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March 2011

New York Times Still Free

On March 28th, the New York Times’ website enacted a paywall.  Formerly free to all, the site’s content will now be limited to 20 articles per month for non-subscribers.  For a detailed FAQ about the new policy, click here.  The 20-per-month limit does not apply to articles linked through blogs, Twitter or Facebook.

For Wheelock students, staff and faculty, unlimited access to the Times from 1980-present is still available.  While the Library does not have a digital subscription directly through the NYT site, we do subscribe to a variety of databases that offer full content.  Click here for a list of these databases and their coverage ranges (Though not included on the list, access is also available through Massachusetts Newsstand).  You can also find this list by searching for “New York Times” in our Full-Text Journal Finder.

Viewing article titles on the NYT site is still free, so if you find something you’d like to read, accessing it through a Library database will save on your monthly quota.  If the article dates before 1980, we’d be happy to find it for you via interlibrary loan.

Please contact us or visit the reference desk if you have any questions!

Fun With Peeps®

Peeps Pie image used with permission

OK, if you are like SOME PEOPLE I KNOW you probably think it is great fun to arm marshmallow Peeps® with toothpicks or even more dangerous weapons, stick them in the microwave and see who punctures whom first.  If you are also like some other people I know you MAY NEGLECT TO CLEAN the vanquished marshmallow confection off the inside of the microwave and make your mommy very, very angry.   Sorry – I’m not mad, I’m disappointed…

So perhaps you would be interested in other things people have done with those adorable little blobs of freakishly colored sugar.

The Washington Post runs a Peeps Diorama contest where you can “create a diorama of a famous event, scene or pop-culture reference using Peeps as your characters.”   Past winners have included the Mad Hatter’s Peep Party and Goodnight Peep. (Please note the literary connection.)

Umm, what exactly, do Peeps® have to do with libraries you might ask? (Aside from that literary connection.)  How about Peeps® doing library research! Yes, they have been documented attempting to use a university library.  And here is a website dedicated to research about Peeps®, complete with literature review.

Finally, there are other ways to enjoy actually eating Peeps® besides just having them straight out of the box.  (Do you like them fresh or do you prefer them stale?  If stale, how stale is stale enough?)  You could make a Peeps® pie, using this recipe from NPR.   We make it every year at my house.  It makes my teeth ache and my head spin just to look at it, and even our most insanely sugar- tolerant guest cannot finish one piece.  But it sure is festive!

p.s. – Please wash the exploded Peep® off of the microwave while it is still soft and gooey; it is a pain to do it later when it has gotten baked to a crusty cement…

March is Social Work Month

Growing up, I always knew that social workers were a part of my story, but it took me decades to fully understand their precise role in how I became the person I am today.  In the mid-80s I was adopted from South Korea and came home to my family in Massachusetts.  Like many children, I loved to hear stories about when I was a baby, but unlike the traditional “coming home from the hospital” stories, I listened to how my parents worked with their social workers in Waltham and Seoul for many months, and then finally went to Logan Airport with my brother to meet their long-awaited daughter and sister; who had flown half-way around the world to join their family.  My social workers were simply a part of how I came home to my family, and their participation in my life has always felt like a natural extension of my history.  These social workers certainly made a positive, long-lasting impact on my life and I will be forever grateful for their work.

In the late 1980s there were not many children’s books with characters that looked like me or had families that were created like mine.  One book that I found as a teenager (that I wish I had a child) was Families Are Different, and a copy of the book is at the Wheelock College Library. Through my adolescence, I took great comfort in reading works by Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao, who is a social worker and expert in adoption. Dr. Pavao recently spoke at Wheelock College this past October at the International Adoption and the Emerging Adult conference sponsored by the Colleges of the Fenway Counseling Services. She is an active speaker and panelist and participated at the Boston Korean Adoptees Film Festival which featured several documentary films by adoptees. A copy of her book, The Family of Adoption, is also available at the Library.

Finally, my mother, a youth services and international adoption social worker for over forty-years, is my constant reminder of how this profession assuredly impacts so many lives with few resources and limited prestige, and continues to be passionate and dedicated to help children and families.

Cathedrals with an Eye for Detail

Image from ARTstor, provided by SCALA, N.Y.

Tomorrow Marjorie Hall, Chair of the Arts Department and Associate Professor, will present, “Austerity and Exuberance: Early English Gothic at Wells Cathedral” (ACE 222 at 10am). While many of you may have heard of the Wells Cathedral and viewed picture on the Web (Google Images), the Cathedral’s rich history and architecture deserves a professional eye for detail that Flickr or Google Images only sporadically offer. If you’re on campus or a Wheelock community member you have access to one of the best resources for viewing art and architecture on the Web.

ARTstor‘s digital library includes a large range of professional images, including extensive images of the Wells Cathedral. The digital library includes detailed images of some of the sculpture found in the Cathedral, schematics of the building as well as close ups of the defining architecture. To locate images of the cathedral, use the search terms, “Wells Cathedral” and double click on the images that interest you.

The tools in ARTstor allow you to examine artwork in more meaningful ways not available through other services. Once you’ve selected an image you can then zoom in and capture the minute details of a piece of artwork. For instance ARTstor enables you to zoom in on the patterns on the ceiling of the picture in this post. You also have access to information on the artwork and what organization produced the image, giving you further options for research.

Enjoy Marjorie Hall’s presentation tomorrow and ARTstor. If you have any questions feel free to contact the Library at 617-879-2222 or

Book Exchange fully stocked

The Book Exchange cart by the Library’s front desk has been restocked just in time for spring break!  There’s popular fiction like The Da Vinci Code, non-fiction such as The Boys of Summer (a timely read with the recent death of Duke Snider), and even a few magazines.

Come snag a beach book or pick up something to read in your free time at home. All books are first-come, first-served, so stop by soon for the best selection.

The Book Exchange is user supported — take a book, leave a book, read for fun!