It was quite a thrill for library staff to learn the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) chose Falvey Memorial Library as a recipient for the 2013 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. The ACRL honor is a peer-review recognition through which experts review and validate the work of their colleagues in the library field. It goes further, however, in that it presents a new challenge “to sustain our record of energetic community involvement and innovation,” according to Joe Lucia, University librarian and library director.
But first on the agenda? It’s time to party! The Villanova community is cordially invited to join the library staff for a four-hour gala and mini “rock concert” to commemorate the award (Falvey-palooza, anyone?). Besides being celebratory, the event will be historical as well, as it will re-inaugurate usage of the Falvey Hall (aka Old Falvey) reading room, a spacious hidden treasure on campus with impressive vaulted ceilings and towering windows, which has been closed to public access for over 30 years.
As part of the fun, the evening will feature two sets of music by Villanova University’s very own librarian band, Marc Fields & Bad Data, covering an eclectic range of styles from traditional songs and ballads to bluegrass and country through straight ahead rock-n-roll, including a number of original tunes written by library staff members!
The celebration will take place on May 14 from 5-9 p.m. in the Falvey Hall (aka Old Falvey) reading room, and light food & beverages will be served.
The ACRL award seems a worthy symbol of the culmination of three years of construction and change in Falvey Memorial Library, the focal point of which is the stylish and very popular Learning Commons, a state of the art center for learning and inquiry that integrates in a single physical setting access to key academic services, including Research Support Librarians, the Writing Center, Learning Support Services and the Mathematical Learning Resource Center. Its large meeting rooms and funky retro furniture have become favorite places to study on campus.
University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 LAS will formally accept the award from ACRL President for 2012-2013, Steven Bell, on the morning of May 14. A symposium on the future of libraries will follow the ceremony, featuring a cavalcade of 30+ ‘lightning talks’ given by faculty and Falvey staff and a catered lunch. The symposium will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast, and end at 3:30 p.m.
So save the date—Tuesday, May 14—and join us for this celebration of fun, music and fulfillment of the University’s goal to ignite change through creativity, innovation and commitment to academic excellence. If you’d like to attend the daytime symposium, the nighttime celebration or both, please RSVP before May 10 to Gina Duffy.
Joanne Quinn is the team leader of the Communication and Publications team and a graphic designer.