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Feedback Friday: Will you be sleeping or sunbathing?


Will you be sleeping or sunbathing on Spring break?

Building houses? Catching up with old friends? Skiing with your family?

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Phylis Wright Elected Falvey Staff Council Representative

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: February 26, 2009
  • Filed Under: General News, People

PhylisPhylis Wright, senior access and information specialist and 2006 Facultas Award winner, was elected as the Falvey Memorial Library Staff Council representative. The University Staff Council was created in 2008 by Father Peter Donohue, O.S.A., Villanova University President, as a group to encourage dialogue and involvement from Villanova University staff members.

Phylis, who has been with the University for 13 years, said that the new Staff Council is “VQI (Villanova Quality Improvement) Plus” and, that while “VQI did its purpose,” the new Staff Council will build on that effort, “creating possibilities.” (more…)


UpToDate — New Nursing resource

Evidence based, peer reviewed information resource for clinicians, allowing them to answer questions quickly, increase their clinical knowledge and improve patient care. IMPORTANT ACCESS INSTRUCTIONS FOR VILLANOVA UNIV USERS: Please click UpToDate link located in the “Databases, A-Z” list or under Subject Guides — Nursing on the library homepage. Once connected, click “Search” and then confirm agreement with terms of use.


Symposium and Concert to Honor Poetic Legacy of Juan Ramón Jiménez

JuanFalvey and the department of modern languages are proud to host an afternoon dedicated to the life and work of author Juan Ramón Jiménez, currently considered to be the father of Spanish contemporary poetry.

The symposium will feature three internationally renowned specialists on the poet: Carmen Hernández-Pinzón, grand-niece and representative of the heirs of the poet, will speak about Juan Ramón, the person; Mª Ángeles Sanz Manzano, Ph.D., professor at the University of Alcalá de Henares, will speak about the universal dimensions of Platero and I; and Graciela Palau de Nemes, Ph.D., University of Maryland, will speak on Juan Ramón Jiménez´s constant search for meaning. The symposium will be followed by a poetry recital including faculty and students from the department of modern languages and a concert by Chili Valverde, a singer from Huelva, Spain.

The event will take place on Tue., Mar. 31, from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. For detailed information about the evening’s events, please visit the events calendar.

Also, be sure to visit the exhibit on Falvey’s fourth floor that commemorates the life and work of the poet and was created by the Junta de Andalucía and the Triennium Juan Ramón Jiménez. An itinerant exhibit at institutions throughout the world during the past few years, the exhibit will be shown during the entire month of March.


Jacqueline Mirabile to Head Consolidated Information and Research Effort

JackieJacqueline (Jackie) Mirabile, a long time reference librarian at Falvey, has been selected to lead the new Information and Research Assistance team. Previously the coordinator of the Research Support team, in her new role she will supervise both the research support librarians and the library information specialists, two groups who have been merged to form one team.

Her goal is to carry out the directive set by Library Director Joe Lucia to “provide accessible, flexible and authoritative library services … to satisfy the intellectual, cultural and scholarly appetites of Villanova students and faculty.”

Jackie also coordinates Falvey’s communication, education and psychology liaison team and she serves as resources editor of the library Publications & Communications team.

A Falvey librarian since 1982, Jackie noted that she has seen huge changes in technology and in the reduction of the physical presence of reference books, many of which were converted to e-books.


The Roycrofters: A Little Journey to the Home of Elbert Hubbard, Now On Display

PosterWho is Elbert Hubbard? Who or what are the Roycrofters? Don’t Google — Visit the new Special Collections exhibit, The Roycrofters: A Little Journey to the Home of Elbert Hubbard for the answers to these questions.

The exhibit begins with the display cases on Falvey’s first floor and continues on the second floor, displaying materials from the Hubbard Collection donated to Special Collections in 1972. This collection consists of over four hundred pieces relating to Elbert G. Hubbard, originally collected by Ray D. Packard and donated to Falvey by his daughter, Shirley A. Stine. There are books, serials and motto cards printed at the Roycrofter press and/or authored by Hubbard and a box of manuscripts and memorabilia.

Much of the Hubbard Collection’s visual beauty can also be enjoyed on the Digital Library site.

The exhibit title derives from the phrase, “A Little Journey …,” which is part of the title of a number of books printed by the Roycroft press, but the exhibit includes far more than its title suggests. In addition to books and pamphlets, the exhibit features periodicals, The Fra and The Philistine, some motto cards, invitations to events at the Roycroft Library (an early example of library outreach programming?), a June – August 1904 guestbook for the Roycroft Inn, and a photograph of the Roycroft Chapel.

This comprehensive and visually appealing exhibit, curated by Bente Polites, Special Collections librarian, and Teri Ann Pirone, Special Collections curatorial assistant, includes, in addition to the objects themselves, well researched information about a man and his colony that are probably not known to most viewers. The exhibit will be on display until May 17.


Feedback Friday: What gets you through the winter?

  • Posted by: Luisa Cywinski
  • Posted Date: February 20, 2009
  • Filed Under: Feedback

WinterWhat gets you through the winter? Music? A good book? Movies? Shopping?

Tell us in the comments!




Penn Museum Curator Examines Past and Future of the Ancient Maya Civilization

leventhalOn Tue., Mar 10, join Richard M. Leventhal, Ph.D., professor of anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and curator of the American Section at Penn Museum, as he offers insights into the collapse of the major cities of the Maya as well as interprets the past and future of the ancient Maya. The talk will take place from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in the first floor lounge of Falvey.

Dr. Leventhal’s presentation, “The Collapse of the Ancient Maya: Interpretations of the Past and Preserving the Future” is the second installment of the 4th annual Anthropology Lecture Series hosted by Falvey this semester and complements the theme of the series, “The Science of Humanity: Tongues, Stones, and Bones” very well as it offers a new perspective through which to learn about the Maya civilization. (more…)


Weeding in December? Indoors? In a Library?

A special guest article about Falvey’s collection weeding project by Dr. Holly Sanders, history department

The directive of the weeding project boils down to this: keep the essentials in one’s field and rid Falvey of obsolete titles. With mixed feelings I opted to participate.

Perhaps historians, by trade and disposition, balk at purging old books from a library.  The notion that any title could become permanently obsolete borders on heresy in our field.  For example, a book written in the 1980s about the coming economic and military conflict with Japan has little value as a harbinger of the future, but as a primary source– the raw material of history–that book has substantial value because it conveys the fears about Japanese economic power in the 1980s.  This kind of thinking makes historians notorious pack rats when it comes to books.

Despite my misgivings I committed myself to culling the Japanese history collection.  What better way to have a say in what stays and what goes?   And volunteering came with a bonus: we faculty may keep titles we elect to purge from the Falvey collection! (more…)


Dissertations and Theses Full Text

A guest article by Lynne Hartnett, Ph.D., in the history department:

Dissertations and theses have long been important sources for scholarly research.  But until recently, few undergraduates utilized these unpublished sources.  For most students writing research papers in undergraduate courses, dissertations proved too cumbersome to use and too slow to arrive once ordered.  Today this is no longer the case.  With the advent of Dissertations and Theses Full Text (ProQuest), scholars and students alike are able to read the vast majority of dissertations written since 1997 online.

With a database of over 2.4 million records, Dissertations and Theses Full Text is an invaluable source for researchers at any level.  The search fields include not only author and subject, but also school name, advisor, committee members and department.  In addition, the search can be limited by language and publication date, while the results can be sorted by date or relevance.  Even students with only a cursory knowledge of the subject can quickly determine the value of a particular source, as each search result includes an abstract and a preview, as well as the full text option.

Last semester, students in my research seminar for history majors found Dissertations and Theses Full Text invaluable.  While a few of the students used the dissertations as a source, even more utilized these texts’ extensive bibliographies.  Encountering their subjects for the first time, students discovered that these bibliographies provided them with a vast array of credible sources that they could use in their own research.  Given the time constraints of an academic semester, access to these dissertations and the utilization of their bibliographies would have been impractical without the full text being available online. 

Dr. Lynne Hartnett

History Department


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