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FindingAugustine.org featured: "Window Shopping"

By Alice Bamptonfr-martin-book4

FindingAugustine.org: A rich & readily accessible bibliographical collection concerning Augustine of Hippo and his legacy” is the latest cultural window exhibit in Falvey Memorial Library. FindingAugustine.org is an international collaboration between the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Leuven, Belgium, and Villanova University. This window, which provides information about FindingAugustine.org, is timely since November is Augustinian Heritage Month.

The exhibit, designed by Joanne Quinn, a graphic artist on the Outreach team, includes the following:

  • a collection of books;
  • a tribute to Rev. Thomas Martin, O.S.A., Ph.D.;
  • a  photograph of Rev. Allan D. Fitzgerald, O.S.A., Ph.D.;
  • posters explaining FindingAugustine.org; and
  • posters advertising the Confessions Alive! event.

This last item refers to the marathon reading of the Saint Augustine’s Confessions, which took place in Falvey on Nov. 3.

Dark red draperies and bamboo panels with collages featuring images of Saint Augustine of Hippo flank the exhibit, focusing our attention on it. Unlike the images of most saints, no standard image of Saint Augustine exists. The two panels illustrate the range of images Joanne discovered.

Father Martin (1945-2009), served as founding director of the Augustinian Institute at the University and is the author of Our restless heart : the Augustinian tradition . Two posters with photographs present information, provided by the Augustinian Institute at Villanova, about Father Martin.

This display was created at the direction of Darren Poley, Outreach librarian, who notes that the window has three purposes: to honor Father Tom and the Augustinian Institute, to draw attention to FindingAugustine.org, and to commemorate Augustinian Heritage Month. Falvey Memorial Library has worked with the Augustinian Institute to make an extensive bibliography available to scholars worldwide.

The exhibit will remain up until December 1.

Gerald Dierkes, Laura Hutelmyer and Judy Olsen contributed to this article.


New Books!

The new books for November are coming in!  Here are some highlights:

beyondelbarrioBeyond el barrio: everyday life in Latina/o America
Edited by Gina Perez, Frank Guridy, and Adrian Burgos
New York University Press, 2010

designingresearchDesigning and conducting mixed methods research
John W. Creswell, Vicki L. Plano Clark
Sage Publications, 2011

fictionnarrativeThe fiction of narrative: essays on history, literature, and theory, 1957-2007
Hayden White; edited and with an introduction by Robert Doran
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010

flowtvFlow TV: Television in the age of media convergence
Edited by Michael Kackman, Marnie Binfield, Matthew Thomas Payne, Allison Perlman, and Bryan Sebok
Routledge, 2011

islandsprivacyIslands of privacy
by Christena Nippert-Eng
University of Chicago Press, 2010

presentationskillsPresentation skills for students
by Joan Van Emden and Lucinda Becker
Palgrave Study Skills Series
Palgrave Macmillin, 2010

televisionnewmediaTelevision and new media: Must-click TV
by Jennifer Gillan
Routledge, 2011


Kristyna Carroll
Research Support Librarian


Ebooks for Human Resource Development

Since so many of the Human Resource Development (HRD) students in both the campus based program and the distance program don’t have easy access to Falvey Library’s print collection, we’ve begun buying ebooks about compensation, benefits, organizational development, workforce planning, and performance management.

All of the ebooks in our collection are discoverable via our library catalog. To find online books perform a subject or keyword search for your topic.  Then refine your search by using the online and book facets in the column on the right of the screen.ebrary_hrd

Most, but not all, of the ebooks for HRD are hosted on a platform called ebrary.  Ebrary books are viewed online via your browser and portions of them can be copied, printed, emailed, annotated or added to folders once you create a personal account.  A nice video tutorial describes and demonstrates  these features in greater detail.    Most of the ebrary books to which  we have purchased perpetual access allow only one simultaneous user.  In other words two researches can’t be reading the same book as they typically might an electronic journal article.  Nor can a reader “check out” an ebrary book for a specified period of time to ensure its availability.   Ebrary ebook users have to read in the moment!  Ebrary books become available to other users five minutes after navigating away from the platform.

The following list of HRD ebooks have been recently added to our collection.  Give them a try and let us know what you think.  Should we keep on investing in these ebooks or is this incarnation of the ebook not yet worth our library dollars?  And remember print books from the Falvey collection can be delivered to your doorstep!

Armstrong, M., & Armstrong, M.,. (2010). Armstrong’s handbook of reward management practice improving performance through reward (3rd ed. ed.). London : Kogan Page.

Bakker, A. B., & Leiter, M. P. (2010). Work engagement a handbook of essential theory and research. Hove [England] : Psychology Press.

Belbin, R. M. (2010). Team roles at work (2nd ed. ed.). Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann.

Bunker, K. A., Hall, D. T., & Kram, K. E.,. (c2010). Extraordinary leadership addressing the gaps in senior executive development. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Clawson, J. G. (c2010). Balancing your life executive lessons for work, family and self. Hackensack, N.J.: World Scientific.

Elsdon, R.,. (c2010). Building workforce strength creating value through workforce and career development. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Praeger.

Falcone, P. (c2010). 101 sample write-ups for documenting employee performance problems a guide to progressive discipline & termination (2nd ed. ed.). New York: American Management Association/Society for Human Resource Management.

Goldsmith, M., & Carter, L. (c2010). Best practices in talent management how the world’s leading corporations manage, develop, and retain top talent. San Francisco: Pfeiffer .

Greene, R. J. (2010). Rewarding performance guiding principles, custom strategies. New York: Routledge.

Lewis, S., Brannen, J., & Nilsen, A. (2009). Work, families and organisations in transition European perspectives. Bristol, UK ;: Policy Press.

Lundby, K. M., & Jolton, J.,. (c2010). Going global practical applications and recommendations for HR and OD professionals in the global workplace (1st ed. ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Mcleod, D. (2010). Zero-turnover sales force how to maximize revenue by keeping your sales team intact. New York: AMACOM books.

Reddick, C. G., & Coggburn, J. D. (2008). Handbook of employee benefits and administration. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Rothwell, W. J.,. (c2010). Practicing organization development a guide for leading change (3rd ed. ed.). San Francisco, CA: Pfeiffer.

Rowland, K. M., & Ferris, G. R. (c1983-). Research in personnel and human resources management. Greenwich, Conn.: JAI Press.

Scott, J. C., & Reynolds, D. H. (c2010). Handbook of workplace assessment evidence-based practices for selecting and developing organizational talent (1st ed. ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Varma, A., Budhwar, P. S., & DeNisi, A. S. (2008). Performance management systems a global perspective. Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge.

Wilkinson, A.,. (c2010). The sage handbook of human resource management. London: Sage.

Woerkom, M. V., & Poell, R. F. (2010). Workplace learning concepts, measurement, and application. New York: Routledge.


The Last Round of our Favorite Graphic Novels from the Stacks

There are only two days left until our Second Annual Graphic Novel Event, Superheroes and Scholars!  In anticipation of the event, we asked a few library staff members and students to tell us their favorite graphic novels.

scott-pilgrim-vol-01Alexandra Edwards, library publications & outreach intern and Graphic Novel Event co-organizer, on the Scott Pilgrim series:

Imagine if your life were like a video game. Sounds fun, right? But now imagine that the video game was really hard — like Battletoads hard — and it kept you from doing the things you wanted.

Such is the fate of Scott Pilgrim, the hero of the eponymous, six-volume graphic novel series created by Bryan Lee O’Malley. All Scott wants to do is date Ramona Flowers, the literal girl of his dreams (her favorite shortcut is the subspace highway travelling through his head). But in order to date her, he has to defeat her seven evil exes, in increasingly awesome and ridiculous video game-style boss fights that continually interrupt his life and his band.

The Scott Pilgrim series features a feast of in-jokes for gamers, comic book lovers, and Generation Y. But its greatness lies in what else is on every page: a poignant look at life and love in your early 20s. While Ramona and Scott’s exes may try to interrupt their story, the metatextual elements and metaphors never do. What results is the perfect balance between the frivolous, the hilarious, and the touching.



Ireland with Mr. and Mrs. Hall

A behind-the-scenes look at part of the exhibit “Rambles, Sketches, Tours: Travellers & Tourism in Ireland.”

Over the summer I did a fair amount of research on Irish travel writing for my exhibit and I quickly learned that you simply cannot discuss Irish travel writing without mentioning the Halls.

Samuel Carter Hall (1800-1889) met Anna Maria Fielding (1800-1881) in 1823 and they were married in September of the following year in London. Although both had been born in Ireland to Anglo-Irish families, they pursued their careers in England. Samuel Carter was a journal editor and writer who participated in a dizzying array of activities from 1823 to 1830, at which point he suffered a brief nervous affliction. He soon recovered and rejoined the editorial game, eventually finding some level of stability as sub-editor/editor at the New Monthly Magazine. Anna Maria’s career as a writer took off in 1829 with the publication of her first book, Sketches of Irish Character, which contained reminiscences of her childhood in Ireland. She subsequently published a number of children’s tales, novels, plays, essays, and more Irish stories.

Title page of Halls' Ireland (186-?).
Title page from the Halls’ Ireland (1860s).

The Halls made many tours of Ireland and penned an initial account of their travels that appeared in three volumes from 1841 to 1843. Ireland: its Scenery, Character, &c. was hugely successful in Great Britain. The Halls continued to tour Ireland after the publication of their account, and continued to update information in subsequent editions. In the 1850s, they capitalized on the popularity of their work even further by breaking it into regional sections—such as, The North and Giant’s Causeway—and publishing them separately. These regional guides were a much more manageable size, fitting right in with the popularization of “handbooks.”

Falvey Library’s Special Collections owns two multi-volume editions of the Halls’ Ireland (from the 1860s and 1911), as well as two of their regional guides, and I used all of these in my exhibit. “Rambles, Sketches, Tours” features eight images from the Halls’ works—can you find them all?

Further Reading:

Hall, Mr. and Mrs. S.C. Ireland: its scenery, character, &c.. 3 vol. Philadelphia: Gebbie & Barrie, [186-?].

Mandler, Peter. “Hall , Anna Maria (1800–1881).” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/11940, accessed 11 Nov 2010]

Mandler, Peter. “Hall, Samuel Carter (1800–1889).” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/11987, accessed 11 Nov 2010]


Communication Trivia Answers

Did you guess that the meanings of these slang terms from The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English had a Veterans’ Day theme?  Here are the definitions:

  • Blisterfoot: noun an infantry soldier.
  • Eggbeater: noun a single-rotor helicopter.  Coined well before the war in Korea, but used extensively by US forces in Korea.
  • Moonbeam: noun a flashlight.
  • One of the original twelve: noun an extremely high-ranking officer.  Us naval aviator usage.
  • Red-legs : noun the artillery.  From the red stripes on the trousers of Union artillerymen during the US Civil War.


Kristyna Carroll
Research Support Librarian


Scholarship@Villanova: Alan Drew reads from his critically acclaimed novel

Alan DrewJoin us for a reading by Alan Drew, M.F.A., novelist and Villanova University faculty member. Professor Drew will read excerpts from his first novel, Gardens of Water, and from The Hidden Life, his in-progress second novel. The reading will be held at 12:30 pm on Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, in Falvey Memorial Library’s first floor lounge.

Gardens of Water (Random House, 2008) was chosen as Pasadena’s One City/One Story, University of Iowa’s Center for Human Rights One Community/One Book, and ‘one of the best books of 2008’ by School Library Journal. The novel tells the story of love and sacrifice between two families, one Kurdish and one American. Kirkus Reviews called it “a novel about lovers crossed not by the stars but by the clash of cultures.”

Professor Drew, who teaches creative writing in the English department, says he got the idea for the novel shortly after the devastating 1999 Marmara earthquake, which killed over 17,000 people, according to official reports. At the time, he and his wife felt the earthquake where they were living, about 600 miles away in Istanbul, Turkey. (more…)


Communication Trivia

Can you guess the meanings of these slang terms from The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English?  Leave your definitions in the comments, and check back Thursday for what the dictionary has to say!

  • Blisterfoot
  • Eggbeater
  • Moonbeam
  • One of the original twelve
  • Red-legs


Kristyna Carroll
Research Support Librarian


Get the latest regional or international news: NewsBank trial


Are you looking for the latest regional or international news? Access World News includes a wide variety of local, national, and international news sources such as the Main Line Times, Le Monde (France) and the Irish Times. Among the over 2,500 U.S. titles are major newspapers such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, as well as well-known regional dailies such as the Philadelphia Inquirer. Access World News includes close to 2,000 newspapers and news wires from all over the world. The Library has access to this resource on a trial basis until the end of the fall semester.

For more information, see Jutta Seibert’s history and sociology blog.


Alexandra Edwards and Jeffrey Eisenberg join the Communication and Outreach teams

Falvey Memorial Library welcomed two new graduate assistants at the beginning of the 2010-2011 academic year: Alexandra Edwards and Jeffrey Eisenberg. The addition of a second GA to the Library’s Programming and Outreach team is the result of a continuing partnership with the graduate communication program. This year Falvey established a new graduate assistant position, partnering with the English department’s graduate program.

Jeffrey Eisenberg, Villanova University class of 2010, earned his bachelor’s degree in communication with a business minor and an honors concentration. His graduate assistantship is shared between the Library and the communication department. Jeffrey is well acquainted with Falvey since he worked here during his four undergraduate years.

Alexandra Edwards and Jeffrey Eisenberg

Alexandra Edwards and Jeffrey Eisenberg

After he earns his master’s degree, Jeffrey plans to perform public relations work for a non-profit organization or to work in corporate philanthropy. As the Library Programming and Outreach intern, his primary responsibilities are in public relations and event programming. In addition to his graduate assistantship, Jeffrey works as a resident assistant. He is a native of Livingston (N.J.).

Alexandra (Alex) Edwards is a first-year graduate student in the master’s program of Villanova’s English department. Her graduate assistantship is divided between the Programming and Outreach team, for which one of her duties is working on the Community Bibliography project, and the Communication and Publications team, for which she writes and edits articles.

A native of St. Augustine (Fla.), Alex graduated from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English. After receiving her master’s degree, Alex plans to pursue her doctorate and then teach English or work in a library.

Darren G. Poley, Outreach librarian, commented, “Both bring different gifts and have already begun to contribute their talents to the outreach and community development efforts of the Library . . .. We welcome their assistance and see it as an opportunity for high concept/high touch learning about relationship building, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and the role of the academic library in higher education of the 21st century.”

Article and photographs by Alice Bampton


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