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Introducing: Rachel Gravel

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

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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:,, and 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.

Heeding the Call to Service and Higher Education

The Library’s very own Eric Clark was recently featured in a video on the Wheelock College website. Eric has been one of our student workers since the fall of 2015. In the video, Eric talks about his passion for helping others and how it led him to return to school and pursue a degree in Social Work. He brings to work with him every day the same enthusiasm and commitment he applies to his studies.

Check out the video below, or find it here on the college’s website.

We love that the video features so many scenes of Eric working and studying in the library! He is an absolute pleasure to work with and always jumps at an opportunity to help both students and coworkers. We want to congratulate Eric on being recognized by the college as a student who is truly inspiring a world of good, and we can’t wait to see where the rest of his journey takes him.


Drop-in research help, 7 days/week

Did you know that you can get one-on-one research help at the library?  During the semester, we offer drop-in assistance 7 days a week, in the afternoons and evenings.

  • Sunday through Thursday, 12:00 noon to 11:00 pm
  • Friday & Saturday, 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm

If you can’t make it in to the library, no worries! You can also call us (617-879-2222), email us (, or chat with us from our website.

What can you help me with? We can help you at any point in the research process, whether you are still trying to settle on a topic, to refine your research question, to find scholarly articles or demographic statistics, or to format your paper and reference list in APA (or MLA, or Chicago) style.

Maybe it's time to drop by the library!

Maybe it’s time to drop by the library!

We can be especially helpful when you feel like you’ve hit a wall in your own research, so don’t be afraid of getting in touch! We have been trained to help you find a way up, around, or through the obstacle standing in the way of your information-gathering.

Who will be helping me? Many talented people staff our drop-in hours and can assist you with your research. Some of us are librarians, and some of us are librarians-in-training. All of us are excited to assist students with their research projects! Get to know us a little better:

What if my project is really complicated? Are you doing an independent study, an honors paper, or a graduate research project? For more in-depth research needs, you can make an appointment ahead of time to meet with a research librarian for up to 60 minutes. It’s best to request these appointments a few days in advance. We can help you come up with a strategy for consulting a variety of sources in order to hone in on the ones that best suit your project.

New Website, Rooms, Equipment, and Staff!

Library Hours
A concern was raised that the Library has been closing earlier than the posted hours. I have worked with Security to resolve this problem. The front door will continue to be automatically locked at 15 minutes before the closing time. The posted hours by the door and on the Library webpage now accurately reflect this. Students inside the building will be reminded at that time of the closing by Library staff; however, lights will not be shut off and the building cleared and secured until the scheduled closing time.

New Media Equipment & Technology
We are adding four new Canon Powershot A470 digital cameras and four new Canon ZR950 digital video cameras to our collection. These will be available to be borrowed from the Circulation Desk very shortly. You will find this equipment a vast improvement over the old media equipment!

There will shortly be ten new iMacs in the Reference area on floor 1M for student use. No more waiting for the PCs to load!

Student-Use Library Rooms
There are two new rooms on the second floor available for student use. One is designated as a Group Study Room and it may be reserved through the Circulation Desk. If no one has reserved it, then it is available for anyone to use. The room contains a table, four chairs, and a whiteboard. The other room is a Media Room with a TV/VCR/DVD setup and a couple of soft chairs. There is no need to reserve this room.

Updated Library Website
The Library website ( has been updated. We hope that you will find the cleaner presentation easier to use. Amy Basque, our Systems Librarian, is looking for students to help with usability testing of the new site. If you are interested (you will be rewarded for your time), please contact her at x2296 or

Please note the Talk Back link on the right side of the Library page. This is an area where you can post any questions or comments (not research questions—contact Library staff with those!) you may have about the Library and its operation, and the question and response will be posted on the site.

New Staff
We are very pleased to have a new Access Services Librarian starting in mid-May. You will most likely see her at the Circulation Desk area. Our student staff have done a great job of running the Circulation operation in the absence of a librarian. Once the new librarian starts, she will review and revise policies and procedures to help ensure that everything runs smoothly for the summer term and beyond.

Please return all library materials you have borrowed by May 11!

I am working with Jeannie Blazar, Director of the Resource Center, on future planning for the Resource Center. As part of that planning, we will conduct a survey to gather usage information. Please take the time to complete the survey after you receive it, even if you have never used the Resource Center. It is important to have the input of as wide a cross-section of students as possible.

I am very interested in ensuring that the Library and Resource Center work to support all your needs. If you feel there is an issue that needs to be addressed, please bring it to my attention. I can be reached by phone at x2225 or email at, or just stop by my office on the second floor of the Library. I am working with SGA to maintain communications through that group also.

Best of luck to you all as the semester winds down!

Brenda Ecsedy
Director of Academic Resources & Library Services

Welcome Back and Welcome Aboard!

We hope you all had a wonderful break and that you’ve returned full of energy for the spring semester. You will find numerous new titles in the Library’s collection since December, including Just a Mom and Love, Ellen: a mother/daughter journey by Betty DeGeneres, the featured speaker at the Half Year Program.

The start of the new semester also brings a new staff member to the Library. Susan Buzzell has joined us as Reference and Instruction Librarian. She comes to us from Castleton State College in Vermont. She will be conducting information literacy and bibliographic instruction sessions, as well as providing research assistance. Come by floor 1M and say hello!