Falvey is a special place. It serves as the main library for Villanova University, but it is so much more than that.
For more than a decade, Joe Lucia, as library director, has worked with the staff in the Library and others at the University to transform Falvey into a ‘temple of the muses’ based on the commons model. Falvey’s transformation, however, is not just superficial. The dynamism of the Library as a living room for conversation, as a laboratory for collaboration to experiment with ideas and as a cross-disciplinary gathering place for engagement with scholarship outside the classroom has become the hallmark of Falvey. The Library staff has been incredibly sensitive to continuing to provide the best traditional library services, while always growing in ways that embrace new initiatives, new forms of scholarly communication, and new ways to support the academic mission of the University.
I have been at Villanova fifteen years. I have worked for and alongside Joe. It has been an exciting and invigorating time to be a librarian at Falvey. I have every intention of continuing the good things he has begun in Falvey and here at Villanova. I also intend to work with library staff and encourage building on the Library’s many successes. I consider it a privilege to work here.
My earnest desire is to be a good steward of the Library as its interim director.
Darren G. Poley