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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.


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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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Introducing: Rachel Gravel

A long overdue introduction to Rachel Gravel, Access Services Librarian!

Name: Rachel Gravelimage of Rachel Gravel, a woman with brownish blond hair and glasses.

Job title: Access Services Librarian

Location in Library: Floor 1M

Tell us what you do in 50 words or less:

I make library resources available to the Wheelock community. That means I oversee library circulation, interlibrary loan and course reserves, and help to promote these services. I also supervise library student workers, provide research help at the service desk and collaborate with the other librarians to make sure we’re providing our patrons with the best resources and services we can.

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

Interlibrary loan! ILL is a fabulous way for libraries to get ahold of materials we don’t have and put them into the hands of our patrons. Because we can’t buy every book, journal, film or album ever created, resource sharing among libraries is a real advantage to smaller institutions like us. If there’s something you want and we don’t have it, don’t give up! We’re happy to show you how to place ILL requests to help you get want you need from another library.

What is a typical work day like for you?

On a given day, you might find me processing ILL requests, setting up course reserves, helping patrons with research or printing or locating resources, developing plans for new library services, promoting a library happening, selecting materials to add to the collection, mentoring our student workers and pre-professional staff or catching up with professional development opportunities and readings (because after all, librarianship is a lifelong learning profession). No two days are exactly alike and that’s what keeps me coming back!

What is your favorite website?

Every morning I make the news rounds online to my favorites: npr.org, nytimes.com, and boston.com. More interestingly, I like scary stories and recently discovered creepypasta!

What is your favorite book in the Wheelock Library collection?

Pretty much anything in the 830s (German literature).

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

Spending time with friends, reading, cooking, crafting or watching sci-fi flicks/shows.


Introducing: Allison Smith

Image of Allison SmithName: Allison Smith

Job title:  Acquisitions & Administrative Assistant

Location in Library: Floor 2

Tell us what you do in 50 words or less:

I manage serials collections and administrative and financial support services for Academic Resources.

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

If you think there is something we ought to have in our collection let us know!

What is a typical work day like for you?

I’m generally processing serials, ordering and receiving books, and giving directions to lost students since my desk is right by the stairwell.

What is your favorite website?

Probably MotherJones.  I’m also on Goodreads a lot (unsurprisingly).

What is your favorite book in the Wheelock Library collection?

One of my recent favorites is Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon.

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

at one of my 2 other library jobs or over at Simmons where I’m studying for my MLS


Student Employment Week 2016

Student Worker Week 2016Student Employment Week is April 11 through April 15 and serves as a worthy reminder of just how much we owe our amazing, talented, and dedicated student workers without whom the Library could not be open the 95.5 hours it is each week during the semester.

Each academic year, the Library employs an average of 24 student workers eligible for work-study. These workers have the important job of serving as the “face” of the Library, as they literally are the first people seen when students, faculty, and staff enter the building.

After undergoing a three part training, these workers are fully prepared to provide friendly, professional service by locating items, checking out materials, answering questions about spaces and services housed in the Library, and making educated referrals.

Whether it is early morning, afternoon, evening, weekday, or weekend, you can usually find one of our exceptional student workers below at the desk ready and willing to assist you.

Alyssa Halpin
Arianna Saunders
Ashley Wight
Christine Zamor
Claudia Barnard
Claudia Cabrera
Courtney Stage
Danielle Horan
Eric Clark
Gleidymar Rivera
Guerslande Etienne
Kailani Massaquoi
Kaleigh Carrington
Khilah Boone
Kirsten Robinson
Kiara Valentin
Mia Mendoza
Musshda Haq
Nicole Cure
Nicole Shine*
Orianna Natsis*
Raynna Walsh-Sormanti
Sarah Richards
Sarah Taylor
Shaila Vaden
Vlashandra Olivier

On behalf of the entire Library staff I would like to thank each of these students for their regular contributions to the Library!

*Both Orianna and Nicole were named Wheelock College Student Employees of the Year!  Congratulations to both!