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Librarian Barbara Quintiliano Is Retiring

Photograph of Barbara Quintiliano

Barbara Quintiliano, Research and Instructional Design Librarian, retires on Aug. 4. She grew up in Upper Darby and graduated from Rosemont College with an A.B. degree in French with a minor in Italian. She has a MLS degree from Villanova. (The University once had a Library Science program; it closed in the early 1980s.) Quintiliano also has a master’s degree in French from West Chester University.

Quintiliano came to Falvey after working at a number of other libraries: St. Joseph’s University Library, Doylestown District Center Library, Mobil’s research library and Rider College’s (now Rider University) library. She came to Falvey in 1986 as an assistant reference librarian, but left at the end of the year just before giving birth to her first son. She returned to Falvey as a part-time assistant reference librarian in 1990 and held this position until 1998. From 1998 until 2002 she was a part-time assistant reference and information literacy librarian. Quintiliano became a full time reference (later research) and instructional design librarian in 2002, a position she continued to hold until retirement.

Jutta Seibert says, “Her overarching achievement has been in instructional services, a functional area that she cultivated from the ground up. Over the years she has fostered an ambitious program by challenging and  improving her colleagues’ information literacy instruction skills. Beyond the library walls, she has promoted the Library’s instructional mission in the colleges and various administrative units. Her outreach to the College of Nursing remains exemplary. Barbara embodies the University’s values through her outspoken and active support for social justice on and off campus. She will be a tough act to follow…”

In 2009 Quintiliano received the Facultas Award which honors Villanova’s “unsung heroes and heroines” who have been especially helpful to the University faculty. Joe Lucia, library director at the time, said,  “This is a well deserved honor for Barbara. She is one of our most able and committed professionals who is always eager to go the extra mile in her work. She is creative and enthusiastic in the work she does, most notably for the College of Nursing.” She is one of six Falvey staff who have received this award since 2004.

With Robert LeBlanc, First Year Experience and Humanities librarian, she wrote “Recycling C.[conversion]R.[revision]A.[authority]P.[property]: Reframing a Popular Research Mnemonic for Library Instruction” which was published in Pennsylvania Libraries, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2015. They presented their material at a VITAL (Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning) session in spring 2015.

She has a number of hobbies: reading (of course!), zumba, coordinating Amnesty International USA Group 342 (Chester County, Pa.), writing six-word memoirs (http://sixwordmemoirs.com/) and vegetarian cooking. Quintiliano is currently reading the Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, Se questo é un uomo (Survival at Auschwitz) by Primo Levi, The Killing Forest by Sara Blaedel and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Retirement will be busy. In addition to her various hobbies, she plans to spend more time at the gym, participate in projects with her Quaker Meeting (Birmingham Friends, West Chester), visit her sons in Eugene, Oregon, and Las Angeles, Cal., (as often as she wants and “as often as they will tolerate”), and “learn how to grow something – anything – in our garden.” And if all this is not enough, she will train to become an English tutor for non-native speakers with the Chester County Volunteer English Program.

Faculty, staff and students will miss Barbara Quintiliano – a dedicated professional, always cheerful and willing to help Falvey patrons find the information they need.


Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Dept.

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Challenge your students to nail APA Style

  • Posted by: Barbara Quintiliano
  • Posted Date: March 17, 2017
  • Filed Under: Nursing
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Three self-grading quizzes are now available to help your students beat the APA Style blues.  Students may take each quiz as often as they like.  They will get a report of their scores and of which questions they answered correctly or incorrectly. Explanations are provided for many of the questions, along with references to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association and the APA Style Guide to Electronic References. A list of other helpful APA resources available to students is also included in the results report.

The quiz covering APA Style for citing journal articles consists of ten items. The other two quizzes have five questions each, covering the basics.

Challenge Yourself! APA 6th Style for Journal Article References

Challenge Yourself! Formatting In-Text Citations According to APA 6th Style

Challenge Yourself! APA 6th Style for References to Books, Book Sections, Web Sources

Share the news with your students!

Comments and questions to Barbara Quintiliano


Two “Clinics” journals now available electronically

nursing_clinicsFalvey Library users now have electronic access through Elsevier Science Direct to the journals Nursing Clinics of North America and Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America.

Nursing Clinics had been received in paper form at the library since 1966. However, all issues from vol. 37, no. 1 (March 2002) to present are now available electronically, and print has been discontinued.

Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics is a new subscription with issues available from vol. 23, no. 1, (March 1996) to the present.

Users searching databases such as PubMed will be able to access individual articles by clicking the Find it button. Off-campus users must sign in with a valid Villanova LDAP ID and password.

New Careers in Nursing 2013 Alumni Survey data now available in ICPSR Database

Launched in 2008 by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) provided scholarships to a total of 3,517 students, many from disadvantaged or minority backgrounds, who desired to pursue a nursing career. The program awarded its last scholarships in 2015.  In 2013, a survey was conducted of scholarship recipients who graduated prior to September 2012, and the data collected are now available in the ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) database.

Alumni were queried on employment and career satisfaction. They were also asked to rate components of their nursing degree program and to comment on topics such as leadership and mentoring experiences.

The NCIN 2013 Alumni Survey can be accessed online. After logging into ICPSR, be sure to click Log in/Create Account to  register for an individual account allowing you to download data. Note that some of the data for this survey are restricted and require contacting ICPSR for permission to use. Off-campus users must sign in with a valid Villanova LDAP ID and password.

Questions? Comments? Contact Barbara Quintiliano, nursing librarian

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Genomics and the Exoneration of Patient Zero

His name was Gaëtan Dugas. He was a Canadian flight attendant infected with the HIV virus who succumbed to AIDS in 1984. Through misinterpretation and shoddy reporting of early CDC research on the disease, Dugas came to be labeled Patient Zero and identified as “the man who gave us AIDS.” In 1987, reporter Randy Shilts vilified him as a sociopath in his book And the Band Played On. Soon the story was disseminated by 60 Minutes and other news sources.

However, researchers using cutting edge methods to sequence eight full-length viral genomes from the 1970s, have published their findings in Nature and cleared Dugas’ name. According to journal editors, analyses conducted by Michael Worobey and colleagues “suggest that the virus was introduced to New York City around 1970 and that by 1979 the epidemic was already relatively mature and genetically diverse.” While Dugas was at the center of a particular cluster of cases, thousands of men already had the misfortune of being infected with the virus in New York and San Francisco at the time.

Read more about it:

Worobey, M., Watts, T. D., McKay, R. A., Suchard, M. A., Granade, T., Teuwen, D. E.,… Jaffe, H. W. (2016). 1970s and
‘Patient 0’ HIV-1 genomes illuminate early HIV/AIDS history in North America.  Nature, 539(7627), 98-101.
Available at http://tinyurl.com/dugaszero
(Villanova LDAP ID and password required)

NPR Story




Shilts’ book available at Falvey Library.




APA Style giving you or your students problems?

These short videos can help:

APA Demystified: Citing Journal Articles

APA Demystified: In-Text Citations

APA Demystified: Citing Web Pages, Books, Book Sections

Questions? Need more help? Contact Barbara




Falvey Memorial Library Presents: Info to Go at Driscoll Hall

Robin Bowles, research help, info to go, Driscoll Hall

Librarian Robin Bowles is all smiles with the crash cart!

Falvey Memorial Library is on the move. Research and Instruction Librarian Robin Bowles and Nursing Librarian Barbara Quintiliano are offering research assistance in Driscoll Hall to students! So, grab some research help with that cup of coffee. Look for the crash cart staffed by Robin or Barbara on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Driscoll Hall café from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The rest of the day they can be found in Driscoll Hall room 343. Ask them anything. Seriously. They can get you stats, pertinent journal articles for a paper or just help you find the odd fact from a reputable source. Research life support is their specialty! (Added bonus: they always have free chocolate and pens!)

Barbara and Crash Cart

Librarian Barbara Quintiliano helps two students find the resources they need.

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Nursing students & social media / Hunting for drugs to combat Zika

Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, text messaging….so many ways to stay in touch and share information with friends.  However, nursing students need to be aware of the ethical and legal ramifications surrounding the use of social media during their clinical experience.  Patient confidentiality is only one of several important factors to consider.  The ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (2015 e-book ed. available through Falvey Library) specifically addresses the issue of social media use.  Court cases have ensued!

Here’s an article on the topic you may wish to share with your students:

Westrick, S. J. (2016). Nursing students’ use of electronic and social mMedia: Law, ethics, and e-professionalism. Nursing Education Perspectives, (1), 16-22. doi:10.5480/14-1358

Click to access.

Fighting the Zika Virus

Read a recent article in Nature Medicine reporting on the hunt for antivirals to combat the Zika virus:

Kincaid, E. (2016). A second look: Efforts to repurpose old drugs against Zika cast a wide net. Nature Medicine, 22, 822-825. doi:10.1038/nm0816-824

Click to access.

Here’s a research article, also from Nature Medicine, on investigators’ discovery that niclosamide, a medication commonly used to treat tapeworm, has shown promise in preventing the replication of the Zika virus in the fetal brain.

Research questions?  Contact Barbara


An Author of Few Words

Barbara Quintiliano with Some Favorite Things

Barbara Quintiliano with Some Favorite Things

What kind of story can you tell in six words? Just ask Barbara Quintiliano, nursing/life sciences and instructional services librarian. She’s an expert at this, having posted 2,225 memoirs so far under her pen name, liberata. Smith Magazine selected Quintiliano as their March 2016 memoirist of the month. March marks her third anniversary with Six Word Memoirs, a project of the online Smith Magazine.

Quintiliano says, “I mean, who can’t write six words? It’s easy and so much fun … Gotta keep on sixing!” One of her six-word memoirs, “Don’t make life a preemptive strike,” is published in The Best Advice in Six Words (released November 2015). The book includes 1,000 contributions including those of celebrities such as Whoopi Goldberg, Molly Ringwald and Lemony Snicket, and Falvey’s own celebrity writer.

Some examples of her other six-word memoirs: “OK, putting my self-doubt to bed,” “Seeking hardcover-wisdom in a Kindle world,” “Progress. Said no to someone today,” “Coffee’s the only weapon I need,” and most appropriate for the six-word format, “I’m really good at doing succinct.” She explains her interest in the Six-Word Memoirs as an outgrowth of her life-long interest in writing in journals, having pen pals and, more recently cyber pals (email).

Quintiliano and Rob LeBlanc, first-year experience/humanities librarian, recently published an article, “Recycling C.R.A.P.:  Reframing a Popular Mnemonic for Library Instruction,” in Pennsylvania Libraries: Research and Practice, volume 3, number 2 (Fall 2015). In 2009 Quintiliano won the Facultas Award.

What is Smith Magazine? It is an online magazine founded and edited by Larry Smith. The magazine is best known for its Six-Word Memoir® project, which Smith launched in November 2006 by asking, “Can you tell your life story in six words?” The challenge became popular with more than one million Six-Word Memoirs published to date.

Before creating Smith Magazine, Larry Smith was an articles editor of Men’s Journal. He had also held other editorial positions and has published articles in The New York Times, Popular Science, Men’s Health, and others.

Who really wrote the first six word memoir? Actually Julius Caesar did it in three words: “Veni, vidi, vici” which translates into six English words: “I came, I saw, I conquered.” Was this Smith’s inspiration? Perhaps, but there is also a legend that Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a six word story. His answer, “For sale:  baby shoes, never worn.” What ever the answer, the challenge is popular!

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Zika Virus News & Data You Can Reuse

Recent articles on the Zika virus

zika_womanBrasil, P., Pereira, J. P.,Jr, Raja Gabaglia, C., Damasceno, L., Wakimoto, M., Ribeiro Nogueira, R. M., . . . Nielsen-Saines, K. (2016, March 4). Zika virus infection in pregnant women in Rio de Janeiro – preliminary report. New England Journal of Medicine, doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1602412 [doi]

Marrs, C., Olson, G., Saade, G., Hankins, G., Wen, T., Patel, J., & Weaver, S. (2016).
Zika virus and pregnancy: A review of the literature and clinical considerations.
American Journal of Perinatology, doi:10.1055/s-0036-1580089 [doi]

Other recent articles listed in RefWorks format.

Click the Find it button to check for full text. Click the double helix icon to the right of the title to read the PubMed abstract.
Image credit: http://www.paho.org/

Data you can use and reuse

Data want to be free, and as members of the Villanova University community, you
have access to entire series of health-related data via the ICPSR database.


Most of these data sets are available in SPSS, SAS, STATA and other data formats. Check them out!

Health and Medical Care Archive (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)

AHRQ MCC Research Network Data Archive

National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program (Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH)

Integrated Fertility Survey Series (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health
& Human Development,
Population Studies Center)

National Archive on Computerized Data on Aging (National Institute on Aging, NIH)

Genomic Data and Biomarkers (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health
& Human Development)
Image credit: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu

Questions? Comments? Contact Barbara

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Zika Virus Information

Video from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
Zika, a New Threat. What Is It (in Spanish with English subtitles)


Excerpt from Zika virus spreads across Americas as concerns mount over birth defects. (2015). BMJ, 315, h6983.
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6983

Zika’s rapid geographic spread would be causing less concern to public health authorities were it not for worrying evidence that the disease is less benign than initially thought. Hundreds of cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome have sprung up in the wake of Zika infection, but it is an explosion of microcephaly among infants born to infected women that has caused Brazil to declare Zika a “public health emergency of national importance.”


Basic info on Zika

According to PAHO, “Zika fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease caused by Zika virus (ZIKV), consisting of mild fever, rash (mostly maculo-papular), headaches…and non-purulent conjunctivitis, occurring about three to twelve days after the mosquito vector bite. One out of four people may develop symptoms, but in those who are affected the disease is usually mild with symptoms that can last between two and seven days. Its clinical manifestation is often similar to dengue, also a mosquito-borne illness.”

There is currently no vaccine or specific treatment for Zika virus infection. Therefore, treatment for everyone, including pregnant women, is directed at alleviating symptoms.

Factsheet from the World Health Organization (WHO)

How does Zika virus affect pregnant women and fetuses?

Fetuses exposed in utero to the Zika virus are at risk for microcephaly, a condition where a baby’s head is much smaller than expected. Babies with microcephaly can suffer from various problems, such as developmental delay, intellectual disability, hearing loss, and vision problems.

More about microcephaly

Travel Alert (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

The CDC recommends special precautions for pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant. These women should consider postponing visits to countries currently affected by Zika virus transmission. Included are the countries of Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

CDC Zika Website

Journal articles available on the topic of the Zika virus outbreak (Click Find it to check for full text availability.)

Barbara Quintiliano, Nursing/Life Sciences Librarian
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Find out who’s talking about you

  • Posted by: Barbara Quintiliano
  • Posted Date: November 19, 2015
  • Filed Under: Nursing
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Want to know who is citing articles that you’ve written?  Here are three ways to find out who’s talking about you: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus, and Google Scholar. (more…)


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