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November 2010

A Library’s Suite Dreams


The library is a great place with all of its resources, programming and friendly staff.

But have you ever felt compelled to spend the night in one?

Well, someone in New York City loves the library this much!

The Library Hotel has taken its admiration of libraries and its classification system to another level. Each of the ten floors is dedicated to one of the major categories of the Dewey Decimal System: Social Sciences, Literature, Languages, History, Math & Science, General Knowledge, Technology, Philosophy, The Arts and Religion.

The guest rooms are decorated to reflect one of these ten categories and also houses a collection of corresponding books and artwork.

For example, the 11th floor, History, is comprised of guest rooms named Biography, Geography & Travel, Asian History, Oceanography, Ancient History and 20th Century History.

For a full list of the guest room names by floor please click here.


Student Technology Services

Many of you already know me. I am based in the lower level of the Library, near the computer labs. Primarily, I work in the Library, supporting the computers and printing in the building and provide service to student laptops. We wanted to formally announce here the expansion of my services for the students. In cooperation with the Technology Department, we are making my desk a “one stop shopping” destination for all student technology needs. These services include:

  • Laptop support: spyware, viruses, update issues
  • Audio/Visual equipment help
  • email questions and problems
  • TV/Cable issues
  • Help with Office applications
  • Hardware device installation: cameras, printers, etc.
  • Smartphone email issues

Please come by and see me with any of these issues. I can be contacted at:

Jeff Pearson

617-879-2223


Noisy Season Gets Early Start at Library

Noisy Season at the Wheelock College Library officially opened at 10:42 Tuesday morning, when the Library staff received the first TalkBack complaint of the semester about Quiet Zone disrespectors.

Typically beginning right after the Thanksgiving break, the Noisy Season has been getting noisier in recent years, but this is the earliest onset since records have been kept. Library Director Brenda Ecsedy said the season is the result of the convergence of several factors.

“As we get later into the semester Library usage increases, and the stress of patrons using the Library increases,” she said. “As more offices and functions come into the building, and as we increase enrollment, the usual noise escalation is compounded. It isn’t surprising really that the season has opened earlier than usual, but this is even ahead of any predictions we had.”

Associate Director Ann Glannon noted that the Library is taking steps to keep the season from getting out of control. “As soon as we got that TalkBack message, we knew we had to act quickly to contain the spread of noise. Once it gets out of control, it’s hard to pull back.

“So we are increasing staff monitoring of the building, and will be posting reminders in the Quiet Zones. We’ve alerted the other offices in the building to the early arrival of Noisy Season so they can assist in curbing unnecessary volume as soon as they hear it.”

Patrons who encounter Noisy Season violators are asked to politely encourage them to reduce the noise, or to alert Library staff if they are uncomfortable directly addressing the perpetrators.


Thanksgiving Turkey … Cake?!


As you probably know, the Wheelock Library will be closed Wednesday, November 24 – Saturday, November 27.

And what are you bringing to the table for Thanksgiving with your family and friends?! Turnips? Mashed potatoes? Cranberry sauce?

How about this Thanksgiving turkey cake?

I think it looks delicious. What do you think? What would your dinner guests think if you served this?


Turkeys

I love those silly turkeys that kids make by tracing their hands. There are all kinds of variations (do a Google image search to see some approaches you might not have considered…), they’re adorable, and fun and easy to make. But they do not constitute meaningful curriculum about Thanksgiving, Pilgrims, Native Americans, or harvest festivals.
Every year Wheelock students flock to the Library to gather Thanksgiving books for their early childhood and elementary classrooms. The students who come early are grateful, because every year demand outstrips supply; it is a popular topic. Extend the impact of the books you do find by using free online resources. The journal Booklist has published a guide called “Classroom Connections: Thanksgiving Books as Hooks—Linking Literature to Primary Sources.”

“As your thoughts turn to turkey, pumpkin pie, fall leaves, and football,
consider connecting these high-quality Thanksgiving-themed books to Library of Congress resources. Go beyond the words on the page—dig into primary sources, engage your students, spark critical thinking, and guide them toward a deeper understanding of Thanksgiving traditions and history.”

Also try the Library’s Curriculum Resources Subject Guide, which is available from the Library’s homepage. The Plimoth Plantation and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum websites (in the Guide) are full of resources, and you can easily find many more in all of the other selected websites on that page by searching for “Thanksgiving” with the custom search box at the top of the list of websites.
And then be thankful you do not have to pluck and clean a turkey before you can eat it. Did you see the size of those things?

Ann Glannon

“Turkeyday” image by Alicia Alferman from http://www.themayfly.com/weblog/2007/11/turkey_day_break.html and used with permission.