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Breaking News! Falvey Receives 2013 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award

We are proud to repost from ACRL Insider:

“The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award – Walla Walla Community College Library, Walla Walla, Wash.; Rollins College Olin Library, Winter Park, Fla. and Villanova University Falvey Memorial Library, Villanova, Pa. Sponsored by ACRL and YBP Library Services, the award recognizes the staff of a college, university and community college library for programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the institution.

…Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova University, winner in the university category, was selected for its continuous innovation in serving the university’s mission through an organizational structure built around teams and work groups and collaborative philosophy.

‘Through true collaboration across all levels of the organization, Falvey Memorial Library has leveraged expertise and enthusiasm to engage itself in serving all aspects of Villanova University’s mission,’ said Lisa Hinchliffe. ‘The Learning Commons furthers this philosophy by integrating library services and resources with other campus educational centers in support of student learning and the additional event spaces create a true public forum for the intellectual life. The library’s work in digital initiatives, particularly the partnerships with other Catholic universities and the creation of VuFind, demonstrates the commitment to working collaboratively with the broader library profession. VuFind is a quintessential example of local work having global impact.’

‘We are thrilled to receive this recognition for the achievements of Falvey Memorial Library,’ said Joseph Lucia, university librarian at Villanova University. ‘The ACRL Excellence Award represents for us the highest level of peer endorsement of our efforts to create an innovative ‘commons-centered’ model for academic library service and success in the digital era. There are many extraordinary academic libraries doing many creative things at this time so it is difficult to stand out from the pack.  We are truly honored to have been selected.’

Each winning library will receive $3,000 and a plaque, to be presented at an award ceremony held on each recipient’s campus.

Additional information on the award, along with a list of past winners, is available on the ACRL website.”

Lisa Hinchliffe is chair of the 2013 Excellence in Academic Libraries Committee and professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


‘Emancipation Proclamation’: Two Events in Falvey Mark the 150th Anniversary

How and When to Commemorate Emancipation”: Special guest speaker William A. Blair, PhD, will address this topic on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 4 p.m. in the Falvey first-floor lounge. Dr. Blair is a liberal arts professor of American history and director of the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State University. Sponsored by Africana Studies, this event is co-sponsored by the Center for Peace and Justice Education, the Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies, the Cultural Studies Program and the Department of History. For additional information, please contact Madeline Cauterucci.

“Memorable Days, the Emilie Davis Diaries, 1863-1865”: You are invited to the reception at noon, on Friday, Feb. 1,  Falvey first-floor lounge, to celebrate the new Memorable Days website. The exciting day-to-day account of emancipation was made possible by a collaboration between faculty and students in the Departments of History and Communication, with support from Falvey Memorial Library, Africana Studies, VITAL and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. If you have questions, please contact Judith Giesberg, PhD.


Director Joe Lucia on Conor Grennan’s Little Princes

By Corey Arnold

Joe Lucia

This Tuesday, Jan. 29, author Conor Grennan will visit Villanova University’s campus as part of the One Book Villanova celebration. Grennan will be available for a number of events throughout the day, the first of which will be a book signing in the Speakers’ Corner on the library’s first floor at 1:30 p.m.


In preparation for this exciting event, we’ve asked Joe Lucia, director of Falvey Memorial Library and co-founder of the One Book Villanova series, to talk about Grennan’s book Little Princes. He’s also shared with us a few moments from the One Book Villanova past. Read the interview below and, if you haven’t already, be sure to pick up a copy of this lovely and inspirational book before Grennan’s lecture and book signing on Tuesday.

CA: Tell me about this year’s book selection, Conor Grennan’s Little Princes. Is there a common theme that connects Grennan’s book to past One Book selections?

JL: Conor Grennan’s Little Princes tells a remarkable story of self-discovery and self-transformation, starting with a young man’s personal adventures in Nepal and ending with his quest to reconnect young children sold into servitude during civil war with their lost families. The narrative takes us into remote and often dangerous regions in the high reaches of the Himalayas at the same time that it charts an inward journey toward the recognition of compassion and love as motives to action on behalf of the victims of human trafficking. Grennan’s narrative is full of action and intrigue but derives its power from the moments of kindness and affection that drive a twenty-something American on a mission to serve others. We are excited to hear Conor Grennan speak in person about his experiences in Nepal and his ongoing commitment to the betterment of children’s lives there through the work of his foundation, Next Generation Nepal.

A characteristic of most of our One Book Villanova selections has been personal narrative about major transformative events in individual lives—whether those events transpire in fictional or non-fictional works. In many ways, the greatest commonality among the books we’ve chosen thus far has been what you could call a “coming of age” thematic, or perhaps more precisely stories about psychological and moral growth grounded in experiences of personal loss, social disruption, and historical calamity. That puts it in rather dry and schematic terms, given that all of the books we’ve chosen thus far have been distinguished by a rich, particular personalism that conveys the taste and texture of very specific event and circumstances. We’ve also tried hard to keep a multi-cultural focus at the heart of our selections, to open thereby a view to the larger world beyond the comfortable confines of Villanova, especially for our students.

CA:  Do you have a favorite memory from past One Book years—perhaps an encounter with another reader, or a moment during one of the lecture events?

JL: There really are too many wonderful moments from our seven prior years of One Book events to pick just one. A highlight every year is the Community Dinner, at which Dining Services pulls out all the stops and creates a meal that reflects the culture and cuisine in that year’s book. The year we read Mahbod Seraji’s Rooftops of Tehran, the chefs preparing the dinner managed to track down someone in the Philadelphia area who was familiar with the rose-petal flavored ice cream that plays a role in the story. That ice cream was a featured dessert that evening to the astonishment and delight of our author, who even wrote about it after the event on his blog, I believe.  Of course, every year I glory in the hundreds of students streaming in to hear the author talk and to get books signed. Over and over each year I have listened as students have told visiting authors how deeply the books have touched them, how much of a connection they’ve felt with specific characters and situations. In particular, the year we had Immaculee Ilibagiza as our author, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, we had many people weeping in her presence as she inscribed their books. To witness that abiding emotional power of storytelling and of the written word in time so saturated with trivial digital distractions is a joy indeed.

But there is one moment that stands out as a particular pinnacle. It came in the second year of the program, when we had Timothy Tyson as our author. His book Blood Done Sign My Name, tells the story of a particularly brutal race murder in North Carolina in the 1970s and then connects those events to the unfolding drama of the civil rights era in the preceding and subsequent decades. Professor Tyson brought with him an African American gospel singer—Mary B. Washington—with whom he often presents.  Before his lecture began, the Connelly Center’s Villanova room was darkened and Ms. Washing entered from the room and walked through the audience as the lights came halfway up, singing a series of spirituals from the African American tradition. It was stunning, dramatic, and it evoked tears from many people in that room. When she was done singing, Prof. Tyson opened his talk by addressing the power of that music. It remains one of the high points in my lifelong experience of attending cultural and intellectual programs. I still shake my head in awe thinking back on it. (more…)


Need Help? Defining and Locating Church Documents

By Darren G. Poley

What is usually meant by church documents?

Church documents are published statements, primarily on matters of faith and morals, which are publicly promulgated by some part of the official hierarchy of the Catholic Church. The hierarchy is the body of church leaders, called bishops, who are in communion with the Bishop of Rome. The hierarchy is headed by the visible head of the Catholic Church: the bishop of Rome, who is the supreme pontiff or simply the pope. A good starting point for research is ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index. You can enter a keyword in the advanced search and under Publication Type, select either “Church Document” or “Papal Document.”

What are papal documents?

In addition to being the spiritual leader for over a billion Catholics worldwide, the pope is also the head of state for the Vatican City and chief officer of the Holy See, another name for the Catholic Church’s government commonly called The Vatican. The Vatican functions as the administration for the Catholic Church, a diplomatic entity as well as a religious organization. The documents signed by a pope are called papal documents. The official Vatican Web Site is an excellent place to look for papal documents from popes of the twentieth-century.

The most famous kind of papal document produced today is the encyclical, a public “letter” to his fellow bishops that is meant to be circulated and read by all. Encyclicals are theological in nature but are by no means the only source of Catholic doctrine. Search in Falvey’s catalog using “Catholic Church Doctrines Papal documents” as a subject. See also compilations of church doctrine such as the multi-volume Précis of official Catholic teaching or the one volume Catechism of the Catholic Church in English online and in print. (more…)


Window Shopping: One Book Villanova Little Princes Featured in First Floor Exhibit

By Alice Bampton

Little Princes by Conor Grennan is the 2012-13 One Book Villanova selection. Joanne Quinn, Falvey’s design specialist, created an exhibit highlighting Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal. The display also reflects the history of the One Book Villanova program, which began in the 2005-2006 academic year after a conversation between Joe Lucia, University librarian, and Terry Nance, PhD, professor of communication and assistant vice president for Multicultural Affairs.

Grennan will be signing books in the Speakers’ Corner, first floor, Falvey, on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 1:30 p.m.

Bright blue informative posters, in the center, feature “The Story,” “The Author” and “Schedule of Events.” Photographs of Grennan, Grennan with Nepalese children and a map of Nepal complete the centerpiece. Framing the “Little Princes” materials and One Book Villanova posters are images documenting each of the eight previous One Book Villanova selections. Colorful Tibetan prayer flags form a backdrop.


Quick Tip: How to Print in Falvey

There are two self-service print stations in the Library: one on the first floor for all first floor computers and one on the third floor for computers on the 3rd and 4th floors. Villanova University students, staff and faculty can use library public workstations to print from any Internet, email or desktop application. Alternatively, items can be sent to iPrint, the University online printing service, to be picked up at Bartley Print Services.

For self-serve printing:

Choose single- or double-sided, and make sure to note which printer you are sending to (first or third floor). At the print workstation, identify and click on your print job by your username or document name. Click the Print button on the bottom left hand corner. Swipe your Villanova University Wildcard with the magnetic stripe facing to the bottom right. Remember to slide your card all the way through and make sure the card is placed firmly in the reader. This will deduct money from your VPrint account.

For personal laptop printing:

This one-time procedure allows Villanova University students, staff, and faculty to send work to the library printers from their personal (non-Apple) laptops.

  • On your laptop, press and hold the Windows key and the letter R.
  • In the “Run” window that appears, type \\goprint and press the Enter button.
  • You will then be prompted for your (Villanova email) username and password.
  • Username: type VUAD\username
  • Password: type your password
  • Double-click the printer you wish to access (Falvey printers have the prefix FML).

The rest is automatic. The printer has now been added to your computer’s “Devices and Printers” and will be available each time you print from your laptop.

For Graphic Services printing:

Go to the iPrint website and log in with your University username and password. Upload the document to print.  Be sure to choose Bartley as the pickup location.  Choose printing options and quantity, and approve the proof and payment information. Click “Place Order.” You will then get a receipt of your printing job.  Items can be picked up from the Bartley Print Center.

You do not need to be in the library to send items to iPrint!  You can print files from any computer and pick them up in Bartley.

Find other library Quick Tips by clicking here.

Questions? Suggestions? Let us know in the Comments below. Or give us a call at the Information Desk at 610-519-4270.

Also contributing: Gerald Dierkes, Luisa Cywinski, Judy Olsen


Give Your Students the Edge They Need: Book an Instruction Session

Course instructors, are you satisfied with the quality of the sources your students use for term papers and other research assignments? Tired of seeing references to Wikipedia?

Falvey librarians can teach your students how to access and navigate the authoritative, information-rich resources available through the library website. Full text-journal articles, national and international newspapers (current and historical), statistical reports, handbooks and raw data sets: all these resources are literally at students’ fingertips.

Unfortunately, many of our computer-savvy students, unaware that the library home page is their gateway to these high quality sources, never find these valuable tools.

Broaden your students’ research horizons by scheduling a library instruction session for your students with a subject specialist librarian. If you do not know the name of your liaison librarian, check the contact list by department, or contact Barbara Quintiliano, instructional design librarian. Sessions can be scheduled during a regular class period or at another convenient time.

You and your students are welcome to come to the Griffin Room on the library first floor for hands-on instruction, or librarians can do a demo in your classroom. Librarians are also available to prepare online course and topic guides, as well as handouts to assist your students.

Give your students the edge they need. Contact your liaison librarian today!

Above: Rob LeBlanc teaches students some strategies for fruitful searching.


New & Improved Searching in VuFind, the library catalog

By Demian Katz

VuFind, the library catalog, was recently tested and upgraded for the new semester. The most noticeable improvement is a more detailed set of values in the Collection facet of the search results. You can now do things like limit your results to Special Collections, main stacks, etc. Other changes are minor bug fixes and behind-the-scenes adjustments that are unlikely to significantly affect day-to-day use. The section below will take you through the changes.

Catalog Search Tip: Filtering By Collection

The library catalog, searchable through the “Books & more” option on the Search tab of the library home page, contains a mix of useful materials. Most are physical books and journals owned by the Library, but some are links to online materials such as free government documents. It is usually helpful to have a large variety of options available in the catalog, but sometimes things can get in the way. This week’s upgrade to the catalog system adds a new option that should help you find exactly the items that you need.

Suppose, for example, that you want to check out a recent book about Medicare. You can do a Books & more search for Medicare, and you will see results like this:











The top three results show up as books, but they are actually online articles, and none of them are especially recent.

You can sort by “date descending” to bring newer items to the top:











This is better, as the first result is now a recent book. However, there are still a lot of online documents cluttering up the results. That is where the new feature comes in. If you look to the right side of the screen, you will see a Collection filter:







This allows you to limit your search results to a particular area of the collection. Since you don’t want Internet items, you can click on “Main Stacks” to limit to items in our main physical collection. Now you get these search results:











The top three results are all books from 2012 that you can access in the Library.

Of course, these books may not cover the aspect of Medicare that interests you.  That’s okay!  Because you filtered out the unwanted Internet resources, the other filters in the “Refine search” box should now show more relevant options, making it possible to further refine your search until you find exactly what you need.

Let us know what you think about these new enhancements in the Comments section below.

Demian Katz , a library technology development specialist at Falvey, is a major contributor to the enhancement of VuFind.



Congratulations to Kathleen O’Connor on her 35th Service Anniversary

By Alice Bampton

Kathleen E. O’Connor is celebrating her 35th year at Falvey Memorial Library. She began working full-time as a database manager in August 1977 after receiving her master’s degree in library science from Villanova University in May of that year. Before completing her graduate degree, O’Connor had worked as a student aid in Falvey from 1976-1977. In 1979 she was appointed head of the Circulation Department.

She was promoted to Systems Librarian in January 1987 and served in that capacity until 2006 when she was appointed Senior Librarian for Systems Planning and Support as well as co-leader of the Technology team. She is also a member of the Assessment team.

In 1999 O’Connor participated in the Electronic Reserve Task Force that received a Distinguished Service Award from the University Staff Council.

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Last Modified: January 7, 2013