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.

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