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Feedback Friday: Mac or PC?

imac_transparencycomputer_monitorIt’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!


Feedback Friday: What does “Home! Sweet Home!” mean to you?

home_sweet_home_-_project_gutenberg_etext_215661According 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


Feedback Friday: Are games needed at the library?

chess_piece_-_white_queen1A 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!


Feedback Friday: Have you used our new services?

new-sign1The 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!


Mannella Endowed Funds Support Lecture Series and Collections: A Way to Honor Cherished Family Members

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.

Mr. Alfred S. Mannella

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…)


Feedback Friday: How do you respond to censorship?

censorshipAccording 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.


Feedback Friday!

firstfloorThe 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!


Feedback Friday: Where did you spend your summer?


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!)


Feedback Friday: What can we do to improve our loan policies?

  • Posted by: Luisa Cywinski
  • Posted Date: July 17, 2009
  • Filed Under: Feedback

calendarBooks from our main collection circulate for 30 days, 60 days, or for a semester, depending on the patron.  Some can be renewed, fines are sometimes assessed, and recalls or holds can be placed, depending on the material type. What would you suggest we do to improve our policies? Is there something you would have us change?

Tell us in the Comments!


Feedback Friday: Does popular culture have an impact on your life?

  • Posted by: Luisa Cywinski
  • Posted Date: July 9, 2009
  • Filed Under: Feedback


The news about Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson has the world talking about how popular culture has changed and how it has changed us over the years. Did an artist, musician, or actor have an impact on your life?

Tell us in the Comments!

Legends, Icons, and Superstars of the 20th Century (Warner Home Video)

Hollywood Animal by Joe Eszterhas

Pop Music and the Press by Steve Jones


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Last Modified: July 9, 2009