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

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Meet Kelly Forst, Scholarly-Outreach Graduate Assistant

ForstKelly Forst ’13 LAS, from Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., is the Scholarly Outreach team’s graduate assistant for this academic year. Forst earned her bachelor’s degree in communication with a business minor from Villanova in 2013. She is enrolled in the graduate communication program and expects to graduate in May 2014 with a Master of Arts degree and a certificate in mediated communication.

Forst began working as a graduate assistant in August, reporting to Library Events and Program Coordinator Regina (Gina) Duffy, but has also worked as a tutor in the Writing Center during her junior and senior years, so she has worked in Falvey for three years.

“After graduation, I hope to gain experience in integrated marketing communication by working in a digital media agency. There’s so much about the communication field I enjoy, so working at an integrated agency will allow me to do a bit of everything, from public relations to social media, market research and strategic media planning. I’m also tossing around the idea of going back to school down the road to earn a PhD in new media studies and communication,” she says.

As the Scholarly Outreach team’s graduate assistant, Forst helps coordinate and manage events in the Library. She is responsible for organizing the undergraduate student workers, maintaining procedure manuals and documents, assisting in communication promotions as needed, writing and editing communication materials and reporting event statistics.

Her hobbies are music (playing the piano and the trumpet), volleyball, travelling, cooking, baking, reading dystopian novels and staying active.

Article by Alice Bampton, digital image specialist and senior writer on the Communication and Service Promotion team.

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Window Shopping: Careers in International Development Day

internatl dev exhibitThis colorful blue and green window display with its large centrally located sign and eye-catching world map made of four layers of stacked cubes promotes Careers in International Development Day on Wednesday, March 26, 1:30 – 5:00 p.m. in the Connelly Center.

Flanking the dominant central elements are two side panels: “World Options” and “Find Out How to Get There.” “World Options,” to the left, lists career choices, such as humanitarian engineering, advocacy, the United Nations and more. “Find Out How to Get There,” the right panel, provides information needed for attending the Careers in International Development Day event.

internatl dev exh pptPowerPoint presentations, prepared by Trudy Pacella, staff member of the Office for Mission and Ministry and administrative assistant of the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) advisory board, show photographs from trips taken by nursing students and also from participants in the Careers in International Development Day programs.

A panel to the right of the map lists numerous sponsors, among them Catholic Relief Services Partnership with Villanova University and Falvey Memorial Library.

Publications related to international development and written by Villanova faculty, selected by Linda Hauck, business librarian, complete the bottom of the display.

Joanne Quinn, design specialist, created and mounted the exhibit. Suzanne Toton, EdD, associate professor, Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies, and coordinator of the CRS Partnership, and Trudy Pacella, senior administrative assistant, provided information and inspiration for the exhibit.

This Careers in International Development Day window will be on display until early April.

Article by Alice Bampton, digital image specialist and senior writer on the Communication and Service Promotion team.

Photos by Luisa Cywinski, editorial coordinator on the Communication and Service Promotion team and Access Services team leader.

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Symposium: Careers in International Development Day

international development logoA recently installed library display highlights the March 26 Careers in International Development Day. This is not your usual job fair but a symposium designed for career exploration. Catholic Relief Services organized and hosted the event in partnership with Villanova University, the College of Nursing Center for Global and Public Health, the Villanova School of Business, the VSB Center for Global Leadership, the Career Center, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, the Office of Mission and Ministry and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education.

The blue and green display consists of wayposts to the plenary talk by Lindsay Coates, executive director of InterAction, titled, “The Scope and Changes in the Field of Humanitarian Relief” and the breakout roundtables on advocacy impacting policy, global health, government foreign service, humanitarian engineering, non-governmental organizations, social entrepreneurship, social impact investing, think tanks and the United Nations. Recent additions to the library collection touching on international development topics are also included as are works authored by Villanovans.


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The library’s collection includes many books, article databases and statistical sources about international development. For the policy wonk, Columbia International Affairs Online includes full-text  case studies, policy briefs, scholarly articles and books. Public Affairs International  Service (PAIS) is an article database covering similar territory. Because international development is truly interdisciplinary, academic research on international development can be found in many specialized databases, such as  PubMed for health, EconLit for economics, and  Compendex or Inspec for engineering.

Since 1990 the United Nations has published the Human Development Report, which identifies trends in development, and the Index, which is a tool used to assess country level development in terms of life expectancy, education and income. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development publishes numerous books and statistical series on development in many dimensions all available in the OECDiLibrary. AidData.org takes a data driven approach to improving outcomes by publishing datasets, visualizations and reports.

Villanovans across the disciplines are engaged in research on various aspects of development aid. Suzanne Toton, EdD, writes about Catholic relief, world hunger and social justice. The writing of Kishor Thanawala, PhD, explores economic development and justice. Latin American Development is the area of expertise of Satya Pattnayak, PhD. Jonathan Doh, PhD, is a prolific researcher on nongovernmental organizations and global corporate responsibility. Christopher Kilby, PhD, is a thought leader on the economics of foreign aid. Ruth McDermott-Levy, PhD, is a practicing nurse, educator and researcher on international community health.

Careers in International Development Day speakers represent a variety of organizations, all with interesting web sites well worth exploring with links below:

Acumen http://acumen.org/

Bread for the World:  Have Faith, End Hunger http://www.bread.org/

Catholic Relief Services http://crs.org/

Center for Global and Public Health https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/nursing/centers/globalhealth.html

Global Policy Solutions http://globalpolicysolutions.com

InterAction:  A United Voice for Global Change  http://www.interaction.org/

United Nations Refugee Agency  http://www.unhcr.org

U.S. Agency for International Development  http://www.usaid.gov/


imagesArticle by Linda Hauck, MS, MBA, (pictured) business librarian and team coordinator for the Business Research team.

 

Our new Dig Deeper series features curated links to Falvey Memorial Library resources that allow you to enhance your knowledge and enjoyment of seasonal occasions and events held here at the Library. Don’t hesitate to ‘ask us!’ if you’d like to take the excavation even further. And visit our Events listings for more exciting upcoming speakers, lectures and workshops!

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Aurelius Digital Humanities Launch Ardmore Project Website

Icon-edThe Ardmore Project, an Aurelius Digital Humanities initiative, launched its website on March 11. Craig Bailey, PhD, associate professor of history, conceived of the Ardmore Project for his Social History and Community Research class, a junior-year research seminar.

Dr. Bailey’s students collected and analyzed data from primary and secondary sources to create a profile of a local community in the early 20th century: Villanova’s neighboring town of Ardmore, in this case. One goal of their research was to produce a website featuring profiles of some notable community members and an interactive map of Ardmore.

To accomplish this goal, Dr. Bailey collaborated with Falvey staff members Laura Bang, Digital and Special Collections curatorial assistant, and David Uspal, senior web specialist for library services and scholarly applications, to create the site.

Bang describes the project as the first completed project for Aurelius. She notes that this is only the first phase and that subsequent classes will be able to add layers to the preexisting data and interactive map.

Uspal explains the technology behind the project as follows: Using image mapping, Uspal’s goal was to teach the students HTML, digital scanning and how to build a website. Of the 11 students who participated in the project, none had HTML experience or appreciable experience with scanning items and website creation. However, as the students became comfortable with the technology, they became more innovative.

A map of Ardmore, Pa. from the mid - 1920's.

A map of Ardmore, Pa. from the mid-1920s.

Dr. Bailey received his inspiration for the course in 2012 when he recognized his students’ need for greater experience using primary sources. At the time, Dr. Bailey’s research for the Friends of Linwood Park had impressed him with the rich source of material available. He decided to shift his focus to mid-1920s Ardmore, Pennsylvania, and engage his students in this real-world research opportunity.

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Dr. Bailey demonstrates the interactive map.

Each student was responsible for charting 200 individuals and writing a biography for one resident. The students also researched one organization, in this case the Ardmore YMCA. To do their research, the class used the Main Line Atlas from 1860-1926, census returns, the Ardmore Chronicle from 1904, the Philadelphia Inquirer and probate records. Dr. Bailey noted that a lot of advance preparation went into making the project a success. For instance, he visited Norristown ahead of time to confirm that wills could be found before sending students to do their research.

Ardmore Chronicle

Masthead from the Ardmore Chronicle. Click to link to copies in Falvey’s Digital Library.

The Ardmore project proved to be a valuable experience for the students. Besides being introduced to multiple ways of finding primary sources, the students learned practical things, such as how to talk in a professional manner; how to manage their time; how to do research when book bags, pens, etc. are banned from the archives; and how to solve problems as a group. Dr. Bailey noted that instead of the project being a “cloistered” one, it brought students out into the surrounding communities and allowed them to make valuable connections.

Article by Laura Hutelmyer, photography coordinator for the Communication and Service Promotion team and special acquisitions coordinator in Resource Management.

Photographs by Alice Bampton

Images courtesy of the Digital Library

 

 

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Workshop Today! Smart Search Tips to Save You Time: APA Style Demystified

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Do you stress over doing APA-Style bibliographies? Honestly, there really is a method to APA’s madness, and it’s more predictable than you may think. 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! Attend any of the following sessions. Take note of locations.

4-4:45pm, Falvey 207 – Wednesday,3/26; Tuesday,  4/1; Tuesday, 4/8
4-4:45pm, Driscoll 244 – Thursday, 3/27; Thursday, 4/3

For more information, contact barbara.quintiliano@villanova.edu.

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Foto Friday: Hype

Check out the Falvey Library brackets! Vote online or in person at the front desk. May the best woman (or man) win!

Check out the Falvey Library brackets!
Vote online or in person at the circulation desk.

 

Laura Hutelmyer is the photography coordinator for the Communication and Service Promotion team and special acquisitions coordinator in Resource Management.

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Great Literary Characters Throw Down in Library March Madness

BRACKETOLOGY-LOGOHarry Potter cramming on Gandalf the Grey. James Bond posting up Lady Macbeth. It’s March already, and that means Falvey Memorial Library’s bracketed literary smack-down is underway.

Following 2013’s highly competitive tournament in which #1 seed William Shakespeare obliterated a fierce field of authors, past and present, we at the Library have decided to shake things up and make this year’s battle about the creations rather than the creators. That’s right: 2014 is all about character. With that in mind we’ve compiled a list of 64 of the greatest literary characters and pitted them against each other in our seeded bracket with the goal of finding Villanova’s favorite. Not since the confusing and angst-ridden world of fan fiction have literary universes collided with such force, with such enthusiasm, and with so few spelling errors. What a time to be alive.

Will Wilbur get ahead of Oedipus?

Will Wilbur get ahead of Oedipus?

Like last year, the winners of each matchup will be chosen purely by the fans. That means if you want to see Wilbur the Pig take down Oedipus, then you’ll have to vote. There are two ways to vote this year: on our giant print bracket at the library’s front desk or online via our submission form. As an added bonus, each submitter is eligible to win a prize at the end of the tournament, so vote early and often. Check this site for future analysis and predictions, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook (#novabookbracket) for up to the minute updates and results. Best of luck to your favorite, and may the best character win.

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POSTPONED: Open Workshop & Discussion with Villanova Irish Dance Team

Today’s Open Workshop & Discussion with the Villanova Irish Dance Team has been postponed until a later date. Please watch our event listings for the rescheduled time and place.

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Dig Deeper: 50 years with the Beatles

Beatles photo by United Press International, photographer unknown [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Beatles photo by United Press International, photographer unknown [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

It was 50 years ago this winter that the Beatles brought their synergistic mix of rock and roll, whitewash respectability and cynical working-class edge to America and touched off a revolution in music and youth culture that continues to reverberate to this day.

Now is the perfect time to dig deeper into the history of the Fab Four, and Falvey Memorial Library provides access to a wide range of entry points of various types into research of their incredible music and cultural impact, including chronological biographies, musicological and critical works and publication and song indexes.

If your interest is piqued by commemoration of their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, or images of Shea Stadium, the Cavern, the rooftop or Abbey Road, consider checking out some of the following resources.


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BIOGRAPHY

Can’t Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, And America, by Jonathan Gould

This recent chronological biography centers on musicology and historical context. Other biographies that focus more on the lives and careers of the Beatles are available through EZ-Borrow:

The Beatles, by Hunter Davies (1968)

Shout! : The Beatles in Their Generation, by Philip Norman (1981)

MUSICOLOGY/CRITICISM

We own several works that offer academic treatment of the Beatles, musicological, sociological, historical:

The Cambridge Companion To The Beatles

Features lots of musicological reverie and ample discussion of the Beatles in their cultural context.

Artificial Paradise: The Dark Side Of The Beatles’ Utopian Dream, by Kevin Fourier

Seeks to demonstrate that the Beatles’ history parallels the rise and fall of 1960’s “utopian dreams.”

Tomorrow Never Knows : Rock And Psychedelics In The 1960s, by Nicholas Knowles Bromell

Uses the Beatles as a springboard into a sociological study of ‘60’s drug culture.

The Beatles: Untold Tales, by Howard A. DeWitt

Reads like a conference proceeding, covers obscure topics such as the place of the pub in the development of Lennon’s craft and the role of Brian Epstein’s brother, Clive.

SONG INDEXES/REFERENCE WORKS

Revolution In The Head: The Beatles’ Records And The Sixties, by Ian McDonald

Tell Me Why : A Beatles Commentary, by Tim Riley

These two works contain song-by-song analyses of the entire Beatles catalog, with much historical context and musicological interpretation–and much author opinion to boot.

Here, There & Everywhere : The First International Beatles Bibliography, 1962-1982, by Carol D. Terry.

A sprawling bibliography of press coverage, reviews, books and other Beatles resources through the years.

Additionally, for an exhaustive annotated chronology of the Beatles in the studio, check E-ZBorrow for The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions: The Official Story of the Abbey Road Years 1962-1970, by Mark Lewisohn.

The extent of writings on the Beatles is practically limitless, and one source tends to lead into another: for instance, my desire for more context to enrich the dryness of the Lewisohn book pointed me in the direction of recording engineer Geoff Emerick’s fascinating memoir (Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles).

stephen-spatz-aeb-thumbnailIf this golden anniversary year finds you seeking to study up on the Beatles, Falvey can start you on the path. Let me know if I can be of assistance: stephen.spatz@villanova.edu


Our Dig Deeper series features curated links to Falvey Memorial Library resources that allow you to enhance your knowledge and enjoyment of seasonal occasions and events held here at the Library. Don’t hesitate to ‘ask us!’ if you’d like to take the excavation even further. And visit our Events listings for more exciting upcoming speakers, lectures and workshops!

 

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