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Spotlight on Subject Librarians—Today’s Subject: Philosophy

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Today’s subject librarian—Philosophy Librarian Nikolaus Fogle

What’s new this year?

NF—Well, the Philosophy program is about to welcome six new graduate students, who I’ll get to meet in August. And of course the philosophy collection is constantly growing. We’ve recently acquired the online version of the Loeb Classical Library, which is great for people doing ancient philosophy. We’re getting more resources online generally, including Oxford Handbooks and a Bloomsbury e-book collection in political thought.

What are the challenges for philosophy students who want to use the Library? 

NF—People often just don’t know where to start. Depending on the project, they might need to use any number of different research tools. And once they figure out where to go, students don’t always know the right sorts of questions to ask themselves in order to use them effectively. A related problem, too, is waiting too long to ask for help.

What resources does the Library offer to help philosophy students overcome those challenges? 

NF—We try to make navigation as easy as possible. The subject and topic guides on the website are pretty helpful, but librarians are also here in person to provide guidance whenever it’s needed. In addition to individual research consultations, we also do in-class orientations and workshops on research skills, tools and techniques throughout the year.

What do you wish philosophy students knew about you, about the Library? 

NF—I guess I just want them to know that the Library is here to provide them with help, and with resources. There’s practically nothing you might need that we won’t be able to get a hold of for you. And it’s not just materials—we’re here to provide you with the knowledge and know-how to enable you to move through the research process as effectively as possible.

What do you like best about being a librarian? 

NF—I love getting to help people, and finding out what they’re working on. I really enjoy collaborating with my colleagues in the Library and elsewhere on campus. And I love that I get to be a philosophy nerd in a really big way.

What do you like best about working with Villanova students? 

NF—Villanova students have such a wide range of interests, and so much enthusiasm. The humanities curriculum here is really great. I like that I never know what the next question is going to be. I also like seeing people’s interests coalesce as they decide on a paper topic, or a major, or a dissertation.


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The Curious ‘Cat: What’s the first thing you want to do for fun?

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “After your final exam or project, what’s the first thing you want to do for fun?

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Chantelle Casillas—“… go on vacation. I’m going to Barcelona.”

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Robert Carey—“Beach—go right to the beach, Rehoboth Beach, that’s where I’ll go.”

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Atena Hashemoghli—“I’m moving to New York. So the first thing is visiting Times Square or somewhere else to have fun, and enjoy the rest of the summer there.”

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Jeffrey Hupf—“going to visit my friends and family back home in New Jersey … Hammonton, New Jersey.”

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Ciara Sprance—“For fun? probably read a book that wasn’t assigned, read a book that I’m going to enjoy and not cry about or sweat about … I’m going to read a book by John Banville; he’s a good Irish writer. … I’m going to read The Sea, after I read this.”

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Daniel Shea—“That is a hard question. Usually I go home for break … I usually go immediately, so I don’t really do anything [for fun. My home is in] San Francisco.”

 


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Spotlight on Subject Librarians—Today’s Subject: Science

Spotlight

Think of them as research accelerators,

…………………resource locators,

…………..idea developers,

…….database navigators,

personal coaches …

… we call them “subject librarians.”

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Today’s subject librarian—Science Librarian Alfred Fry

What’s new this year?

AF—We don’t have any new science resources this year, but the Library just hired a new director. I expect there will be a lot of changes.

What are the challenges for science students who want to use the Library? 

AF—Our databases, particularly in chemistry, are very powerful. Although it is very easy to do simple searches, it can be challenging to discover all the advanced features without instruction. Also, many students are familiar with just one database and are unaware of others that would be more appropriate in some situations.

What resources does the Library offer to help science students overcome those challenges? 

AF—Me. I’m happy to teach classes or provide individual or small group instruction.

What do you wish science students knew about you, about the Library? 

AF—I majored in chemistry. Many students know about the subject guides, but I wish more did.

What do you like best about being a librarian? 

AF—Helping students and faculty in all areas, but particularly in science and engineering.

What do you like best about working with Villanova students? 

AF—Villanova students tend to be more patient than students at other places I’ve worked. So, I can take the time to demonstrate the most effective techniques for getting the best results. There are also a few people from the wider Villanova community who have asked very interesting questions.


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Spotlight on Subject Librarians—Today’s Subject: Business

Spotlight

Think of them as research accelerators,

…………………resource locators,

…………..idea developers,

…….database navigators,

personal coaches …

… we call them “subject librarians.”

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Today’s subject librarian—Business Librarian Linda Hauck

What are the challenges for business students who want to use the Library?

LH—Many of the key business sources are not designed with libraries in mind.  Their primary customers are business professionals; consequently, they don’t integrate well with library discovery systems making it challenging for students to find the specialized resources they need for course work.

What resources does the Library offer to help business students overcome those challenges?

LH—I design subject guides and course guides that highlight relevant databases. Because many of these databases look and feel very different from typical scholarly article databases, I make tutorials and videos to demonstrate how to use them. Of course, I encourage students to drop into my office at Falvey 222 or make an appointment (https://vubusinesslibrarian.youcanbook.me/ )  with me to learn about how to gather credible competitive intelligence on people, companies and industries.

What do you wish business students knew about you, about the Library?

LH— I recognize that students are juggling coursework, community commitments, athletics and jobs, leaving little room for wasted energy.  For most students research is not the ends, but the means to solving problems, understanding and assessing others work product or creating something new of value. At the library, we’re all about facilitating students goals by sharing efficient research tools and techniques.

What do you like best about being a librarian?

LH—Being a research support librarian allows me to wear different hats.  I select materials, teach, do consulting, assess services and negotiate with vendors.  Best of all there is always something new to learn!

What do you like best about working with Villanova students?

LH—Villanova students are bright and driven but still consistently courteous.


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Spotlight on Subject Librarians—Today’s Subject: Nursing

Spotlight

Think of them as research accelerators,

………………resource locators,

…………idea developers,

……database navigators,

personal coaches …

… we call them “subject librarians.”

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Today’s subject librarian—Nursing/Life Sciences & Instructional Services Librarian Barbara Quintiliano 

What’s new this year?

BQ—By now, many students and faculty are familiar with our mobile research assistance cart, staffed either by my colleague Robin Bowles (pictured below) or me.

…..—We set up our cart on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the café area on the 2nd floor of Driscoll Hall. Our hours nursing librarians
for staffing the cart vary due to our other duties. This year, however, we are going to try to have regular hours and publicize them, so students will know when we will be there.

What are the challenges for nursing students who want to use the Library?

BQ—First of all, students must be aware that Google is not a gateway to all resources that they will need for nursing research. Nursing students need access to quite a few specialized resources—such as CINAHL (nursing database), PubMed, Cochrane Reviews, and the Community Health Data Base—and these can be found on the library’s website. Links for accessing these resources can be found on the nursing subject page (http://library.villanova.edu/research/subject-guides/nursing/).

…..—Second, these resources do not have Google-like search screens. They require just a little bit of technique to get the best results. However, if you are seeking specialized nursing or health data, these are the resources you need to use.

…..—Everything said in the previous paragraph goes double for students enrolled in distance courses, such as the University Alliance RN to BSN program. The library website is another interface that they need to discover because without those resources they will not be able to complete research assignments successfully.

What resources does the Library offer to help nursing students overcome those challenges?

BQ—All students in NUR1102 come to the Library during a regular class period for an introduction to the most important specialized nursing resources and for a primer in APA documentation style.

…..—Short instructional videos, linked on the nursing subject guide pages, illustrate how to search the specialized resources.

…..—My colleague Robin Bowles and I are available to assist students with any topic. I can be contacted by email at barbara.quintiliano@villanova.edu and by phone at 610-519-5207. Robin can be contacted at robin.bowles@villanova.edu or 610-519-8129. We are also happy to make telephone appointments to work with distance learners.

What do you wish nursing students knew about you, about the Library?

BQ—Robin and I are as close as your email/phone. You can contact us anytime. We do our best to respond within 24 hours, if not sooner.

…..—No inquiry is too big or too small. We can assist you in doing literature searches, finding full text of articles when you have references, creating APA-Style bibliographies.

…..—I am available on Thursdays at Driscoll Hall 343 (when not staffing the research cart) and the other days of the week in Falvey Memorial Library, 2nd floor, Rm 225. Robin is available on Tuesdays at Driscoll Hall 343 and the other days of the week in Falvey, 2nd floor, Rm 230.

What do you like best about being a librarian?

BQ—I enjoy pursuing so many different topics and assisting with research of various levels of simplicity or complexity.

What do you like best about working with Villanova students?

BQ—I enjoy meeting and chatting with them (in person or by phone), as well as helping them with their assignments. They are remarkably cheerful under academic, clinical and work pressures. They brighten my day.


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The Curious ‘Cat: When you need a break from studying, what is a good way to refresh your mind?

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “When you need a break from studying, what is a good way to refresh your mind or to relieve stress?”

RS9263_DSC_3570-scrYeji Seak—“I usually catch up on all the delayed text messages that I need to send back to people. Or I try to stretch a little bit and get some food to refresh my memory and just take a 10-to-15 minute break each time—use the bathroom if I need to … When I’m taking a break I don’t really think about what I just learned; I try to calm myself down and relax a little bit and then go back to studying and focus.”

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Wilson Capellan, OSA—“I go to the coffee shop. Just being alone makes my mind refreshed. And then surf the Internet and visit social media—while sipping a cup of coffee.”

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Aliyia N Patterson—“I cook—and run, either or—cooking or running. Sometimes when I’m running and we have a paper due next week I’ll be running and thinking about what I’m doing in the paper. Unless a car jumps out in front of me, then my mind is back on running. It’s happened a couple of times. So I like to cook and run.”

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Anna Fickenscher—“Sometimes I just take a break and watch stupid reality TV … or mindless Internet entertainment … reading different blogs or reading different articles—just kind of get my mind off of school work with something that requires less thought process.”

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Divya Bonagiri—“I’ll watch some comedy movie or comedy film, and I’ll have some refreshment for some time. And then I’ll go back to studies. Or I enjoy doing my hobby. … I get refreshed doing my hobby for some time and then get back to my studies.”

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Mervin Woodlin—“I have a family, so I spend time with them. I usually do most of my studying at home; the only reason I’m here is because I just started a summer program. Most of the time when I’m studying and I want to take a break, I spend time with them.”

 


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The Curious ‘Cat: What would you change? What would you keep?

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “If you could change one thing about the Library, what would it be? What about the Library do you hope never changes?

RS9223_Christian LolkChristian Lolk—“I have a background in the humanities, so as many books and sections devoted to the humanities as possible … I’m a new student, but I checked around the Library this past semester, and I noticed there’s not much past the late ‘80s purchased or put on the shelves … I would prefer some newer books and more in the humanities.”

Editor’s Note—Browsing the collection often leads to discoveries of new books, connections among various subjects, or in-depth knowledge of a specific topic. Another strategy for finding new books, though, is to use Falvey’s powerful catalog either to sort your search results by date—

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—or to use the “Year of Publication” filter to set a date range—

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John Costello—“[change—] more electrical outlets … not change—the calming environment”

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Mary Jane Mahan—“I don’t know what I want to change about the printers, but something. I’m always so relieved when a printing problem is solved … I’m just grateful … I wish there was more lounge lighting for those late-night studies. And something I hope that never changes is the warmth of the café addition. I’m a returning student from 20 years ago, and my jaw dropped when I saw food in the Library. I thought there had been some kind of coup. But it’s made it so nice … it just makes me feel good. It makes me feel relaxed at times when things can be quite stressful.”

RS9231_Simhachalam PanduriSimhachalam Panduri—“I would like to increase the number of study rooms because every time I think of getting a study room it’s always busy. I can’t get any; I need to wait for one or two hours to get a study room.”

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Blessing Mbamalu—“I’m a fourth-floor kind of person, and I realize it’s not going to be that quiet, so I wish it was a little bit more [quiet]. I don’t know how you would be able to enforce it to make it stricter.”

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Anusha Mathur
—“One thing I would like to change about the Library is more seating space. In the fall or spring [semesters] whenever I enter at 4:00 p.m. and the Library is extremely busy, I don’t find space to sit. Maybe that is one thing which can be done.”


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“The audience is half of the poem”: the First Latino Poet Laureate

Library of Congress appoints the 1st Latino Poet Laureate

Connecting to people through performance is crucial for Herrera. “I used to stand on the corner in San Diego with poems sticking out of my hip pocket, asking people if there was a place where I could read poems,” he recalls. “The audience is half of the poem.”

(Retrieved from LA Times, 6/22/15)
Photo: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/juan-felipe-herrera

Photo: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/juan-felipe-herrera

Congratulations to Juan Felipe Herrera, who was appointed the 21st poet laureate on June 10 by the Library of Congress. Herrera will be the first Hispanic-American person to be chosen as poet laureate in the United States in the 79 years since the program’s inception. His tenure will begin in September—national Hispanic heritage month.

Herrera, the son of migrant farmers, spent much of his youth travelling and living in tents in the San Joaquin Valley, California. Though terribly underprivileged, he was presented with the remarkable opportunity to attend UCLA as a young adult. From there, he went on to attend Stanford University and the University of Iowa’s Writing Workshop, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

Through his education and experiences as a young Hispanic-American, Herrera developed a deep passion for writing and performing in both English and Spanish. He penned several pieces, including collections of poetry and children’s books in honor of his heritage and worldview. In addition to his writing and performing, Herrera has been an avid teacher and has also served as the poet laureate of California from 2012-2014.

Villanova University was lucky enough to welcome Juan Felipe Herrera as one of the featured speakers during the 14th annual Villanova Literary Festival, organized by Alan Drew, Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing. The talk took place on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 in Falvey Memorial Library’s Speakers’ Corner. A jam-packed audience had the opportunity to listen to Herrera as he read and performed selected poems in both Spanish and English. With great enthusiasm and detail, Herrera shared his past experiences and showed poignant images to illustrate his work.

It’s been reported that Herrera’s main focus during his tenure as poet laureate will likely be to connect people of all different cultural backgrounds through poetry and to help highlight the stories of those people who are typically overlooked.

Interested in learning more about Juan Felipe Herrera? Check out Falvey Memorial Library’s holdings by this author.

Also, visit the following sites for additional information on Herrera and the position of Poet Laureate, provided by librarian Susan Ottignon.

Juan Felipe Herrera, Current Poet Laureate

List of works by Juan Felipe Herrera

Past Poets Laureate: 2011-present

About the Position of Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry


Dig Deeper links provided by Sue Ottignon, subject librarian for romance languages and literatures.


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The Curious ‘Cat: Would you rather … ?

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “If you could choose between having the current library and current earning potential when you graduate OR having a library without online electronic databases, an online catalog, or online research help but also having double the earning potential when you graduate, which would you prefer?

 

1. Danielle FarerDanielle Farer—“The first one … It’s really hard to find what you need in a library without the assistance of people to help you and without the computers to help you and having to do all that work by yourself … I remember when I was younger and you actually had to flip through the card catalog; that’s really time-consuming … I’d much rather make less and have the process be a lot easier.”

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Sushmita Arjyal—“I would definitely go with the second choice: electronic suppliances have helped in past and also will help in future … If we can have more, then it would be nice … it has helped the online catalog and the online sources that we can find books online; we can find the [building] map and find where the books are.”

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Craig Gilbert—“I’d prefer the first. … The more information you have, the better off you’re going to be. The money comes by itself later; the money doesn’t have to be connected to the information. We’re not in school to make money; we’re in here to learn.”

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Susheel Bajaj—“I would prefer the “all” one. It has all the online stuff—online books, online materials—because you don’t need to carry a hardcopy of the book. That would be very easy, and you can read the stuff anywhere you want … on the go, on the mobile device, on the tablet, anywhere on the go. So that would be good if we had more of the online materials instead of hardcopy of the books.”

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Matthew Zarenkiewicz—“[I prefer] the current library. My earning potential … I’m worried about, obviously, but not so much that I would sacrifice the amount of time that I save using the online database and things like that to do research, especially this summer when I’m doing research. So I’m very happy for all of that.”

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Indu Priya Eedara—“The first one: It’s always better to have online catalogs or online stuff, which would be easier to access.”


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The Curious ‘Cat: What Do Villanova Students Really Think about the Library?

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “What do you wish the Library knew about your needs as a student?

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Pradeep Kumar Reddy Musku—“In computer science every semester they would introduce some new courses … and some [new] textbooks … But when we go to the Library website, we never find those books. It would be helpful if you would coordinate with the other departments and … get the information, like what the new courses they are offering, and get in contact with the faculty who are offering those courses and order the books, not to issue them to the students but at least two or three different copies in the Library. That would be great because one of the courses we have … I did not get … even a PDF version, anything like that in the Library. So it would be great if you would coordinate with the different departments and get at least the online versions rather than the printed versions of the books.”

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Thomas Modayil Jacob—“And the need [for computer science textbooks] is urgent in the computer science and the computer engineering departments ‘cause there a lot of fields we have courses on, like semantic web and big data, which don’t have textbooks as yet. So I think that the Library needs to coordinate with the professor to at least have those relevant papers or, if there is a textbook, then the textbook, at least in the PDF form.”

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Ramesh Krishna—“Since we don’t have the books, we need to take a loan from other libraries … we need to get the books that are not available here we need to get the loan from others libraries. So that would be helpful if … instead of loaning from other libraries it would be better if have those books in our Library.”

Editor’s note—The Library does not purchase textbooks for current courses unless the titles are specifically ordered by faculty.
One reason – Expense: New editions are often published in a year or so, rendering the textbook we would have purchased obsolete.
Another reason – Competition: The Library doesn’t want to be in competition with the University Shop.
Library staff, however, have begun to explore ways that Falvey can better meet our students’ need for textbooks. Keep checking this blog for updates.

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Rebecca Snow—“I think it’s important to have quiet places. We have one upstairs, but maybe another room would be good. [Otherwise,] I like the way it’s set up; I think it’s good.”

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Shaina Smolowe—“More printing for free would be incredibly helpful.”

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Stephanie Mader—“I like the quiet study room upstairs. I like the access to the computers. I like the coffee room; it might be nice if that were open during the summer.”


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