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Announcement: Millicent Gaskell Appointed Villanova University Librarian and Director of Falvey Memorial Library

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Feb. 13, 2015

Millicent Gaskell Appointed Villanova University Librarian and Director of Falvey Memorial Library

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University has announced the appointment of Millicent Gaskell as University Librarian and Director of the Falvey Memorial Library, effective May 29, 2015. This key appointment, the result of an extensive national search, will enable Villanova to build upon Falvey Memorial Library’s impressive legacy as a cornerstone of learning at the University.

Millicent GaskellMs. Gaskell comes to Villanova with broad experience in both higher education and the private sector. For the past 10 years, she held a number of leadership roles at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Most recently, Ms. Gaskell served as Department Head of Collections Strategy and Management, with oversight of collection development, analysis, acquisitions and metadata and had responsibility for MIT’s $10M collections budget and a 36-member staff. She was honored twice at MIT for outstanding communication and collaboration, as well as for innovation and creativity.

“We are pleased to welcome Millicent Gaskell to Villanova University and to this important position at Falvey Memorial Library,” said the Rev. Kail C. Ellis, OSA, PhD, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Ms. Gaskell brings to Villanova a thorough knowledge of current and future technological trends impacting library and information services, as well as extensive experience in implementing digital content management initiatives.”

Falvey Memorial Library plays a central role in ensuring the interdependence of teaching, research and scholarship at Villanova. As University Librarian and Director of Falvey Memorial Library, Ms. Gaskell will oversee a facility that supports research and scholarly activities for faculty and students. Its collections include 1.68 million items with 551,236 stack items, 35,297 electronic journals, and 3,596 print journals.  In addition, its digital library initiative assembles, presents and preserves digital collections that support the teaching and research of the campus and the global community of scholars. Gaskell will oversee a staff of 50 employees at Falvey Memorial Library, including the University Archivist and software development programmers.

“The academic library of the future should be creative and agile as pedagogy continues to evolve,” said Gaskell. “The academic library needs to ensure the long-term preservation of scholarship. We should lead not only in preserving collections, but also in improving the discoverability of these collections. Libraries must engage with faculty, students, and administrators to ensure that the community has the information resources, services, spaces, and tools required in a rapidly changing educational environment.”

Prior to her tenure at MIT, Ms. Gaskell served as Librarian, Senior Librarian and then Manager of Information Services during a 10-year career at QVC. Previously, as Environmental Information Specialist at the South Jersey Environmental Information Center, she built the only public environmental collection and research service in New Jersey.  Gaskell earlier served as Paralibrarian for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP. Gaskell earned a Master’s of Science in Information Science and Technology from Drexel University and a Bachelor’s of Arts in English and Comparative Literature from Ursinus College.

“Ms. Gaskell’s unique background and expertise will allow Villanova to not only build upon the Library’s national recognition by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Award for Excellence 2013, but also to successfully position the institution for the future,” Fr. Ellis added.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University’s six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.


Article written by Jonathan Gust, Director of Media Relations.

Contact:
Jonathan Gust
Director of Media Relations
Villanova University
(610) 519-5152
jonathan.gust@villanova.edu

 


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I found the phrase to every thought
I ever had, but one;
And that defies me,–as a hand
Did try to chalk the sun

To races nurtured in the dark;–
How would your own begin?
Can blaze be done in cochineal,
Or noon in mazarin?

Emily Dickinson (1830–86). Complete Poems. 1924.

Laura Hutelmyer is the photography coordinator for the Communication and Service Promotion Team and Special Acquisitions Coordinator in Resource Management


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The 8:30 | Things to know before you go (2/27)

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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!

SAVE THE DATE!

Scholarship@Villanova/Endowed Chair Lecture featuring Helene Moriarity, PhD, RN. Professor at the College of Nursing.  Dr. Moriarty is a nurse advocate for military veterans and their families who has targeted her scholarly work on the health needs of those who have served in the military.  Her lecture will focus on her research with interprofessional teams at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Tuesday, March 24 at 2:30 p.m. in room 204.


THE ISSUE OF NET NEUTRALITY
Thursday saw an important decision made in favor of net neutrality. Interested and concerned about net neutrality but not exactly sure you understand it? Check out this article from USA Today. A handy infographic is also provided.
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SHAMELESS SOCIAL MEDIA PLUG ☺

One more day of February’s face and then it’s Spring Break!

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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Look at that sea, girls–all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn’t enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds.” – Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery


HAVE A GREAT DAY, AND A SUPER FANTASTIC SPRING BREAK!

The 8:30 is also taking Spring Break off and will return on Monday, March 9. If you have ideas for inclusion in The 8:30 or to Library News in general, you’re invited to send them to joanne.quinn@villanova.edu.


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‘Cat in the Stacks: Oh my, Midterm Memes!

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 I’m Michelle Callaghan, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is our column, “‘Cat in the Stacks.” I’m the ‘cat. Falvey Memorial Library is the stacks. I’ll be posting about living that scholarly life, from research to study habits to embracing your inner-geek, and how the library community might aid you in all of it.


During midterms and the subsequent ramp up to finals, you might find yourself in a zombified and slightly pathetic state of bargaining with your alarm and finding ridiculous ways of adding more time into the day.

They won’t work, I’ve tried.
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But it is true: no matter how much effort you put into sleeping well and getting work done during designated times, life happens. Deadlines and due dates are fixed and looming. Then there’s that one chapter of material you just didn’t quite get around to, or didn’t quite get, and you promised yourself you’d look at it before exams—aaaaand it’s exams.

Oops.

I’m all about preaching time management and scheduling and making good choices, but let’s be honest: sometimes you have to make the hard choices. Sleep, and hope the extra energy makes you more efficient while studying. Don’t sleep, and hope the extra time spent studying puts you in a better place.

The important thing is, once you’ve made your choice and made your bed and you’re trying to stay above water, don’t beat yourself up for it.

Hunger Games midterms

Hey Girl Midterms

This Too Shall Pass


Article by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant on the Communication and Service Promotion team. She is currently pursuing her MA in English at Villanova University.


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The 8:30 | Things to know before you go (2/26)

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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

Graduate Student Resume Workshop. 4:00 p.m. -5:45 p.m. in room 205. Questions? Contact Jayme Nordin: jnordin@villanova.edu

VSB Peer Tutor Office Hours. 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 205. Open to all VSB students. Walk-in study sessions. (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester.) Questions? Contact: patricia.burdo@villanova.edu


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Or a Google Play Music user? If so, good news! Google Play Music has increased its song capacity from 20,000 to 50,000 songs — more than double the original limit! Pysched doesn’t even begin to cover it (even if most of us wouldn’t even hit 10K). How would you fill your library?


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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.” – Coningsby by Benjamin Disraeli 


HAVE A GREAT DAY!

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The Curious ‘Cat: Which Web Browser(s) Provides Optimal Performance for Navigating Falvey’s Site?

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks six library professionals, “Which browser(s) would you recommend for Villanova students to use when accessing Falvey’s site?”

Robin Bowles, nursing/life science librarian

2014-01-15 11.08.18-4“I always recommend users go directly to http://library.villanova.edu or use the Library link on the University homepage. The Library tab within MyNova is fine for very basic library use. But if you are planning to access one of our databases or more complex tools, the MyNova frame around the page can sometimes interfere with the connection and cause problems. Coming to our website directly will keep your connection to us as direct and uncomplicated as possible.”


Dave Uspal, senior web specialist for library services and scholarly applications

dave-uspal white bkg2USPAL“Our website developers either use Firefox or Chrome as their primary development browser, so either of those is recommended. For a while Firefox was the primary browser used for web page development, but Chrome has recently been taking up market share in this field.  Further, since Chrome is the number one browser in use by a very wide margin (46.22% as of January 2105), web developers will definitely test their pages against Chrome before release.

“I think the above still applies to Mac users as well (you can get Firefox and Chrome for Mac; alternatively, you can get Safari for PC—though I don’t recommend this as Safari’s strengths and best features are its integration with Mac OS)

“The browser I would not recommend is Internet Explorer:

IE has the most security holes, to the point where the Department of Homeland Security has asked Americans not to use IE.

And it tends to interpret web page elements differently than other browsers.”


Sarah Wingo, team leader – Humanities II, subject librarian for English, literature and theatre

2014-01-16 12.16.23-1-2“I have a Mac at home and a PC at work, and I personally don’t find any major difference between the two, with browsers. As far as browsers go, as I said above, I use Chrome both at home and at work and if for any reason I’m having trouble with Chrome (very rare) I will use Firefox.  For me personally when it comes to choosing between Chrome and Firefox it is really about personal taste, both are good.”

 


Jutta Seibert, team leader – Academic Integration

2014-02-18 13.37.16-5“Most browsers will do the job, but students should be aware that any browser can fail if an application or website is not optimized for the browser. The fault in this case lies with the application or website and not the browser. Overall it is good to stick with popular browsers as they will run into fewer problems. Chrome and Firefox used to be equally popular, but Chrome is now without a doubt the leading browser in the U.S. (“Browser Statistics and Trends”).

“According to the same statistics Explorer and Opera are marginal and should be avoided overall.”


Rob LeBlanc—first-year experience/humanities librarian

2014-01-15 11.11.37-2-2“I would recommend Firefox or Chrome: we are developing more and more HTML5 and mobile based web interfaces, and both those browsers work very well with the newest version of our website interface, VuFind. As for Mac vs. PC, it shouldn’t make too much of a difference. I am a Mac user both at home and on my mobile devices and a PC person at work (by necessity), and I have no problem accessing Falvey Memorial Library resources on any of my devices.

“As for MyNova, we actively discourage users from accessing the library resources through MyNova; many of our links do not work through that interface and you are much better off accessing our search engine, catalog and databases directly through the library webpage at http://library.villanova.edu.”


Kristyna Carroll, research-support librarian for business and social sciences

2014-01-17 14.27.13-2“For accessing library resources, I often use Mozilla Firefox. My understanding is that the tech team recommends Firefox for the Library website. When a student comes to my office, I know that Firefox will have the library website open, and my more personal windows can stay minimized in Chrome. That differentiation helps.

“I always recommend that students stay away from Falvey’s site through MyNova, unless they are doing something simple, like checking hours.”

 


Who are our Curious ‘Cats? Interviews by Gerald Dierkes, senior copy-editor for the Communication and Service Promotion team and a liaison to the Department of Theater with photographs by Alice Bampton, digital image specialist and senior writer. This week’s archival librarian headshots by Joanne Quinn, Safari fangirl and team leader for the Communication and Service Promotion team.


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The 8:30 | Things to know before you go (2/25)

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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

EXTENDED HOURS FOR MIDTERMS!
The library will be open until 3:00AM. Study party!


VSB Peer Tutor Office Hours. 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 205. Open to all VSB students. Walk-in study sessions. (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester.) Questions? Contact: patricia.burdo@villanova.edu


Don’t miss the Villanova Digital Library content round-up!

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GETTING READY FOR BRACKETOLOGY!
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Outreach intern Kallie is a profesh taper. You’ll never see cleaner blank spaces (sorry, T. Swift)! Hint: these March Madness Matchups might make your stomach growl. Look for the voting board by Falvey’s entrance right after Spring Break. Nom!


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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Every page of every book was a peep-hole into the realm of knowledge. His hunger fed upon what he read, and increased.” – Martin Eden by Jack London


HAVE A GREAT DAY!

If you have ideas for inclusion in The 8:30 or to Library News in general, you’re invited to send them to joanne.quinn@villanova.edu.

 


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The Highlighter: How Do I Contact a Librarian?

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Need help citing sources, checking style guidelines or answering other questions before turning in that big paper? This video shows the many ways to contact a University librarian. How many ways are available? Watch the video to find out. (Enable Closed Captioning for silent viewing):

For additional “How to” videos, click the “Help” button on Falvey’s homepage.


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The 8:30 | Things to know before you go (2/24)

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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

VSB Peer Tutor Office Hours. 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 205. Open to all VSB students. Walk-in study sessions. (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester.) Questions? Contact: patricia.burdo@villanova.edu


SAVE THE DATE!

Scholarship@Villanova/Endowed Chair Lecture featuring Helene Moriarity, PhD, RN. Professor at the College of Nursing.  Dr. Moriarty is a nurse advocate for military veterans and their families who has targeted her scholarly work on the health needs of those who have served in the military.  Her lecture will focus on her research with interprofessional teams at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Tuesday, March 24 at 2:30 p.m. in room 204.


REMEMBERING STEVE JOBS

imgresToday Steve Jobs would have celebrated his 60th birthday. Whether you’re a Mac or more of a PC, it’s hard to deny the influence of Apple’s forthright and visionary leader. An interesting read at any time, Jobs’ Stanford commencement speech from 2005 is especially poignant today. We especially love the tale of how the elective calligraphy class he took before at Reed College impacted the design of the original Macintosh. (BTW – did you know that original fonts on the Mac were named after Philadelphia Main Line towns? Or is that urban folklore? Hmm…sounds like a job for a librarian!) Click here for the full text of the address.


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QUOTE OF THE DAY

“You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz. “All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.” – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum


HAVE A GREAT DAY!

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Mood Board: The Writing Center

Just in time for midterms, this week’s Mood Board features Eric Doyle, an esteemed worker at the Writing Center right here in Falvey.


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You talkin’ to me?

How many students do you help on an average day?

“Help” is maybe a strong word, but I average two or three forced-improvement sessions per day. Mostly I add to their work load by telling them that, no, “Plato is dumb” isn’t a good thesis statement. And those commas are atrocious.

What’s the busiest time of the semester for the WC?

The day before anything is due. For freshmen, the day on which it’s due.

If you could give one general, very broad piece of advice to the students who might be too shy to visit you guys, what would it be?

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#1 fan!

The most frequent advice I give is to pretend that your professor isn’t your audience. When I write, I imagine my mother (an educated person, but not an expert in my subject) as the reader; if she couldn’t follow along, then I haven’t explained myself clearly enough.

What is your biggest writing-related pet peeve?

I have an irrational hatred of the word “towards.” I know it’s perfectly acceptable, but “toward” is just so much classier.

What’s the most entertaining piece of writing you’ve ever reviewed?

One particular woman brought a paper wherein she’d confused the words “explore” and “explode.” Her essay was essentially a Michael Bay film.

What’s your information routine?

Reddit on my phone while getting ready in the morning, then NPR and The Atlantic once I get to campus and check email.REDIT

Android or iOS? What are you favorite apps?

Android. I use Mint for keeping track of my finances, and Zombies, Run! is the greatest thing since the invention of running. ZombiesRun

What kind of writing did you review during your latest Writing Center shift?

I had an ACS paper on Aristotelian happiness and contemporary consumerism. It was pretty good, but the author and I worked together to make it better.


Article by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant on the Communication and Service Promotion team. She is currently pursuing her MA in English at Villanova University.


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