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Date archive for: May 2012

Congratulations Class of 2012! The Library Then & Now

Posted in In and Around the Library

When you were first years …

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” - Albert Einstein
  • Building visitors: 279,203
  • Tech Suites: 7
  • Library Spaces: cubicles, tables, study rooms

When you were seniors …

  • Building visitors: 442,850
  • Tech Suites: 11
  • Library Spaces: Information Commons, Technology Helpdesk, Academic Technology Center staff, Café, & a new Patio (coming soon thanks to you!)
Many changes have occurred since you arrived at WPI.  Thanks for your input and enthusiasm about the library and helping to continue to make it such a special place on campus.The library staff wish you the best and a successful future.

Gordon Library Pinterest: Pinning Down Your Research

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The Gordon Library created a Pinterest account ( earlier this year for you to keep up on new books, interesting archive images, and so much more. Make sure to follow our Research Tips, Library Fun, and WPI History boards. We see Pinterest as a great way to interact with the entire WPI community and hope that you repin some of our images, and share some interesting pins with us as well.

Looking for Films, Audiobooks, and Bestsellers in Gordon Library?

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Film collection in its new homeLooking for Films, Audiobooks, and Bestsellers? Head up to the Third Floor

In preparation for summer renovations of the North side of the library’s main entrance level, the film collection has moved upstairs. Take a left once you get upstairs to find them. The library has a growing collection of DVDs, to learn more check out the guide Find Films at WPI. (


Audiobooks have also moved to the 3rd floor, in the same area. From Secrets of a shoe addict: a novel to the Big sur by Jack Kerouac, find a variety of popular, non-fiction, and education titles on cassette or CD. Search the library’s audiobook collection by entering “audiobooks” in Summon/All search, by limiting to library location: Audiobooks.


Bestsellers are also on the 3rd floor, stop up and browse. A few recently added titles include:


Library Staff Celebrate Long Term Service Awards

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Congratulations Don, Martha, Debbie and Joan
Congratulations to Don, Martha, Debbie and Joan!

The library staff are pleased to report the George C. Gordon Library at WPI is a terrific place to work. How do we know? Staff stick around for a while! The following are being recognized today for their contributions and for long service at WPI.

35 Years: Don Richardson, Associate Director for Technology and E-Resource Management
Starting as a reference librarian in 1977, Don began his WPI career teaching students use the old fashioned card catalog to find books. Over the years he has worked to implement many technological advances, most recently working last summer to roll out the new Summon/All search on the library website.

25 Years: Martha Gunnarson, Electronic Resources Librarian
Otherwise known as ‘the magic wizard behind the curtain,’ she manages access to print journals, eJournals, and eBooks through the library catalog, eResources Portal, and in Summon. With this effort, users can seamlessly get to the information they need, without even knowing the WPI Library is behind the full text magic trick.

20 Years: Debbie Bockus, Assistant Director, Access Services
Debbie administers and directs the operation of the Access Services Department with much energy and a stream of creative ideas. Her midnight brainstorms, shared with staff, ensure the library is an innovative and productive space for students and staff alike. She oversees Interlibrary Loan staff, who make certain faculty and students get timely access to articles and books borrowed from other libraries. Her work involves hiring and managing 50+ students who work at the library each year.

20 Years: Joan Dickert, Administrative Assistant
Joan has kept the library admistration in line for many years. Joan keeps an eagle eye on our library accounts and patron count statistics. She tracks many details behind the scenes. Joan is an active member of the New York Times Bestseller selection committee. She collects reviews, analyze circulation trends, and knows the reader’s choices. She’s also an amazing seamstress and one of the best bakers in the world, and sure knows how to organize a party.

Thanks to these staff members for their many, many contributions over the years.

Library Patio Class Gift: Donations Accepted Until Commencement

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Library Patio Before and AfterThe Class of 2012 is very close to their goal of raising $10,000 for the Senior Class Gift! By raising $10,000 and getting donations from 40% of the seniors, the class earns a 1:1 Trustee match and $5,000, respectively, to give towards the refinishing of the Gordon Library patio. The patio will be updated with benches, trees, and shrubs to make it an inviting place for students to gather. If you would like to donate or have questions, please contact Ajayi Harris at 508-831-6021 or, or donate online here.

Donations will be accepted until Commencement.