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Have no fear: there’s a podcast out there for you (Part 3: staff picks)


Welcome to the third and final installment of our blogging podcasts series. In this installment we will link to information on different platforms available for listening to /streaming podcasts and provide the rest of our staff podcast picks.

As with our previous posts, 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 you’ve seen posted here.

While many of us (cough) iPhone-users (cough) just use our OS’s standard podcast streaming app, there is actually a variety of options for getting your podcast fix. I’m not going to reinvent the wheel by going into detail about all of the options out there; follow the links below to check out option for podcast listening. I personally just use Apple’s standard podcast app, but we got a few shout outs from library staff for Stitcher, which is available for free on both Andriod and iOS phones.

9 podcast apps for the iPhone and iPad

6 podcast apps for Android

Today’s Podcast Picks come from: Chris Hallberg, library technology development specialist; Michael Foight, Special Collections and Digital Library coordinator; Laura Matthews, library events and outreach specialist; Rob LeBlanc, first-year experience/humanities librarian; and Joanne Quinn, team leader of Communication and Service Promotion.

You may notice that the format for staff picks this week will vary from person to person. I received so many great responses to my call for podcast suggestions that I want to make sure the individuality and enthusiasm of each respondent shines through in their recommendations.

Chris’s Podcast Picks:
I cannot recommend them more highly. I’m a podcast junkie because I can’t read on the train. I normally listen through the Podcast app on my iPhone, but Stitcher is what I used while I was still on Android. I’m trying to lessen my dependence on iTunes, but I haven’t found a good podcast alternative yet. A lot of the podcasts I love have joined forces and started a collective (Radiotopia), so I normally discover new podcasts when they’re recommended by my old podcasts.


99% Invisible (about 20 minutes, iTunes)

entertaining and thought-provoking weekly show featuring interviews, stories, and biographies. Sets the standard for modern podcasts. I cannot recommend 99PI enough. I don’t remember how I found it, but I always look forward to it. It is a perfect combination of relaxing tone and pace with exciting information. My favorite episode is The Color of Money:http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/episode-54-the-colour-of-money/.

imagesDan Carlin’s Hardcore History (very long and irregularly updated)

If you are a fan of history or good story-telling, Dan Carlin delivers. Dan Carlin’s epic podcast took me from hating history class to wanting to teach it. By pulling in both eloquently informed and heart-breakingly intimate sources, Dan Carlin turns events from history into incredible drama. Installments are usually 1.5 hours long but can be over 4 hours. He just finished a series on WWII (incredible) and his series on the Wrath of the Khans is still available for free.


And three of Chris’s favorite fictional podcasts:  Welcome to Night Vale (surreal news bulletins from another dimension, dark comedy), We’re Alive (zombie survival series, intense drama), The Truth (biweekly, standalone stories).

Michael’s Podcast Picks:

I love podcasts and audio is also my friend on hikes and on the commute. I’m always looking for new—and interesting—podcasts.

I listen to them in the car with a Bluetooth speaker from my iPhone, on my Mac, and on my iPod nano when hiking; I use Apple software—primarily iTunes or Apple Podcast—to manage my podcasts.

cover170x170Entitled Opinions (philosophy, literature, music)


The Long Now (technology, sustainability)


Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff—two of the best modern game designers talk about games, genre TV, literature, movies and story broadly construed. My favorite.

Michael also recommends Hardcore History, recommended by Chris (above), and Backstory, recommended by Laura Bang in our second podcast blog.

Laura’s Podcast Picks:
I have gotten into podcasts within the past year. Prior to upgrading to a newer iPhone, I listened to Serial and various TED Talks on the computer. The newer iPhone’s have a podcast app all ready to go. With my handy dandy new phone, I listen to podcasts more frequently.


Dear Sugar I like Dear Sugar because the stories are usually inspiring, relatable, encouraging or uplifting. My sister told me about Dear Sugar. Cheryl Strayed is the host and she wrote Wild which we both have read. Cheryl is a pretty righteous kick-butt woman.


This American Life is usually fascinating and shares stories, events and lifestyles that are, more often than not, new to me. The other day I was baking while listening to 559: Captain’s Log and learned about a concentration camp in China that housed groups of Girl Scouts (!) What?! I had no idea that ever occurred. I am fairly certain I never learned about that in school.


Ted Radio Hour really makes me think. With talks like “Do We Need Humans?” and “Why We Lie?” I am always left questioning, thinking, wondering. Ted Radio Hour definitely doesn’t fail to make my brain start buzzing.

Rob’s Podcast Pick:


Got to go with Radiolab. They have the most fascinating, intelligent, touching and weird stories I’ve ever heard; I’ve loved every episode. Has full 1 hour podcasts and ½ hour shorts. I discovered them through NPR’s This American life, which I also love.

Joanne’s Podcast Picks:


First, let’s get this out of the way and admit my crush on The Tech Guy Leo LaPorte who is the king of TWiT – a wide compendium of about 28 podcasts that provides a flurry of daily updates on Apple, Google, smartphones and even big screen TVs. Leo is boisterous, speaks loudly over his guests and regales us every chance he gets with tales of feuds he’s been embroiled in over his long career. He’s a bit of a boor – but never boring. I believe there are as many ways to access TWiT as there are shows. I prefer Stitcher, but their cool little iPhone app makes TWiT a button push away and uses only 5MB space. 


Also indispensable: I love Marcus Sheridan The Sales Lion, mostly for his incredible ease behind the mike. 


The Echo Chamber: a fortnightly from the UK for PR professionals; I often marvel over how these pros are giving away their insights for free.


If you love books and reading (and we think you do!), you can’t miss the Book Riot and Dear Book Nerd.


The Media Project is another favorite – it’s a throwback to my days at the Delco Times, when we could still smoke in the newsroom and talk smack about the day’s news with a bunch of ink-stained newspaper folks.  


Can I add one more? I love the Social Media Marketing Happy Hour—if only for the little musical ditty they play before every show. It makes me happy! But don’t let the “Hour” moniker fool you—shows are usually just about 10 min. and, quite frankly, hosts/Internet entrepreneurs Dawn and Traci spend most of that time expressing their admiration for each other. Nevertheless, there’s usually always a quick take away or new tool useful for social media managers. 

As I mentioned, I favor Stitcher almost exclusively for podcasts, though I must mention it does use data if you’re listening in the car or walking the dog as it live streams the shows as opposed to downloading them to your phone. But when you have as many apps competing for space on a 16GB phone as I do, saving space is a prime consideration. I really look forward to the day when “connected” car-based podcast listeners become standard in all models. 

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


The Curious ‘Cat: What Podcasts do you listen to?

Curious Cat

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students and staff,
Do you listen to podcasts? What podcasts do you listen to?

RS9513_DSC_3693-scrHaley Miller—“I’ve listened to [only] one podcast ever and it was [from] Serial; it was a murder mystery. And I really did enjoy it; it was 12 episodes long and about 45 minutes an episode. They re-opened a man’s case who was being accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend. It had my attention the whole time. I did it on a car ride … to somewhere and [then back] home. … That’s been my only experience [with podcasts]. It’s a true story. The case is currently being appealed in the Maryland circuit court system, so it’s still ongoing.”

RS9517_DSC_3697-scrDarrell Robinson—“I do listen to podcasts, but I don’t have a favorite one. I pretty much listen to anything that will catch my interest, but usually it’s language, stuff about languages, modern languages … There’s one I have on my computer to help me learn Chinese, for instance. … It’s on iTunes; it’s completely free … It’s great ‘cause you can listen and just go about your business, go about your day.”



RS9540_DSC_3701-scrDaniel Ehinger—“I only listen to one podcast. I listen to something called the Rooster Teeth Podcast. It’s an Internet company; they make Internet shows and they sell paraphernalia … it’s all video-game-based. I’m really into video games and Internet stuff, so that’s why I listen to them.”


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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:


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


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


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


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

Demian’s Podcast Picks:


Ask Me Another a funny NPR quiz show.


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.


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. 

Philly Geek Awards

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.


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


Spotlight on Subject Librarians—Today’s Subject: Philosophy


Think of them as research accelerators,

…………………resource locators,

…………..idea developers,

…….database navigators,

personal coaches …

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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.


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

Curious Cat

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?





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











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











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.”









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










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.”







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.”



Spotlight on Subject Librarians—Today’s Subject: Science


Think of them as research accelerators,

…………………resource locators,

…………..idea developers,

…….database navigators,

personal coaches …

… we call them “subject librarians.”

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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.


Spotlight on Subject Librarians—Today’s Subject: Business


Think of them as research accelerators,

…………………resource locators,

…………..idea developers,

…….database navigators,

personal coaches …

… we call them “subject librarians.”

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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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