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Oh, the books you’ll find and the things you can do! – When you take full advantage of the library’s catalog!

  • Posted by: Jutta Seibert
  • Posted Date: January 24, 2012
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Do you know that you can quickly find keywords in the library’s print books via the Google Preview link in the catalog?  Google Preview will take you deeper into a book than the best index.

Have you set up annotated reading or movie lists in the catalog and shared them with students and colleagues?  Read the Add to Favorites section of my blog post Falvey Favorites, Tags, and Lists for more information.



Use the Text this icon to text records and call numbers to yourself or others.  Cite this will generate instant citations in MLA and APA styles.  Need Chicago style?  Use Export Record to export references to RefWorks and EndNote.



Curious about new books and movies in the library’s collection?  Go to the New Items search.  Results can be narrowed with the now familiar facets in the catalog.  Options include format, classification, language, genre, publication year and era.  Click here to link to a list of new movies in the library’s collection.



Last but not least, if you switch over from Books & more to Combined Results, you will notice that your search results include journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations besides the traditional catalog fare of books, DVDs and journal records.  Falvey’s familiar blue FindIt button will link you to online journal articles or generate an interlibrary loan form.

Falvey’s technology team is continuously improving the online catalog and the fame of the little catalog that could is spreading around the globe.  I still remember when it all started as a home-grown open-source experiment here at Falvey Library back in 2006.  Vufind, as the catalog is known outside Villanova, is the brainchild of Joe Lucia, whose vision of a next generation catalog was recognized with the prestigious Mellon Award for Technology Cooperation in 2008.  Librarians at Villanova, initially nervous and cautious, had to overcome many roadblocks on the path to catalog bliss.  The funny things is, when things run smoothly, we take them for granted. Sometime last year, however, it dawned on me how much our little catalog was doing for me.  Others had noticed the catalogs capabilities too: A number of large and small, public and academic libraries nationally and internationally have adopted Villanova’s homegrown catalog.  Among them are the National Library of Ireland, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the library system at Yale University, the National Library of Australia and joining them soon, the Free Library of Philadelphia.

I cannot pinpoint the exact moment when I stopped complaining about software bugs to the technology team here at Falvey.  However, when I learned about the new Google Preview feature I was instantly excited.  Somehow I had always accepted that a catalog search is limited to authors, titles and subjects.  The addition of table of contents to the catalog was an enormous progress.  Who would have thought that a few years later it would be possible to search the full text of books in Falvey’s collection.  Google Preview is rapidly turning into a gateway to many a book on Falvey’s shelves.  A simple click on the icon will take you to Google Books where you can search the full text of the book for a reference, a name or any other keyword.  Text snippets reveal the page and context in which your keywords appear.   To read the entire book you still need to come to the library to check it out unless it is one of the library’s increasingly popular e-books.
The Google Preview plug-in was developed by a programmer at the National Library of Ireland who shared his code with the Vufind community.

Isn’t it time you took a fresh look at the library’s catalog?  Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments that you may have.


Scholarship @ Villanova: History Faculty Research

  • Posted by: Jutta Seibert
  • Posted Date: March 11, 2011
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

By Alice Bampton

Do you have a favorite history or art history professor? Are you curious about his or her research? This exhibit, sponsored by the History Liaison Team and mounted by Joanne Quinn, a graphic artist on the Outreach team, focuses on the published research of the history department professors. Joanne also created the graphics such as the banner and large decorated letters which form signs in the exhibit.

Jutta Seibert, coordinator for the History/Sociology/Criminal Justice team, was inspired to create this exhibit because “the history faculty not only uses the library collections heavily, but their publications are also strongly represented in journal indexes such as Historical Abstracts, Project MUSE, JSTOR, in the community bibliography, in books and encyclopedias.”

On display are colorful book covers from the Villanovana in Special Collections; they were scanned by Laura Bang, Digital and Special Collections curatorial assistant. Large posters for JSTOR and Project MUSE, databases in which one can find works by history department authors, are prominently displayed. Other, smaller posters provide information about ProQuest, library news, e-journals and print print journals. Three large digital frames present slide shows on the community bibliography and faculty full text, Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Historical Abstracts and the Falvey homepage. The slide shows were created by Jutta Seibert.

Jutta said, “The Scholarship @ Villanova exhibit celebrates the scholarly output of the history department while simultaneously highlighting popular resources. We received many positive comments and plan to do more Scholarship @ Villanova exhibits in the future.


Access World News

  • Posted by: Jutta Seibert
  • Posted Date: November 5, 2010
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized


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 InquirerAccess 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.

Please note that the content of foreign language newspapers is only available in English language abstracts, but not as full text in the original language. Selected domestic titles such as the Wall Street Journal are ‘abstracts only’ as well. Click on the title of the news source to determine its coverage. Few titles will go back farther than 2000 and the coverage of some newspapers does not include current content.

Please feel free to get in touch with us, if you have any questions or comments .


The Online Edition of the Library’s New Book Shelf

  • Posted by: Jutta Seibert
  • Posted Date: November 1, 2010
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

restorativeDid you know that the library’s catalog includes a New Items search feature, that makes it easy and convenient to browse the new books and films acquired for your department? You can use it to browse the new titles ordered in your field. Many of the titles ordered in the last thirty days are unavailable and have titles in all capital letters. These items are currently on order and have not yet arrived on the book shelf. Please note that these order records are short records and do not include call numbers or subject headings. Available catalog facets will only work for complete records with the exception of the format facet.

Click here to browse new sociology and criminal justice titles ordered in the last thirty days

Visit the New Items link on a regular basis and keep up to date with new purchases in your subject area. Feel free to contact me with any feedback and comments that you may have.


Goodbye and Hello


The history/sociology liaison team lost one of its original members – David Burke, who will devote more time to resource management and the creation and organization of metadata in Falvey’s growing digital library.

Laura Bang, a recent graduate of the University of Maryland’s library science school, replaces David on the liaison team. Laura joined Falvey this past spring as a curatorial assistant in Special and Digital Collections. Originally from Santa Barbara (Ca.),  Laura received her bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Bryn Mawr College. Last summer, while in graduate school, Laura worked at the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany. Laura noted that the IYL is located in a fifteenth-century castle and that her work there was her “favorite experience in library school.”

Jutta Seibert, coordinator of Academic Integration, continues as team coordinator and Alice Bampton, Visual Resources librarian, remains on the team.


200 years of U.S. History and Politics in Congressional Documents

serialset1Are you interested in U.S. history and politics? Have you worked with the Serial Set before or did you always shy away from using it because of the time and effort involved in tracking down documents included in this series?

Villanova faculty and students will have access to the full text of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set and the American States Papers on a trial basis until October 11. The Library is evaluating the purchase of this valuable resource and we would like to include your opinions into the evaluation process.

The Serial Set goes back to the 15th Congress (1817). The online version currently on trial includes the years 1817 to 1994. It contains House and Senate documents as well as House and Senate reports. The documents cover a wide variety of topics and include reports of independent organizations, reports of special investigations made for Congress, and annual reports of non-governmental organizations.
The American State Papers, 1789-1838 are part of the trial access.
Take a look, evaluate its value for faculty and student research projects and email your feedback to Jutta Seibert.


Fall 2010 Library Research Workshops

  • Posted by: Jutta Seibert
  • Posted Date: May 17, 2010
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

falvey_doorwayThe spring semester is over and it is time to plan for the upcoming fall semester. Please contact me if you are interested in a library research workshop for one or more of your fall courses.

Some of you may feel that there simply isn’t enough time for a library research workshop, but you still expect your students to conduct library research. In this case an online research course guide with or without a quick in class introduction may be a practical alternative. Please take a look at some of the online course guides from previous semesters: art history, criminal justice, history, and sociology.

Last but not least, remember to order books and videos early, so that they will be available in the Library when you or your students need them.

Here is my contact information:
E-mail: jutta.seibert@villanova.edu
Phone: 610-519-7876
Office: 1st floor, Falvey Library


Spotlight on Ancient History Online


Falvey patrons now have access to the online Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome which contains contributions from 500 authors. Entries cover the Bronze Age (3000 BCE) through the era of Emperor Justinian (600 CE). The Encyclopedia contains topical outlines on Rome and Greece, numerous illustrations, maps, and genealogical tables. Primary sources and annotated bibliographies of mostly English secondary titles are provided with the articles; most articles also include helpful cross-references. While the writers are usually authorities in their fields, their intended audiences are college students and educated laypersons.

Additional online resources in the field of ancient history:

  • Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
    Over 2,500 entries beginning with the first Olympic Games in 776 BCE and ending with the death of Marcus Aurelius (180 CE). The Dictionary “covers key aspects of ancient Greek and Roman life and literature…”
  • Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization
    Authoritative survey of ancient Greek and Roman history.
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt
    The Encyclopedia focuses on dynastic Egypt, but also includes some earlier material. More than 250 scholars contributed over 600 articles accompanied by bibliographies.
  • Cambridge Ancient History
    Covers ancient history from prehistory to late antiquity (3000 B.C.-600 A.D.). All 14 volumes can be searched simultaneously, individual chapters can be bookmarked or downloaded and cited references can be tracked via OpenURL, which will link to the full text in Falvey’s holdings or pre-fill an interlibrary loan form.
  • Cambridge History of the Byzantine Empire c. 500 – 1492
    Written by a group of expert international Byzantine scholars, it “follow[s] the fortunes of the empire” chronologically from “The Earlier Empire c. 500 – c. 700” to “The Middle Empire c. 700 – 1204” and ends with “The Byzantine Lands in the Later Middle Ages 1204 – 1492.” These three parts are subdivided into chapters. Also included are a glossary, genealogical tables, lists of rulers, alternative place names, 52 maps and a bibliography.

Did you know that Oxford Reference Online includes time lines of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome? Each date and event listed on these time lines is linked to entries in relevant online Oxford reference titles.

All titles are all available through the Library catalog. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments that you may have.
Contributed by Alice Bampton.


You asked for it: Region free universal DVD player now available at Falvey

dvdregionsFaculty and students in modern languages, history, and global studies occasionally need to watch DVDs coded for different regions and systems. While the Library has always endeavored to buy the requested films in a format that can be played on its public viewing stations, many of the titles are not produced for the mass market and not available for Region 1, the U.S.A. and Canada only. (Please click here for more information on DVD formats and region codes.)

Since faculty requested multi-region, multi-system DVD players for use in the Library in the recent faculty library survey, the Library recently outfitted one of its public viewing stations with such a DVD player.

Drop in and enjoy your movies. Headsets will be provided but popcorn is strictly B.Y.O.P. The viewing stations are located on the first floor.

The Library’s liaison librarians are ready to assist you with the purchase of foreign films for your classroom needs.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments that you may have.


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