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Have no fear: there’s a podcast out there for you! (Part 2, featuring shows produced here at Falvey)

Welcome to the second installment of our blogging podcasts series. Today we’re going to look at two podcasts produced right here at Falvey Memorial Library, and also a couple of staff podcast picks.

As mentioned in our last post, we’d love to hear from you, our readers, about your favorite podcasts. Also, please feel free to ask any questions you might have regarding Falvey Memorial Library’s podcasts or the staff picks posted here.

THUMBNAILProduced at Falvey: Mail Call

Today’s first podcast is Mail Call: A podcast of news, letters, and stories from the Great War” (http://wwionline.org/projects/mail-call). Mail Call is a production of the Home Before the Leaves Fall project (http://wwionline.org/), which “is a multi-institutional project highlighting materials and resources on the Great War, with articles curated by individual scholars and experts guiding readers through the many threads that weave materials into a narrative tapestry, while social media spotlighting newly digitized content, creative and educational use of materials, and news of other Great War commemorations.”

This Mail Call, produced by Falvey Memorial Library, features a “newscast” of materials published 100 years ago, during World War I. Tune in for news about the war in Europe, other news stories from U.S. publications, selections from serialized fiction published at the time, and contemporary advertisements. The Library adds one new episode per semester.


tomb8Produced at Falvey: Mittie’s Storytime

“Mittie’s Storytime”  provides audio versions of dime-novel fiction from the late 19th century. Mittie’s Storytime is part of The Spare Change Library, which is the dime novel and popular literature podcast, featuring audio editions of stories, as well as scholarship. The podcast is separated into “substreams” based on its content. The Library currently offers two of these substreams: Mittie’s Storytime (fiction) and Professor M’s Lecture Series (scholarship).

Mittie’s Storytime is currently on hiatus, but you can listen to the complete audiobook production of The Bride of the Tomb by Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller, a gothic mystery and romance story with plenty of sensational twists and fascinating characters to entertain you on your summer travels!


 

Today’s staff picks

Today’s staff picks are from Laura Bang, Falvey’s Digital and Special Collections curatorial assistant, and Demian Katz, Falvey’s technology development specialist.

Laura’s Podcast Picks:

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The World in Words for short stories about the usage and history of languages.

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Travel with Rick Steves for planning trips or dreaming of far-off places when you can’t make it there yourself.

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Happier with Gretchen Rubin for tips on finding small ways to improve your habits and boost your happiness.

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Backstory for thematic looks at different aspects of U.S. history.


Demian’s Podcast Picks:

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Ask Me Another a funny NPR quiz show.

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The Memory Palace a recent discovery of Demian’s that provides “interesting historical tidbits.”



SarahArticle by Sarah Wingo, team leader- Humanities II, subject librarian for English, literature and theatre.


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The Highlighter: Where can you post announcements in the Library?

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You want to post your announcement in Falvey, but where are the approved posting sites?

This video shows how and where to display your announcement in the Library. (Enable Closed Captioning for silent viewing):

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


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Foto Friday: In the Lobby, 4th and Walnut, Philadelphia

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The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity. 

~Walt Whitman

Laura Hutelmyer is the photography coordinator for the Communication and Service Promotion team and special acquisitions coordinator in Resource Management


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Philly Geek Awards Nominates Familiar Faces

The annual Philadelphia Geek Awards are coming up, and you might recognize one of the groups being nominated this year. Dirty Diamonds Comics has been nominated for 2015 best comic, and back in the fall semester Dirty Diamonds headlined a graphic novel event in the Library. Villanova community members learned from co-founders, Claire Folkman and Kelly Phillips, about the logistics of making a comic book, navigating the publishing world, and what it means to be a woman comic creator.

Dirty Diamonds is an all-female creation, which directly leads to the type of content they want to create. The goal of these comics is to give a platform for other women comic creators, which is exactly what they have done. Their first published book, Comics, smashed a Kickstarter goal of $8,000. This is a collection of work collected from 32 women from 6 different countries discussing their love of comics. 

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The Philadelphia Geek Awards is an annual celebration of all things geek culture and is hosted by Geekadelphia and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Originally established in 2011, the categories for the awards this year are:

Web Project of the Year…………..Scientist of the Year

Visual Artist of the Year…………..IRL Project of the Year

Streaming Media of the Year……..Game of the Year

Feature Length Indie Film of the YearStory of the Year

Startup of the Year………………….Event of the Year

Social Media Project of the Year….Comic Creator of the Year

Dirty Diamonds is up for Comic Creator of the Year. Other nominees in this category include local comic creator Ian Sampson and the people behind Locust Moon Comics. The awards will be held on August 15; find out more information at phillygeekawards.com. Learn more about Dirty Diamonds at dirtydiamonds.net. Feel free to satisfy that geek craving by reading some of Falvey’s graphic novel collection.


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Foto Friday: Ingenuity

I think we need a bike rack!

Laura Hutelmyer is the photography coordinator for the Communication and Service Promotion team and special acquisitions coordinator in Resource Management


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Spotlight on Subject Librarians—Today’s Subject: Philosophy

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Today’s subject librarian—Philosophy Librarian Nikolaus Fogle

What’s new this year?

NF—Well, the Philosophy program is about to welcome six new graduate students, who I’ll get to meet in August. And of course the philosophy collection is constantly growing. We’ve recently acquired the online version of the Loeb Classical Library, which is great for people doing ancient philosophy. We’re getting more resources online generally, including Oxford Handbooks and a Bloomsbury e-book collection in political thought.

What are the challenges for philosophy students who want to use the Library? 

NF—People often just don’t know where to start. Depending on the project, they might need to use any number of different research tools. And once they figure out where to go, students don’t always know the right sorts of questions to ask themselves in order to use them effectively. A related problem, too, is waiting too long to ask for help.

What resources does the Library offer to help philosophy students overcome those challenges? 

NF—We try to make navigation as easy as possible. The subject and topic guides on the website are pretty helpful, but librarians are also here in person to provide guidance whenever it’s needed. In addition to individual research consultations, we also do in-class orientations and workshops on research skills, tools and techniques throughout the year.

What do you wish philosophy students knew about you, about the Library? 

NF—I guess I just want them to know that the Library is here to provide them with help, and with resources. There’s practically nothing you might need that we won’t be able to get a hold of for you. And it’s not just materials—we’re here to provide you with the knowledge and know-how to enable you to move through the research process as effectively as possible.

What do you like best about being a librarian? 

NF—I love getting to help people, and finding out what they’re working on. I really enjoy collaborating with my colleagues in the Library and elsewhere on campus. And I love that I get to be a philosophy nerd in a really big way.

What do you like best about working with Villanova students? 

NF—Villanova students have such a wide range of interests, and so much enthusiasm. The humanities curriculum here is really great. I like that I never know what the next question is going to be. I also like seeing people’s interests coalesce as they decide on a paper topic, or a major, or a dissertation.


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The Curious ‘Cat: What’s the first thing you want to do for fun?

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “After your final exam or project, what’s the first thing you want to do for fun?

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Chantelle Casillas—“… go on vacation. I’m going to Barcelona.”

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Robert Carey—“Beach—go right to the beach, Rehoboth Beach, that’s where I’ll go.”

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Atena Hashemoghli—“I’m moving to New York. So the first thing is visiting Times Square or somewhere else to have fun, and enjoy the rest of the summer there.”

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Jeffrey Hupf—“going to visit my friends and family back home in New Jersey … Hammonton, New Jersey.”

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Ciara Sprance—“For fun? probably read a book that wasn’t assigned, read a book that I’m going to enjoy and not cry about or sweat about … I’m going to read a book by John Banville; he’s a good Irish writer. … I’m going to read The Sea, after I read this.”

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Daniel Shea—“That is a hard question. Usually I go home for break … I usually go immediately, so I don’t really do anything [for fun. My home is in] San Francisco.”

 


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Spotlight on Subject Librarians—Today’s Subject: Science

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Think of them as research accelerators,

…………………resource locators,

…………..idea developers,

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personal coaches …

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Today’s subject librarian—Science Librarian Alfred Fry

What’s new this year?

AF—We don’t have any new science resources this year, but the Library just hired a new director. I expect there will be a lot of changes.

What are the challenges for science students who want to use the Library? 

AF—Our databases, particularly in chemistry, are very powerful. Although it is very easy to do simple searches, it can be challenging to discover all the advanced features without instruction. Also, many students are familiar with just one database and are unaware of others that would be more appropriate in some situations.

What resources does the Library offer to help science students overcome those challenges? 

AF—Me. I’m happy to teach classes or provide individual or small group instruction.

What do you wish science students knew about you, about the Library? 

AF—I majored in chemistry. Many students know about the subject guides, but I wish more did.

What do you like best about being a librarian? 

AF—Helping students and faculty in all areas, but particularly in science and engineering.

What do you like best about working with Villanova students? 

AF—Villanova students tend to be more patient than students at other places I’ve worked. So, I can take the time to demonstrate the most effective techniques for getting the best results. There are also a few people from the wider Villanova community who have asked very interesting questions.


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Spotlight on Subject Librarians—Today’s Subject: Business

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Think of them as research accelerators,

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…………..idea developers,

…….database navigators,

personal coaches …

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Today’s subject librarian—Business Librarian Linda Hauck

What are the challenges for business students who want to use the Library?

LH—Many of the key business sources are not designed with libraries in mind.  Their primary customers are business professionals; consequently, they don’t integrate well with library discovery systems making it challenging for students to find the specialized resources they need for course work.

What resources does the Library offer to help business students overcome those challenges?

LH—I design subject guides and course guides that highlight relevant databases. Because many of these databases look and feel very different from typical scholarly article databases, I make tutorials and videos to demonstrate how to use them. Of course, I encourage students to drop into my office at Falvey 222 or make an appointment (https://vubusinesslibrarian.youcanbook.me/ )  with me to learn about how to gather credible competitive intelligence on people, companies and industries.

What do you wish business students knew about you, about the Library?

LH— I recognize that students are juggling coursework, community commitments, athletics and jobs, leaving little room for wasted energy.  For most students research is not the ends, but the means to solving problems, understanding and assessing others work product or creating something new of value. At the library, we’re all about facilitating students goals by sharing efficient research tools and techniques.

What do you like best about being a librarian?

LH—Being a research support librarian allows me to wear different hats.  I select materials, teach, do consulting, assess services and negotiate with vendors.  Best of all there is always something new to learn!

What do you like best about working with Villanova students?

LH—Villanova students are bright and driven but still consistently courteous.


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Spotlight on Subject Librarians—Today’s Subject: Nursing

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Think of them as research accelerators,

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Today’s subject librarian—Nursing/Life Sciences & Instructional Services Librarian Barbara Quintiliano 

What’s new this year?

BQ—By now, many students and faculty are familiar with our mobile research assistance cart, staffed either by my colleague Robin Bowles (pictured below) or me.

…..—We set up our cart on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the café area on the 2nd floor of Driscoll Hall. Our hours nursing librarians
for staffing the cart vary due to our other duties. This year, however, we are going to try to have regular hours and publicize them, so students will know when we will be there.

What are the challenges for nursing students who want to use the Library?

BQ—First of all, students must be aware that Google is not a gateway to all resources that they will need for nursing research. Nursing students need access to quite a few specialized resources—such as CINAHL (nursing database), PubMed, Cochrane Reviews, and the Community Health Data Base—and these can be found on the library’s website. Links for accessing these resources can be found on the nursing subject page (http://library.villanova.edu/research/subject-guides/nursing/).

…..—Second, these resources do not have Google-like search screens. They require just a little bit of technique to get the best results. However, if you are seeking specialized nursing or health data, these are the resources you need to use.

…..—Everything said in the previous paragraph goes double for students enrolled in distance courses, such as the University Alliance RN to BSN program. The library website is another interface that they need to discover because without those resources they will not be able to complete research assignments successfully.

What resources does the Library offer to help nursing students overcome those challenges?

BQ—All students in NUR1102 come to the Library during a regular class period for an introduction to the most important specialized nursing resources and for a primer in APA documentation style.

…..—Short instructional videos, linked on the nursing subject guide pages, illustrate how to search the specialized resources.

…..—My colleague Robin Bowles and I are available to assist students with any topic. I can be contacted by email at barbara.quintiliano@villanova.edu and by phone at 610-519-5207. Robin can be contacted at robin.bowles@villanova.edu or 610-519-8129. We are also happy to make telephone appointments to work with distance learners.

What do you wish nursing students knew about you, about the Library?

BQ—Robin and I are as close as your email/phone. You can contact us anytime. We do our best to respond within 24 hours, if not sooner.

…..—No inquiry is too big or too small. We can assist you in doing literature searches, finding full text of articles when you have references, creating APA-Style bibliographies.

…..—I am available on Thursdays at Driscoll Hall 343 (when not staffing the research cart) and the other days of the week in Falvey Memorial Library, 2nd floor, Rm 225. Robin is available on Tuesdays at Driscoll Hall 343 and the other days of the week in Falvey, 2nd floor, Rm 230.

What do you like best about being a librarian?

BQ—I enjoy pursuing so many different topics and assisting with research of various levels of simplicity or complexity.

What do you like best about working with Villanova students?

BQ—I enjoy meeting and chatting with them (in person or by phone), as well as helping them with their assignments. They are remarkably cheerful under academic, clinical and work pressures. They brighten my day.


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