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One Book Author Signs in New Speakers’ Corner

With the recent opening of the second floor Learning Commons, the Library is pleased to announce a new event space on the first floor.  This space, the newly cleared back corner of the first floor, has been christened Speakers’ Corner.

To inaugurate the new space, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet author Jamie Ford will sign books in Speakers’ Corner on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 1:00 p.m. The signing is part of Ford’s official One Book Villanova campus visit.

Ford’s visit also includes other events around campus. Click here for more details.

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Mobile Access to Library Resources

by Robin Bowles

Is the shine on that new iPhone 4S dulling a little? Is the initial thrill of opening that Android phone wearing off? Well, they can do more than check Facebook, photoblog your lunch and dismember virtual fruit. Your mobile device can be used to access many of the same research sources and databases you already use. Here’s a brief overview of the mobile versions of many well-loved library resources.

Mobile access to these tools comes in two basic forms: applications (apps) and web access.

Apps are specialized for the kind of device you have and can be downloaded from the device’s app store or market. iOS apps run on Apple devices like the iPhone or iPod, and Android apps run on devices made by many other companies. If you open the below links on your device, they should take you directly to the page in the store or market where they can be installed.

The web access links can be used on any smartphone with a web browser, including Windows phones and Blackberrys, as well as iOS and Android devices.

These tools will work best when you are on campus using the University’s WiFi network. Since they will use lots of network data, we recommend you only use them over WiFi unless you have an unlimited data plan. If you are unsure about the details of your plan or your device, please contact the retailer or cell phone service. The Library cannot assist with technical issues related to your mobile device.

Click here to see the list of mobile tools.

If you have questions about mobile access to library databases, contact Robin Bowles at 610-519-8129 or robin.bowles@villanova.edu.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

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Researching School Vouchers in Pennsylvania

By Kristyna Carroll

School vouchers are a hot topic in Pennsylvania right now. Not sure where you stand on this issue? Library resources can help you find your way.

According to School Choices, “school vouchers, also known as scholarships, redirect the flow of education funding, channeling it directly to individual families rather than to school districts. This allows families to select the public or private schools of their choice and have all or part of the tuition paid.”

Start by reviewing two sides of the issue with Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Next, get an overview of the empirical evidence supporting school vouchers by reading “Voucher Programs are Key to Improving Public Schools.” Take a more in-depth look at the history and politics of school vouchers in the article, “School Vouchers Fail to Improve Education.”  Another article, “Tuition Vouchers Are a Good Alternative to Failing Public Education,” can provide you with the opposing viewpoint. Explore this Gale resource for even more opinions and ideas about vouchers, education and other hot button issues.

Do you wonder where other voters and taxpayers stand on the issue of school vouchers? Polling the Nations is a database of public opinion polls. A simple search for school vouchers results in several recent polls. An August 2011 poll by the Economist/YouGov reveals a split among respondents with 40% approving and 47% disapproving of school vouchers in their own community.

If you are ready to take your research to the next level, investigate the Library’s books regarding educational vouchers in the United States. Or, try searching some of our premier databases. ERIC is a great resource for education articles; Worldwide Political Science (WPSA) is the place to go for political science research and Social Sciences Full Text covers a broader perspective.

Photo: Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context

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Learning Commons in Falvey

Learning Commons lounge area

The second floor Learning Commons in Falvey Memorial Library is now home to the research-support librarians, Learning Support Services, the Math Learning Resource Center (MLRC) and the Writing Center.

The reference collection primarily resides on the second floor with only a small section remaining on the first. Main-stacks books previously shelved on the second floor can be found in the Falvey West stacks.

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Philadelphia Business Journal — Now at your fingertips

By Linda Hauck

Online access to the Philadelphia Business Journal is now available via Falvey. This weekly is a key public source of business intelligence about our region. The Business Journal publishes 39 additional city business papers and we have access to those as well.  Job Listings and local business directories are handy features that come with the subscription.

(Linda Hauck maintains the Business Reference blog. Check it out for the latest business resources news.)

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First-Year Experience Librarian Position Created

Robert (Rob) LeBlanc, a Havertown native, recently joined Falvey in the newly created position of First-Year Experience Librarian. In this position he will work with the Augustine and Culture Seminar department and Villanova Learning Communities,  providing outreach, instruction and research support while “creating new ways to deliver instruction” to first-year students.

Rob will also serve on two humanities liaison teams: philosophy/theology/humanities with Bente Polites as team coordinator and English/romance languages and literature/theatre with Judith Olsen as team coordinator.

Rob has a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in English literature from Duquesne University and a master’s degree in library and information science from Drexel University. Before coming to the University he was an instruction and outreach services librarian at Albright College in Reading (Pa.).

“I am looking forward to working with staff both in and outside the Library to embed library services into the freshman curriculum,” Rob says.

His hobbies are varied: photography, reading, music (he plays the harmonica, hammered dulcimer and “a bit of slide guitar”), video gaming and Wing Chun kung fu (Stop by to ask Rob what that is!).

Contributed by Alice Bampton

 

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Kimberley Bugg new head of Information and Research Assistance

Kimberley Bugg joined Falvey at the end of November as the Information and Research Assistance team leader, replacing Jacqueline (Jackie) Mirabile who retired last spring.

Kimberley will be responsible for training and scheduling the library information staff who are available during most hours when the Library is open. Information staff  provide basic assistance in the use of library resources and refer questions to research consultation librarians when additional assistance is needed.

Falvey maintains a 10,000 volume print reference collection of general and subject specific sources as well as over 350 online reference sources. In addition it provides access to more than 250 indexing, abstracting and full-text databases available on the Web. The IRA team provides assistance in using these print and online sources.

Kimberley, a native of Atlanta, comes to Villanova University from Queensborough Community College, City University of New York, where she was emerging technologies coordinator. Previously she had been the assistant head of information and research services at Robert W. Woodruff Library in the Atlanta University Center.

She has a bachelor’s degree in communication and accounting from Georgia State University, Atlanta; a master’s degree in library science from North Carolina Central University, Durham, N.C.; and a master of liberal arts degree from Clayton State University, Morrow, Ga.

Her hobbies are reading, watching reality television, eating and yoga.

Kimberley said, “I am excited to join the Falvey Memorial Library team. The Library has a long tradition of creating so many cutting-edge innovations and I am honored to be a part of that.”

Article and photograph by Alice Bampton

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Last Modified: January 2, 2012