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Introducing our student employees, Sean Dunn and Sierra Payton

The University Digital Library initiative assembles, presents and preserves digital collections that support the teaching and research of the campus and the global community of scholars. Furthermore, the Digital Library at Falvey employs dedicated and hardworking students to provide assistance and direction to its patrons. Among these student employees is junior Sean Dunn.

sean-dunn-3_edSean Dunn, from West Chester (Pa.), is a mechanical engineering major who has worked at Falvey since 2007.  Sean says he has always wanted to work in a library. He recalled, “My mother said working in the library would give me a great experience. Also, I wanted to choose a position which allowed me to work with some form of technology.”

Sean appreciates that his efforts help patrons. Some of his duties include scanning materials from the rare collections, manuscripts, Civil War papers and any paper work professors need for instruction.  He also scans and saves documents into the library network, which are later uploaded onto the Digital Library web page to be utilized by patrons.

A member of the Robotics program, Sean has been master of ceremonies for the program’s Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) annual competitions. This program helps educate inner-city secondary school students in the Philadelphia area, inspiring them to pursue careers in engineering and technology.

Sean, a resident assistant in Farley Hall, notes that he adheres closely to residence hall policies but also likes to encourage his students to be involved in community-building activities, such as the Asian Expo in February. He has been an “indirect” member of Asian Students Association (ASA), and has mixed the music for their fashion show the last two years. (more…)


Attention, Graduating Students: Book Return Reminder


If you have any books from Falvey Library or books that were borrowed through Interlibrary Loan or E-Z Borrow, please return them on or before the assigned due date and no later than Friday, May 7.  Students with unreturned books, no matter when the books were due, will be charged a flat replacement charge of $50.00 for each unreturned book ($100.00 for Interlibrary Loan or E-Z Borrow or other special materials) as of Monday, May 10.  These charges could delay the receipt of your diploma.

You may check your library account online at My Library Account or you may call a supervisor at the Circulation desk at 610-519-4271.


Need a job? Uncover potential employers

by Linda Hauck

Employment may lag in a recession, but yours doesn’t have to. Excellent opportunities for growth and development exist at smaller or local businesses and nonprofits that don’t routinely recruit at colleges. They can be sought out by taking advantage of library and Career Services resources. The library has a guide to Finding Potential Employers, and Career Services offers instruction on using ReferenceUSA, an excellent business directory for employers, both large and small. (more)


World Bank Opens Access to Data

As part of a strategic effort to respond to demand from developing countries for greater participation and transparency, the World Bank, at it’s Spring meeting,  resolved to make formerly subscription data available free of charge.  This is great news for researchers around the globe including at Villanova University!worldbank1

The savings realized on our subscription to World Development Indicators can be applied to other resources.  Additionally we will now have access to Global Development Finance, African Development Indicators via WorldDatabank and Global Economic Monitor statistics.    The World Bank will shortly be announcing incentives for the creation of open source applications and mashups (such as Geo.Worldbank.org) based on these datasets.   Books, working papers and journal articles published by the World Bank are sadly not included in this change to open access but are discoverable via the library catalog or indices such as EconLit.

Both free and subscription statistical resources likely to be used by economists are listed on the Economics Subject Guide on Falvey Memorial Library.


Late Night Study Hours


In order to provide students with late night study facilities, the library will extend our hours beginning today, Sunday, April 25th. We’ll be open most nights until 3:00 a.m. Check the Hours link on the library homepage for a full listing of extended hours.

From everyone at Falvey, good luck on your papers and final exams!


Student Employee Appreciation Celebration

    (l. to r.) Tahir Qadeer, Kent M. Grosh, Grace Y. Bae, Christopher Volpe, Phaninder Surapaneni, Christine Simmons

(l. to r.) Tahir Qadeer, Kent M. Grosh, Grace Y. Bae, Christopher Volpe, Phaninder Surapaneni and Christine Simmons

Falvey celebrated its student employees with a luncheon on April 7.  Of the 85 students who work in the library, ten are graduating.

They are Grace Y. Bae,  Access Services;  Jeffrey B. Eisenberg, Access Services; Kent M. Grosh, Access Services; Ryan A. Mancino, Events & Outreach; Clare B. Oven, Access Services; Tahir Qadeer, Access Services; Christine K. Simmons,  Access Services; Phaninder Surapaneni, Systems/Technology Management; Christopher Volpe, Access Services; and Jayne Ziemba, Access Services.

Ryan Mancino won the drawing for two gift certificates to Gullifty’s Grille & Bar.

Library staff and supervisors also attended, demonstrating their appreciation for a job well done.

The Falvey’s Student Employee Appreciation Committee (SEAC) sponsored the annual event. For information about student employment in the library, contact Mary Heyman in the director’s office.

Photograph by Alice Bampton


Credo Reference Trial Database, until April 30

Credo Reference contains the full text of hundreds of reference books, covering many major topics. It also includes audio pronunciation files and art, science and medical images, in addition to atlas images of places and geographic features throughout the world. The many related entries are pulled from the entire collection of reference works, not just from within the same source.

Try topics such as the brain, global warming or a notable person, such as Jean Piaget.  And let us know in the Comments what you think.

The trial ends April 30.

Submitted by Jacqueline Mirabile


Graduate student journal Concept hosted by Falvey's online service


by Stephen Spatz

From the miseries of early public prisons to the mysteries of Native American medicine to The Scarlet Letter as market place, articles published in Concept, an Interdisciplinary Journal of Graduate Studies, range across the disciplines their graduate student writers represent. Published by Villanova University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the thirteenth volume of the journal is the first edition offered in electronic form through Falvey Memorial Library’s nascent online journal hosting service.

On Thursday, April 22, Falvey Library hosted a celebration of the publication of the 2010 Concept, and the event  also commemorated the new partnership between this established outlet of campus scholarship and the library’s latest expression of its commitment to open access publishing and digital scholarship.

The occasion featured remarks on the vibrancy and diversity of graduate research at the University and the evolution of Concept by Arts and Sciences Dean of Graduate Studies Adele Lindenmeyr and Concept faculty managing editor Gregory Hoskins. This year’s graduate student authors and editorial staff were recognized, and there was a video demonstration of the new library-hosted Concept web site. University Librarian Joe Lucia and Outreach Librarian Darren G. Poley addressed Falvey Library’s bold new open access initiatives and digital partnerships.


Falvey Scholars selected, feted in colorful display

graduation_cap_booksby Alice Bampton

A large blue banner, “Honoring Outstanding Undergraduate Research: Falvey Scholars,” first captures our attention in the display window between Holy Grounds and the main area of Falvey Library’s first floor.

Picture frames house photos of the newly selected Falvey Scholars who  represent their respective Colleges: Nursing, Engineering, Business, Arts and Sciences.

The 2010 Falvey Scholars have been selected: Arts — Brittany Parisi (Dr. Satya Pattnayak, faculty mentor); Business — Christopher McKay (Dr. Mary Kelly, faculty mentor); Engineering — Susan Mischinski (Dr. Ani Ural, faculty mentor); Nursing — Ashley Thompson and Kelly Moran (Dr. Ruth McDermott-Levy, RN, faculty mentor) and Sciences — Shreya Trivedi (Dr. Louise Russo, faculty mentor).

Bright red posters provide information about the Falvey Scholars Awards. The Falvey Scholars presented their research on  Friday, April 23, at 1 p.m. in the library first floor lounge. Also, the program is in its eighth year of collaboration among the Library, the Honors Program and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.

The display was created by Joanne Quinn, the designer of cultural displays and special projects for Falvey’s Events and Outreach team.


Sustainability 2010: Learn more. What can you do?

by Donna Chadderton

j0440106Sustainability is a word that has been heard with increasing frequency recently. What does it mean; why should it matter; how does it affect our individual lives?  These questions resonate as the 40th anniversary of the founding of Earth Day will be celebrated on April 22.

The Oxford Reference Online, one of Falvey Library’s e-reference resources, defines sustainability as “conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources.”  It is also often expressed as “meeting the needs of the present generation, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”  (United Nations 96th plenary meeting, 11 December 1987)

Regarding why sustainability should matter, a quick search for the single word “sustainability” in Falvey’s online catalog, VuFind, reveals a wide variety of  sub-topics that include sustainable development, management, environmental policy, politics and government, globalization, agriculture, law, finance, architecture, moral aspects, strategic planning, technological innovations and more.

Additionally, numerous journal articles on sustainability and its related topics can be found by searching Falvey’s online databases, using the subject guides link on the library home page.  Through these queries, it quickly becomes apparent that sustainability touches upon virtually every aspect of our lives. (more…)


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Last Modified: April 18, 2010