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Between Bookcases

I want to let you in on a little secret.Bookstacks

There is a tradition that has been practiced on the grounds of colleges and universities across the country since long before webpages, Wikipedia, and apps existed.

If done right it can lead to new discoveries, stimulating ideas, diverse perspectives, groundbreaking realizations, and a newfound appreciation for how the past influences the present.

In fact, there is almost a guarantee that practitioners will be different at the end of their undertaking the tradition than they were at the beginning, for the opportunities to broaden one’s worldview, sensibilities, and knowledge are nearly endless.

Here at Wheelock, the secret tradition is practiced between the bookcases at the Library and it involves nothing more than taking the time to browse the treasures that have been collected over the years and continue to be collected today to capture and make available the intellectual output of the scholars, authors, and visionaries in the various disciplines taught here at the College.

This simple act of walking through the stacks and interacting with the contents not only provides a welcome escape from the various screens constantly demanding our attention, but it lets one engage in the joyful discovery of information without distraction, defined purpose, or specific need. Indeed, it trains one to embrace one of the most worthwhile activities possible, which is to pursue knowledge for its own sake.

To help facilitate and encourage this tradition, we here at the Library are in the midst of changing the labels on the end of the stacks throughout the collection by replacing the simple call number designations with descriptions of the disciplines each call number range represents. Soon, everyone will be free to identify and roam the ranges of their favorite discipline or a discipline that has piqued their curiosity.

I leave it to you, the reader, to take advantage of these new labels and this tradition and explore our collections. With any luck, you will come to how enriching this simple activity can be for the mind and soul. Lastly, don’t forget to share your experiences in the comments!

Check out our recent titles

A new academic year, a new beginning, and a new look! The Wheelock College Library News blog has been given a facelift. We’ve uncluttered the look and made it just a bit brighter. New features include the mobile friendliness of the design and the Recent Titles display under the menu bar. We will highlight some of the new resources that the Wheelock College Library adds to its collection regularly, covering a variety of subjects. Each cover image is linked to the title’s entry in the Library catalog, so you can find out more information about it.

What do you think? Are there any improvements you’d all like to see?

Books free for the taking!

Looking for a beach read?

The Library has a cart full of books that can fill that need for a “good beach read”. Before you go on vacation, stop by the Library and check out the Book Exchange cart located near the Service Desk. These books are free for the taking. After your vacation, you can bring back any books you picked up (here or elsewhere) that others might also enjoy reading. The Book Exchange is available year round and the collection of books is being constantly refreshed. Enjoy!

Return Library Items by May 3 and Win a Prize!

Attention Wheelock students!  All items checked out from the Library are due on Thursday, May 3.

When you return your books, stop by the front desk and enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

On May 4, we will randomly select and notify two winners.  You must have zero items checked out and have no outstanding fines as of the 3rd to be eligible.  Duplicate entries will be removed before the prize drawing is made.

Enter to win at the Library front desk!

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!