David Uspal recently joined Falvey as Web Specialist for Library and Scholarly Applications. Joe Lucia, University Librarian, commented, “Dave brings many exciting skills to the library, and he will be working to advance our open source applications on all fronts in the months ahead.”
Dave works with the Technology Development team to update library web sites and to add new resources.
A native of Reading (Pa.), Dave has a bachelor’s degree in computer science with a minor in management information systems from The Pennsylvania State University and two master’s degrees from Penn State, Great Valley in software engineering and systems engineering.
His hobbies are board gaming and his two house rabbits. Dave noted that he tried doing home repairs over the summer but decided this wasn’t a hobby he is likely to pursue.
Article and photograph by Alice Bampton
“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page
and feel as if you’ve lost a friend.”
Is this how you feel when you finish reading a great novel? A popular trilogy? Your calculus textbook? Tell us about your recent encounter with a good book!
It’s a commonly held image that “cool” people prefer Macs while “conservative” types prefer PCs. Do you agree with this assumption? Which would you rather use at school? If you could buy any computer for personal, academic, and business use, which one would you buy and why?
Tell us in the comments!
According to L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, “No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home.” The holidays are right around the corner and almost everyone is thinking about going home. Whether you’re taking a plane, train or automobile, it won’t be long before you’re walking through that familiar front door. What do you look forward to most when you think of home?
Share your “going home” story. Tell us in the Comments!
Image of sheet music for “Home! Sweet Home!” words by H.R. Bishop, courtesy of Project Gutenberg
A professor recently asked the library to place her chess set on reserve so that she and her students could use it while in the library. After processing her request, we pondered the need for more board games at the library. We’ve decided to ask you, our patrons. Taking a break from studying or computing to play a board game may help the brain function better and can relieve stress. Studies have been conducted. Articles have been written.
What do you think? Tell us in the Comments!
The library recently purchased a Kindle e-reader for the use of students, staff, and faculty. We also made it possible for all Villanova students to use the document delivery service, which provides digitized copies of articles from our print collection. Last fall, we opened a new computer lab/classroom on the first floor. We also added a self check out station.
If you have used any of these new services, please post your feedback.
We’d love to hear from you!
On October 27, Falvey Memorial Library will host the inaugural lecture in the “Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Distinguished Speakers Series.” Richard Juliani, Ph.D., sociology department, will describe his four decades of research on the Italian experience in Philadelphia, highlighting both challenges and future opportunities. His talk will begin at 7 p.m.
Alfred S. Mannella
In 1996, Falvey Memorial Library’s friend and supporter Alfred S. Mannella, ’58 VSB, established two endowed library funds to support the purchase of books and other research materials as memorials to family members.
Now one of those funds will also support a lecture series.
The Speakers series honors Mr. Mannella’s parents, Alfred F. and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella. His father, the son of immigrants, was born in Philadelphia in 1904 and established himself as a tailor. An avid sports fan, he developed an interest in Villanova football starting in the 1930s when Maurice J. “Clipper” Smith was the coach.
His mother was the grandchild of immigrants and grew up in south Philadelphia. (more…)
According to Time magazine (9-28-08), “the American Library Association has sponsored Banned Books Week to pay tribute to free speech and open libraries” since 1982. For hundreds of years, individuals and groups have tried to have certain titles banned by schools, libraries, communities, and governments. Banning books is one way of censoring the free flow of information and ideas.
Have you ever encountered censorship and how did you respond? Tell us about it in the Comments section below.
The library was bursting with activity this week! Students all over campus were searching for classrooms and meeting old and new friends. Are there any highlights that you’d like to share? Tell us about your first week of school!
A group of Falvey Library staff traveled to Penn State to participate in discussions about the E-Z Borrow service and software. We didn’t go far, but we brought back valuable information (and ice cream from the Berkey Creamery). Did you take classes? Did you study abroad? Or did you stay close to home with family and friends?
Tell us in the Comments! (Or, visit our Facebook page and comment there!)