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E-ZBorrow — A New Look to Help Get the Books You Need

by Gerald Dierkes

E-ZBorrow has improved!

Falvey Library’s new E-ZBorrow system now makes it easier for you to obtain the books you need from other libraries:

  • Advanced search option—allows you to combine search terms (title and author’s name, for example) to focus your search
  • Search all E-ZBorrow member libraries’ catalogs with one search (instead of three separate searches).
  • If E-ZBorrow member libraries don’t have the title you need, link to ILLiad to request the book through interlibrary loan without having to re-enter your search terms.


Three things to remember

1.      E-ZBorrow is faster than ILLiad and provides a more generous renewal policy.

2.      E-ZBorrow is for books only.  For articles, use ILLiad.

3.      Only current Villanova students, faculty, and staff may use E-ZBorrow or ILLiad.

The new E-ZBorrow also has a new look! (more…)


New Library Tech Development Blog Highlights Homegrown Projects

In the process of creating and implementing research technology to benefit students, faculty, and staff, Falvey Memorial Library’s Technology Development team has pioneered several exciting library projects. These include the Digital Library and the Community Bibliography, two exciting and unique examples of how the Library uses technology.

The team has launched a new Library Technology Development blog to share their work with the world.


Create Lists with “Favorites” and “Tags” in the Library Catalog

Have you ever wondered what those hearts in the library catalog are for? Did you notice that some catalog records are tagged? Favorites and Tags can be used in different ways to organize books into lists for personal use or to share with other students and colleagues.  Jutta Seibert provides a short overview of how these catalog features function.


Lecture Honors the Legacy of Pope John Paul II

This year’s John Paul II Legacy Lecture, featuring Sister John Sheila Galligan, IHM, will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2011, in the library first floor lounge. The lecture will focus on John Paul II’s preaching, teaching, writing and personal witness to mercy.

Outreach librarian and theology professor Darren G. Poley, M.A., M.S., comments, “A love of mercy was not only meaningful to the late pope, but is truly foundational to an understanding of what it means to say ‘God is Love,’ the title of his successor’s first encyclical. God’s greatest attribute, mercy, is something Pope John Paul II wanted the world to courageously embrace.”

Sister John Sheila Galligan, IHM, B.A., M.A., S.T.L., S.T.D., is a professor of theology at Immaculata University where she teaches a course entitled, “John Paul II: A Remarkable Life.”

The event is free and open to the public.


Restoring Integrity to Intellectualism: Dr. Hollis and Dr. Nagy-Zekmi on Academics In and Out of the Ivory Tower

Dr. Karyn Hollis

Falvey Memorial Library announces a new event in the Scholarship@Villanova series, featuring Karyn Hollis, Ph.D., and Silvia Nagy-Zekmi, Ph.D.  Coming together from diverse educational perspectives, the two recently co-edited a book on the need for intellectuals in public debate.

Dr. Hollis and Dr. Nagy-Zekmi will speak on their book, Truth to Power: Public Intellectuals in and Out of Academe, at 3:00 p.m. on Thurs., March 24, 2011, in the library first floor lounge.

“The notion that public intellectuals in the U.S. are in decline has again become fashionable,” Dr. Hollis explains, “and they are often portrayed as trapped between academe and the ‘real’ world, or between the private and the public spheres.”

Dr. Silvia Nagy-Zekmi

But, she argues, the need for intellectuals engaged in public debate has never been greater. “When addressing our most significant societal problems such as war, poverty, climate change and social responsibility, citizens are too often bombarded with dumbed-down yet impassioned appeals to fear and prejudice, leaving them poorly prepared to make important political and economic decisions.”

Silvia Nagy-Zekmi, Ph.D., is a professor of Hispanic and Cultural Studies, the director of the graduate program in Hispanic Studies and the director of the Cultural Studies program. Karyn Hollis, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the English department and the director of the Concentration in Writing and Rhetoric.

Their book is dedicated to the memory of Howard Zinn.  Dr. Hollis comments, “Howard Zinn passed away shortly after our book was accepted for publication, and since he exemplified so many qualities that as public intellectuals we aspire to, we decided to dedicate the book to him, both in appreciation of his courage in speaking truth to power, and in recognition of his influence as a role model for us all.”

The book’s title refers to another great public intellectual, Edward Said, who wrote that intellectuals must “speak truth to power” and be “a witness to persecution and suffering, supplying a dissenting voice in conflicts with authority.”  Dr. Hollis echoes the necessity of this mission: “As academics, we need to take every opportunity to intervene in public debates, whether on a practical level through expert commentary in mainstream media, or through theoretical investigations of agency and authority.”

“Our hope,” Dr. Hollis sums up, “is to restore the integrity of the word: intellectual.”


English Language Learning Resources: Improve Your Reading, Writing and Pronunciation

by Kristyna Carroll

A new library guide to English as a second language resources is now available. The guide is directed to students, faculty and staff who are learning English as their second language and wish to improve their reading, writing, pronunciation and other skills.

If your favorite resource is missing from the guide, please feel free to make a suggestion or a comment below. Your feedback is appreciated!


Daniel Love Selected March Falvey Student of the Month

Congratulations to Daniel Love, the March Falvey Student of the Month! Daniel is a senior civil/environmental engineering major with a minor in Spanish who has worked in the Library for four years in circulation and interlibrary loan.

His supervisor, Phylis Wright, manager of Access Desk Services, said, “Daniel is one of our shining stars. His commitment and knowledge base is so valued that he has often trained our new assistants, introducing new students to the wonderful world of interlibrary loan processing. He will be sorely missed when he graduates this May.”

Phylis noted that Daniel is known on campus for his mission work. For example, during spring break, Daniel went on a service trip to Honduras with other engineering students. The students worked at the orphanage Amigos de Jesús, replacing filters on the water system to provide clean water, a project that will save money because people will no longer have to buy as much purified water. The Villanova students played soccer and basketball with the Honduran boys and danced the night away at the fiesta on the last night of the trip.

As a Spanish minor, Daniel was one of the few people in his civil engineering group who spoke and understood Spanish.

Daniel also likes to check into Falvey Library on Foursquare. He is always competing for mayorship of Falvey with Alexandra (Alex) Edwards, a Falvey graduate assistant. Since they are both in Falvey so frequently, they both have held the “prestigious” title of mayor recently.

Daniel comes to Villanova from Massapequa, N.Y.

Graphic artist Joanne Quinn created the drawing of Daniel which is also posted on the pillar behind the circulation desk.

The University Staff Council at Falvey selects a Student of the Month based upon nominations from student supervisors.

Article and photograph by Alice Bampton


History Faculty Research Featured in Cultural Window Exhibit

The exhibit, mounted in one of the large display areas just inside Falvey Memorial Library’s entrance, showcases the impressive scholarly output of Villanova University’s history department. On display are colorful book covers from numerous books published by history faculty members. Large posters for the JSTOR and Project MUSE databases, in which one can find works by history department authors, are prominently displayed. Other posters provide information about ProQuest, library news, e-journals and print journals. Three large digital frames present slide shows on the Community Bibliography and Faculty Full Text, Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Historical Abstracts (two more important databases) and the Falvey home page.

Stop by and take a few minutes to enjoy the exhibit. It will be up until the end of March.

Article, history blog and photograph by Alice Bampton


Special Collections’ Books Illustrate and Celebrate Women’s History

By Alice Bampton

In 1987 Congress declared March as Women’s History Month. To honor women’s history, Laura Bang, Falvey Memorial Library’s Special and

From Handbook for the Women's Army Auxillary Corps.

Digital Collections curatorial assistant, has selected six books from Special Collections for a first floor display to commemorate Women’s History Month.

These books, from the 19th and 20th centuries, provide a variety of views of women’s history. The earliest work on display, The Ladies of the White House . . . by Laura Holloway, was published in Philadelphia in 1881, an updated edition of an earlier book. Holloway’s book, opened to a portrait of Angelica Van Buren, was written to honor the “services rendered by these ladies, who were the power behind the throne” (From the preface). This title is available online.

Another 19th century book, The Complete Home: An Encyclopedia of Domestic Life and Affairs , also published in Philadelphia (1883), was written by Mrs. Julia McNair Wright as a guide directed to three young ladies. Extremely popular, it sold over 100,000 copies. This book displays a color scene depicting domestic life in the early 1800s, and it is available online .

The third 19th century book is Proceedings of the Twenty-fifth Annual Convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association . . . 1893. Laura tells us that “The NAWSA was instrumental in winning the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920,” a noteworthy achievement. (more…)


Mothers In Charge Founder to Speak on Surviving Tragic Loss

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Falvey Memorial Library will host a moving lecture by the founder and executive director of Philadelphia-based non-profit Mothers In Charge, Dorothy Johnson-Speight, MHS, LPC.  The event will take place on Tuesday, Mar. 15, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. in the Library’s first floor lounge.

Mothers In Charge is a grassroots organization working for violence prevention, education and intervention for children, young adults, families and community organizations. Johnson-Speight founded the organization after the 2001 murder of her 24-year-old son Khaaliq. The murder as the result of a parking space dispute.

In 2009, the organization published the book Mothers In Charge – Faces of Courage, which tells the mothers’ stories (and their children’s) in their own words.  The book will be available for sale at the event, and all proceeds will go to supporting the organization’s work.

The event is free and open to the public.

Villanova University’s Center for Social Justice Film recently debuted a documentary featuring Mothers In Charge.  The student-produced short film, “No Greater Pain,” tells Johnson-Speight’s and others’ stories.

The Center for Social Justice Film is part of the Waterhouse Family Institute (WFI), housed within the communication department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


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Last Modified: March 11, 2011