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Libraries at Villanova and La Salle partner, provide online access to biblical literature collection

by Darren Poley

 

Falvey Memorial Library has partnered with Connelly Library, La Salle University, for the purpose of digitizing rare Bibles and other printed material from its world-class Susan Dunleavy Collection of Biblical Literature.

This digital partnership agreement conveys the salient message that two major universities run by two different religious orders — Villanova University by the Augustinians and La Salle University by the Christian Brothers — are willing to use advanced digital technology whenever possible to preserve a significant part of the cultural patrimony of the Christian tradition.

Further, the libraries of two Catholic Universities in the Philadelphia region can, in the spirit of fellowship and of academic collegiality, work together to promote the study of books precious to many different kinds of scholars interested in the sacred scripture of Christianity and its related literature, without doing harm to the books themselves. (more…)


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My EBSCO Host

Creating a personal login for EBSCO Host has lots of great benefits!

Get more organized with a personal log-in account through MyEBSCO Host!

  • – Create folders for collected saved citations
  • – Save useful searches or your search history
  • – Create search alerts
  • – Create journal alerts
  • – Share folders with other researchers or group members

Never lose useful records to a lost internet connection or session timeout again!  With MyEBSCO Host you can also establish personal preferences for interface language, results display, and citation format.

Since Communication & Mass Media Complete, Communication Abstracts, and Film & Television Literature Index are all now available through the EBSCO platform, as well as many more databases across various disciplines, this feature is becoming increasingly useful.

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Kristyna Carroll
Research Support Librarian
kristyna.carroll@villanova.edu
610-519-5391


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Library Open House a Success — Especially for These Three!

Open House winners

(l. to r.) Barbara Quintiliano, Emily Jennings, Estefania Espinoza, Matthew Rinaldi, and Joseph Lucia

Approximately 400 students stopped by the Library’s Open House event on Sept. 21 and 22, 2010, loading up on cookies, candy, bookmarks, handouts and hugs from the inimitable Wildcat. For three lucky students, the free handouts were even better: they got to take home some fantastic technology!

Emily Jennings, a senior, won the iPad, which she thinks is great because it’s “so much more lighter” than a pile of books. She’s really looking forward to spending time “playing with it.” Sophomore Estefania Espinoza is looking forward to “losing a lot of sleep” playing with her Kindle, and freshman Matthew Rinaldi says the Sony reader will “get me to read more.”

University Librarian Joseph Lucia, who distributed the prizes, commented, “We are working hard to integrate e-books into the Library’s resources, and these e-readers are examples” of the types of technology used for the medium. Additionally, he said, “We’re looking into possibly making available an e-book version of next year’s One Book selection.” The Library currently has a Kindle available for loan to students and faculty.

Three other lucky students — freshman Maureen Alvarez, sophomore Maria Farrow and junior Brian Macellara — won $10 iTunes gift cards.

Thanks to everyone who made the Open House a success!

Contributed by Barbara Quintiliano and Alexandra Edwards; photo by Alice Bampton.


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eMarketer

emarketereMarketer is the best single source for research and statistics on all manner of online marketing.  eMarketer employs a team of analysts that synthesize  data and primary research from over 4000 sources including consulting firms, government agencies and academics.

Their reports, data and interviews are easy to browse and search (probably because they employ Librarians!).   Content is organized by digital marketing channel (video, search engine, mobile, social media, email) and industry (financial, consumer, health care, entertainment) and searchable by keywords.   The digital world atlas provides country profiles of media penetration, usage, spending, and revenue with news and insight– essential references for any international marketing or management student.   Furthermore,  reports and charts are well documented with sources for data and insights clearly indicated.  Sadly many of the source documents they use are exceedingly expensive and not readily accessible in their entirety.

Tasked with ramping up the mobile strategy for a packaged food product?  Check out, Grocery Shoppers Hungary for Mobile Info.  Need to understand the online habits of  twenty somethings?  The indepth report Millennials Online:  Marketing to a Moving Target should be a good start.  Want to create appealing visuals for your pitch on using video to merchandize apparel?  Take advantage of eMarketers jpg tool to add charts such as this:

117727-11 eMarketer is available on the Marketing Subject page and Databases A-Z.


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E-book Summit: Wednesday

The Falvey Library Professional Development Committee invites you to attend a virtual summit hosted by Library Journal on eBooks on Wednesday, September 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the instruction room. Highlights of the program include:

  • *An address by Ray Kurzweil, inventor of the optical character recognition, voice recognition programs and music synthesizer and author of many books on how to live a long, healthy life
  • *Panel on how Ebooks impact libraries
  • *Discussion of the academic track on the Google book settlement.

Cookies and beverages will be served. For additional information:
http://ebook-summit.com/program/

If you have questions, please contact: linda.hauck@villanova.edu


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Cochrane Library Trial till Oct. 31

  • Posted by: Barbara Quintiliano
  • Posted Date: September 28, 2010
  • Filed Under: Nursing
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Try out the Cochrane Library including full text of reviews until October 31!

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The Cochrane Library contains systematic reviews of health care interventions in support of evidence based practice. The reviews are prepared by members of the Cochrane Collaboration, “an international network of people helping healthcare providers, policy makers, patients, their advocates and carers, make well-informed decisions about human health care.”  The database has the following specialty components:

  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (also includes Cochrane Methodology Reviews) – the heart of the Cochrane Library
  • Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects
  • Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials
  • Cochrane Methodology Register
  • Health Technology Assessment Database
  • NHS Economic Evaluation Database

While you’re at it, compare the information in Cochrane with that in UpToDate, the evidence-based, peer-reviewed resource for finding the latest in clinical practice, to which Falvey already subscribes.

Click to try the Cochrane Library. Tell Barbara what you think.


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Epidemics, Pandemics, the Common Cold and Public Health: New History Research Guide

Going beyond Google, how can you find dependable information on the various “bugs” that make us sick each flu season?

A new course guide, Epidemics in History Research Guide, identifies numerous library resources and lists relevant Library of Congress subject headings that will improve search results in the online catalog. It includes links to sample essays, articles and primary sources in Falvey’s digital collections.

jutta-sociology2Jutta Seibert, the history librarian liaison, announced this new research guide on her history and sociology blog. While she developed this for students in History 4995, others will find it useful as well. Subject Guides in history and sociology provide a wide range of resources in these disciplines.

Stay tuned to developments in history and sociology by reading Jutta’s blog on a regular basis.

(Read about the Spanish flu of 1918 and Villanova)


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The Rise of the News Aggregator

Full report available from SSRN

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society have released a report by Kimberley Isbell titled, “The Rise of the News Aggregator: Legal Implications and Best Practices.”  The full report is available for download from SSRN.

Abstract:
During the past decade, the Internet has become an important news source for the majority of Americans. According to a study conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, as of January 2010, nearly 61% of Americans got at least some of their news online in a typical day. This increased reliance on the Internet as a source of news has coincided with declining profits in the traditional media and the shuttering of newsrooms in communities across the country. Some commentators look at this confluence of events and assert that, in this case, correlation equals causation – the Internet is harming the news business.

One explanation for the decline of the traditional media that some, including News Corporation owner Rupert Murdoch and Associated Press Chairman Dean Singleton, have seized upon is the rise of the news aggregator. According to this theory, news aggregators from Google News to The Huffington Post are free-riding, reselling and profiting from the factual information gathered by traditional media organizations at great cost. Murdoch has gone so far as to call Google’s aggregation and display of newspaper headlines and ledes “theft.” As the traditional media are quick to point out, the legality of a business model built around the monetization of third-party content isn’t merely an academic question – it’s big business. Revenues generated from online advertising totaled $23.4 billion in 2008 alone.

But for all of the heated rhetoric blaming news aggregators for the decline of journalism, many are still left asking the question: are news aggregators violating current law?

This white paper attempts to answer that question by examining the hot news misappropriation and copyright infringement claims that are often asserted against aggregators, and to provide news aggregators with some “best practices” for making use of third-party content.

Choose One-Click Download to download a PDF of the full report.

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Kristyna Carroll
Research Support Librarian
kristyna.carroll@villanova.edu
610-519-5391


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Community Author Walter D. Greason on the Path to Freedom

Greason bookIn partnership with the Africana Studies program, Falvey Memorial Library is proud to announce an upcoming lecture by Walter D. Greason, Ph.D., Villanova University alumnus and community author. Dr. Greason ’95 will speak at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, in the Falvey Memorial Library first floor lounge.

Dr. Greason is now an assistant professor in the department of history and the coordinator of the African American and Africana Studies program at Ursinus College. His lecture will focus on his recently published book, The Path to Freedom: Black Families in New Jersey (The History Press 2010). The book highlights the sacrifices of three African American families and the impact their struggles have made both in their communities and around the world.

This event is free and open to the public. Copies of The Path to Freedom will be available for purchase and signing by the author.


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How to Create an RSS Feed in Gmail

By Alexandra Edwards

Do you have a blog or news site you like to keep up to date with?  Do you find yourself having to visit it once a day or more, just to check for updates?  With RSS, you can have updates delivered (to Google Reader) as they’re published.  Additionally, you can add multiple subscriptions, so that updates from every site you usually visit will appear in the same place.

RSS (most commonly expanded as Really Simple Syndication) is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works-such as blog entries, news headlines, audio and video-in a standardized format.”  (From Wikipedia)

  • Pick a blog to which you want to subscribe.  We’ll use Falvey’s blog as an example:  https://blog.library.villanova.edu/
  • Find the RSS feed on the blog.  For Falvey’s blog, the link is located on the sidebar, under the header “Feeds.”  Selecting “Content” will show you an RSS feed of the posts.  Selecting “Comments” will show you an RSS feed of comments posted to the blog.
  • Right-click and choose “Copy link location.”
  • In Google Reader (http://www.google.com/reader/view/), click “Add a subscription” in the upper left corner.  Then paste the link in the box which appears.  This will automatically add the RSS feed to Google Reader.

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  • Once the feed has been added, you can read items in Google Reader.  As you add each RSS feed, newly posted items will appear together in the same window.  You can also use Google Reader to sort feeds into folders, or make notes on individual entries.

Now you no longer need to visit each individual web site to check for updates.  The updates come to you!


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Last Modified: September 22, 2010