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Space Invaders Take Aim: Welcome, Class of 2015!

By Alice Bampton

“Incoming!” Space Invaders populate the large cultural windows near Falvey’s first floor entrance.

“May our Force be with you.” The display features University Librarian Joe Lucia, the research consultation librarians, subject librarians, resource management librarians and the University archivist, who, with other librarians and staff members, make Falvey a rich and powerful resource for students.

Design Specialist Joanne Quinn used icons derived from the classic Space Invaders arcade game and adapted the well-known expression, “May the force be with you,” from Star Wars films to create a colorful science-fiction-themed window.

Bright blue star-studded balloons and a blue net base contrast with the eye-catching yellow “2015” and space invaders, background hangings and the large Welcome Class of 2015 banner to create a forceful introduction to this year’s first year students.

Welcome to the Class of 2015 from Falvey Memorial Library!

Graphic Design by Joanne Quinn



Renovation Review: Phase One Construction

On Monday, Aug. 22, surveyors and contractors began working on the second floor “Learning Commons in Falvey” project, which will eventually bring together academic research librarians and staff from the mathematics lab, learning support and writing center into one unified space.

The book collections that were once housed on that floor have been moved to Falvey West, a section of Old Falvey Hall that was refurbished over the summer. The entrance to Falvey West is on the first floor of Falvey Library and can be freely accessed by patrons who wish to browse and retrieve books in the A – DX call number ranges.

“The first day or two of work involved site assessment and the development of a project sequencing plan by the contractors themselves,” according to Joe Lucia, University librarian. Demolition and infrastructure work will take place over the next few weeks with louder work taking place between midnight and 6:00 a.m. “Scheduling work this way will minimize the impact of construction noise on the library study and work environment,” said Lucia. (Watch a video of the marble slab removal below.)

The Special Collections room will be sealed off from the rest of the second floor in order to protect the valuable collections from dust.  The elevator and stairwells will be blocked off at the second floor to prevent unauthorized entrance and to protect library patrons.

As always, library staff can be called upon for assistance and information. Our aim is to provide a comfortable and accessible work and study space throughout construction.

(Previous blog posts about the renovations can be found here.)

Photo by Alice Bampton – Video by Joe Lucia


Gina McFadden Selected Library Events and Program Coordinator

Regina (Gina) McFadden was recently promoted to the newly created position of Library Events and Program Coordinator on the Programming and Outreach team. She is now responsible for scheduling and planning events in the Library, guest relations, supervising student employees and other duties as assigned on behalf of the Outreach team. She also continues to work at the Information Desk, providing patrons with general research assistance and help in gaining access to print and media materials.

McFadden began working in Falvey Memorial Library in August 2007 in Access Services as an Access and Information Specialist. As a secondary team assignment, McFadden worked as an event scheduler with the Outreach team led by Darren Poley. In this position she interacted with faculty, departments, and student groups across the Villanova campus community. She also worked at the Information Desk.

McFadden graduated from the Pennsylvania State University’s Brandywine campus in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in English.


Hidden treasures in the U.S. Congressional Serial Set and American State Papers

The U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1994 and American State Papers, 1789-1838 are two important databases recently added to Falvey’s resources.

See Laura Bang’s blog post for more complete information.

These two databases, U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817 – 1994 and  American State Papers, 1789-1838, provide fascinating and informative texts and images. The databases can be searched by bill, resolution number, congress number, subject, type of publication and much more. The user can export information to RefWorks and create a personal collection.

~Alice Bampton


Renovation Review: Falvey West – Open for Browsing & Borrowing

At long last, the Falvey West stacks, which contain circulating books in the A – DX call number ranges, are now open for patron browsing and borrowing. Our new collection space can be accessed from the former bound periodical entrance (Falvey Library, first floor) adjacent to the print center. Signs are posted inside the new stacks directing patrons to call number ranges. The center stairwell in Falvey West connects the three lower floors, ground through second.

The Falvey West upper floors (third & fourth) are restricted and contain special collections, microfilm, videotapes and other miscellaneous materials.

As always, staff at the front service desk are available for assistance. Please stop by or call us at 610-519-4270 with any questions you may have. We’re here to help!

Photo by Laura Hutelmyer


The Villanovan from 1944 marks 10,000th item for Digital Library

In May the Digital Library added its 10,000th item, an April 4, 1944 edition of  The Villanovan, the University student newspaper. This issue featured numerous articles related to World War II.

Laura Bang, special and digital collections curatorial assistant, says that “[W]e have been steadily working on adding the individual issues to our Digital Library.”

The full story about the 10,000th item is in the Blue Electrode, the digital library blog.

Work is ongoing: see the current count for digitized works in the DL.

The Blue Electrode blog began July 16, 2007. Michael Foight, special collections and digital library coordinator, says, “The objective of the Blue Electrode column is to showcase an item or items recently digitized  and displayed in the Villanova University Digital Library.”

Blue Electrode articles are written by members of the digital library team.

Contributed by Alice Bampton


Special Collections Reading Room Closed June 24 to Nov. 1

The Special Collections Reading Room will be closed from June 24 to Nov. 1 while the renovation of the library second floor is taking place. Please feel free to contact us by email (bente.polites@villanova.edu or michael.foight@villanova.edu), or phone (610-519-5271) if you would like to consult items from Special Collections during this period. We will attempt to make individual arrangements for consultation in another area of the Library.


Remembering 9/11

(From the University home page)

This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. For the University, the anniversary will be a time to remember the 15 alumni – and countless others – who lost their lives in the attacks of 9/11.

For a list of Villanova campus events and remembrances, click here.

For information about the special stained glass window commemorating the departed Villanovans, click here.





Renovation Review: Temporary Offices

Are you a student looking for a job in the library? Do you need to meet with the library director? Are you a contractor working in the library facility? Are you working with library staff on an event?

We can help you find your way to our temporary offices.

In order for construction to begin on the second floor of Falvey Library, a few people had to move into Old Falvey. The library director and staff from the business & administration, outreach, communication, and digital projects teams are now located in the former Reading Room on the second floor of Old Falvey Hall. That area can be accessed from the Old Falvey main entrance. Listed below are staff who are located in this space:

Jeannine Ahern, Alice Bampton, Margaret Duffy, Alexandra Edwards, Jeff Eisenberg, Mary Heyman, Joseph Lucia, Gina McFadden, Darren Poley, Joanne Quinn, Jackie Smith and Stephen Spatz. (Laura Bang temporarily resides in the resource management area on Falvey Library’s ground floor.)

Feel free to visit our temporary offices!

Photo by Luisa Cywinski


Hurricane Irene – Library Hours Aug. 27-29

Due to the forecast calling for tropical storm or hurricane conditions, the library will close at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday Aug. 27 and will remain closed through Sunday Aug. 28. Pending further information, we hope to reopen on Monday Aug. 29. Please check back for updates and call our service desk at 610-519-4270 to verify that we are open before traveling to the library.

Villanova University Emergency Preparedness


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Last Modified: August 1, 2011