Librarians and staff, Villanova University faculty and the University president himself—the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 LAS—assembled in the library’s Speakers’ Corner on May 14 for the 9 a.m. presentation of the 2013 Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Award for Excellence to Falvey Memorial Library. The award ceremony kicked off a day-long, library-futures symposium, featuring lightning talks by 31 presenters, and concluding with an evening reception that included live music.
Joe Lucia, University librarian and library director, and Steve Bell, ACRL president, show off the ACRL award.
Joe Lucia, University librarian and library director, welcomed attendees to “a celebration of Falvey [Memorial] Library and its staff.” He then reviewed criteria for the ACRL award and highlighted factors, such as our Learning Commons and our contribution to the University’s intellectual life, that caused Falvey to be chosen.
President of ACRL, Stephen Bell, presented the award to Father Donohue.
Under Joe Lucia’s leadership, Father Donohue remarked, the Library has become a place in which “students want to be [rather than feel that they] have to be,” adding that the “Library is central to what they do.” The Library, he continued, “is a place where [students not only] gain knowledge [but also] knowledge of themselves.” Father Donohue observed, “Falvey Memorial Library is at the center of campus, both physically and intellectually,” before thanking Lucia for his stewardship.
Pat Adams, representative of Yankee Book Peddler, Inc. (YBP), the award’s sponsor, presented Lucia with a check for $3,000.
Lucia acknowledged the contributions of library staff and support from the Villanova University community for helping Falvey achieve this award. He then began the Library Futures Symposium, a series of “lightning talks” of eight minutes or less. The presenters were as follows:
Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, Helen & William O’Toole Dean, VSB
Maghan Keita, PhD, professor of History and director of the Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies
Terry Nance, PhD, associate vice president, Multi-Cultural Affairs, Communication Department
A. Maria Toyoda, PhD, associate dean for Interdisciplinary Studies and Global Initiatives, associate professor of political science
Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, dean, graduate studies, professor, Department of History
David Barrett, PhD, professor, Department of Political Science
Aaron Bauer, PhD, professor, Gerald M. Lemole Endowed Chair in Integrative Biology
Catherine Kerrison, PhD, associate professor of history
Lauren Shohet, PhD, Luckow Family Professor, department of English
Sally Scholz, PhD, professor, department of philosophy
Ms. Laura Bang, Digital and Special Collections curatorial assistant, Falvey Memorial Library
Nancy Sharts-Hopko, PhD, RN, FAAN, director, doctoral program, professor, College of Nursing
Boots Cassell, PhD, professor, Department of Computing Sciences
Mr. Michael Foight, Special Collections and Digital Library coordinator, Falvey Memorial Library
Mr. II Luscri, director of the Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE Center), VSB
Al Ortega, PhD, associate vice president for Research and Graduate Programs, James R. Birle Professor of Energy Technology in the Department of Mechanical Engineering
Douglas Norton, PhD, associate professor and chair, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Nik Fogle, PhD, subject librarian for philosophy, Falvey Memorial Library
Professor Joseph Robertson, instructor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Mr. Demian Katz, library technology development specialist, Falvey Memorial Library
Annika Thiem, PhD, Dr. theol. and assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy
Frank Klassner, PhD, associate professor, Department of Computing Sciences
Bill Fleischman, PhD, professor, Department of Computing Sciences
Tom Mogan, PhD, director of Student Development
Seth Whidden, PhD, associate professor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Ed Goff, PhD, associate professor, Department of Philosophy
Heather Hicks, PhD, associate professor; director, Graduate Studies in English
Susan Mackey-Kallis, PhD, associate professor, Department of Communication
Ms. Jane Morris, instructor, director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships,
Andrea Welker, PhD, associate professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Ms. Mary Beth Simmons, director of the Writing Center, VCLE
Marylu Hill, PhD, director, Villanova Center for Liberal Education, director, Graduate Program in Liberal Studies
Crystal Lucky, PhD, associate professor of English, director, Africana Studies Program
Mr. Darren Poley, University librarian and interim director of Falvey Memorial Library, concluded the symposium by sharing two themes that emerged from the presentations: collaboration and the value and importance of libraries.
Attendees then moved to the Falvey Hall (aka “Old Falvey”) reading room for the ACRL Award reception. In addition to Villanova University faculty and Villanova School of Law library staff, guests arrived from West Chester University, Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, Drexel University, Stockton College and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Family members of Falvey employees and two retired Falvey librarians also joined the celebration.
Joe Lucia and Jesse Flavin, members of Marc Fields and Bad Data, work on a number at the ACRL Gala.
Villanova’s own librarian band, Marc Fields & Bad Data, featuring Joe Lucia (guitars, vocals) of Falvey Memorial Library, provided live music. Lucia was joined by the following band members:
Brian Camfield: MBA ’05, keyboards, sax
Luisa Cywinski: vocals, Falvey Memorial Library
Jesse Flavin: guitars, vocals, Falvey Memorial Library
Nik Fogle: vocals, guitar, Falvey Memorial Library
Clayton Garthwait: drums, vocals, West Chester University Libraries
Bill Greene: vocals, Falvey Memorial Library
Laura Hutelmyer: vocals, Falvey Memorial Library
Dave Lacy: banjo, Falvey Memorial Library
Rob LeBlanc: vocals, Hammered Dulcimer, Harmonica, Falvey Memorial Library
David Pinto: mandolin, drums/percussion, vocals, banjo, Stockton College
Dick Swain: squeezeboxes, vocals, acoustic guitar, West Chester University Libraries
Alexander Williams: bass, Falvey Memorial Library
Cathy Wilt: vocals, acoustic guitar, Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI)
The 14-member band performed two sets of music:
“Off to Philadelphia”
“Last Steam Engine”
“Gulf Coast Highway”
“Miles of Texas”
“Learning Commons Shuffle”
“Cast a Shadow”
“Ring of Fire”
“Folsom Prison Blues”
“245 (MARC Tags Rule)”
“Paint It Black”
“Wild Wild Life”
“(I’ve Been) Workin’ Too Hard”
After the band’s final set, Lucia revealed “I’ve always had a fantasy of holding a musical event in this room.”
Gerald Dierkes is an information services specialist for the Information and Research Assistance team, senior copyeditor for the Communication and Publications team, and a liaison to the Department of Theater.