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E-Books for Business

The prices of e-readers are falling, the range of e-readers and tablets on the market is expanding, the formats for reading digital books has stabilized around PDF and EPUB, while the cost of buying e-books remains in flux.

So where does this leave academic business library collections? Not on the sidelines, but in the thick of it! Read Linda Hauck’s Business Reference blog on e-books for the Villanova School of Business.

Also contributing: Gerald Dierkes


Renovation Review: The Big Picture

By Alice Bampton

Have you heard the mysterious noises emanating from the second floor? Are you wondering what the second floor will look like when the renovations are complete?

Joanne Quinn, design specialist, and Kristyna Carroll, research librarian, created and mounted a large double-sided display that can answer your questions about what is happening on the second floor.

The windows facing the first floor welcome Falvey’s new residents to the Learning Commons, which will include the Writing Center, Mathematics Learning Resource Center and Learning Support Services. There are panels with descriptions of the services offered by each area of the Learning Commons; these panels include QR codes. Use your smart phone to read the QR codes and to find out more about their services.

A floor plan shows how the second floor of Falvey Memorial Library will house the Learning Commons, presentation rooms, study areas, academic integration (librarian) offices and offices for the library director and his staff. Across the bottom of the window are photographs of the second floor under construction, linked by bright yellow caution tape.

Tentative plans for the second floor of Old Falvey include space for Library resource management, outreach and communication office space.

A cross-sectional drawing of the two buildings, Falvey Hall and Falvey Memorial Library, reveals how they could eventually be linked by an atrium. This phase of construction will be dependent on a capital campaign.

In the window facing Holy Grounds is a large Project Timeline that reflects which projects are finished, those in progress and the ones still to come. There is also a “Falvey has Big Planzz” sign and a free-standing cardboard easel showing two seated construction workers whose faces are cut out; they can be used for photo opportunities.

If you keep an eye on the timeline, it will keep you informed of the progress being made in this important renovation project. You can also get a project overview on our Renovation News webpage and by watching our news blog for updates.

Also contributing: Luisa Cywinski


Quick Tip: Study for Graduate School Exams in the Library

If you’re applying to graduate school, there’s no getting around the fact that you have to take an exam. Whether it’s the GRE, MATGMAT or LSAT, you’ll need to log some study hours in order to score well.

But before you shell out a heap of cash for a study guide, let the Library help!

Our collection includes several study guides for each test. These study guides not only include general tips and strategies, they also contain practice tests which allow you to get a feel for the format before taking the real thing.

Some study guides are held at the reference desk, and you can access them by asking there. Others are shelved with the general collection.

As always, the library catalog will note which study guides are held where. And with the new interactive map feature, you can click “Find on Map” to get a detailed view of where to look.

Avoid spending money on study guides when you don’t have to! You can get in plenty of practice tests from the comfort of Falvey.

Find other library Quick Tips by clicking here.


Library Hours for Mid-terms and Fall Break

Check it out: The library hours have been extended for mid-terms and modified for fall break.


“The America-is-in-decline idea”: Dr. Brian Jones on our national social structures

Is American society falling apart?

For Brian Jones, PhD, the answer isn’t as simple as yes or no.

In his new book, Social Capital in America: Counting Buried Treasure (Paradigm Publishers, 2011), Dr. Jones tackles the question of the decline of American society. Using national surveys, Dr. Jones tells the complicated story of American social structures at the end of the 20th century.

The idea for the book, he explains, was based on another scholar’s work, with which Dr. Jones didn’t agree. “My inspiration was Robert Putnam’s bestseller Bowling Alone which essentially argued that American society was falling apart. The book was, I thought, both well-evidenced and wrong. Figuring out why led me to develop my own model of social capital which is presented in my book.”

His research turned up interesting correlations that show the question may not be quite so black and white.  Nor is it, he says, an idea new to our time. “I think the America-is-in-decline idea has been here from the start,” he says, “perhaps because we invented this society from scratch—‘The First New Nation.’”

Dr. Jones, a professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, will give a talk on his book on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 12:30 p.m. in the library first floor lounge. “For those who attend, I shall offer data in colorful figures sketching what has really changed–and not changed–about America since 1972.”

This event, the second Scholarship@Villanova lecture of the year, is free and open to the public.


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Last Modified: October 2, 2011