or delve deeper into librarian imagery throughout the ages and expound on why a disconnect still exists between what library professionals are perceived to do and what we actually do, I’d instead like to propose some updated stereotypes. Here are some accurate ones I’ve witnessed so far in this profession:

The Tech Geek Librarian

Tech Geek LibrarianFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Librarians, with few exceptions, are some of the most technology-savvy people you’ll ever meet. It’s not uncommon to find refugees from IT departments or former software programmers working in libraries. As more and more information is available online, it’s important that librarians know their way around a computer!

The Nerdy Chic Librarian

Updated Frumpy LibrarianFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Let’s get one thing straight: librarians may not be categorically unfashionable, but we are most definitely nerds. We love to read (both in print and online), we love to learn, and we love to teach others how to make the most of their own time spent reading and learning. This doesn’t mean, of course, that we can’t put a fashionable spin on an old stereotype.

The Power Librarian

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Hopefully, no one out there still thinks that librarians sit around and read books for a living (and if you do– stay tuned for future installments of Librarian Mythbusters). Librarians have to be advocates for our profession, and this can mean lots of marketing and schmoozing. We absolutely need to look our professional best when explaining what we do, and asking for bigger budgets with which to do it!

The Guybrarian (also know as a…Librarian)

Just like Noah Wyle in the movie The Librarian, did you know that some library professionals are…MEN? It’s true!

I hope these updated librarian stereotypes shed some light on our role in 21st century. We are tech-savvy, information literate, and most importantly: fabulous!

What Do You Mean It’s Not a Children’s Collection?

You know, those books on floor 2M – they’re not a children’s collection.

They are undeniably a collection of books written for children. And we certainly expect the books to be used with children. So why isn’t it a children’s collection?

Because this is a college library. That collection is for you. Unlike a public or a school library, our juvenile book collection is built to support college level teaching and learning about children’s literature. The collection is intended to be mediated for children by adults, not to provide direct services to children.

“OK, but what does that mean?” you might ask.

Because our collection is a study and teaching collection, it includes titles that may not represent current thinking about what titles are most appropriate to use with children. Since an important part of our mission is to help college students learn to be discriminating users of books written for children, we have a range of materials for comparison, to help trace historical trends, to illustrate controversies in children’s literature, and to reflect the state of the children’s book publishing industry.

Most books in the collection are ones that have been favorably reviewed by a range of authoritative sources. It is an important purpose of the collection to provide materials for our students to use with children in their field placements. But be aware that there are multiple purposes for the collection, and so it is up to you to always assess the suitability of any materials you plan to use with children. The Library’s Children’s Literature Subject Guide includes guides that can help you choose wisely, as well as lists of recommended titles.

(Oh, and p.s. – contrary to urban legend, it is NOT the largest collection of children’s books in Boston. Boston Public Library has over 130,000 juvenile books, more than ten times as many as we have. We still rather like our collection though…)