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Libraries at Villanova and La Salle partner, provide online access to biblical literature collection

by Darren Poley


Falvey Memorial Library has partnered with Connelly Library, La Salle University, for the purpose of digitizing rare Bibles and other printed material from its world-class Susan Dunleavy Collection of Biblical Literature.

This digital partnership agreement conveys the salient message that two major universities run by two different religious orders — Villanova University by the Augustinians and La Salle University by the Christian Brothers — are willing to use advanced digital technology whenever possible to preserve a significant part of the cultural patrimony of the Christian tradition.

Further, the libraries of two Catholic Universities in the Philadelphia region can, in the spirit of fellowship and of academic collegiality, work together to promote the study of books precious to many different kinds of scholars interested in the sacred scripture of Christianity and its related literature, without doing harm to the books themselves. (more…)


Library Open House a Success — Especially for These Three!

Open House winners

(l. to r.) Barbara Quintiliano, Emily Jennings, Estefania Espinoza, Matthew Rinaldi, and Joseph Lucia

Approximately 400 students stopped by the Library’s Open House event on Sept. 21 and 22, 2010, loading up on cookies, candy, bookmarks, handouts and hugs from the inimitable Wildcat. For three lucky students, the free handouts were even better: they got to take home some fantastic technology!

Emily Jennings, a senior, won the iPad, which she thinks is great because it’s “so much more lighter” than a pile of books. She’s really looking forward to spending time “playing with it.” Sophomore Estefania Espinoza is looking forward to “losing a lot of sleep” playing with her Kindle, and freshman Matthew Rinaldi says the Sony reader will “get me to read more.”

University Librarian Joseph Lucia, who distributed the prizes, commented, “We are working hard to integrate e-books into the Library’s resources, and these e-readers are examples” of the types of technology used for the medium. Additionally, he said, “We’re looking into possibly making available an e-book version of next year’s One Book selection.” The Library currently has a Kindle available for loan to students and faculty.

Three other lucky students — freshman Maureen Alvarez, sophomore Maria Farrow and junior Brian Macellara — won $10 iTunes gift cards.

Thanks to everyone who made the Open House a success!

Contributed by Barbara Quintiliano and Alexandra Edwards; photo by Alice Bampton.


Epidemics, Pandemics, the Common Cold and Public Health: New History Research Guide

Going beyond Google, how can you find dependable information on the various “bugs” that make us sick each flu season?

A new course guide, Epidemics in History Research Guide, identifies numerous library resources and lists relevant Library of Congress subject headings that will improve search results in the online catalog. It includes links to sample essays, articles and primary sources in Falvey’s digital collections.

jutta-sociology2Jutta Seibert, the history librarian liaison, announced this new research guide on her history and sociology blog. While she developed this for students in History 4995, others will find it useful as well. Subject Guides in history and sociology provide a wide range of resources in these disciplines.

Stay tuned to developments in history and sociology by reading Jutta’s blog on a regular basis.

(Read about the Spanish flu of 1918 and Villanova)


Community Author Walter D. Greason on the Path to Freedom

Greason bookIn partnership with the Africana Studies program, Falvey Memorial Library is proud to announce an upcoming lecture by Walter D. Greason, Ph.D., Villanova University alumnus and community author. Dr. Greason ’95 will speak at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, in the Falvey Memorial Library first floor lounge.

Dr. Greason is now an assistant professor in the department of history and the coordinator of the African American and Africana Studies program at Ursinus College. His lecture will focus on his recently published book, The Path to Freedom: Black Families in New Jersey (The History Press 2010). The book highlights the sacrifices of three African American families and the impact their struggles have made both in their communities and around the world.

This event is free and open to the public. Copies of The Path to Freedom will be available for purchase and signing by the author.


How to Create an RSS Feed in Gmail

By Alexandra Edwards

Do you have a blog or news site you like to keep up to date with?  Do you find yourself having to visit it once a day or more, just to check for updates?  With RSS, you can have updates delivered (to Google Reader) as they’re published.  Additionally, you can add multiple subscriptions, so that updates from every site you usually visit will appear in the same place.

RSS (most commonly expanded as Really Simple Syndication) is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works-such as blog entries, news headlines, audio and video-in a standardized format.”  (From Wikipedia)

  • Pick a blog to which you want to subscribe.  We’ll use Falvey’s blog as an example:  http://blog.library.villanova.edu/
  • Find the RSS feed on the blog.  For Falvey’s blog, the link is located on the sidebar, under the header “Feeds.”  Selecting “Content” will show you an RSS feed of the posts.  Selecting “Comments” will show you an RSS feed of comments posted to the blog.
  • Right-click and choose “Copy link location.”
  • In Google Reader (http://www.google.com/reader/view/), click “Add a subscription” in the upper left corner.  Then paste the link in the box which appears.  This will automatically add the RSS feed to Google Reader.


  • Once the feed has been added, you can read items in Google Reader.  As you add each RSS feed, newly posted items will appear together in the same window.  You can also use Google Reader to sort feeds into folders, or make notes on individual entries.

Now you no longer need to visit each individual web site to check for updates.  The updates come to you!


Celebrate the father of “naked poetry” — Nobel laureate Juan Ramón Jiménez

JimenezIn celebration of Hispanic Cultural Heritage Month, Mercedes Juliá, Ph.D., will speak at Falvey Memorial Library on Spanish poet and Nobel laureate, Juan Ramón Jiménez. Dr. Juliá recently released a book on the poet, entitled De la nueva luz: En torno a la poesía última de Juan Ramón Jiménez (Huelva 2010).

Dr. Juliá will speak at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, in Falvey Memorial Library’s first floor lounge.

This lecture builds on earlier library events dedicated to Jiménez. In the spring of 2009, Dr. Juliá worked to organize a symposium on the author and was instrumental in bringing to the Library a detailed exhibit about his life. She praises Jiménez’s versatility: “There is a Juan Ramón for every taste: an endearing poet very much like a child, a romantic poet in love with nature and love itself, a metaphysical poet in search for God and the absolute, a postmodernist poet desperate and broken because he is unable to find answers to his mortal quest.” (more…)


What is your goal? How can we help?


Welcome back to Villanova! “Go Wildcats!”

Visit the welcoming window display on Falvey’s first floor, created by Joanne Quinn, a member of the Outreach and Programming team. The football theme “What is your goal? How can we help?” vividly connects life on the playing field with using your library to make those academic touchdowns. Maintain your march down the field and go for a first down: Contact the reference librarians and subject specialists who are identified by name and their areas of expertise, as well as other library staff whom you might encounter.

In the center section of the large window, the white goal post frames the large “FALVEY,” its “V” created by that on a t-shirt. The exhibit’s title is also framed by this goal post. Scattered throughout the exhibit are cards relating to football: practice schedules, time out, M.V.P., “We are the champions,” and others. Across the bottom of the window are football-shaped balloons and miniature goal posts. The large goal post is flanked by football lanterns and Villanova football photographs.

Joanne’s display unites the academic and athletic aspects of University life in a lighthearted way.

~ Alice Bampton and Alexandra Edwards; photograph by Alice Bampton


Win an iPad and more: Falvey Open House, Tues., Sept. 21 & Wed., Sept. 22

open-house-ereaders2Tuesday & Wednesday, Sept. 21 & 22, 2010, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Try out the iPad, Kindle and Sony e-Reader. Enter the drawing to win one of them! Free USB thumb drives to the first 250 students who enter the drawing.

Shake hands with the Wildcat!

Grab some cookies, pens and other free stuff.

See you there!


Scholarship@Villanova: Lara Brown on presidential hopefuls

Lara BrownWhat makes a presidential candidate different from other politicians?

This is the question Lara M. Brown, Ph.D., set out to answer in her new book, Jockeying for the American Presidency: The Political Opportunism of Aspirants. It was, she says, a question that few people were asking when she set out to write the book. “Despite the fact that there are many, many presidential election studies, very few of them placed presidential aspirants at the center of the elections.”

Dr. Brown, an assistant professor of political science here at Villanova University, has been at work on the book since 2004. But the seeds of the idea were sown long before, when she was an undergraduate political science major at UCLA. While writing a paper on Aristotle, she came across a quotation by Heraclitus: “A man’s character is his fate.” Dr. Brown explains, “This idea struck me as few others had my freshman year. I was fascinated by the idea that who one is as a person is what one becomes, and in this sense, I began my own investigation into leaders, particularly presidents.”

Before coming to the University, Dr. Brown worked in politics and government, notably serving in President William Clinton’s administration at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. This gave her the chance to “see the ‘big’ picture” regarding education in America. “And then, of course,” she adds, “there were fun parts about being in the administration, like viewing the Fourth of July fireworks that go off over the Mall from the South Lawn of the White House.” (more…)


Natalie Tomasco Retires: Falvey Will Miss Her Creative Eye and Her Attention to Detail

By Laura Hutelmyer

natalie_lh_ed1Natalie Tomasco, Resource Management, retired on June 18, after 26 years of service to Falvey Memorial Library and Villanova University. When Natalie came to Villanova in June, 1984, she had no library experience, but that didn’t stop her from quickly mastering the complex world of periodicals.

Initially, Natalie’s main responsibility was to check-in the daily mail, which consisted of hundreds of current print issues for the library’s journal collection. She did this manually in an old-fashioned Kardex (a metal cabinet consisting of small drawers filled with paper cards) that dated back quite a few years.

As Falvey moved to a new integrated library system, Natalie successfully converted this tedious manual check-in process to an automated one, and the old Kardex was relegated to the attic. When the electronic revolution hit journals in the 1990’s, Natalie easily made the adjustment, helping to convert our large print periodical collection to online access. Her attention to detail and organizational skills were essential in this complicated process, as subscriptions and binding decisions had to be made and followed through for both print and microfilm titles, records had to be updated, and online access confirmed. (more…)


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Last Modified: September 9, 2010