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Library Honors Celina Wildemann – Student Employee of the Month

By Alice Bampton

Celina Wildemann, a senior biology major, is Falvey Memorial Library’s latest student employee of the month. A native of Middletown, R.I., Celina has worked for the Digital Library since her first year at Villanova University, scanning books and documents (see “1611 King James Bible now online”). Celina also worked in the Digital Library last summer.

The University Staff Council (USC) at Falvey selects a student employee of the month based upon nominations from the department supervisors of student employees. Digital and Special Collections Curatorial Assistant, Laura Bang, the supervisor who nominated Celina, says “She is a dedicated worker with great attention to detail. … Celina also has a great attitude and is often excited about the materials she scans for us. She is also involved in several campus activities but balances the load very well. She is an exemplary worker among the Digital Library students, and she is quick to mentor other students.”

Celina sings in the St. Thomas of Villanova Parish choir and is a board member of the pastoral musicians. Among her other campus activities are raising money for the eighth annual “Walk for Water (for Wasala)” and participating in intramural dodge ball and outdoor soccer. She led a Habitat for Humanity trip to Slidell, La., during the fall break.

She says, “I like to smile. I also love cats, the fall season, sports, snowboarding and running.” Celina plans to attend physical therapy school next year.

Be sure to look at the illustration of Celina, created by Joanne Quinn, Falvey’s design specialist. The color illustration is posted on a pillar behind the circulation desk.

The student employee of the month idea originated with Manager of Access Desk Services Phylis Wright who, with University Librarian and Library Director Joe Lucia and the Falvey USC team, chose this way to honor student workers. At the start of the semester Phylis asks library supervisors for nominations of outstanding student employees. She notes that the USC team “received so many [nominations] that our . . . team is finding it a difficult task to choose . . . [the winners]” – a very nice comment on the quality of Falvey’s student workers!

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Reading for Pleasure Over Winter Break? We Have Recommendations!

By Gerald Dierkes

The Library offers numerous award-winning titles of contemporary and classic fiction.  Why not check out one of these staff favorites for your winter break?

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht.

Call Number: PS3615.B73 T54 2011

See a preview of this book in Google Preview.

 

Cold Comfort Farm by  Stella Gibbons, her classic tale, first published in 1932

Call Number: PR6013.I24 C6 2006

See a preview of this book in Google Preview.

 

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas

Call Number: PR6063.I785 T47 2010

Take a peek in this book in Google Preview.

 

 

A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Books by Charles Dickens (a new edition with an introduction by Margaret Atwood, illustrations by Arthur Rackham)

Call Number: PR4557 .A1 2009

 

 

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

PR6063.A438 W65 2009

Take a peek in Google Preview.

 

Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

PR6063.A438 B75 2012

Take a peek in this book in Google Preview.

 

In the Garden Of Beasts by Erik Larson

E748.D6 L37 2011

Take a peek inside using Google Preview.

 

This short video demonstrates one search strategy to help you find additional titles. If books have been checked out, you may be able to obtain those titles through interlibrary loan.

Also, please let us know in the “Comments” below what you recommend. Are there new fiction titles you would like us to order? Happy reading!

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Sorcerers’ Semester: Harry Potter and the Readers of Falvey

By Rob LeBlanc

After nine weeks of day-long, live reading from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the loyal readers at Falvey Memorial Library successfully completed all seven Harry Potter books on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 4 p.m.

Not to be derailed by severe weather, flu season or “pesky exams,” the final (extra) day of reading carried us over the finish line in fine style. We envisioned this multi-week event as a nostalgic look back at a series that helped define a generation, and thanks to the help of a host of readers from all divisions of the Villanova University community, we were more than successful.

Over 50 separate readers participated, and their creative reading styles brought smiles to our faces.  More than one couple read in tandem – one doing the dialogue and the other the text. Many readers tried out their acting chops by giving voices to the famous characters. One reader used Skype to read a chapter from Iowa! We even (gasp!) had a few children read from these “kid’s books.”

Leah Fett, costume winner

Faculty, staff and student readers, especially the members of the University’s Harry Potter fan club (Epilogue: the Villanovan Order of the Phoenix) and the Villanova Quidditch team took turns at the microphone, lending hours of their personal time to bring J.K. Rowling’s famous stories to life each week in the library’s 24/7 lounge.

Two of our regular readers won substantial prizes for their loyal participation. Graduate student Leah Fett won an iPod shuffle for our Halloween Costume contest with her fantastic (and extremely accurate)  Slytherin prefect costume.

Each reader was also entered into a raffle each time they took a turn reading, and one of our most loyal participants, Chelsea Peláez, won our grand prize: a Kindle with all seven Harry Potter e-books!

Chelsea Peláez, raffle winner

All and all, our readers came away with fond memories, a rekindling of their childhood love of the Potter books, and a few extra ounces (pounds?!) in the form of tasty snacks, including “authentic” butterbeer, contributed and arranged by our fabulous Outreach team.

In addition to all our faithful readers, I would especially like to thank the Falvey staff and student workers for all their time and support. Without their tireless proctoring and reading, we could not have succeeded in this wonderful project.

Many thanks and Happy Holidays!

Photographs by Alice Bampton, Laura Hutelmyer, Robin Bowles and Luisa Cywinski

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Demian Katz, Library Technologist & Developer, Contributes to Recently Published Book

By Alice Bampton

Demian Katz, library technology development specialist and published author, contributed to a recently published book, Library Automation and OPAC 2.0: Information Access and Services in the 2.0 Landscape. Katz co-authored a chapter in the book with Andrew Nagy, a former Falvey technology development specialist who now works for Serials Solutions. The book, by Jesus Tramullas and Piedad Garrido, was released in July by IGI Global.

Katz and Nagy wrote chapter four, “VuFind: Solr Power in the Library.” An abstract of their work states, “Apache Solr, an open source Java-based search engine, forms the core of many Library 2.0 products. … The popular VuFind discovery tool was built to provide a library-friendly front-end for Solr’s powerful searching capabilities, and its development provides an informative case study on the use of Solr in a library setting.”

VuFind is open-source library software developed at Falvey. VuFind replaced the traditional OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) used to search a library’s holdings.

Katz recently celebrated his three-year anniversary at Falvey.

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“Window Shopping”: Whatever Your Major, Computing Sciences Is for Everyone

By Alice Bampton

“Whatever Your Major, Computing Sciences Is for Everyone,” the current exhibit in Falvey’s cultural window space, coincides with Computer Science Education Week, which is celebrated Dec. 9 – 15 this year.

Department of Computing Sciences faculty collaborated with Joanne Quinn, Falvey’s design specialist, to create the exhibit.

“Computing Sciences Is for Everyone” includes digital slide shows, a selection of books with interesting titles (including some written by computer science faculty members), magazines “whose covers and lead stories suggest the breadth of the computing discipline,” a model human brain, a Lego® robot, an original work of art, various informational posters, a white banner filled with binary code and a collection of computer-related comic strips. Quinn created the title banner and compiled the comic strips. Lillian (Boots) Cassel, PhD, Mary Papalaskari, PhD, and other computer science faculty created the rest of the exhibit.

Frank Klassner, PhD, made the Lego® robot that has a programmable control device, the program of which directs the robot’s movements. Dr. Klassner, according to Dr. Cassel, “is a well-known expert in Lego® robotics and their use in teaching and learning.”

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Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics : Trial from Wiley Online Library

The Library is making The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics available to the entire campus as a trial ending Jan. 10. Let us know what you think!

The Encyclopedia, published in November, is an online comprehensive reference resource covering the highly diverse field of applied linguistics.  Coverage includes “27 key areas of the field, including Language Learning and Teaching, Bilingual and Multilingual Education, Assessment and Testing, Corpus Linguistics, Conversation Analysis, Discourse, Cognitive Second Language Acquisition, Language Policy and Planning, Literacy, and Technology and Language.”

Additional features available with the online resource includes regular additions and updates to articles, including new entries, to keep the Encyclopedia current and cutting edge and a wealth of additional material, including sound files, and direct links to cross referenced articles, creating a multifaceted learning experience. Entries are available in both HTML and PDF, enabling users to print in a clean, easy-to-read format, which includes citation and cross-references. The encyclopedia is easy to navigate with 24/7 access to this major resource.

A List of Entries, in PDF format, found in the Encyclopedia is available for review.

Comment below or contact Susan Ottignon with your feedback before Jan. 10.

 

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Debut of the Aurelius Digital Humanities Initiative

By Laura Bang

On Nov. 15, Falvey Memorial Library debuted its new digital-humanities program, the Aurelius Digital Humanities Initiative. The digital humanities (DH) is a growing academic movement exploring the intersections of humanities scholarship and technologies, and it will have an important impact on future humanities scholarship. As such, the Library is pleased to offer support for DH projects as well as foster a digital-humanities community at Villanova University. Although we have yet to publish DH research, we are currently working with faculty on three digital-humanities projects and have already spoken with other faculty about possible future projects.

We are planning a more formal launch of the Aurelius Digital Humanities Initiative in the spring semester, in which we anticipate having some finished projects to share. In addition, we will hold monthly get-togethers for those interested in DH to meet and hang out, as well as occasional workshops.

I am very excited about bringing digital humanities to Villanova University, and I hope you will be, too. If you have any questions, comments or ideas, please feel free to get in touch with me at laura.bang@villanova.edu – I would love to hear from you!

Follow along on Twitter and/or on the new DH blog!

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Why the Cambridge Companions are a boon to writers of term papers

Over on the Philosophy blog, Nikolaus Fogle extols the virtues of the original, and best, “companions to” series. “They’re ideal resources for term papers, since each volume is carefully curated to inform and advance the scholarship at the same time.”

Through the library catalog, you can find Cambridge Companions for many  topics and writers, from baseball to Aristotle.

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Minh Cao is Scholarly Outreach team’s graduate assistant

By Alice Bampton

Minh Cao is this academic year’s Scholarly Outreach team graduate assistant. Minh, a native of Hanoi, Vietnam, earned a bachelor’s degree in Global Interdisciplinary Studies from Villanova University. She is enrolled in the Department of Communication graduate program.

As the Outreach graduate assistant, Minh works with Darren Poley, Outreach librarian and team leader, and Gina Duffy, library events and program coordinator.

Minh is interested in graphic design, photography, travel, arts and crafts, and languages.

Minh would like to work in public relations after she graduates. She says, however, “my priority is to find something that I love doing and find meaning in doing it.”

Poley says, “Given the ever-increasing number of events in the Library, having a graduate assistant who collaborates well with Falvey’s event coordinator, Gina Duffy, is necessary. Minh has been a competent and gracious addition to the Library’s scholarly outreach team. Minh’s familiarity with the campus community, due to her undergraduate studies here, has confirmed yet again how essential it is to have a graduate assistant for events and outreach with a connection to the intellectual, cultural and social life of the Villanova University community.”

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Lisa McColl serves as Fall Digital Library intern

Lisa McColl joined the Digital Library team as the Fall 2012 Digital Library intern. Lisa says she is excited about working with metadata, which allows her to delve into the collections and learn about them. She will be working with metadata as her internship project. Read more on the Digital Library Blue Electrode blog.

 

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Last Modified: December 5, 2012