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Feedback Friday: Share your summer reading suggestions!

globeCan you suggest any titles that others might enjoy? A novel about travels to a domestic or distant land? Or perhaps a thriller, a mystery, a romance, or an old favorite?

Tell us in the Comments!

Some of our recommendations include:


Falvey Bids Farewell to Louise Green: Grateful for Her Years of Distinguished Service

Louise Green

Louise K. Green

During her 40-plus years at Falvey Memorial Library, Louise K. Green, who has a bachelor’s degree in education and a master of science in library science, has been a reference librarian, head of the reference department, lecturer in the library science department, instructor, acting library director, associate director for public services and a member of the Academic Integration team. She will retire at the end of May.

Early in May, she answered the following questions:

NT:  At what colleges did you receive your undergraduate and library degrees?
LG: I majored in mathematics at East Stroudsburg Teachers College (now East Stroudsburg University) and received my library degree from Villanova University in 1965.

NT:  How did you come to Falvey and when did you start?
LG:  While pursuing my degree, I worked as a graduate assistant in the library science department where I taught a one credit course to arts and sciences undergrads on the use of books and the library. When a part time position opened in Falvey, I was interested. Since my daughter was still young, I worked part time for six or seven years. I also taught graduate reference courses while working at Falvey. (more…)


Feedback Friday: Have you seen any good movies lately?

santa_monica_theater1It’s summertime and the living is easy (or easier than it was a few weeks ago). New movies are coming out all the time, many of which are based on books (Coraline, Angels & Demons, and Slumdog Millionaire). Have you seen any good movies lately? Did you read the book first? How do they compare?

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Business Bestsellers


The Bartley Business Bestsellers collection is vacationing at Falvey Memorial Library this summer.  Our hot new business books can be found on a display directly across from the circulation desk.  When things cool down in September they will return to their home outside room 2008, Bartley Business Info Center. (Image by Joanne Quinn)


Digital Books for Business

During finals week I met a sheepishly apologetic graduating VSB senior who was checking out a book from Falvey Memorial Library for the 1st time.  I told him he had nothing to be ashamed of as he was speaking to a librarian with an MBA who hadn’t needed to check out a business book until taking a capstone class in her final semester.  Even a half dozen years ago, business students such as myself could reasonably do their work by relying on online resources, course supplied cases and buying the occassional book from Borders (Amazon was in it’s infancy).

If you share my preferences for convenience and portability, you’ll like  our  business books from Netlibrary.  This past spring I’ve added over sixty electronic books covering accounting, marketing, economics, and management from NetLibrary to our collection.  To find these digital titles, use our catalog and include the word  “Netlibrary”  to your search.  Alternately search only Netlibrary content from the link on Databases A-Z.


Victorian Life through the Lens of 19th Century Magazines

uk_perFalvey is delighted with its acquisition of 19th Century UK Periodicals.

Series 1 of this collection, entitled New Readerships, consists of  women’s and children’s periodicals, as well as humor and leisure/sport magazines and chronicles the rise of modern magazine culture. Featured are women’s magazines, such as Hearth and Home and the Women’s Penny Paper, satirical titles such as Punch and Fun, magazines aimed at the young, such as Boy’s Own Paper, as well as a number of sports and leisure magazines.

Series 2 of 19th Century UK Periodicals, entitled Empire, includes the complete run of over 90 magazines. Topics range from the abolition of the slave trade within the British Empire in 1807 to the first Opium Wars (1839-42) and the “scramble for Africa” in the 1880s and 1890s.

Records to all magazines in the collection will be added to the Library’s online catalog. Each record will have a link to individual titles. Links to the digital collection itself appear on the Databases A-Z list (under N), as well as on the primary sources tab of the history subject guide.

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Books in Print

Books in Print (Bowker) 
Use Books in Print to find records for in-print, recently out-of-print and forthcoming books from over 44,000 North American publishers.


Statistical Lexis-Nexis Just Got Better

mortgage_interest.gifStatistical Lexis-Nexis has been a key resource for students in need of data.  It’s an incredibly powerful index to data generated by both public and private entities across a wide range of topics.  It’s the first place I recommend to students for collecting statistics on any topic beyond the scope of the usual.

A student writing a critical review of  Financial Shock:  a 360 Look at the Subprime Mortgage Implosion and How to Avoid the Next Financial Crisis wanted statatics on total mortgages to illustrate a point.  Statistical Lexis-Nexis Tables pointed to more then one source for relatively current data.  One limitation of the Tables is that they don’t alwasy cover the desired time period and aren’t easily manipulated.

That’s were our new subscription to Statistical Lexis Nexis  “Customized Data” fills the void.    This new module graphs, ranks and maps data that the user specifies by time period or geography.  Not as many statistical series are included in datasets, but the ones that are, are customizable!


New for consulting: Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods

Qualitative methods of research are essential to nursing research. Often denigrated as inferior to quantitative research, qualitative research methods answer “the why questions that researchers have in mind when they develop their projects.”

encyc_qualitative_research_methodsBecome better acquainted with the elements of qualitative research by browsing the Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods, now available online along with  over 200  other specialized and authoritative encyclopedias produced by Sage Publishers.

As an added bonus, the Sage e-reference collection offers a citation tool allowing you to cite encyclopedia articles in correct APA style. Other useful features are the numerous active hyperlinks to supplemental readings, as well as the capability to send articles by   e-mail.

The Sage encyclopedias are accessible via the Library’s subject guides (nursing, medical and health sciences, psychology), the E-Reference Resources list and the online catalog.)

Here are other titles in the Sage collection that you will find invaluable for nursing:


Sage Brings Print Encyclopedias Online

encyc_race_ethnicity.jpgFalvey added over 70 new e-reference titles from Sage to its popular online reference collection.  Some of these titles were already available in print on the Library’s reference shelves, but most of the titles are new in Falvey’s collection and worth a closer look. One can browse the Sage e-reference collection by subject areas such as history, sociology, or criminal justice and search for keywords in individual titles as well as the complete collection.

The Encyclopedia of American Urban History, the Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice, and the Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods are some outstanding new titles in this collection. Among the titles previously owned in print are the Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice, the Encyclopedia of Social Problems, and the Encyclopedia of Social Theory, to name but a few.

Direct links to individual titles or to the complete collection can be added to WebCT as well as to the Library’s course guides. Links to individual entries are another possibility. A good example is Appendix A: Data on Race and Ethnicity in the United States, 1820 to the Present of the Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society, which includes 60 pages worth of data such as  persons obtaining legal permanent resident status by region and selected country of last residence, 1820-2006.

Noteworthy features of the Sage e-reference collection are a citation tool that offers a choice of three citation styles (APA, MLA and Chicago), numerous active URLs on the further reading lists, and the option to e-mail entries to any e-mail address.

Access to these titles is available via the Library’s subject guides (sociology, criminal justice, history), the E-Reference Resources list and the Library’s catalog.

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