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Dig Deeper: Careers in International Development Day 2015

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Careers in International Development Day at the Connelly Center is not your usual job fair – it’s a symposium designed for career exploration and a perfect event for students interested in pursuing careers that address global poverty and related issues. Lindsay Coates, Executive Vice President of InterAction, an alliance of 190 International Non-governmental agencies will open the day at 1:30 p.m. in the Cinema with an overview of the changes, challenges, and opportunities in the field. From 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Villanova Room, professionals representing a variety of career paths, including the UN, USAID, Social Entrepreneurship, Impact Investing, Global Health and others will meet students in roundtable breakouts (repeating every 30 minutes) to share their professional experience and offer advice on what students need to get a foot in the door. In the Villanova Room Market Stall area, students can meet one-on-one with representatives from graduate programs, post-graduate overseas internship and volunteer opportunities and relevant VU curricular and extra-curricular programs from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Catholic Relief Services organized and will host the event in partnership with Villanova University, the College of Nursing Center for Global and Public Health, the Villanova School of Business, the VSB Center for Global Leadership, the Career Center, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, the Office of Mission and Ministry and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education.

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The library’s collection includes many books, article databases and statistical sources about international development. For the policy wonk, Columbia International Affairs Online includes full-text  case studies, policy briefs, scholarly articles and books. Public Affairs International  Service (PAIS) is an article database covering similar territory. Because international development is truly interdisciplinary, academic research on international development can be found in many specialized databases, such as  PubMed for health, EconLit for economics, and  Compendex or Inspec for engineering.

Since 1990 the United Nations has published the Human Development Report, which identifies trends in development, and the Index, which is a tool used to assess country level development in terms of life expectancy, education and income. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development publishes numerous books and statistical series on development in many dimensions all available in the OECDiLibrary. AidData.org takes a data driven approach to improving outcomes by publishing datasets, visualizations and reports.

Villanovans across the disciplines are engaged in research on various aspects of development aid. Suzanne Toton, EdD, writes about Catholic relief, world hunger and social justice. The writing of Kishor Thanawala, PhD, explores economic development and justice. Latin American Development is the area of expertise of Satya Pattnayak, PhD. Jonathan Doh, PhD, is a prolific researcher on nongovernmental organizations and global corporate responsibility. Christopher Kilby, PhD, is a thought leader on the economics of foreign aid. Ruth McDermott-Levy, PhD, is a practicing nurse, educator and researcher on international community health.

Careers in International Development Day speakers represent a variety of organizations, all with interesting web sites well worth exploring with links below:

Speakers Organizations

Alliance to End Hunger
United States Agency for International Development USAID
Doctors Without Borders
Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Center
Catholic Relief Services
Uhl & Associates
TriLinc Global
Oiko Credit
Village Capital


Post-Baccalaureate Volunteer Organizations

Amigos de Jesus
Augustinian Volunteers
Catholic Volunteer Network
Catholic Relief Services
Jesuit Volunteers
Maryknoll Lay Missioners
Mennonite Central Committee
Mercy Volunteer Corps
Peace Corps
Unite for Sight

imagesArticle by Linda Hauck, MS, MBA, business librarian and team coordinator for the Business Research team.



How does Falvey do Open Access?

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It’s Open Access Week, a time set aside to advocate for access to scholarly research free of price barriers and most copyright and licensing restrictions. In recognition of open access initiatives, Falvey Memorial Library created the SOAR (Scholarship Open Access Reserve) fund. To date, one application to cover an article processing charge (APC) has been granted to a faculty member. A second is pending. The Library has also received inquiries about how we will vet open access journals eligible for APC reimbursement and, more generally, for advice on how to identify high quality open access journals. We’d like to share the answers to these questions more broadly.


The Falvey Memorial Library Resource Council has devised a checklist for ensuring due diligence in reviewing SOAR requests. Our approach to evaluating journals is holistic, taking into consideration a range of attributes with no single criterion automatically leading to acceptance or rejection.

– We note whether the journal has an ISSN, when the journal started, how closely the journal has conformed to a publication schedule, and publisher reputation.

– We verify credentials and participation of named editorial board members.

– We look for clear statements on editorial processes, research misconduct, conflict of interest and data access policies.

– We check Beall’s List to make sure the journal or publisher is not included among identified predatory publishers.

Inclusion in the Directory of Open Access Journals signals that the journal has passed an independent evaluation.

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Similarly, indexing in recognized
databases, differing by discipline, is a barometer of value. We gather journal level metrics, such as Impact Factor, SCImago and Eigenfactor. Additionally, we look at article level metrics, indicative of quality scholarship and influence, for a sampling of published papers.

Authors seeking to identify quality open access journals in their field may also use several other tools.

The most widely known is the Directory of Open Access Journals. The DOAJ is a membership organization devoted to promoting open scholarship by encouraging transparency and best practices in peer reviewed publishing. A newer directory going by the acronym ROAD, a service of the ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) issuing agency, is a bit broader than DOAJ in that it includes not only journals but also conference proceedings, monographic series and even scholarly blogs. The advanced search allows you to search by keyword, topic, publication type and index coverage. This directory does not screen journals for quality indicators. Think. Check. Submit. is a new website, largely sponsored by open access publishers and advocates, to help authors identify trusted journals.

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As open access has become more commonplace, traditional journal tools have added “open access” check-offs. Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities, covering nursing, psychology, business and education-related disciplines, has an advanced search that supports specifying green, gold or hybrid open access models. Cabell’s is designed for selecting journals by quality indicators, such as editorial policies, acceptance rates, journal metrics and time to publication. InCites, the new Journal Citation Report from Thomson Reuters covering science and social science disciplines, has an open access check-off within its interface, too—and  only journals with impact factors are covered through InCites. Scopus, the Elsevier interdisciplinary database, added an open access check-off in its browse feature. Both Scopus and InCites define open access journals in conformity with the generally recognized definition of gold open access journals, which provides readers with immediate, paywall-free access to all content.

Many still view open access journals with trepidation, fearing that they aren’t peer-reviewed, that they pollute scholarly discourse with poorly designed and executed or falsified and fraudulent results, and that they prey on scholars eager to publish within a tight timeframe. The Library hopes to dispel these fears by sharing our tips and tools for evaluating open access journals (equally applicable to subscription model journals, we might add). Given the proliferation of funders’ requirements for public access to funded research, the spreading adoption of institutional open access policies, the resistance by university libraries to exorbitant journal prices, the international recognition of the value of freely-exchanged scholarship, and the authors’ appreciation for enhanced impact, open access—be it through open access journals or repositories—will only continue to grow.

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Article by Linda Hauck, subject librarian for business.


Labor Day Special: Library Resources Underpin Debate Over Meaning & Motivation at Work

vectorstock_3580561While reading the Sunday Review section of the New York Times this weekend, I was struck by how important both library books and access to scholarly articles are to not only the professional study of job satisfaction and design but also to the public debate over motivation and meaning at work.

In Barry Schwartz’s article Rethinking Work,”old and new books and scholarly articles frame the conversation. Falvey Memorial Library collections and services provide direct access (via print or ebooks, open access ebooks, or E-ZBorrow) to the sources you need to fully engage in the discussion. See the links to the books and articles referenced in Schwarz’s opinion piece. Research librarians are available by chat, email and research consultations to guide you through finding the full text of vaguely referenced scholarly research articles such as these underscored in “Rethinking Work.”

Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

Principles of Scientific Management by Taylor

The Human Equation by Pfeiffer

High Commitment, High Performance by Michael Beer (quickly and easily available through E-ZBorrow)

Why We Work by Barry Schwartz (On order)

Grant, A. M., Campbell, E. M., Chen, G., Cottone, K., Lapedis, D., & Lee, K. (2007). Impact and the art of motivation maintenance: The effects of contact with beneficiaries on persistence behavior. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 103(1), pp. 53-67. doi:10.1016/j.obhdp.2006.05.004

Dutton, J.E., Debebe, G. & Wrzesniewski, A. (2012). Being valued and devalued at work: A social valuing perspective.  In Qualitative Organizational Research: Best Papers from the David Conference on Qualitative Research (forthcoming). http://webuser.bus.umich.edu/janedut/High%20Quality%20Connections/Being%20valued%20%20final.pdf

– See more at: http://blog.library.villanova.edu/business/category/uncategorized/#sthash.jsl6sLPJ.dpuf

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The Library Invites Intellectual Property Lawyer, Statistics Education Director and You to Discuss “Open Access” Issues


Join us this week for Open Access Week events,
and we welcome your response to our survey below!

Open Access Week is a global event for inspiring the academic community to advance the open-access movement. Open access embraces two key complimentary ideas: scholarship should be freely available on the web, AND it should be free of permission barriers for legitimate uses. The Budapest Open Access Initiative (2002) is probably the most often quoted definition of “open access”:

By “open access” to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.

Since that definition was penned, much progress has been made by individual scholars, universities, scholarly societies, publishers and national and international bodies for making open access to scholarship a reality. So many journals have gone or been established as open access that we need a Directory of Open Access Journals. Furthermore, traditional subscription journal publishers such as Taylor & Frances, Wiley, Springer and Elsevier offer authors fee-based options to make their articles open access, what some might consider an effort to co-opt the open-access movement. Institutional repositories for archiving all forms of scholarship from articles to data and born digital artifacts, many open, have proliferated on campuses big and small around the globe.

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Additionally, open access mandates by funders requiring that the results of research be made publically available for free are becoming the norm (for a database of funder mandates see SHERPA/JUIET).  Faculties at top universities such as Harvard University,  Duke University and the University of California System have adopted institutional  open access policies which typically address depositing scholarship in an institutional repository and granting rights to scholarship (See Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions.)

Open Access Week is a good time to examine your thoughts on how open access impacts your own scholarly practice and what initiatives you would like to see Villanova University take regarding to open access. The best way to do that is by joining a conversation or by taking our open access survey!


Falvey Memorial Library and the Office of Research and Graduate Programs will participate in Open Access Week with two events, both lunch hour brown bag participatory lectures. On Tuesday, Oct. 21, 1-2 p.m., in Falvey room 204, Michael Posner, PhD, director, Center for Statistics Education and Linda Hauck, business liaison librarian, will discuss “Open Data Trends: Policies, Privacy and Preserving Data Integrity.”

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Posner, Hauck, Leytes, Fogle

On Friday, Oct. 24, 1-2 p.m., in room 205, Dina Leytes, practice group chair, Intellectual Property and New Media, at Griesing Law, LLC, and Nikolaus Fogle, subject librarian for philosophy, will discuss “Author Rights: When and How Can You Archive, Share and Own Your Published Work?”

Open Access Week is an international event being held for the eighth time. It provides “an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of open access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make open access a new norm in scholarship and research.”

To learn more about open access from local viewpoints, attend one or both of the events to be held in Falvey on Oct. 21 and 24.

Article by Linda Hauck, MS, MBA, (pictured) business librarian and team coordinator for the Business Research team.


DOE Open Data Plan Released

dept energyThe Department of Energy is among the top funders of research conducted by Villanova faculty across several University departments. It is also a first mover among federal-research-granting agencies in establishing policies, procedures and infrastructure to comply with the Office of Science and Technology Policy mandate to enhance access to federally funded research. This week it released its Public Access Plan.

The Plan covers access to both published papers and underlying data. Classified data and scholarly research are exempt from the policy. The DOE will build a public portal called PAGES (Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science) and maintain a dark archive to assure long term access. The DOE will deploy a two pronged approach to making data more accessible. Through a review of data management plans, a cost-benefit analysis will be applied to identify data worth preserving and making public. Data will be submitted and made public via the Open Energy Information Platform, OpenEI, and further exposed to the public via data.gov.

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This new policy will impact Villanova energy researchers. Principal investigators (PI) will need to submit open access links to articles (or the manuscripts themselves) and metadata for their publications for inclusion in PAGES. Data management plans may come under intensified scrutiny, and data the DOE identifies for inclusion in OpenEI will need to be submitted by the PI with metadata. As these repositories are built and populated, benefits should accrue to Villanova researchers as their good work receives increased public exposure and as they enjoy enhanced access to the research of their peers.

The Library can assist with the additional duties PI face by providing metadata assistance. Library catalogers are expert at parsing metadata schemas and applying them to unique objects. David Burke is the primary library contact for metadata services.

Images from Energy.gov

imagesArticle by Linda Hauck, MS, MBA, (pictured) business librarian and team coordinator for the Business Research team.



Falvey Scholar program recognizes student accomplishments in research, innovation and creativity


Interim Library Director Darren G. Poley presents Jerisa Upton with her award.

The annual Falvey Scholars Award—established by Falvey Memorial Library in conjunction with the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships and the Honors Program—recognizes and celebrates the academic excellence of some of Villanova’s finest undergraduate scholars. This year’s event, held on Friday April 25, honored six Falvey Scholars under each of the following categories: business, engineering, liberal arts, science, nursing and our new category, social science, which was added given the overwhelming response and volume of excellent candidates in the liberal arts.

Each of the Falvey Scholars presented a 30-minute summary of their winning project and were each presented with the Falvey Scholars Award by our Interim Library Director, Darren Poley.

Falvey is delighted to announce the following undergraduates as the 2014 Falvey Scholars:

Aurora Vandewark (nursing); mentor: Michelle M. Kelly, PhD, CRNP; Project: “Evidence-Based Practices to Reduce Psychosocial Distress Among Parents of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Patients.”

Jerisa Upton (social science); mentor: Maghan Keita, PhD; Project: “Understanding Bureaucratic Politics and the Origins of the Great Leap Forward.”

Mark Bookman (liberal arts); mentors: Maghan Keita, PhD, and Edwin Goff, PhD; Project: “Re-imagining Discourse: Shingon Buddhism and Western Epistemologies.”

Clockwise, from top left: Vandewark, Upton, Bookman, McGrane, Ferguson and Shaik

Clockwise, from top left: Vandewark, Upton, Bookman, McGrane, Ferguson and Shaik

Noor F. Shaik (science); mentor: Dennis D. Wykoff, PhD; Project: “Using Fluorescent Markers in Cells and Flow Cytometry to Measure the Selective Pressures in Yeast.”

Olivia Ferguson (business); mentor: Peter Zaleski, PhD; Project: “Metropolitan Manufacturing Decline, 1980-2005, and Subsequent Effects on Residents.”

Robert McGrane (engineering); mentor: Noelle Comolli, PhD; Title: “Chitosan Thin-Films for Post-Surgical Drug Delivery.”

Falvey Scholars is just one of the many events that comprise the Undergraduate Research Exposition, or EXPO 14: a week-long series of programs that recognize the research undergraduates accomplish throughout the year. Villanova is proud to highlight the contributions of its undergraduate student community!

Article by Regina Duffy, writer for the Communication and Service Promotion team and library events and program coordinator for the Scholarly Outreach team. Photos by Alice Bampton, digital image specialist and senior writer on the Communication and Service Promotion team.


Dig Deeper: what you should know about the Alibaba mega-IPO

Everything about Alibaba’s recent announcement to make an initial public offering (IPO) in the United States is outsized. Estimates of the initial valuation are huge (in the 120-250 billion dollar range). Alibaba is the largest, most diverse company, in the fastest growing industry (e-commerce) with the most populous country (China) on the planet.

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The risks to investors are monumental, too. Due to Chinese laws prohibiting foreign ownership of internet businesses, the offering is structured via a “variable interest entity” (VIE). By this structure, investors purchase shares of a holding company set up in the Cayman Islands with interests in the Chinese Alibaba. Law on the validity of such an arrangement is unsettled, and Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba, has a history of using the law and structure to justify a bait and switch maneuver with  investors. Finally corporate governance is an issue as founder Jack Ma and other senior executives will have the power to name a majority of the board.

To learn more about this “Sale of the Century” and other IPOs, check out these resources.

Dig Deeper:

For nice overviews from different perspectives of the initial-public-offering process, see EY’s Guide to Going Public or The IPO Decision:  Why and How Companies Go Public or Examining the IPO Process:  Is it Working for Ordinary Investors.

EDGAR Company Filings To get registration statements, often called the prospectus (S-1 for domestic or F-1 for foreign) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, search by company name.

Hoover’s IPO Central , Yahoo’s Recent IPO News , Renaissance Capital IPO Center, PWC Capital Markets Weekly and Investor Business Daily IPO Analysis are great for keeping abreast of IPO announcements.


For a more academic take on going public, search journals such as Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Finance and Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking Finance, and Applied Financial Economics as these frequently publish studies on initial public offerings.

SDC, Bloomberg terminals and Morningstar Direct—available in the Applied Finance Lab—provide structured data relevant to the study of IPOs.

The best databases for searching finance literature are EconLit, Scopus, Social Science Citation Index, Social Science Research Network and Business Source Premier.

imagesArticle by Linda Hauck, MS, MBA, (pictured) business librarian and team coordinator for the Business Research team.


Our Dig Deeper series features curated links to Falvey Memorial Library resources that allow you to enhance your knowledge of what’s in the headlines, seasonal occasions and events held here at the Library. Don’t hesitate to ‘ask us!’ if you’d like to take the excavation even further. And visit our Events listings for more exciting upcoming speakers, lectures and workshops!


Ramp Up Your Research: How to Tag Items in the Library’s Catalog

Do you ever think an item should have a search term or category associated with it, but it doesn’t? This video shows how to make items easy to find by adding a tag. (Enable Closed Captioning for silent viewing.)

For additional “How to” videos, click the “Help” button on Falvey’s homepage.

Gerald info deskVideo tutorial produced by Gerald Dierkes, information services specialist for the Information and Research Assistance team, senior copy-editor for the Communication and Service Promotion team and a liaison to the Department of Theater.


Foto Friday: Falvey Scholars

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Each year, the Falvey Scholar presentations showcase the talents of Villanova’s most promising undergraduates and highlight the resources and opportunities afforded to them by their mentors and the library. This year, six students will present their research.

The Falvey Scholars Award is an annual program established by Falvey Memorial Library to recognize outstanding undergraduate research. It is a collaborative initiative of the Library, the Honors Program, and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.

The recipients of this award are selected from a pool of candidates that is generated by applications submitted by nominated Villanova University students or a group of nominated students working on a senior project together. Senior students must be nominated by their faculty advisor and submit a completed application to be considered for the Falvey Scholars Award. Read more about this year’s successful applicants here.


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Last Modified: April 25, 2014