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Library Staff and Joe Lucia Honored by Faculty Congress

Villanova seal faculty congressThe Villanova University Faculty Congress recently passed two resolutions relating to Falvey: one “commend[s] the staff members of Falvey Memorial Library for their sustained commitment to furthering the academic mission of Villanova University,” and the other thanks University Librarian and Library Director “Joseph P. Lucia for his numerous contributions to the academic culture of the University.” The Faculty Congress passed just one other resolution for the academic year 2012-2013. When receiving the resolutions, Lucia said, “[They are] a wonderful mid-week gift, totally unexpected.”

The Faculty Congress is “an organization constituted by the faculty … for the purposes of discussing all matters of interest to the faculty and, where appropriate, passing resolutions expressing its opinion on such matters.”

Alice Bampton is a visual specialist and senior writer on the Communication and Publications Team.


Window Shopping: Celebrating Women’s History and the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Conference

Women's-History-WindowBecause March is both Women’s History Month and the time for the annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Conference, Joanne Quinn, graphic designer, worked with Lisa Sewell, PhD—associate professor of English; director of programming, gender and women’s studies—to create an exhibit celebrating women’s suffrage and emancipation and the Conference.

Poster-size photographs of notable women form an eye-catching frame for the exhibit: Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) on the Conference banner (top, center); along the left side Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), Lucretia Mott (1793-1880) and Anna Howard Shaw (1847-1914); and on the right Lucy Stone (1918-1893), Alice Paul (1885-1977) and Sojourner Truth (1797-1883). While all of these women worked to achieve women’s rights, some are better known than others. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott and Sojourner Truth are probably familiar names.

But who are Anna Howard Shaw, Lucy Stone and Alice Paul? Shaw was an ordained Methodist Protestant Church minister, a medical doctor and, in 1892, the vice president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA); she became NAWSA president in 1904. Stone is the first woman known to have kept her maiden name after marriage; she was also an advocate for women’s rights and those of black citizens. Current Falvey employee Becky Whidden, Access Services specialist, is a descendant of Stone. Alice Paul was a women’s suffrage leader who introduced the first equal-rights-amendment campaign in the United States. She earned her law, master’s and doctoral degrees in the 1920s.

PowerPoint slide shows, below the Conference banner, highlight fascinating “Women’s Suffrage” images. Stephanie Liu, student employee with Falvey’s Scholarly Outreach team, created two slideshows, “Women’s Suffrage” and “Resources and Databases,” that border a poster announcing the keynote speech for the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Conference. At the top of the window, opposite the large image of Stanton, is a framed photograph of the keynote speaker, Stephanie McCurry, PhD, Department of  History, University of Pennsylvania.

A large white VOTE sign; flyers; photographs; a variety of books about women’s history topics; two American flags; and red, white and blue fringed banners complete the exhibit.

Alice Bampton is a visual specialist and senior writer on the Communication and Publications Team.


Adorno Conference at Temple



Now in proofreading: How to Become an Engineer

How to Become an EngineerThis week we have a new title available for online proofreading.  The current offering is a 19th-century guide to trains called How to Become an Engineer, part of the same series of instructional manuals that brought you one of our earlier releases, How to Fence.

In just about sixty pages, the book covers railroad history, technical details about engines, career advice for aspiring engineers, and detailed instructions on how to build a working model train set.  The ambitiously-scoped text is accompanied by a wealth of illustrations and tables.

If you want to help with the proofreading efforts, you can join in at the project page.  To learn more about our proofreading efforts, see this earlier post.


Exploring Othello's iPad with Dr. Lauren Shohet

RS5763_ShohetOn Wednesday, March 20 at 3:30 p.m. Lauren Shohet, PhD, will deliver a lecture entitled “Othello’s iPad: Editing, Adapting, Translating.” The lecture will focus on Dr. Shohet’s work on Shakespeare’s play, Othello, in a variety of exciting contexts, including her recent task: editing the play for an iPad app. Dr. Shohet is the Luckow Family Endowed Chair and professor of literature in Villanova University’s Department of English.

The event is part of the Scholarship@Villanova series, a sequence of lectures highlighting bold publications and research from distinguished faculty members at Villanova University.

Dr. Shohet truly works on the cutting edge of her field. Focusing on topics of adaptation, materiality and the digital humanities, she often examines the relationship between form and history. These are subjects of particular relevance to Dr. Shohet, as a scholar of Shakespeare and Milton who often works in a digital context.

But her lecture will focus on more than just the digital; it will also examine Othello in translation, as a common component of high school curricula, and in the context of some of its adaptations from around the world. The lecture will illuminate the many lives of this classic play, and is sure to inspire conversation. The audience will even be invited to explore the materials Dr. Shohet helped develop for the Othello iPad app.

The event will be held in the Speaker’s Corner on Falvey Memorial Library’s first floor, and in the tradition of previous Scholarship@Villanova events, it is free and open to the public. 


Natural Standard: Your Source for Information on Complementary Therapies

natural_standard_logo  Collect valuable data on natural and complementary therapies by searching them in our newest data base Natural Standard.

You can begin by searching a medical condition, such as high cholesterol. The article will list known integrative therapies and indicate the level of evidence  of their efficacy. Click the name of a substance for more information.



referencesReferences to published studies are included and links are provided to PubMed abstracts, where these exist.




Or, search the natural remedy by name to access information on evidence, countraindications, references, etc.
To access Natural Standard:
• Start at the library homepage (http://library.villanova.edu)
• Click Databases A-Z
• Choose Natural Standard

Questions? Contact Barbara Quintiliano.


Habemus Papam! We Have a Pope! Pope Francis!

By Darren Poley

Pope FrancisIt is a new era. I first found out about the ancient tradition of the white smoke created by the burning of the ballots from the papal election by an alert from PopeAlarm.com. White smoke indicated a new Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church had been chosen, and he had accepted. “Friends” were buzzing about it on Facebook.com. We watched the video streamed live from the Vatican City over the Internet by the Eternal Word Television Network. And finally the announcement came on Twitter. Cardinal-electors of the Catholic Church had inaugurated a pope of firsts. He is the first pope from Latin America. He has chosen a papal name never before used, Francis. And while some popes in the history of the Church have been members of religious orders, Francis I is the first Jesuit. He is Jorge Mario Bergoglio, and until March 13, 2013, he was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The official Vatican Web Site is slow to come up, probably due to the amount of cyber traffic it is getting. But nearly every news outlet by now has announced the election of a new Bishop of Rome, the visible head of the Catholic Church. For the statement on the election of Pope Francis by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, visit the USCCB Web Site.

Darren Poley is the theology and religious studies subject librarian.



eBook available: The Shadow of a Sin

The Shadow of a Sin

Yet another of our proofreading projects has been completed.

This week’s offering is The Shadow of a Sin by Charlotte M. Brame (alias Bertha M. Clay), a dime novel romance examining (in high melodramatic form) the long-term consequences of a single impulsive action.

This book is considerably more sedate than our previous romantic offering, Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller’s The Bride of the Tomb; and, Queenie’s Terrible Secret.  While Mrs. Miller’s stories are filled with dramatic incident and sudden violence, Brame’s are considerably calmer, concerning themselves more with British society and emotional misunderstandings than with kidnappings and fiendish conspiracies.  That is not to say that there is no drama here or that Brame’s heroine suffers less than Millers’; however, The Shadow of a Sin is less likely than The Bride of the Tomb to shatter preconceptions about 19th century popular fiction.

The book can be read online or downloaded in a variety of popular e-reader formats at Project Gutenberg, which also has a variety of other works by Brame.

To learn more about the book and its author, see our previous post about this project.


Aurelius Digital Humanities Welcomes Intern Conor Hafertepe

RS6259_conor-300x225The Digital Library recently welcomed its first Digital Humanities intern, Conor Hafertepe. To learn about Hafertepe and the Aurelius Digital Humanities Initiative, please go to the Aurelius web site.

The Aurelius Digital Humanities Initiative (ADHI) is a project of Falvey Memorial Library to support digital humanities (DH) projects and promote a DH community here at Villanova.


New Books in Communication!

New books in communication are arriving all the time! See some highlights below or review a list of the latest arrivals.

qualmediaanalysisQualitative Media Analysis
by David L. Altheide and Christopher J. Schneider
Sage Publications

millenialsnewssocialmediaMillenials, news, and social media: Is news engagement a thing of the past?
by Paula M. Poindexter
Peter Lang

methodsofrandomMethods of randomization in experimental design
by Valentim R. Alferes

cyberbullyingCyberbullying: Bullying in the Digital Age
by Robin M. Kowalski, Susan P. Limber, Patricia W. Agatston

exploringprofcommExploring professional communication: language in action
by Stephanie Schnurr




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