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Christine Bochanski, ’13, Recognized as Student of the Month

Christine Bochanski, a senior nursing major from Lansdowne, Pa., is now in her fifth year as a student worker in Falvey’s Resource Management Center (RMC).

Christine performs several duties for RMC: she prepares books to be processed by a professional bindery; she also unpacks the approval-plan book boxes and separates the books into categories; and she inserts a security device into each item, applies a call-number label and stamps the library’s name on new books and videos, preparing them for shelving.

Roberta (Robbie) Rosci, a Resource Management specialist and Christine’s supervisor, says, “She is a great worker and always pleasant to have in our department. She keeps the work moving and is always willing to help with any project … I’m sure she will be a great nurse, sharing her personality and friendliness with everyone in her professional career.”

The University Staff Council at Falvey selects a Student Employee of the Month based upon nominations from the department supervisors of student employees.

Christine received the Daniel M. and Christine A. Finnegan Endowed Nursing Scholarship in Memory of Eileen S. Lupton ’03 in her junior and senior years.

She loves ballet (watching and dancing); she studied classical ballet and taught ballet and tap dancing. She enjoys going to trails, such as those at Ridley Creek State Park or Valley Forge National Historical Park, and going to the beach. She enjoys “summertime when school is not in session.” Christine is looking forward to graduation with excitement.

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Research Tip: Using Associations as Learning Resources for Tips, Trends, Employment

Associations are terrific sources for learning about businesses, professions and interest groups. Typically, trade and professional associations provide insight on trends, regulatory developments, employment opportunities and best practices. They publish newsletters, statistical profiles, research reports and membership directories.

I rely on associations for many facets of my daily work. Not long ago I took an online continuing education course on geo-spatial information resources via my national professional association, the American Library Association (ALA). I have, in addition, used ALA’s local and national association databanks to post Falvey Memorial Library’s employment opportunities.

In fact, the reputations of association publishers inform my collection-development choices. When looking for practice-related materials for human resource development, I don’t hesitate to buy guides published by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). I am pleased that association websites often help me to guide student researchers to just the right bit of information needed to make a good analysis great.

This week, for example, a student was having a tough time doing a comparative analysis of cable TV stations using customary sources, such as news and business reports. After identifying a few cable broadcasting associations, she had what she needed to do a stellar estimation of her target station’s performance. (more…)

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Kensington Riots Project Display Features Photography, Poetry, Installation Art

By Maria Möller

Kensington Riots Project Team

Recently, the library’s first floor window exhibit has featured artifacts from the Kensington Riots Project. The project represents a unique effort to re-examine the story of an important but underrepresented moment in Philadelphia’s history. To tell us more about this fascinating project, the Library News Blog welcomes guest writer Maria Möller. Be sure to check out the exhibit, which will be on display in the Library through Thursday, Nov. 8. For more information, including photos of the various project installations, you can peruse the Kensington Riots Project blog.

The Kensington Riots Project is a collaboration among Arab American youth, artist Jebney Lewis and me, creating site-based art that explores our country’s challenging history of immigration through the lens of the anti-Irish-Catholic Kensington Riots of 1844.

Over the course of six Saturdays this past spring, our team used photography, poetry, and installation to reclaim the sites where the riots occurred. The blocks surrounding the intersection of American Street and Master Street in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia reveal no physical traces of their past. No buildings from that time survived the Riots or the neighborhood’s subsequent industrialization and deindustrialization, and no plaques mark the sites. By re-envisioning the past and overlaying personal experiences onto the blank canvas of this landscape, the project asked both participants and the public to interrogate our assumptions about who we are and where we come from.

The Kensington Riots occurred during a time of economic uncertainty, increased immigration, religious fervor, and fears of foreign encroachment. Native-born Americans targeted recent Irish Catholic immigrants as the enemies of America, leading to three days of violence. The “nativists” destroyed blocks of houses and businesses, over twenty people were killed, and Saint Michael’s Church—the first Irish immigrant parish in Philadelphia—was burned to the ground.

Saint Augustine’s Church in Old City was also destroyed, and its valuable library was burned. The college that would become Villanova University, which had just begun classes the previous year, in 1843, had to close its doors for over a year due to the Riots’ impact on the Augustinian community. The destruction of this historic and revered church propelled the City of Philadelphia to crack down on the rioters. By the evening of May 8, order had been restored. On May 9, thousands of Philadelphia attended a peace rally.

Today, the identities have changed, but many of the same conflicts remain.

“The parallels between what happened 168 years ago and what is happening today are striking,” says Marwan Kreidie, PhD, professor at Villanova University’s Center for Arab and Islamic Studies and Executive Director of the Arab American Community Development Corporation, the project’s community partner. “In the 1840s, many Americans felt threatened by Irish Catholics and lashed out against them. Today, many people feel the same way about Arab Americans. The CDC hopes this project helps our young people better interpret their own experiences, and also helps to build bridges and encourage dialogue with our fellow Philadelphians.”

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Scholarship @ Villanova: Dr. Elizabeth Burgess Dowdell on Child Internet Safety

This Thursday, Nov. 8, at 1:00 p.m. Elizabeth Burgess Dowdell, PhD, RN, FAAN, will deliver a lecture on the complex and increasingly relevant issue of child internet safety. The lecture is the second in this year’s Scholarship@Villanova series and is available for ACS credit.

Dr. Dowdell’s lecture will focus on research findings made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The grant helped fund a study that analyzed the Internet and social-networking patterns in ordinary populations as well as in Internet offenders. Dr. Dowdell describes this approach as multi-pronged. Beyond that study, her lecture will analyze a world in which, increasingly, children have made the Internet their “society,” one populated by “friends.” However, they also tend to be unaware that the Net is also populated by individuals who may put children at risk.

Dr. Dowdell will also touch on the practical application of her study by offering policy recommendations. These include designing technologies and/or educational programs to identify suspicious online behaviors, strengthening Internet filters for student online protection and providing school outreach for students who are harassed, threatened or assaulted after meeting someone online.

The Scholarship@Villanova series is a string of lectures highlighting bold publications and research from distinguished faculty members at Villanova. The library will host five more Scholarship@Villanova events before the end of the academic year. This event will be held in the Speakers’ Corner on the first floor of Falvey Memorial Library, and in the tradition of previous Scholarship@Villanova events it is free and open to the public.

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Irish Nationalist’s Life by Nobel Laureate Vargas Llosa Features Materials Drawn from Special Collections

The Dream of the Celt by Nobel Prize in Literature winner Mario Vargas Llosa is a fictional account of the life of Irish Nationalist Sir Roger Casement, hanged by the British government during the First World War. Several of Casement’s manuscripts are in Falvey’s Special Collections; as well, other materials collected by his friend and ally Joseph McGarrity are housed in the McGarrity Collection in Falvey Memorial Library. All of these materials have been digitized and are made available in Villanova’s Digital Library.

Prominently featured on the front cover of the English language translation of The Dream is a photograph of Roger Casement drawn from the McGarrity Collection. Read more on the Blue Electrode blog.

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Chris Hallberg Assists Falvey’s Technology Development Team

By Alice Bampton

Christopher (Chris) Hallberg, a native of Milford, N.J., is beginning his second year as a graduate assistant for Falvey Memorial Library’s Technology Development team. Chris works with David Lacy, software development specialist; Demian Katz, technology development specialist; and David Uspal, senior web specialist for library services and scholarly applications.

Chris’ duties involve writing and documenting code. He assists with VuFind, VuDL and other smaller projects.

Katz says, “Chris has been a tremendous help with the huge project of updating VuFind for a 2.0 release. His eye for visual interfaces has led to some nice cosmetic improvements to the look and feel of VuFind, and his work will also eventually lead to a major overhaul of the Digital Library book reader.”

Chris has two bachelor’s degrees, one in interactive multimedia and the other in computer science, from The College of New Jersey in Ewing. He is enrolled in the Department of Computing Sciences at Villanova University, working on a master’s degree, which he plans to complete in 2013.

He is considering pursuing a doctorate. “If not, I’ll be looking for work as a web developer. I will be starting a game studio with my close undergraduate friend, Brett Taylor, in the time that my regular job doesn’t consume,” Chris says.

He was the lead web and research developer at RiverSound Media Group, East Setauket, N.Y., before coming to Villanova.

His hobbies are practicing yoga, climbing rocks and playing guitar.

Photo by Alice Bampton

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