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‘Caturday: Midterms in the Commons

It’s hard to believe that only three short years ago, almost to the day, the Learning Commons in Falvey was officially dedicated. University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS, presided over the event and recounted “the long process of inspiration that led to the Learning Commons project.”

Students heading into midterms can take advantage of librarians in the Research Center, homework help from Learning Support Services (LSS), a staffed lab environment in the Math Learning Resource Center (MLRC) and one-on-one writing tutorials in the Villanova Writing Center.

The Learning Commons is a great example of how ‘Cats came together to make amazing things happen for the “Greater Great!”

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Father Donohue

 


Article by Luisa Cywinski, writer, Communication and Service Promotion Team, and team leader, Access Services Team.

Photograph by John Welsh, University Communication.


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Foto Friday: Warm Spot

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A warm spot can be hard to find right now. Come to the library soon to claim yours.

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 (2/20)

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

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…


Office for Undergraduate Students Event: Law Workshop on Personal Statements. Personal Statement and Addendum Workshop featuring Cecilia Caldeira, J.D., Associate Director of Admissions, Pace University School of Law. Open to all. 12:00 p.m.- 1:15 p.m. in room 204. Questions? Contact: michael.j.pennington@villanova.edu

CBA Valecon Student Workshop. 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. in room 205. Questions? Contact: sharon.ballard@villanova.edu

Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club (VEEC) Regular Group Meeting. The VEEC is a social club, focused on recreation and relaxation. Participants gather once a week on (most) Fridays to play video games in a safe and fun environment. 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the first-floor lounge (Holy Grounds). Always accepting new members. Questions? Contact: laura.matthews@villanova.edu

Irish Studies: Galway Summer Study Abroad Information Session. 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. in room 204. Questions? Contact: joseph.lennon@villanova.edu


BEST MOVIE EVER SET IN A LIBRARY?

1208358_343224559213020_902474558_nYou know it’s The Breakfast Club, which turned (gulp!) thirty this month! Five total strangers, with nothing in common, meeting for the first time. A brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel and a recluse. …before the day was over, they broke the rules.

But we all know the best part of the movie was just how cool their school library was! Who didn’t covet that library with its multi-tiered Danish modern vibe and that banging sound system!!

Can you think of any other movies set in libraries? Let us know in the comment section!


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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Cuddle up. Rain always stops. It always stops. It always does.”
Ellen Gilchrist, The Courts of Love: Stories  Gilchrist is an American novelist, short story writer, and poet. She won a National Book Award for her 1984 collection of short stories, Victory Over Japan and is celebrating her 80th birthday today.


SEVENTEEN DEGREES? NO PROBLEM!

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‘Cat in the Stacks: Error 404, Syllabus Not Found

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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.


Welcome to the driest blog post you’ve ever stumbled upon! Just kidding. I’m trying to do something useful, here, play along! No one really talks about this in college, this growing academic epidemic, but it’s a pervasive challenge sweeping the galaxy.

Keeping a schedule.

This seems like a September topic, but nay, ‘tis not—the not-quite-midterm period probably sees the most syllabus ignorance. Giant papers and finals aren’t due yet. The routine of this semester’s classes is by now ingrained. It’s a recipe for syllabus disaster.

Using A Personal Organizer To Organize The Events For The Next WeekEven a super-good A+ student sometimes forgets to look at syllabi. Horrifying, I know. And why? Because for whatever reason, syllabi can feel overwhelming  like Egyptian hieroglyphs. Depending on your discipline, some professors swear by the letter of their perfectly formatted and standardized documents—others might treat them more fluidly. Some clarify page numbers and Blackboard uploads, some don’t. Some lay out all major assignments in one section; others bury their due dates in the weekly assignments.

But at the end of the day, it is your job to decipher the mysteries, and your job to do things on time.

If scouring syllabi and transferring important information to your personal life-keeping charts and grids of choice is not a habitual New Semester Tactic for you, you’re probably accustomed to the weekly To Do List panic. If you don’t have or need personal life-keeping charts and grids of choice, you are a mystical beast of myth and your powers of retention and grit far surpass that of us mere mortals and there is absolutely no need for you to read this blog.

If you are a mere mortal like me, here’s my recipe of avoiding syllabus disasters (a recipe which intensifies every semester):

  1. Ahem, behold my strict teacher voice: the syllabus is actually an assignment for the first class. Treat it like any other reading assignment.
  2. If you know you can use the physical syllabus itself as your schedule and touchstone, highlight/circle/underline important dates. Every time you pull out your work outside of class, look at the syllabus.
  3. If you know you can’t use the physical syllabus itself as your schedule, highlight/circle/underline important dates and transfer them to your calendar.
  4. I find it best to use a grid style calendar to visualize your priorities. If you have a set time during your week to accomplish research, homework, writing, and studying, let major projects visually span multiple days—don’t just write the project on the due date. Assign yourself the work on the day you’ll do the work.
  5. If you use a written calendar, remember to look at it. If you won’t remember to look at it, consider Google Calendar for your smartphone or internet-enabled device.
  6. And, if you really want to know how excessive I can be, I do all of the above and then use Google reminders to block out recurring reminders of upcoming assignments over the weekend.

Now go check your syllabi!


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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Dig Deeper: Literary Festival Features Bruce Smith

Bruce SmithOn Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner of Falvey Memorial Library, Bruce Smith will be giving a poetry reading and talk. Smith is one of the Literary Festival’s featured speakers. Originally from Philadelphia, Bruce Smith is the author of several books of poems, including The Other Lover (2000), a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He will be reading selections from his collection entitled Devotions. Publisher’s Weekly called his poems “alternately sharp, slippery, and tender,” and in them he “finds a way to take in almost everything—’Shooter Protocol,’ Charlie Parker, high school shop class—moving seamlessly between critique and embrace.” A book sale and signing will follow the reading.

This event is co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Department of English. It is free and open to the public.

For more information on Bruce Smith and to check out some of his poetry, visit the resources below, selected by Sarah Wingo, liaison library for English and Theater.


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Bruce Smith’s bio and some of his poetry can found on The Poetry Foundation. You can find some poems here.

Check out Smith’s National Book Award Foundation page for a video of a reading.

Bruce Smith’s Devotions andThe Other Lover are forthcoming to Falvey’s catalog.


Sarah WingoDig Deeper links selected by Sarah Wingo, team leader – Humanities II, subject librarian for English, literature and theatre.


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (2/19)

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

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

Food For Thought Discussion-VITAL. Faculty is invited to join in the discussion. Each month features a different topic. The discussions provide a forum for networking and exchanging ideas with colleagues from across campus. 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in room 204. Questions? Contact: gabriele.bauer@villanova.edu

Irish Studies Conversation Circle. 6:30-8:30 p.m. in room 204. Questions? Contact Jerry Sweeney: tighdon@gmail.com

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

Poetry reading and talk given by Bruce Smith, one of the Literary Festival’s featured speakers. Originally from Philadelphia, Bruce Smith is the author of several books of poems, including The Other Lover(2000), a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He will be reading selections from his collection entitled Devotions. A book sale and signing will follow the reading. 7:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner. Questions? Contact: alan.drew@villanova.edu


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Megan Quigley, PhD lectures on Modernist Fiction and Vagueness, questioning the possible precision of language to a full room on Wednesday afternoon.


LENTEN REFLECTIONS

“We typically “give up” something for Lent – candy, desert, television… or we “do” something for Lent – pray more often, go to church more often. Such things are good, but they don’t necessarily cleanse our hearts and souls. Perhaps, we should consider giving up unkind acts and words. Perhaps we should do more kind deeds for others less fortunate than we…” Nance Dicciani, Board of Trustees, Villanova University

Be sure to visit Office of Mission and Ministry’s website each day during Lent for personal reflections written by the University community.


 

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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien 


NOW GO MAKE THE BEST OF THE GIFT OF ANOTHER GREAT DAY!

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The Curious ‘Cat: Which Web Browser(s) Do You Prefer?

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks six library professionals – and searching is their jam you know – “Which Web Browser(s) Do You Prefer?

 

Kristyna Carroll, research-support librarian for business and social sciences:

2014-01-17 14.27.13-2“I prefer Google Chrome as my browser. I like the way many tools that I use are integrated together through Google Chrome, and I only have to log in once (Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive). I use all of these Google tools every day, and sometimes additional ones.”

 

 

Rob LeBlanc—first-year experience/humanities librarian:

2014-01-15 11.11.37-2-2“I still prefer Firefox for its flexibility. As a well-established version of the Mozilla browser platform, I find the many add-ons (the Feedly blog reader, TinEye reverse image search, etc.) to be helpful and intuitive.

That being said, I find myself using Chrome more and more for its overall speed and flexibility. As they develop more add-ons, I will probably find myself well within their camp in the near future. I know the University supports it, but Internet Explorer is my least favorite for good reason: It is still one of the least web-standard-compliant browsers, and can be both buggy and slow.”

 

Jutta Seibert, team leader – Academic Integration:

2014-02-18 13.37.16-5“I’ve used Firefox since about 2001. On occasion I use Explorer, particularly in MyNova or to access the Villanova Gateway as both these applications are not optimized for Firefox. I use Safari on my iPad and personal MacBook and I like this search engine as well. The Firefox browser on my work computer is personalized in many ways, and for this reason I don’t like to switch browsers too often as I have to customize each new browser.”

 

Sarah Wingo, team leader – Humanities II, subject librarian for English, literature and theatre:

2014-01-16 12.16.23-3“I prefer Chrome and Firefox in that order. Both have different aspects that I like.  I have Gmail, and Chrome is great because it integrates all of my Google accounts, remembers my favorites/bookmarks and has plugins that I like. Firefox is my backup because it is reliable. Both browsers have their software updated regularly by their developers, which means they are less likely to glitch, be unable to open websites or be unable to play videos, etc. This also should, in theory, make them more secure.”

 

Dave Uspal, senior web specialist for library services and scholarly applications:

dave-uspal white bkg2USPAL“My preference for browsers is Opera because it has an array of convenient and powerful tools built right into the browser, from Dragonfly (a web developer tool) to a Mobile SDK (Software Development Kit used for prototyping mobile pages on your desktop or laptop), to its Speed Dial tool (a touchscreen-optimized homepage) to a TV emulator to other tools like IRC chatting and Torrent downloading. Further, Opera seems more stable to me than other browsers—fewer browser crashes and slowdowns.

“It’s hard to recommend to others for day to day use, though, as many web developers don’t test for Opera when constructing pages. Banks or other financial institutions, for example, may only allow access to their site from certain browsers and versions for security reasons.”

 

Robin Bowles, nursing/life science librarian:

2014-01-15 11.08.18-4“We recommend Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer (if you are a Windows user) or Safari (if you are on a Mac).  Personally, I use Google’s Chrome because of its simplicity and great integration with my Android phone, and so far I haven’t found any big problems with using Chrome with our resources.”


Who are our Curious ‘Cats? Interviews by Gerald Dierkes, senior copy-editor for the Communication and Service Promotion team and a liaison to the Department of Theater with photographs by Alice Bampton, digital image specialist and senior writer. This week’s archival librarian headshots by Joanne Quinn, Safari fangirl and team leader for the Communication and Service Promotion team.


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Dig Deeper: Megan Quigley, PhD on Modernist Fiction

Megan QuigleyA Scholarship@Villanova lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 2:30 p.m. in room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library will feature Megan Quigley, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of English. Dr. Quigley will speak about her book, entitled Modernist Fiction and Vagueness: Philosophy, Form, and Language, newly released from Cambridge University Press, which explores the intertwined history of 20th-century British fiction and philosophy. Specifically, it argues that much modernist literary experimentation connects to the linguistic turn in philosophy.

The event is  co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Department of English and is free and open to the public.

For more information on Dr. Quigley and her work in Modernism, check out the resources below, provided by Sarah Wingo, liaison librarian for English and Theater.


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Visit Dr. Quigley’s professional website at http://meganquigley.com/. To view a list of her publications, click here.

Selected Scholarship:
Modern Novels and Vagueness.” Modernism/Modernity, 15.1 (2008) 101-129. Print.
To read the full text, click here.

 


Sarah WingoDig Deeper links selected by Sarah Wingo, team leader – Humanities II, subject librarian for English, literature and theatre.


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (2/18)

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Megan QuigleyA Scholarship@Villanova lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 2:30 p.m. in room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library will feature Megan Quigley, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of English. Dr. Quigley will speak about her book, entitled Modernist Fiction and Vagueness: Philosophy, Form, and Language, newly released from Cambridge University Press, which explores the intertwined history of 20th-century British fiction and philosophy. Specifically, it argues that much modernist literary experimentation connects to the linguistic turn in philosophy.

The event is  co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Department of English and is free and open to the public.

For more information on Dr. Quigley and her work in Modernism, check out resources provided by Sarah Wingo, liaison librarian for English and Theater.


…AND JOIN US THURSDAY TO MEET POET BRUCE SMITH

Please join us on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner of Falvey Memorial Library for a poetry reading and talk given by Bruce Smith, one of the Literary Festival’s featured speakers. Originally from Philadelphia, Bruce Smith is the author of several books of poems, including The Other Lover(2000), a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.


IT’S ASH WEDNESDAY

Make your hearts firm” (Jas 5:8)

“During this Lent, then, brothers and sisters, let us all ask the Lord: “Fac cor nostrum secundum cor tuum”: Make our hearts like yours (Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus). In this way we will receive a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference.”

Click here for the entire Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2015. And visit the Office for Mission and Ministry each day during Lent for Lenten reflections composed by University community members.


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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman


SO GO REACH FOR THE STARS!

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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (2/17)

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

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

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


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Join us, Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner for a poetry reading and talk given by Bruce Smith, one of the Literary Festival’s featured speakers. Originally from Philadelphia, Bruce Smith is the author of several books of poems, including The Other Lover(2000), a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He will be reading selections from his collection entitled Devotions. Publisher’s Weekly called his poems “alternately sharp, slippery, and tender,” and in them he “finds a way to take in almost everything—’Shooter Protocol,’ Charlie Parker, high school shop class—moving seamlessly between critique and embrace.” A book sale and signing will follow the reading.


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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“‘Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’
‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.'”
– Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White 


NOW GO DO TREMENDOUS THINGS!

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