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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (4/8)

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

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

Think Tank Meeting. 12:00 – 1:00 p.m in room 204. Falvey Think Tank is an informal group to facilitate discussion, idea-sharing, and play. This group normally meets from 12:30-1:30pm on the second Wednesday of each month. Please feel free to bring along your lunch and we’ll provide snacks! You do not need to attend the whole hour or come every month — feel free to drop in and out as your schedule permits. Questions? Contact: laura.bang@villanova.edu

From EndNote to Zotero Workshops. 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in room 204. This workshop will show you how to move your citation library from EndNote to Zotero painlessly and how to find all your old favorite features including merging duplicate records, creating a citation from just a PDF, and inserting citations into a Word document or other work. Bring your own laptop to work along or take home instructions for later. Open to faculty, staff, and students of any level. Questions? Contact:  Robin.Bowles@Villanova.edu

APA Demystified. 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. in room 207. Come learn the basics of citing all types of documents: books, journal articles, and websites. Bring your laptop or Mac and get ready to show APA who’s boss! Open to students, faculty, and staff. Questions? Contact: barbara.quintiliano@villanova.edu


SAVE THE DATE…

Earth Day 2015: Panel Discussion on Sustainable Solutions. Thursday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. in Speakers’ Corner. Panelists who have devoted their careers to some aspect of sustainability will discuss their work. The challenges and opportunities of working daily to address environmental issues will be discussed. Questions and discussion between panelists and the audience are encouraged. A light continental breakfast will be provided.

Scholarship@Villanova lecture featuring Lisa Sewell: Tuesday, April 14 at 4:30 p.m. in room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library. Lisa Sewell, PhD, associate professor of English and co-director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will read from and discuss her newly published collection of poetry, Impossible Object, which won the first annual Tenth Gate prize. The Tenth Gate, named in honor of Jane Hirshfield, recognizes the wisdom and dedication of mid- and late-career poets. A book sale and signing will follow the lecture.


ACADEMIC NOTE…

Giorgi Japaridze is Recipient of 2015 Outstanding Faculty Research Award

Giorgi Japaridze, PhD, a professor of Computing Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been selected as the recipient of its 2015 Outstanding Faculty Research Award for his scholarship in logic and computer science. The award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates the highest standards of excellence in research, scholarship and contributions to their field. The Outstanding Faculty Research Award will be formally conferred at the University’s May 15 Commencement ceremony. In addition, Dr. Japaridze will speak about his research in a public talk at 2 p.m., April 21 in the Falvey Memorial Library Reading Room on campus. The talk is co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Office of Research and Graduate Programs.

http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/media/pressreleases/2015/0330.html


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THAT NEW BOOK SMELL: NEW HOLDINGS AT FALVEY

classical science fictionWhat do Frankenstein and Oedipus Rex have in common with Battlestar Gallactica and The Hunger Games? Read one or more of the fourteen essays in Classical Traditions in Science Fiction to find out how “science fiction, the genre that is perhaps the most characteristic of the modern world, draws deeply on ancient Greek and Roman mythology, literature, history, and art.”

 


POEM OF THE DAY
If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking – Emily Dickinson

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.


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Darren Poley Appointed New Curator for the Augustinian Historical Institute

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Father Allan Fitzgerald, OSA, STD, and Darren Poley

Darren Poley, Scholarly Outreach librarian and a liaison librarian for the Philosophy, Theology and Humanities team, recently became curator for the Augustinian Historical Institute. The Institute’s previous the director and curator, the Rev. Karl A. Gersbach, OSA, has moved to Chicago. Poley will continue to serve as Scholarly Outreach librarian and liaison team librarian.

Poley originally came to Falvey as a reference librarian and cataloger in 1999. He became an adjunct faculty member in the University’s Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies the following year, where he continues to teach.

He earned his undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College, a master’s degree in religion from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and a master’s degree in library and information science from Drexel University.

falvey-hallThe Augustinian Historical Institute (AHI) is located in Falvey Hall, room 301. It “serves as a resource center for the study of the history of the Augustinian Order.” AHI holds “an extensive collection of materials on the history of the Order” and publishes scholarly works, including studies of St. Augustine. The Institute also collaborates with the International Institutum Historicum of the Order of St. Augustine and other Augustinian institutes.

Villanova University sponsors the Augustinian Historical Institute as a division of The Augustinian Institute. Father Allan Fitzgerald, OSA, STD, is the director of The Augustinian Institute. In his role as AHI curator, Poley reports to Father Fitzgerald. As curator, Poley keeps the collections current and makes materials available to visiting scholars.

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The Augustinian Historical Institute was founded at Villanova in 1971 through the labors of the Rev. Arthur J. Ennis, OSA, who served as its first director (1971-1977). The Institute’s collection contained a large part of the collection of the earlier Augustinian Historical Institute founded by the Rev. Francis Roth, OSA, at Riverdale, NY. Villanova’s Augustinian Historical Institute officially opened April 6, 1973. Following Father Ennis’ term as director, the Rev. Joseph C. Schnaubelt, OSA, was director 1977-1995. Rev. Karl A. Gersbach, OSA, served as the third director from 1995 until 2014.

In addition to serving as a repository for Augustinian history and publishing scholarly works on the same, the Institute has sponsored (with Falvey’s Special Collections) three exhibits: “Thomas of Villanova – 450 Years – and Nicholas of Tolentine – 700 Years: An Exhibit Commemorating Two Augustinian Saints” (2005), “Commemorating 500 Years of the Complete Works of Saint Augustine” (2006) and an exhibit commemorating the 750th anniversary of the Grand Union of the Augustinian Order (2006).

augustinScholars who wish to visit the Augustinian Historical Institute should contact Darren Poley at darren.poley@villanova.edu or call 610-519-6371. Poley’s library office is Falvey, room 234, and he is only in the Augustinian Historical Institute (Falvey Hall, room 301) a few hours a week. One may also call the Augustinian Historical Institute (610-519-7686) and leave a message for an appointment or concerning extended access to the collection.

The Augustinian Historical Institute is dedicated to fostering research: however, materials in the collection do not circulate. Records of AHI’s holdings appear in the library’s catalog.


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (4/7)

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

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

Competitive Effectiveness Citation Review Session. Room 204. 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Questions? Contact: Linda.hauck@villanova.edu


SAVE THE DATE…

2015 Open Mic Poetry Reading & Arthology Celebration. Wednesday, April 22. 12:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner. Class of 2015 Creative Writing Contestants, other students and members of the University community will share original work and favorite poems, ranging from the humorous to the thought-provoking to the sublime. This event will also feature the release party of Arthology, one of Villanova University’s student art-literary magazines, which will be available to students for free.


ACADEMIC NOTE…

Giorgi Japaridze is Recipient of 2015 Outstanding Faculty Research Award

Giorgi Japaridze, PhD, a professor of Computing Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been selected as the recipient of its 2015 Outstanding Faculty Research Award for his scholarship in logic and computer science. The award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates the highest standards of excellence in research, scholarship and contributions to their field. The Outstanding Faculty Research Award will be formally conferred at the University’s May 15 Commencement ceremony. In addition, Dr. Japaridze will speak about his research in a public talk at 2 p.m., April 21 in the Falvey Memorial Library Reading Room on campus. The talk is co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Office of Research and Graduate Programs.

http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/media/pressreleases/2015/0330.html

 


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POEM OF THE DAY
April is Poetry Month. Check in daily for new verse!

“Hope” is the thing with feathers – (314) by Emily Dickinson

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –

And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –

I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.


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A Movable Feast: Why Easter Does Not Occur on a Fixed Date Each Year

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Christmas is always December 25 according to the Gregorian calendar (the calendar used by the Western Church), but the date of Easter varies year to year. One holiday celebrates the birth of Christ, the other His Resurrection. If Christmas is a fixed date, wouldn’t it be logical for Easter also to be celebrated on the same date each year?

Easter is considered “a movable feast” (New Catholic Encyclopedia) and Easter’s date also affects other holy days: Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent; Palm Sunday; the days of Holy Week – Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday – and Pentecost. The earliest date for Easter, March 22, occurred in 1761 and 1818 (I didn’t search further back); it will fall on March 22 again in 2285 and 2353. Easter can be as late as April 25 as happened in 1886 and 1943 and this will occur again in 2038. This year, 2015, Easter is celebrated on April 5.

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If you are a techie, you can calculate Easter dates for yourself using Easter Algorithm for a Computer Program . The rest of us can use our calendars.

From the earliest years of Christianity, Easter has been its most important feast, and the date of the observance varied. No one day of the week was associated with Christmas, Christ’s birth day, and by about A.D. 400 the western Church had assigned December 25 as the date for the observation of Christmas. The Easter season, however, did have specific days of the week associated with its events and this contributed to the variety of dates on which Easter was celebrated. Historically, it is believed that Jesus held the Last Supper on the 14th day of Nisan (a Jewish month), the date of Passover. The date of Passover was based upon a lunar calendar and Passover did not always fall on the same day of the week. But for Christians, Christ’s Resurrection occurred on a Sunday and therefore Easter should be celebrated on a Sunday. And this led to conflicts which were resolved by the Council of Nicaea (Council of Nice).

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In A.D. 325 the Council of Nicaea (Council of Nice) decreed that Easter should be celebrated by everyone, everywhere, on the same day, Sunday, and “that this Sunday must follow the fourteenth day of the paschal moon; that the moon was to be accounted the paschal moon whose fourteenth day followed the spring equinox; that some provision should be made … for determining the proper date of Easter and communicating it to the rest of the world …”  Further refinements were made in 525 and with the adoption of the Gregorian calendar in 1582.

What are a paschal full moon and a spring equinox?

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A paschal full moon is the first full moon after the spring equinox. The spring/March/vernal equinox marks the beginning of spring in our hemisphere and the beginning of fall south of the equator. This year it took place on March 20 at 6:45 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time). At the equinox the earth is tilted so that the sun’s light lands equally on the northern and southern hemispheres and night and day are approximately the same length. The date of the spring or vernal equinox can be March 19, 20 or 21. On the day of the equinox, the sun rises due east and sets due west; for the rest of the year until the fall equinox sunrise and sunset points remain northward.

The date of Easter, therefore, derives from a lunar calendar, and its date can vary annually. For the mathematical formula, see Smith, pp. 24-26. Once the date of Easter is determined, the other dates are calculated: Ash Wednesday, the first Wednesday before the first Sunday of Lent (count back six weeks from Easter to the first Sunday of Lent, then go back to the Wednesday before the Sunday); Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter; Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday are observed in the week immediately before Easter Sunday. Pentecost (also known as Whitsunday) is the 50th day after Easter; it marks the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and others while they were praying. After receiving the Holy Spirit, the Apostles went forth to preach.

The calculation of the date of Easter and the other holy days associated with it involves a combination of faith and mathematics, but one hopes that the above information helps explain why Easter does not occur on a fixed date each year.

Dig Deeper:

Holy Holidays! The Catholic Origins of Celebration (2011). Greg Tobin.
Passover and Easter: Origin and History to Modern Times (1999). Paul F. Bradshaw and Lawrence A. Hoffman, editors.
“The Date of Easter: A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Department of Mathematics, Villanova University” (1954). Sister Mary Bernita Smith, RSM.
The Regulation of Easter, or the Cause of the Errors and Dfferences [sic] Contracted in the Calculation of It Discover’d and Duly Consider’d. (1735). Henry Wilson.
The Great Cicle [sic] of Easter Containing a Short Rule, to Knowe Yppon [sic] What Day of the Month Easter Day will Fall … (1584). John Pett.

 

 


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Foto Friday: New Life

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Whiteboard art by Joanne Quinn, Team Leader & Graphic Designer Communication & Service Promotion Team

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


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‘Cat in the Stacks: Prepare Ye

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 I’m Michelle Callaghan, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is our 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.


In honor of the upcoming Easter and Passover holidays, why not indulge in some showtunes to set the tone? I’d like to. I have very vivid memories of “Prepare Ye” from Godspell played way too loudly over the intercom calling us down to the grade school Easter assembly in the gym. It’s a good memory and a good song, because Stephen Schwartz is a wicked composer (who, by the way, composed Wicked). But it also reminds me of all the great musical treatments of religious holidays out there!

So check out a performance of selections from Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Jesus Christ Superstar at the 2012 Tony Awards.

Catch the new Broadway cast of Godspell performing on The View—and for Orange is the New Black fans, see if you can spot Uzo Aduba, Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, in the cast!

Watch the first number from Dreamworks’ Prince of Egypt, an animated film that tells the story of Moses and the exodus from Egypt, the story of Passover. If you’re interested in representations of Exodus, check out this article from the catalog.

And who can talk about musicals and Passover without this year’s viral parody of “Uptown Funk”?

Whatever it is you’ll be celebrating this weekend, I wish you all a relaxing, peaceful, and hopeful Easter recess.


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 (4/2)

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

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

ICE Center Program Meeting. 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. in room 205. Questions? Contact: sharon.ballard@villanova.edu


SAVE THE DATE…

Wednesday, April 22, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner. 2015 Open Mic Poetry Reading and Arthology Celebration. Class of 2015 Creative Writing Contestants, other students and members of the University community will share original work and favorite poems, ranging from the humorous to the thought-provoking to the sublime. This event will also feature the release party of Arthology, one of Villanova University’s student art-literary magazines, which will be available to students for free. Whether you have a poem you’d like to share or just want to listen, the Department of English and Falvey Memorial Library invite you to enjoy this entertaining and memorable celebration of poetry.


A Scientific Analysis of Jesus Christ’s suffering and death

A scientific analysis of the suffering and death of Jesus Christ on Holy Thursday and Good Friday has been published in JAMA – The Journal of the American Medical Association, titled, “On the Physical Death of Jesus Christ.” Taking Jesus as a historical figure, William D. Edwards, MD, et al, analyze from a medical perspective circumstances leading up to and including his crucifixion with the intent to present “a medically and historically accurate account of the physical death of the one called Jesus Christ.”

Falvey has this article. It can also be found though a Google search.


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POEM OF THE DAY
April is Poetry Month. Check in daily for a new poem!

Fireflies by Marilyn Kallet (see more)

In the dry summer field at nightfall,
fireflies rise like sparks.
Imagine the presence of ghosts
flickering, the ghosts of young friends,
your father nearest in the distance.
This time they carry no sorrow,
no remorse, their presence is so light.
Childhood comes to you,
memories of your street in lamplight,
holding those last moments before bed,
capturing lightning-bugs,
with a blossom of the hand
letting them go. Lightness returns,
an airy motion over the ground
you remember from Ring Around the Rosie.
If you stay, the fireflies become fireflies
again, not part of your stories,
as unaware of you as sleep, being
beautiful and quiet all around you.


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The Curious ‘Cat: What do you think about Falvey’s new drone-delivery service?

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “What do you think about Falvey’s new drone-delivery service?”

Jacqueline AranJacqueline Aran—“The ten minutes is a lot quicker than what they estimated the delivery to be, which is good … ‘cause they [students] won’t have to walk over if it’s snowing or raining or something like that. … I think it’s cool to test it out and to see how it would work out in actuality using legitimate students asking for these things. … It would be cool if this could actually happen. At the same time, it seems super expensive for no reason. I mean, we have legs; we can walk.”

Karla GuadronKarla Guadron—“I think it’s really cool. It’s something students will take advantage of especially since it has been a controversial issue for Google and Amazon using it as a national service, with restrictions on where they can and can’t fly over. So it’s really cool that this service is available on Villanova’s campus.”

 

 

 

Magdalen SceskiMagdalen Sceski—“I think that’s really interesting … I definitely never heard of that before … So you can order the book online and then it checks it out for you and brings it … I actually don’t live on campus, but … if I did live on campus I think I would make use of that … It would definitely be really, really cool. It does seem almost incredibly unbelievable, but it would be really cool.”

 

RS8763_DSC_3046 copy-scrNeil Patil—“I think it’s actually a really great idea to start implementing … I think a lot of students would find it better to just have the books delivered to them instead of them having to come down here, having to sort through everything and look through everything to try to figure out what they’re looking for. And that way the Library can just be direct with them. It’s really cool.”

 

 

Todd MacDonaldTodd MacDonald—“That’s really interesting. I don’t really know anything about that; it seems pretty cool, though.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

RS8768_DSC_3052 copy-scrWilly Annan—“I think that’s really cool … it’s a really good idea … It’s something that seems almost like—what’s the word I’m looking for?—very Terminator-ish … future and so forth, science fiction … It’s going to be really great for the incoming freshmen. I mean, we should probably walk a little bit more instead of having things delivered to us. But it’s a really cool idea, and I think it’s showing a lot of progress on the University’s part. ”

 

The Curious ‘Cat wishes to thank this week’s participants for their contributions to our special April Fools edition.


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Nomnomnomatology: El(eat) Eight

NOM! You’ve decided on our el(eat) eight and the competition is getting delicious. I’m quite chuffed to say that all of last week’s predictions were one hundred percent accurate! Woohoo!

It’s now time to figure out that Final Four for that Final Four Food Fight.

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As the Sweet (Savory) Sixteen might have projected, this matchup is all about the savory versus the sweet—okay, okay, maybe savory is a bit too elegant of a word to describe macaroni and cheese, but let’s roll with it. What these contenders have in common is a whole lot of lactose, so I hope you love your dairy! That being said, their difference is their temperature. The weather this week or the library’s thermostat just might be the deciding factor of this tantalizing battle, but given the end of the week’s balmy, rainy turn, I’m thinking the taste of spring will bring a win for team ice cream.

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Hey, brownies are good. Really well-made brownies are on another level. All grilled cheese is perfect, especially paired with tomato soup. How do you pick a winner among two winners? Well, grilled cheese unfortunately isn’t paired with tomato soup for this tournament, but I have no doubt that had it been, it would have taken the whole shebang. As it is, brownies—and we’ll go ahead and say it’s the rich, soft, warm kind—are going to take this one.

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Popcorn, if you’re easy on the butter, can be both a fun and relatively healthy snack. But who’s really going to vote for nutrition here? As I’ve been saying from the beginning, fries just have a universal fan base. I don’t think there’s any stopping them. Fries are going to take popcorn with very little effort.

512px-Reeses-PB-Big-CupReese’s Cups vs. Dark Chocolate
This one’s getting to the nitty gritty of chocolate competitions. I know dark chocolate has those fancy health claims, and I know it’s a classy treat, and I know how delicious those Trader Joe’s packs are—especially when taste-testing different cocoa percentages—but peanut butter. Since “peanut butter out of the jar” is out of the competition, I think the peanut butter lovers will be very vocal about this one and bring Reese’s Cups the W.

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Falvey Pilots First-of-its-Kind Drone-Delivery Service

You may have heard that Google, Amazon and even Dominos have explored the possibility of using drones to reduce their delivery times from days to hours, or hours to minutes. Falvey Memorial Library is proud to make it official: on Thursday, April 2, Falvey will begin using quad-copters to deliver books to students in their residence halls.

The Library has partnered with California-based 3DR, “North America’s largest personal drone company,” to implement a service in which a student living on campus may request drone delivery of a library book directly to his/her room. The stated delivery time is 20 minutes, but testing in St. Monica Hall over spring break demonstrated that students can expect delivery within 10 minutes.

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Saint Monica Hall resident Steve Halek received delivery of Katherine Ann Porter’s classic Ship of Fools in under ten minutes.

How could this happen?

University alumnus Thomas Mullen, ’11 COE, ’13 MS, became a research-and-development engineer for 3DR upon graduating from Villanova. Mullen explains, “We [3DR] had been competing with DJI for the Amazon Prime Air contract, and we won the bid in November. Then the FAA comes out with these new regulations in December and puts everything on hold.” New FAA regulations prohibit the use of drones “for payment or commercial purposes.”

Mullen continues, “That’s when I thought of the Library; it’s non-profit, so the FAA rules would allow it [drone book delivery]. I worked at Falvey as a student, and I thought this program could set a precedent for other colleges. I wrote up a proposal and showed it to my boss. She liked the idea of 3DR being the first to capture this new college-library market.”

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See the new IRIS+ models zooming down the hall. No, really – zoom in! ;-)

“Our new IRIS+ model marks the next generation of quad-rotor helicopters” Mullen exults. “Its arms and landing gear are made of sturdy carbon fiber, giving it remarkable strength. Its strong yet lightweight frame, combined with its four tiger motors, give the IRIS+ a 3 lb. payload capacity. That translates to one large library book or two medium-sized ones. Also, its navigation system (uBlox GPS with integrated magnetometer) easily handles autonomous book delivery within a college campus.”

Students are warned to watch overhead for the book delivery drones, particularly on windy days.

Students are warned to watch overhead for the book delivery drones, particularly on windy days or when anything by James Clavell is enroute.

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Jesse Flavin, Access Services specialist at Falvey, speculates, “As other college libraries implement drone delivery, I expect inter-library drones will be the next step. Students’ E-ZBorrow and ILL requests will simply bypass Falvey and be delivered directly from the lending library to the students’ rooms, further reducing the time between request and delivery.”

To request drone delivery, students who live on campus may click the “Drone Delivery” button in Falvey’s catalog. 2015 - 04 Apr - drone book delivery 4As this screen shot shows, only circulating books are available through this service (Reference, Special Collections books, journals etc. must remain in the Library). Students who are not in their room when the drone arrives or who otherwise abuse this system will lose their drone-delivery privileges.

There will be no book-return service.

For additional information, please contact Falvey’s drone-delivery coordinator at april.fools@villanova.edu.


Gerald Dierkes is senior copyeditor for the Communication and Publications team, a service desk supervisor for Access Services, and a liaison to the Department of Theater.


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