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2017

Fare thee well, VHSs!

VHSs and VCRs first hit the US market in the 1970’s, but already by the late 1990’s, DVDs took hold as consumers’ preferred format for playing video content at home. Sales of videocassettes have dropped dramatically ever since.

Though not quite yet considered an obsolete format, VHSs are prone to deterioration and there are fewer and fewer VCRs for sale in the marketplace, especially since the last maker of VCRs, Funai Electronic, announced it would stop producing them in August 2016, leaving many libraries to question what to do with their aging tapes. Today, even DVD sales are on the decline, with subscription streaming video services, like Netflix and Amazon, outpacing discs for the first time in 2016.

Here at Wheelock, we recognized these trends and removed VCRs from classrooms spring 2015. In the two intervening years, the Library worked with faculty to replace or convert unique content previously only available on VHS. With a growing preference for online access to videos, the Library also worked to develop a robust collection of streaming videos. As a result, we now have over 400 DVDs and access to almost 90,000 film titles through our streaming subscriptions, Kanopy and Alexander Street, and we’re finally ready to say goodbye for good to our VHSs!

The Library is removing VHSs from our collection, but you’ll have a chance this week only to grab them for your own collection! Swing by the Library basement this week to take home as many VHSs as you’d like. Make art, repurpose them, or if you’re lucky enough to still have a VCR, embrace the grainy quality and play on!


image of Tracy Joyce

Introducing: Tracy Joyce

image of Tracy JoyceA long overdue introduction to Tracy Joyce, who started at the Wheelock College Library in early February.  Many of you have probably already met her in your research workshops, at the Library Service Desk, and at various Wheelock College functions. 

Name: Tracy Joyce

Job title: Learning & Research Services Librarian, and Liaison to the School of Graduate and Professional Programs

Location in Library: Floor 2, Office 201

Tell us what you do in 50 words or less:

My job is to help make research less daunting. I can help with formulating your topic to finding and evaluating sources to understanding when and how to cite. I also create research guides, select library materials, and work with faculty to integrate information literacy and research instruction into courses.

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

Research appointments! Students can schedule a research appointment with myself or Karen to get one-on-one help. Students typically schedule appointments when they need help finding sources. However, we can also work with students when they are at different stages of their research, which might include narrowing down a topic, creating a research question, developing keywords/search terms, or using tools and sources to create citations.

What is a typical work day like for you?

My job covers a wide range of areas but a typical day probably includes some combination of the following: providing drop-in research help at the front desk, meeting with students for individual research appointments, selecting materials to add to the library collection, planning and teaching research workshops, and collaborating with faculty to provide research and resource support.

What is your favorite website?

Every morning when I check my email I also am on the lookout for my newsletter from theskimm.com. This site compiles the latest headlines so that I can stay current when it comes to the news and events.

What is your favorite book in the Wheelock Library collection?

Matilda by Roald Dahl. He was one of my favorite author’s to read when I was younger, and I still remember the book report I wrote in elementary school.

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

Walking by Horn Pond in Woburn or Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, painting either at home or at a Paint Nite, reading, or spending way too much time binge watching shows.


picture of Karen Storz. Greenery and a body of water in the background.

Introducing: Karen Storz

picture of Karen Storz. Greenery and a body of water in the background. An overdue introduction to Karen Storz, who joined our Library earlier this semester!  You’ve probably already met her in your research workshops, at the Service Desk, and at various Wheelock events. 

Name: Karen Storz

Job title: Learning & Research Services Librarian, and Liaison to the School of Arts and Sciences

Location in Library: Floor 2, Office 201

Tell us what you do in 50 words or less:

I’m here to help at any stage of the research process, from formulating your topic to finding and evaluating sources to understanding when and how to cite. I also create research guides, select library materials to support the curriculum, and work with faculty to integrate information literacy and research instruction into courses.

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

We offer research help and consultation services to faculty as well! As you develop syllabi and research assignments, we can help you find and integrate relevant books, articles, and videos available through the library. We can also work with you on ways to structure assignments that involve library and internet research, and we can provide tailored research instruction through class visits, library workshops, video tutorials, and one-on-one appointments. For your own research, we are always happy to help you track down hard-to-find sources, walk you through advanced databases features, or alert you to new resources in your field. Get in touch and let us know how we can help!

What is a typical work day like for you?

There’s a lot of variety in my job, but a typical day probably includes some combination of the following: providing drop-in research help at the front desk, meeting with students for individual research appointments, selecting materials to add to the library collection, planning and teaching research workshops, and collaborating with faculty to provide research and resource support.

What is your favorite website?

I recently discovered the very cool Radio Garden, where you can explore live radio from around the world by moving your cursor across the globe like a big radio dial, tuning in to thousands of stations from Boston to Botswana to Beijing. I love dipping in and out of so many different languages and musical styles.

What is your favorite book in the Wheelock Library collection?

I don’t have one favorite, but I recently read and loved Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, a lyrical and heartrending novel that begins in 18th-century Ghana and traces the diverging and converging stories of two half-sisters and their descendants through 300 years of Ghanaian and American history. I was amazed that this was Gyasi’s first novel, given its epic sweep and narrative complexity.

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

Spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking, digging in our tiny vegetable garden, hanging out at Symphony Hall or the MFA, browsing flea markets or estate sales for interesting paper ephemera, and increasingly, writing to my political representatives.


Celebrate with Poetry!

 

This April is a time to CELEBRATE! This month marks the inauguration of Wheelock’s President David Chard as well as National Poetry Month! In honor of these two exciting occasions, the library has set up two poetry activities!

Get in touch with your creative side and partake in our Poet-Tree activity. Create your own blackout poem on leaves cut from old book pages, and then add them to the Poet-Tree for all to see! Below are photos of just how quickly the tree has grown!

Our Spine Poetry station challenges students to create poems out of found words on book spines. Us librarians have pulled a cart of books for you to start with, but if you’re looking for inspiration feel free to browse the shelves and grab any other words that jump out at you. Below are some of our favorite creations so far!

There’s still plenty of time to stop by the library and add to the Poet-Tree or Spine Poems. These activities will be up through the end of the semester! Be sure to share your works with the Wheelock community by posting them online! #WheeRead #WheelockCollege


covers of the 12 social work books listed below

Social Work Month

There aren’t many schools in which social work is such a core part of its identity.  At Wheelock, the college’s mission and motto – ” to improve the lives of children and families”- is a very familiar mission for social workers.  Unsurprisingly, social work is one of our most popular majors.  Besides our MSW in Social Work, we also have several social work graduate certificate programs.

March is Social Work Month.  The month is set aside to celebrate the invaluable and compassionate work that social workers do to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families.  In recognition, I’ve compiled a list of some of our Library’s recent books related to social work:

covers of the 12 social work books listed below