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From the Daily Graphic, v.VI, no.597, Saturday, February 6, 1875.

Image compliments of Falvey Digital Library.

Laura Hutelmyer is the photography coordinator for the Communication and Service Promotion Team and Special Acquisitions Coordinator in Resource Management

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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (1/23)

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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…


Intergroup Relations Faculty Information Session for faculty and staff hosted by the Department of Communication and the Center for Multicultural Affairs. 1:00-4:00 p.m. in room 205. Questions? Contact Brighid: brighid.dwyer@villanova.edu


FOR ALL THOSE PERSONALLY VICTIMIZED BY REGINA GEORGE

Colorado College has a Comparative Literature course called “Queen Bees, WannaBees and Mean Girls that compares the teen comedy to Machiavelli’s The Prince and ancient Greek mythology. Hard to believe, but Mean Girls is now ten years old! What works would you assign for this class? Answer in our comments section!


MICROSOFT UNVEILS WINDOWS 10 AND… WAIT FOR IT…THE HOLOLENS

The folks at Microsoft introduced a whole slew of new stuff this week, including Cortana, their answer to Siri, Project Spartan – which aufs IE, and the new Hololens – which looks quite a bit like our CAVE facility! No word on how to pluralize Hololens, though.


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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” – G.K. Chesterton


HAPPY FRIDAY!
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‘Cat in the Stacks: Apps for Days

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 I’m Michelle Callaghan, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is our new column, “‘Cat in the Stacks.” I’m the ‘cat. Falvey Memorial Library is the stacks. I’ll be posting about living that scholarly life, from research to study habits to embracing your inner-geek, and how the library community might aid you in all of it.


The early weeks of a new semester can be quiet… too quiet. Deceptively quiet. Winter break isn’t quite long enough to erase the memories of a hectic December of finals and seminar papers, so when you come back in January (if you’re anything like me) you might feel a little wobbly. But now that your weekly schedule is, for the next month or so, standard assignment fare (if you’re lucky), this is the best time to get your life in order. Maybe you’re not the New Year’s Resolution type, but you might be the life-changing lifestyle app type. Unabashedly, I’m the app type—I’m not so great at January resolutions, but put it on my phone and I’ll be up to the challenge.

HabitbullIf you want to create new habits…
My latest favorite lifestyle app is HabitBull. I’ve been using daily for over two weeks now and I’m having a lot of little successes. HabitBull is a habit streak tracker. It’s really simple and attractively clean. With the free version you can track up to five habits using different methods: a yes/no (yes, I did drink water today/no, I didn’t drink water today), a number (I did 10 pushups today), or with data from Google Fit. It notifies you on a schedule you create and if you have a sense of humor, you can allow the app to greet you with some cutesy ego-stroking messages.
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CalmIf you’re trying to be less of a maniac…
My second latest favorite app is Calm, a learn-to-meditate app. If you’re not comfortable with guided meditation (I promise the voice is actually very soothing, not annoying), the app also acts as a relaxing white noise generator with sounds like gentle rain, the ocean, and daytime meadows.
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BlackBoard mobileIf you want to stay more on top of your class assignments…
Maybe it’s common knowledge that BlackBoard has an app, but it definitely wasn’t common knowledge for me! Although I’m relatively tech-savvy, BlackBoard isn’t always my friend. The mobile app, however, isn’t too bad. It is by no means perfect, but it can’t be beat for convenience. It never occurred to me to check for an app, but one of my professors this semester uses the BlackBoard calendar very frequently, and now I can, too! Villanova students have full app access for free.
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EvernoteIf you use your phone for a lot of research and reading…
Evernote is old faithful and you’ll probably see it in every recommended productivity app list. A great digital notebook, Evernote is also a desktop app. My Evernote is not the neatest collection of snippets and checklists and memos in the world, and I’m not the best person for Evernote organizational advice, but I will say this: anyone can find a way to make Evernote work for them.
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mapmyfitnessIf you want to be healthier…
My go-to fitness app is MapMyFitness. I mostly use it to map running routes, but you can track any kind of activity, log your food, and develop a support group of friends—which, in my opinion, is probably the best thing about the app. Nothing motivates me more than my friends liking and commenting on a good workout!
iOS | Android


Article by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant on the Communication and Service Promotion team. She is currently pursuing her MA in English at Villanova University.

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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (1/22)

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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!

 

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…


English Legal Writing Workshop. 8:30-9:45 a.m. in room 204. Questions? Contact: linda.hauck@villanova.edu


VSB Peer Tutor Office Hours. 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 205. Open to all VSB students. Walk-in study sessions. (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester.) Questions? Contact: patricia.burdo@villanova.edu


Tolle Lege Literary Society. 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the second floor lounge. Questions? Contact Kaitlyn: kcollelu@villanova.edu


SPRING CLEANING

Are your social media accounts feeling a little cluttered? All of the apps you’ve tried out and registered for using your Facebook, Twitter, and Google accounts are still probably connected to those accounts – and still permitted to access your information. Find out how to clean up your linked apps and get one step closer to virtual peace.


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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.” – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling


HAVE A GREAT DAY!
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FAQ’s at the Desk

 

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The following are some of the most frequently asked questions we hear at the front desk. Hopefully, these answers will clarify any uncertainty you may have with the Library. Leave a comment below for any question we might have missed.

Q. Can I use the group study room for a phone interview?

A.The group study rooms (GSRs) are only for what the name suggests: group studying. Because there is a two-person minimum for GSRs, two people must be present with their Wildcards to check out a GSR. These rooms may be used for a maximum of two hours. For individual rooms set up for phone interviews, students can go to the Career Center in Garey Hall.

Q. Where is room 415?

A. Room 415 is a new classroom on the library’s 4th floor. When you enter the building, turn right and take the stairwell to the 4th floor. When you exit the stairwell on the 4th floor, turn right. Room 415 replaced University Archives, which was subsequently moved to the ground floor.

Q. Do you have the textbook for my class?

A. The Library does not purchase textbooks for current courses unless specifically ordered by faculty or a librarian deems a book as important to the collection. Cost and space are the main reasons the Library does not buy the assigned textbook for every class. Sometimes, though, a professor puts their personal copy on reserve, but students would not be allowed to take this book out of the Library.

Q. The Library does not have the book I am looking for; is there anything else I can do?

A. You have a couple of options for books that we do not own or that are currently checked out:

  • - Check E-ZBorrow
  • - Check Interlibrary Loan
  • - Check Rosemont College’s library- Considered our “sister” school, Rosemont allows Villanova students to use its library as if they were students there.
  • - Villanova belongs to a group called TCLC which grants students the privilege to borrow books from members in the group. Click here for more information.

Q. I have a $103 fine on my account for an overdue book. Do I have to pay the entire amount?

A. The book you have borrowed is so overdue that our library system assumes that the book is lost. Overdue fines have stopped accruing at $3 and a $100 lost-item-replacement fee has been assessed. If you return the book, the $100 fee is waived, but you still have to pay the $3 overdue fine.

Q. How does the print quota work?

A. Full time students are allotted $60 towards printing while part time students get $20. This allotment is for the entire year, resetting in the summer. If you are running low, students can go to the Wildcard Office to add more funds. After this allotment is depleted, print jobs will automatically start to draw from the Novabucks on your Wildcard.

Q. How many books can I check out, and how long can I have them for?

A. The number of books and length of time you have them for are all dependent on your status; luckily this handy chart breaks it down.


FAQs at the Desk by Raamaan McBride, writer on the Communication and Service Promotion team and specialist on the Access Services team.

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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (1/21)

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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…


Performance Management Training: Jennifer Derry, Director of Training, HR department will be leading a performance management training session for faculty and staff. 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in room 204. Questions? Contact: jennifer.derry@villanova.edu


VSB Peer Tutor Office Hours. 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 205. Open to all VSB students. Walk-in study sessions. (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester.) Questions? Contact: patricia.burdo@villanova.edu


A-A-ACHOO!
Feeling under the weather? Can’t make it out of the house today? Book Riot has a list of recommendations for those sick day reads. This is also a good selection when your brain is a little tired, and quite therapeutic for a nice weekend veg!


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STATE OF THE UNION RECAPS…AND AN EARWORM
Political Science liaison librarian Merrill Stein has provided the following links for recaps of last night’s State of the Union address: State Department, Washington Post & Christian Science Monitor.

And, since this has been stuck in our head all day…we’ll gladly share our earworm. State of the Union, a classic by Chicago and the late, great Terry Kath was recorded live in Tokyo, Japan on June 8, 1972.


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Wanna know what we’re reading? Good! We wanna know what you’re reading, too. Join the Falvey Memorial Library Goodreads group. With Goodreads, you can track what you’re reading, what you’ve already read, and what you want to read – and find out what other people have to say about your network of books.


QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Worstward Ho by Samuel Beckett


HAVE A GOOD ONE!
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The Highlighter: How to find articles from a well-established newspaper

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You need articles from a newspaper that’s existed for over a century. Are they available in print, in a database or somewhere else? This video shows how to access articles from a well-established newspaper.  (Enable Closed Captioning for silent viewing):

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

 

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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (1/20)

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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…


CAVE Information Session(s) for faculty from across campus. Q&A session with a tour of the facility led by Dr. Frank Klassner. Tuesdays throughout the semester from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 4:00-5:00 p.m. in room 206. Questions? Contact: frank.klassner@villanova.edu


VSB Peer Tutor Office Hours. 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 205. Open to all VSB students. Walk-in study sessions. (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester.) Questions? Contact: laura.matthews@villanova.edu


STATE OF THE UNION FOR NEWS JUNKIES

Do you know who delivered the longest State of the Union address? Or the shortest? Brush up on this and other SOTU minutiae before President Obama’s address tonight on the American Presidency Project website.


SCI-FI AND FANTASY GEEKS, PREPARE!
Charlie Jane Anders of iO9 has a list of sixty (!) science fiction and fantasy novels that you should watch out for in 2015.


PICTURES, PICTURES EVERYWHERE

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Follow Falvey Library on Instagram for a fun assortment of people photos, quotes and whiteboard art!


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Today’s database: a powerful tool for research on MLK and African American and African History and Culture

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Falvey Memorial Library is fortunate to be able to provide access to hundreds of instructional databases for the Villanova Community. While the choices may be vast, each searchable collection presents a unique treasure trove of information. Today, in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we’d like to direct your attention to a uniquely browsable resource, the Oxford African American Studies Center. Touted as “the online authority on the African American Experience,” the Oxford AASC provides a wide array of primary source documents, educational resources and articles, and multimedia.

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The database provides students, scholars and librarians with online access to the finest reference resources in African American studies. At its core, AASC features the new Encyclopedia of African American History: 1619-1895, Black Women in America, the highly acclaimed Africana, a five-volume history of the African and African American experience, and the African American National Biography project (estimated at 8 volumes). In addition to these major reference works, AASC offers other key resources from Oxford’s reference program, including the Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature and selected articles from other reference works.

Feel free to contact a librarian if you’d like further help exploring and utilizing any of Falvey Memorial Library’s databases.


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Foto Friday: In Quotes

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Laura Hutelmyer is the photography coordinator for the Communication and Service Promotion Team and Special Acquisitions Coordinator in Resource Management

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