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International Students Welcomed at the Library

Villanova students from around the world gathered in the Speakers' Corner last week for a library orientation with Librarians Jutta Seibert and Judy Olsen and International Student Services Director Steve McWilliams, and Advisor Debra Kwiterovich-Hoover. Welcome, all!


Falvey Print Center Closed

The Falvey Print Center ceased operations over the summer months and will not reopen for the 2012-13 academic year.

We recognize that this closure will result in the loss of a number of valuable services in Falvey, notably higher end document production and a reliable alternative means of printing materials when the GoPrint printers are unavailable. We apologize for this inconvenience.

This is strictly a budgetary decision, as it has become increasingly difficult to support the cost of running two separate print services in the Library. Over the past two years, the GoPrint service has achieved a very high level of availability, and we are confident that it will be able to meet most in-house printing needs during the coming year.

Complete high-end printing and document services will continue to be available via the Bartley Print Center. Those services are accessible online 24/7 through iprint.villanova.edu

Thank you for your acceptance and understanding of this necessary change.

Joe Lucia, University librarian & director, Falvey Memorial Library
Michael George, director, Graphic Services


Villanova University Partners with Kuali Foundation to Develop Library Management System

The announcement of Villanova University’s partnership with the Kuali Foundation in the development of the Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE) was made in June at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. University Librarian and Library Director Joe Lucia spearheaded the effort to join with Kuali in the development of their open source library management system.

Lucia summarized his commitment to the community source model for development of an enterprise-scale library system by saying, “We are excited to join the Kuali OLE initiative. It represents a major step in deepening library collaboration through the creation of tools and infrastructure designed from the ground up to deal with the challenges and mandates of the digital environment.”

This initiative reflects Falvey Memorial Library’s strategic plan, which calls for a “pragmatic commitment to open source technologies and open culture approaches to internal, inter-institutional, regional, and national collaboration and resource sharing.” (more…)


Gail Betz interns in the Digital Library

Gail Betz, a graduate of Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., interned this summer in the Digital Library.  She is currently enrolled in a master’s program in library and information science at Drexel University’s iSchool.

Betz applied for the volunteer internship after working in public education for several years. After substituting in an elementary school library, she discovered that she liked working in a library but preferred to do so on a higher academic level. Betz is uncertain whether to specialize in library services or digital libraries. She says, “I wanted to explore working in a digital library, and I found I really like it.”

Her research interests are technology and instructional practices in an educational environment.

Her bachelor’s degree is in history and elementary education. She likes to read historical fiction and is currently reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.

A native of Haverford, Pa., Betz enjoys long distance running. In this summer weather she tries to get out before sunrise to run. She has participated in half-marathons and one full marathon.

Concerning the scope of the Digital Library internship, Michael Foight, Special Collections and Digital Library coordinator, says, “After a period of intensive training and practical experience consisting of a set of modules including management of digital libraries, selection for digitization, social media, online exhibits, copyright, metadata, cataloging, rare materials handling and scanner training, each intern selects, in conjunction with the needs and priorities of the digital library enterprise, a project that highlights one of these content area modules and produces a representative work project” about four weeks into his or her internship.

Gerald Dierkes also contributed to this article.


“Joseph McGarrity: Man of Action, Man of Letters” is Online Exhibit

“Joseph McGarrity (1874-1940), at the age of 18, left his Irish hometown of Carrickmore, County Tyrone to immigrate to America. He arrived in Philadelphia with no luggage, very little money and a strong sense of Irish nationalism that would soon attract him to become an active member of the Clan-na-Gael, the leading Irish republican organization in the United States. He would, during his lifetime, rise to lead the Clan-na-Gael and become a significant figure in the struggle for Irish independence.” (Brian McDonald, Blue Electrode blog)

Brian McDonald, PhD, the spring semester Digital Library intern, created the Digital Library’s latest online exhibit, “Joseph McGarrity: Man of Action, Man of Letters.” Joanne Quinn designed the graphics.

“What stands out after completing work on the exhibition is not necessarily McGarrity’s poetry, though his verse does have its moments, but rather his prodigious energy and drive,” Dr. McDonald said. “I’m left with a strong sense that poetry was central to his sense of himself. I don’t think it is really possible to distinguish McGarrity the revolutionary Irish nationalist from McGarrity the Irish balladeer, McGarrity the man of action from McGarrity the man of letters. I think that is a large part of why he is such a fascinating figure.”

The online exhibit begins with the “Curator’s Welcome.” This is followed by “Moods and Memories,” “’Playboy’ Controversy,” “Fenian Days,” “Easter Rising,” “Library,” “Poetic Circle,” “Memoirs & Travel Writing” and “Bibliography.” Each section includes text, often including quotations from McGarrity’s works, illustrations and references.

Read more about Special Collections’ McGarrity Collection and the Digital Library’s Joseph McGarrity Collection.


Kimberley Bugg Presents on Black Pop Culture

Kimberley Bugg, Information and Research Assistance team leader, presented a paper, “Fade to Black Popular Culture: An Electronic Annotated Index,” at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference in Boston on April 13.  Bugg’s paper “detailed the electronic annotated index with audible auto commentary on black popular culture.” Her presentation was part of the roundtable, “Embracing Engagement: Popular Technology and Academic Library Information Portals” and her project was partially funded by an award from the American Library Association (ALA) Carnegie-Whitney Grant.

Bugg serves as the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Popular Cultures convener for the discussion group that focuses on “hot topics.”  She is the outgoing ACRL Arts Film/Broadcast Studies  convener. In the last two years the group has sponsored talks dealing with ethical and legal issues related to Netflix and streaming video and copyright cases involving Georgia State University.

Bugg was also the chair of the ACRL Section Membership Committee.

Since joining the Library in December 2011, Bugg has actively explored alternative service and scheduling models and participated in social media committee work at Falvey.



E-ZBorrow Upgrade Complete

The upgrade to the E-ZBorrow system has been completed. If users encounter any technical problems, please contact Luisa Cywinski or Raamaan McBride at 610-519-4270.


Fasten Your Seatbelts: Vacationland Reading in Window Display

The license plate says SMR RDG. One postcard reads “Escape to Yoknapatawpha!” Another proclaims “A Whale of a Time,” while a third suggests “Souvenir from Castlerock, Maine – where the road to hell is paved with adverbs.  S. King.”

Fictional landscapes are the theme of Joanne Quinn’s latest cultural window exhibit: You are invited to transport yourself by reading the works of Faulkner, Melville and Stephen King.

It is only after spending some time observing this display, at least for this viewer, that one realizes the license plate translates “Summer Reading.” And the names on the postcards are sites associated with the works of well known authors: Lothlorien is the home of the elves in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings; Winnemac is the fictional state created by Sinclair Lewis, who located a number of his books there; Hertfordshire is an actual English county where Jane Austen set her Pride and Prejudice; Castlerock, Maine, is the setting for Stephen King’s novel, Cujo. “A Whale of a Time” refers to Moby Dick by Herman Melville.

The window glass is covered with large facsimiles of postcards, the antique type featuring the name of a place. Other vacation objects are a large kite containing a smiling, sun-glasses-wearing sunburst and a group of beach balls. Scattered across the base of the window are stacks of recommended reading, images of automobile wheels, Speed Limit 55 signs, ice chests, book-filled tote bags and a colorful straw hat. Tiny cars run on black ribbons that are draped across the window, suggesting our favorite mode of vacation travel.

Stephanie Liu and Thiomarie Matta work on the window display.

Quinn, graphic designer, created and mounted the exhibit with the assistance of Ann Stango, Access Services specialist, and two Outreach team student workers, Stephanie Liu and Thiomarie Matta. Quinn says that Research Support Librarians Susan Ottignon and Judith Olsen worked with her to find obscure literary sites and “funny places.”

The exhibit will remain on view throughout the summer.

Finally, don’t forget: “Lilliput – The perfect vacation spot for big shots like you.”


Also contributing: Judith Olsen and Gerald Dierkes. Photographs by Alice Bampton.


Alert: Elevator Out of Service

As of now, the library elevator is out of service. The elevator company has ordered a part which we hope will be installed tomorrow. If we can help you retrieve materials, please contact us at 610-519-4271 or at circ@villanova.edu. Our apologies for the inconvenience.


A Day at LVJ 2012

By Alice Bampton

The LVJ Summer Institute brought librarians from La Salle University, Villanova University and Saint Joseph’s University to Saint Joseph’s campus on July 18, 2012, to discuss the latest in technology, physical space and trends in academic libraries.

Falvey staff played an active role in LVJ 2012. University Librarian, Joe Lucia, and members of the Communication and Publications team each gave presentations.

(l. to r.) Gerald Dierkes, Alice Bampton, Mary Heyman, Luisa Cywinski, Laura Hutelmyer, Joe Lucia

The afternoon session began with a “Marketing Update and Idea Swap,” in which Falvey Memorial Library’s Communication and Publications team explained the team’s various activities. Gerald Dierkes, senior copy editor, provided a brief history of the library’s various communi-cations outlets, culminating in Falvey’s blog. Alice Bampton—people, Special Collections, exhibits and photography— explained the process for reporting on exhibits and events. Laura Hutelmyer, photography coordinator and features, discussed images and photos, as well as the Library’s newsletter. Luisa Cywinski—services, policies, online publishing and newswires—described Falvey’s use of social media.

In the next session Joe Fennewald, head of the Tombros McWhirter Knowledge Commons, Penn State University, shared insights from the creation of the Knowledge Commons

Joe Lucia outlined the goals, challenges and benefits of creating Falvey’s Learning Commons.

And Evelyn Minick, library director of the Post Learning Commons/Drexel Library at Saint Joseph’s University discussed issues in academic library building design

In the morning, Robert J. Lackie, MLIS, MA, presented “Protecting Your Digital Footprint at Work, Home and on the Road: 15 Tips on ID Theft in 60 Minutes.” Lackie is a professor and librarian at the Moore Library at Rider University. After a lively question and answer session, participants enjoyed lunch and tours of the Post Academic Center. Completed in March 2012, the 35,000-square-foot, three-story addition to Saint Joseph’s Drexel Library illustrates the epitome of 21st century academic libraries.

In addition to Lucia and members of the Communication and Publications team, several other Falvey librarians attended this year’s LVJ event.

LVJ (La Salle, Villanova, Saint Joseph’s) is almost ten years old. Joe Lucia initiated it, working with John Baky, director of libraries at La Salle, and Evelyn Minick of St. Joe’s. LVJ meets each summer. It is designed to provide librarians and staff from the three universities an opportunity for professional development.




Last Modified: August 1, 2012