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Welcome & Good Luck, Class of ’13: Falvey Presents Unique and Unusual Superstitions

What do Maneki Nekos, dragons, crows, coins, horseshoes, rabbits’ feet, acorns, rice, crickets, salt, pigs, jade, bamboo, ladybugs, broken mirrors, dragons, four leaf clovers, stars and umbrellas have in common? They are all part of a large, colorful window display to welcome the Class of 2013.

Because thirteen is considered a lucky number in some countries and unlucky in others, Joanne Quinn, the cultural windows designer, decided to focus on superstitions, a fun and fascinating subject to research. Each item noted above is associated with a superstition, and Joanne accompanied all with informative cards.

cats_edlh3Joanne even broke the mirrors included in the display but said she limited herself to two; she couldn’t afford more than fourteen years of bad luck!

She collects Maneki Neko cats, Japanese cats which are also known as Welcoming Cats, Lucky Cats, Money Cats and Fortune Cats. These cats are good luck charms, and the ones in the window are part of her own collection.

In addition to the objects, Joanne included numerous books from Falvey’s collections.ladybugs01_edlh2 Pot of Gold and Other Stories, Shamrock and Spear, How Superstition Won and Science Lost, The Encyclopedia of Superstitions and Amulets and Superstitions are a few of the books included in the exhibit. Joanne noted that there are many more on Falvey’s shelves.

Kathleen O’Connor, Systems librarian, and Marie Roman, Resource Management specialist, also loaned objects for the display. Ann Stango, Interlibrary Loan specialist, helped mount the display.

This fascinating exhibit has a wealth of colorful objects, large and small, to please the eye and information to satisfy the mind – a wonderful welcome to both our new and returning students.

By Alice Bampton


LVJ Summer Institute 2009: Facebook, Blogs and Toolkits?

Barbara Quintiliano welcomes librarians and staff members from St. Joseph, LaSalle and Villanova universities.

Barbara Quintiliano welcomes librarians and staff members from St. Joseph's, LaSalle and Villanova universities.

Participants from the university libraries at Villanova, LaSalle and St. Joseph’s gathered on July 16 at Falvey Memorial Library to talk about “Electronic Outreach for Orientation, Instruction and Just Plain Fun.”

Topics on the program included newsletters and blogs, digital projects, library guides and toolkits, Facebook, video tours, classroom technology and in-house statistics. Barbara Quintiliano, Falvey’s instructional services librarian, served on the program’s organizational team and demonstrated SynchronEyes, a software for classroom management.

Other Falvey presenters included Michael Foight, Alfred Fry, Linda Hauck, Laura Hutelmyer, Jackie Mirabile, Jutta Seibert and Natalie Tomasco

Linda Kubala, web resources/reference librarian at the Francis A. Drexel library at St. Joseph's explains how to use "Library Toolkits" to create course guides.
Linda Kubala, web resources/reference librarian at St. Joseph’s University library, explains how to use “Library Toolkits” to create course guides.


Demian Katz joins Falvey as Library Technology Development Specialist

Demian Katz recently joined VU as a library technology development specialist. Demian said that he isdemiankatz-ed1 “excited to work with VuFind (Falvey’s open source online public access catalog).” He is “enthusiastic about open source” and  is “glad the library here embraces it.”

Library Director Joe Lucia said that Demian is a “talented and creative programmer,” and he will enable us “to regain some momentum with VuFind and related initiatives.”

Demian has both programming and reference experience. His latest position was with a software development company and earlier he worked as a reference technical assistant at Chester County Library in Exton. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from West Chester University and a master of library and information science degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

His hobby, which grew from a childhood interest and became a graduate school project, is maintaining a large bibliography of interactive fiction.

Article and photograph by Alice Bampton



Last Modified: August 13, 2009