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October 2015

Get to Know Our Newest Student Employees

For this week’s blog post, I wanted to give our newest student employees a chance to introduce themselves by sharing a little bit about their experience working at the Library and about the services borrowing325x210located in the Library.

In total, the Library hired 11 new student workers this fall and I could not be more proud of how quickly they acclimated to their positions and proven themselves to be valuable members of the Library staff.

Here is what some of them had to say:

Mariana McNeil – Class of 2019

What you like about working at the Library: I always learn something new through the people that come here.

One service you think other students should know is offered at the Library: The Writing Center

Lauren Parks – Class of 2019

What you like about working at the Library: One thing I like about working at the library is meeting new people and helping patrons.

One service you think other students should know is offered at the Library: The library offers drop-in research help every day from noon to close.

Courtney Stage – Class of 2019

What you like about working at the Library: I like the people I work with and helping others out when needed.

One service you think other students should know is offered at the Library: The Writing Center and Peer Tutoring

Ashley Wight– Class of 2019

What you like about working at the Library: After working at the library for a month and a half, the thing I like most about working there is that I have so much knowledge about all the resources the library can offer.

Nicholas Freni– Class of 2019

What you like about working at the Library: I enjoy my coworkers as well as assisting patrons.

One service you think other students should know is offered at the Library: Peer Tutoring

Virginia Hardy– Class of 2018

What you like about working at the Library: I like a few things about working at the library. First, is that I am able to interact with students and faculty of the Wheelock Community. Second, I have learned new skills in helping patrons, library research, and accessing resources. And third, I get to work in a calm learning environment.

One service you think other students should know is offered at the Library: I think other students should know that the library provides technology and museum passes.

Arianna Saunders– Class of 2018

What you like about working at the Library: : I like floor 2M.

One service you think other students should know is offered at the Library: Peer Tutoring


Pumpkin Decorating Contest 2015 – Voting Begins Now!

Entries for this year’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest are on display in the case on the first floor of the Library. The theme this year is “Music”.   Our participants have all done an amazing job.  Cast your vote for your favorite entry.

Ballots are available at the Library Service Desk; voting starts today through Thursday, October 29.  Everyone who votes will be entered in a raffle to win a Halloween goody bag. The winner of the best display and of the raffle will be announced Friday, October 30If you cannot make it to the Library, you may also email your vote to lchoy@wheelock.edu

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Introducing Dorothy Hibbard

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Name: Dorothy (Dot) Hibbard

Job title:  Access Services Associate

Location in Library: 1M

Tell us what you do in 50 words or less:

Whether you’re looking for a fun children’s book, a pass to a local museum, a laptop to borrow, in-depth research help, or just a stapler, I’m here to answer all your questions and connect you with the right library staff member to help you meet your needs.

Choose one service that your department provides that you most want the Wheelock community to be aware of:

Access Services manages the display cases on the first floor of the library. We like to showcase resources that the library has to offer that coincide with the goings-on around campus, so we often collaborate with different departments and student organizations in order to make displays that are relevant to the Wheelock community. If you are a Wheelock community member that has a great idea for a library display, send me an email. I love to hear suggestions!

What is a typical work day like for you?

I spend my mornings at the front desk, working face to face with students to help them get the most out of their library experience. I can help students find books and articles, locate items within our collection, and troubleshoot printing issues. In the afternoon I can be found in the Access Services office on floor 1M, where I am scheming up fun new ideas to make the library more accessible to our patrons.

What is your favorite website?

Sporcle is a great quiz website that lets you challenge your knowledge on pretty much any topic you can think of! I like to use it to remind myself how good I am at Harry Potter Trivia

What is your favorite book in the Wheelock Library collection?

I’m a serial reader. One installment just isn’t enough. I love to read stories that go on for books and books. I can’t imagine that a series could ever replace Harry Potter as my all-time favorite.

That being said, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass) came shockingly close. It is an absolute masterpiece of science fantasy, with a darker and more philosophical storyline than most Juvenile literature. If you are a Fantasci-fi nerd like me, definitely give Pullman a read.

When I’m not at work, you can find me…

Wandering the Impressionism Gallery at the MFA, drawing or painting in my tiny apartment, or relaxing with a good book and my two lazy cats.


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“I’m looking for a children’s book on…”

One of our most-commonly asked questions at the library service desk starts with those seven words: “I’m looking for a children’s book on…” So we’ve built a bunch of research tools to help you find just what you’re looking for.

Children’s Literature Research Guide

Find children’s books at the Wheelock College Library by using the special search box on this page. If you have a few minutes, we recommend looking at some of our annotated bibliographies of children’s literature– these can help you to find books by topic, subject, or reading level. These bibliographies mostly live in the library building, and librarians are always happy to help you navigate them to find just what you’re looking for.

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Just a few of the children’s books you can find at the Wheelock College Library.

Multicultural Children’s Literature Research Guide (built for MLE 301; useful for anyone!)

Although we put together this guide for the MLE 301 class, we think it’s really handy for anyone who is looking for children’s books that reflect our diverse society. Find award-winning books, reviews and recommendations, and (yes) annotated bibliographies to help you choose books for your particular interest or need.

Guided Reading Research Guide

Guided reading is an instructional method designed to help teachers to develop readers by introducing them to increasingly challenging texts.  If you’re looking for leveled books, or for more information on how to implement guided reading in the classroom, the resources on this page are for you!

Stop by the front desk of the library to pick up a quick list of children’s book titles on frequently-requested topics, such as Hospitals & Medical Care, Food & Nutrition, LGBTQAI families, books featuring racially and culturally diverse characters, and more.  These lists are not comprehensive, but they should help to get you started… especially if you only have a few minutes to spare!

I’d be remiss if I did not note that Stacy Collins, Library Public Services Assistant, spent many hours doing research and design for these guides and title lists.  Many thanks to you, Stacy!


Banned Books Week 2015

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Please welcome Charlie Owen, our Acquisitions and Administrative Assistant and guest blogger for this week!

As some of you may know, last week was the annual observance of Banned Books Week. The American Library Association, or ALA, and libraries all over the country celebrate this and use it as a means of making known that to this day people attempt to censor free speech by challenging the presence of books in all types of libraries. Typically the challenges arise from themes in books that go against the beliefs of individuals or groups of people. Wheelock produces many educators who may experience challenges, and regardless of your major you may find yourself witnessing a challenge in a library in your community. These challenges are often made by people with very strong convictions who really want to see the materials in question removed from the library.

That said I do not want to scare anyone into feeling like a challenge should be a confrontation. Rather than consider challenges negatively, you can more positively utilize the time to discuss with parents or members of the community the importance of diverse viewpoints. Try to remember that when people challenge books they are typically doing it with a sense of trying to protect their loved ones. By acknowledging that all opinions are valid and having a conversation rather than a fight you can build relationships with those who hold opposing views. A crucial service libraries provide is to make available books with viewpoints by marginalized groups in society to supplement those of the majority.

You can get more information about book challenges on the ALA’s website at http://www.ala.org/bbooks/. Take a look at the ALA’s Frequently Challenged Books website, http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks, to see some of the most challenged books throughout the years. You might also be interested in checking out some of these books Wheelock owns that are frequently on the list of challenged materials.