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Do you have a “bucket list” for reading?

Bucket lists became popular after the major motion picture, “The Bucket List,” was released in 2007. They’re usually thought of as lists of encounters, trips, or crazy stunts that a person wants to do before the end of her life.  According to squidoo.com, “the majority of them are general in nature, a catch-all for whatever takes your fancy.” In this case, the library would like to put together a display that represents your “bucket list” of reading.

We’d love to have your lists by June 16 so we can build the display. Send your bucket list to socialmedia@villanova.edu or post it here in the Comments!

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Friday Film Review: The Garden

by Raamaan McBride

The Garden is a documentary that follows a poor Hispanic community in South Central Los Angeles. After the 1992 race riots, the city wanted to mend its relationship with its citizens, so it took over a 14 acre blighted property using eminent domain and donated it to said community. That land’s transformation in the decade that followed could only be described as miraculous. This community not only managed to grow amazing fruits and vegetables in this dilapidated space (making it the biggest urban garden in the country), but in the process the garden uplifted the community.

Fast forward to 2003 in which the original owner of the property sues the city, stating that he is the rightful owner of the land. One year later the city sells the garden back to the owner in one of the shadiest backdoor deals ever, and it’s at this point that the film really takes off. A vicious legal battle ensues over who owns this land, with lots of political posturing along the way.

It gets to the point where celebrities, such as Danny Glover and Daryl Hannah, join the fight to save the garden. While I won’t ruin the ending, I can say that it will make you emotional. The film left me with a sense of public duty to take action, to help to improve the situation, which I think is a sign of a good documentary.

It’s unfortunate and ironic that the one thing this garden was supposed to avoid—race riots—is the thing it ultimately caused.

The Garden is unequivocally one of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen (Waiting for Superman is slightly better). You can have your opinion on the ending, specifically the morality/legality of the situation, but what you can’t argue with is the people in this film. This is a must watch for everyone.

 

 

Also contributing: Gerald Dierkes

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Happy Retirement to Jackie Mirabile

by Barbara Quintiliano

Over the years, Jackie Mirabile has won the respect and affection of her colleagues for her expertise, conscientiousness and affability. Falvey Memorial Library’s team leader for information and research assistance, Jackie retired at the end of May after almost 30 years of exemplary service.

Born and raised in Vermont, Jackie majored in history with a minor in mathematics at Trinity College, Burlington. After earning her master’s in library science from Simmons College, she was offered positions both in Detroit and Philadelphia. Fortunately for us, Jackie decided to come to Philly where she worked a total of nine years at the Free Library of Philadelphia and then several more years at a regional patent company. In 1982 Jackie was hired as Falvey’s second full-time reference librarian by then head of reference Louise Green, who became her close colleague and who recently retired in 2009.

During an era of sweeping changes in academic libraries, Jackie is unsurpassed in the art of information retrieval whether using no-baud print, 500-baud Telex, or broadband Internet. Uncle Sam owes her a debt of gratitude as well for her competent management and thorough knowledge of U.S. government documents. According to Jackie, “the real effort to provide service” is the one thing that has remained constant throughout the evolution of her profession, and her favorite aspect of the job is still “finding what the patron wants” — something all librarians know well as the love of the hunt.

She served as the librarian liaison to the psychology and education and human resource departments and taught research strategy sessions in a variety of disciplines.

Jackie has also served on Falvey’s Management Policy Group (MPG) and Communication team, and in previous years on the University-wide Villanova Quality Improvement (VQI). Colleague and information specialist Donna Chadderton is grateful to Jackie for patiently teaching her “how to do better reference work” and will miss “her friendly, ever-present smile, her commitment to her work and the knowledge that I could count on her for help.” Fellow Scrabble player Luisa Cywinski bows in homage to Jackie as the undefeated “Queen of Scrabble.”

Jackie’s retirement plans include volunteering in public library literacy programs and–best of all—spending time with her new grandson, Anthony James.

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Barbara Haas is New Employee in Stacks Management

by Alice Bampton

Barbara Haas, originally from Larned, Kan., is the new Falvey stacks assistant.

A graduate of the University of Kansas, Lawrence, with a bachelor’s degree in education, Barbara began her library career in Wheaton, Ill., as an archives and special collections assistant in Wheaton College’s Buswell Memorial Library. Her duties included archival processing of faculty papers, maintaining collections from various university departments, locating materials for researchers and arranging displays of Special Collections materials while writing accompanying booklets for those displays.

The next stage of her career took Barbara to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her job in the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library’s Preservation Office inspired her to pursue graduate courses in library science. Her graduate studies included an apprenticeship with James W. Craven, who managed the rare book bindery in Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library. After completing her apprenticeship, she secured a position in the Bentley Historical Library as a technical library assistant in charge of university publications.

More recently, Barbara has worked as a circulation assistant at the Easttown Library and Information Center in Berwyn, Pa.

Barbara’s hobbies are calligraphy and her spaniels, Ivan and Stella. “I’m just happy to be here,” she says, “glad to be in the University library [where] exciting things are going on.”

Domenick Liberato, Access Services stacks manager, said, “Barbara is a great asset to both the shelving operations in general and the Library as a whole… . I look forward to working with Barbara for many years to come.”

Also contributing: Gerald Dierkes; photography by Alice Bampton

 

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Last Modified: June 1, 2011