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Philosophy Librarian Nik Fogle Wins Above and Beyond Award

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Nikolaus (Nik) Fogle, PhD, received the Above and Beyond Award, one of three awards given by the Villanova University Staff Council each year to members of the University staff. He received the award at the University Staff Council Awards Luncheon on May 1.

The criteria for the award are that the recipient “will have performed a significant action or service that: surpasses the requirements of their job description, is voluntary, is unexpectant of compensation in time off or payment, [and] is either within or outside of their scheduled work hours.”

Dr. Fogle joined Falvey in 2012 as the philosophy librarian and Philosophy, Theology and Humanities team coordinator. He works with several humanities departments and programs on campus, providing research assistance, information literacy instruction, and support for a range of collaborative projects.

For the last two years he has held a fellowship in the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowships provide recent PhDs with “a unique opportunity to develop expertise in the new forms of scholarly research and the information resources that support them.”

Asked about receiving the award, Dr. Fogle said, “I’m really grateful and honored. I’m so lucky to get to work with so many brilliant, encouraging and thoughtful people.”


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


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The Curious ‘Cat: Taking Accelerated Courses? Tips to Help You Succeed

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks four library professionals: “What tips, suggestions, or advice do you have to offer for students taking accelerated courses this summer?”

Nik-Fogle crNik Fogle wants students to know that “the Library is here to provide them with whatever resources they need to succeed in their coursework. … the Library is a great place to turn for background readings, or resources that go into more depth than can sometimes be covered in class. If their coursework is research-intensive, our goal is to provide them with everything they’ll need for well-informed research projects and papers—from books and journal articles to news sources, original data, government documents, etc. And the Library is probably the quietest and most peaceful place to study, which really helps when you need to focus and get through a lot of material.”

AlfredFryAlfred Fry recommends the “Live Chat” feature on the Subject Guides pages (lower, right corner). He also encourages each student to “get sources for your project early.  Don’t wait until the weekend before a project is due.  Subject specialists don’t work on weekends and may take vacation.”

 

RS4522_FML164_LindaHauck_003_EDITLinda Hauck—“Research in summer classes is by necessity condensed and intense.  There just isn’t time to allow for serendipity to guide your research path. Find out if there is a course guide for your project, and if there isn’t make an appointment with a librarian.  Bring your research prompt to the meeting, so that the librarian can hone in on just what you need.”

FML164_BarbaraQuintiliano_011_EDITBarbara Quintiliano encourages students to reach out to the contact librarian for their subject area (From the “Subject Guides” page on Falvey’s site, click the subject name to find contact info. for the librarian who specializes in that subject). Barbara adds that “the Library has a wealth of specialized resources that are not available for free to the general public but that they can access as Villanova students.

“The subject librarians really want to be contacted so that they can help students save time. So, if students are looking for specialized information for their course work, they should not spend valuable time searching at random on Google but should contact their subject librarian right away.”


Be on the lookout! The Curious ‘Cat (Gerald Dierkes) and his trusty roving photog (Alice Bampton) may be stopping you next time you visit the library! ;-)


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The Highlighter: Explore Falvey’s Many Blogs

 

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In addition to the Library News blog, Falvey publishes several subject-specific blogs on its site. This video shows how to access the library’s subject-specific blogs.  (Enable Closed Captioning for silent viewing):

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


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New Week: Summer Event listings, Hours & More!

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OK, Monday – Let’s Do This!
If you’re coming to Falvey this summer, here’s all you need to know to get you through the week!

This week’s hours:

Monday-Thursday, June 8 – 11: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday, June 12: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, June 13: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


This week’s events:

Monday, June, 8:

Grant Application Discussion. Room 204. 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (private event)

Tuesday, June, 9:

University Advancement Department Retreat. First Floor Lounge. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Joint CFDV and DVMSDG Meeting. Reading Room. 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June, 10: 

Think Tank. Room 204. 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Did you catch the ‘Caturday photos of Alumni Wildcats at Reunion University? Click on the photo below to go there now!

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Alumni Author Panel Discussion kicked off Reunion Weekend activities at the library with presentations from (clockwise,) playwright Michael Hollinger and authors Sean Harvey and Judy Lee Burke. Photos by Alice Bampton.


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It’s Monday and you’re knackered, but look. how. cute.
Though it’s inconceivable that this could be your first viewing of this photo, what better way to start your week than with a kingly dose of royal cuties, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Also inconceivable to have first official royal portraits snapped and then tweeted by their mom, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Bit quicker than waiting for Hans Holbein’s paint to dry! I do think I see a little of Alfred the Great in her, don’t you? Around the eyes, maybe?


Digital Library Content Roundup – First Week – June 2015

Front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XXXVII, no. 16, Saturday, April 17, 1909

Front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XXXVII, no. 16, Saturday, April 17, 1909

This week finds a number of resources newly available including more of the Falvey Daily Doodles (for more on Joanne Quinn’s work, see:The Falvey Whiteboard Artist), more Story Paper issues, and more Great War content! And of special note in the World Collection is the additional of an early Photograph Album depicting daily life in the Philippine countryside. There’s something new every week! See all this week’s items by clicking here.


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Draggin’ your wagon this morning? Oh, don’t be so dramatic

Maybe you shouldn’t have stayed up so last night to watch the Tony Awards, AKA the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre!

This year’s Broadway productions may have piqued the interest of bibliophiles more than usual, as several Best Play and Best Musical nominations were based on popular books. Fun Home, subtitled A Family Tragicomic, is a graphic memoir written by Alison Bechdel in 2006 and is a riveting examination of a father-daughter relationship. Fun Home was adapted into a Broadway musical and was nominated for 12 Tony Awards. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Tony-nominated for Best Play, is a 2003 novel by Mark Haddon which tells the story of Christopher, a 15 year old boy with an autistic spectrum condition who decides to investigate death of his neighbor’s dog for which he’s been accused. And nominated for eight Tonys, including Best Play, is Wolf Hall, Parts One and Two, which is based on Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize winning historical novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, and center on Thomas Cromwell and political intrigue in Henry VIII’s court and the king’s desperation for a male heir.

P.S., we hear through the grapevine that at least one Falvey librarian has already put in the 6 hours needed to view Parts 1 and 2. Can you guess who?


icloudIn The Cloud:

It was another busy year. Who had time to figure out the iCloud? Now that summer is here, this book, How to Do Everything iCloud, could be the answer to your cloud questions. Since it’s an eBook, you can easily dig into it while your toes dig into the sand. See you in the Cloud!



WB_Yeats_ndBirthdays abound

Birthdays this week include acknowledgments of architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) former First Lady (and First Mother?) Barbara Bush who turns 90 today and Maurice Sendak, who passed away in 2012. English Stuart lyricist and poet Ben Jonson and Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage share a birthday on Wednesday, and on Thursday, another Bush family member, former President (and First Father?) – George Herbert Walker Bush (41) turns 91. Wednesday is also the birthday of diarist and Holocaust victim Anne Frank. Sadly, Saturday would have been Nobel-prize winning mathematician John Nash‘s 87th birthday. And, believe it or not, Mary Kate & Ashley will turn 29. You wanted birthdays? You got it, dude! :-)


We’ll end with a quote from another June 13 birthday celebrant, Irish poet William Butler Yeats (1865-1939): an invocation to end writer’s block for all beginning to form their midterm papers. It comes up quick in summer semester!

writerblockHANDS, do what you’re bid:


Bring the balloon of the mind

That bellies and drags in the wind


Into its narrow shed.

Have a great week! Let us know how we can help!



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‘Caturday: Alumni Wildcats at Reunion University

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Dean Lindenmeyr brought to life the period of the Russian revolution with research and anecdotes about the Countess Sophia, her family, and the politics of that era.

Unlike 8:30 a.m. classes that students sometimes have during the school year, the first session of Reunion University started at 10:30 a.m. and featured the newly appointed Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Adele Lindenmeyr, who presented her research on A Russian Downton Abbey: A Countess, a Great Estate, and the Russian Revolution.

There was a buzz of energy and lots of chatting just before the reclassification session began.

There was a buzz of energy and lots of chatting just before the reclassification session began.

After lunch, old friends and alumni association colleagues gathered for On the Move: Preparing for Villanova’s 2016 Reclassification and Re-ranking. Ann Diebold and Jim Trainer explained the process that leads to a Carnegie Foundation reclassification. Re-ranking of Villanova University by U.S. News & World Report would follow suit and place Villanova in the national, rather than the regional, category.

Talented and passionate faculty, staff, students and alumni are proof positive that Villanova will continue to ignite change. Go Nova!

 


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Reunion Weekend FAQs: Falvey Alumni Questions

WILDCAT QUESTION MARK2Other than where are the restrooms (through the lounge doors, to your left) and when is Holy Grounds open (a bit trickier during summer months – check their website), here are the questions most often asked by visiting alumni!


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Am I able to look at past issues of The Villanovan?

Yes! The collected issues of the Villanovan and the Villanova Monthly are available here. Issues are fully searchable from the Library Catalog and are in pdf format for easy reading, printing and downloading.

Search the fulltext in the Digital Library search box or in the library Search tab.  Selected content is available to the Villanova Community members from 1995-current in the Lexis-Nexis database.

Print copies of articles published since 1995 can be requested at the front desk.  When requesting an issue, please use the call number LD4834 .S75V (Garey Hall).

Falvey has an index, in excel format, to assist in finding specific articles published in the Villanovan from 1992 through 2006.


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Can I look at old Belle Air yearbooks?

Yes! These are not digitized, but the library does has paper format only of the yearbooks available for browsing during library hours. Check our home page for hours – which do often vary during this time of year.

Here is the following information on the title and holdings:

Title: Belle-air. Publisher: [Villanova, Pa. : Villanova College, 1922- . Call Number: LD4834 .S75

Available Volume  Holdings: 1922, 1924-1941, 1943-2004, 2006- to present. Ask at Circulation for the specific volume.


GRADPICTOAm I still entitled to use the library as an alumni?

Yes! VU alumni are eligible for a free courtesy membership that allows borrowing privileges and on-site access to most of our online databases. To apply, simply come to the Falvey circulation desk with a photo ID.  Check out the  ‘Alumni — Courtesy Membership’ and ‘Courtesy Member Borrowing’ pages for more information:

Villanova Alumni and Residents of Radnor or Lower Merion townships may apply annually for borrowing privileges and on site access to subscription databases. There is no membership fee for these privileges.

Villanova University Catalogs


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Are you on social media?

Heck yeah! We are on social media! Follow both the main library and the digital library on a wide selection of platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, GoodReads, Google+ and Pinterest! Or, get a great sampling of all of them on our new Rebelmouse account.

 


Thanks to Sue Ottignon, the Great Place to Start Librarian for her help on this post!


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Alumni Authors to Discuss Writing, Answer Questions

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Harvey, Hollinger and Burke

Alumni authors will discuss their published and/or performed intellectual pieces of work on Friday, June 5, in Falvey Memorial Library’s Speakers’ Corner at 10:00 a.m. This panel discussion features Judy Lee Burke ’75 CLAS, Michael Hollinger ’89 MA, and Sean P. Harvey ’00 CLAS. Attendees will gain insights into the writing process from inspiration to final edited draft to publication, as well as have opportunities to ask questions of the three alumni authors.

Judy Leeblackrock Burke ’75 CLAS will discuss her new suspense thriller, Blackrock. Burke’s novel takes readers on an exhilarating multi-country journey as undercover operative Laine Sullivan encounters jolting mysteries in her personal life as she performs her espionage work. Burke, who cites painting among her avocations, even painted the novel’s cover image.

Burke is also an Alumni Medal recipient. The Villanova University Alumni Association presents this award (now called “the St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal”) to alumni who have achieved a level of distinction within their chosen fields or professions and who have provided outstanding service to Villanova.

After receiving her undergraduate degree from Villanova University, Burke earned her master’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan. She subsequently entered the Curriculum Teaching Psychological Studies and Literacy doctoral program at the University of Michigan. She also attended Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York.

Learn more about Burke, her publications and the career she launched at Villanova by visiting her website.

 

under-the-skin-1Michael Hollinger ’89 MA earned his master’s degree in theater from Villanova and is now an associate professor in the University’s Department of Theatre. Professor Hollinger has authored several award-winning plays, many of which have been performed at Philadelphia’s Arden Theater Company, as well as by other professional theater companies across the country.

Professor Hollinger has an uncommon approach to writing plays: “Plays are music to me … characters are instruments, scenes are movements; tempo, rhythm and dynamics are critical; and melody and counterpoint are always set in relief by rests—beats, pauses, the spaces in between.” Baker, John M. (2007). “Intrigue and Delight: The Comedy of Michael Hollinger. In Comédie du Jour: A Festival of Plays by Michael Hollinger. Theatrical program published by Iowa Summer Rep, University of Iowa.

Learn more about Michael Hollinger, the plays he has authored, and his career in theater by visiting his website.

 

nativeSean P. Harvey ’00 CLAS graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in History from Villanova University in 2000; he earned his PhD in History from the College of William and Mary in 2009.

He has won awards for his teaching and his research, including yearlong fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His articles and reviews have appeared in the William and Mary Quarterly, Reviews in American History, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Humanities and Social Sciences Online (H-Net), and Journal of the Early Republic, where he is Co-Editor of Book Reviews.   Currently an assistant professor in the Department of History at Seton Hall University, he lives in New York City with his wife, Sarah Grunder, and his newborn son, James.

Harvard University Press published his first book, Native Tongues: Colonialism and Race from Encounter to the Reservation, in 2015.


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Alumni Authors’ Panel: Highlighting Literary Achievement

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Villanova University is pleased to welcome back alumni this weekend for the 2015 reunion! The reunion, which is celebrated on campus from Thursday, June 4th, through Sunday, June 7th, will feature a wide array of lively events, activities and workshops in honor of the return of our former wildcats to campus. Falvey Memorial Library will be the site of many of these events, including a panel discussion featuring three alumni authors who will discuss their personal experiences in the creation of one of their published and/or performed intellectual pieces of work. The panel discussion, which is free and open to the public, will take place Friday, June 5, at 10:00 a.m. in Falvey Memorial Library’s Speakers’ Corner.

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Harvey, Hollinger and Burke

Alumni panelists will include Sean P. Harvey ’00 CLAS on his book The Native Tongues: Colonialism and Race from Encounter to the Reservation; Judy Lee Burke ’75 CLAS on her book Blackrock; and playwright Michael Hollinger ’89 CLAS on Under the Skin. Each panelist will have the opportunity to talk about their individual creative process and the critical reception of their work. The panel will be moderated by Darren G. Poley, Scholarly Outreach team leader and theology librarian. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions at the event as well.

Sean P. Harvey will talk about his book, The Native Tongues: Colonialism and Race from Encounter to the Reservation, which discusses the complex history of the communication (or miscommunication) between white Europeans and Native American people in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Judy Lee Burke will discuss the creation of her book, Blackrock, which is a suspense thriller that follows a female protagonist as she re-embarks on her former career as an architectural designer and gets much more than she bargained for. Playwright Michael Hollinger will discuss Under the Skin, which takes us into the life of a dying man and details the difficult relationship that he with his daughter. Both Harvey and Burke’s books have been published; however, a printed version of Hollinger’s play is still in the process of being created. The play premiered at the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia in January, 2015. Join us as we delve deeper into learning about the writing and publishing process with our authors!

In addition to the panel, Falvey has also mounted a window display on the first floor to further highlight the accomplishments of our alumni authors. In the display, all three of the panelists have been featured along with approximately thirty other alumni authors whom Falvey would like to recognize for their literary achievements. It is our hope to include these and all of Villanova’s alumni authors into our Community Bibliography, which is an open citation repository that houses a list of the published works of the members of the Villanova University community. Any individual associated with Villanova who would like to be featured in our Community Bibliography project should contact communitybibliography@villanova.edu for more details.


Article by Regina Duffy, writer for the Communication & Service Promotion team and Library Events and Program manager. News From Falvey Winter 2008 - Gina McFadden

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‘Caturday: Welcoming Alumni Wildcats!

Looking back at the year 1951, the Alumni Reunion was filled with seriousness, decorum, and…pretzels? Do you know these gentlemen? Are they officers of the Villanova Alumni Association or the Editors of the Villanova Alumnus? Is that man peeking through from the back an early example of photobombing? They’re having fun, that’s for sure!

We look forward to seeing our Alumni Wildcats next week, from June 4 – 7 for Alumni Reunion Weekend!

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Images courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.

‘Caturday post by Luisa Cywinski, writer, Communication & Service Promotion team, and team leader, Access Services team.


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Millicent Gaskell Begins as Villanova University Librarian and Director of Falvey Memorial Library

Millicent Gaskell Appointed Villanova University Librarian and Director of Falvey Memorial Library

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University has announced the appointment of Millicent Gaskell as University Librarian and Director of the Falvey Memorial Library, effective May 29, 2015. This key appointment, the result of an extensive national search, will enable Villanova to build upon Falvey Memorial Library’s impressive legacy as a cornerstone of learning at the University.

Millicent GaskellMs. Gaskell comes to Villanova with broad experience in both higher education and the private sector. For the past 10 years, she held a number of leadership roles at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Most recently, Ms. Gaskell served as Department Head of Collections Strategy and Management, with oversight of collection development, analysis, acquisitions and metadata and had responsibility for MIT’s $10M collections budget and a 36-member staff. She was honored twice at MIT for outstanding communication and collaboration, as well as for innovation and creativity.

“We are pleased to welcome Millicent Gaskell to Villanova University and to this important position at Falvey Memorial Library,” said the Rev. Kail C. Ellis, OSA, PhD, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Ms. Gaskell brings to Villanova a thorough knowledge of current and future technological trends impacting library and information services, as well as extensive experience in implementing digital content management initiatives.”

Falvey Memorial Library plays a central role in ensuring the interdependence of teaching, research and scholarship at Villanova. As University Librarian and Director of Falvey Memorial Library, Ms. Gaskell will oversee a facility that supports research and scholarly activities for faculty and students. Its collections include 1.68 million items with 551,236 stack items, 35,297 electronic journals, and 3,596 print journals.  In addition, its digital library initiative assembles, presents and preserves digital collections that support the teaching and research of the campus and the global community of scholars. Gaskell will oversee a staff of 50 employees at Falvey Memorial Library, including the University Archivist and software development programmers.

“The academic library of the future should be creative and agile as pedagogy continues to evolve,” said Gaskell. “The academic library needs to ensure the long-term preservation of scholarship. We should lead not only in preserving collections, but also in improving the discoverability of these collections. Libraries must engage with faculty, students, and administrators to ensure that the community has the information resources, services, spaces, and tools required in a rapidly changing educational environment.”

Prior to her tenure at MIT, Ms. Gaskell served as Librarian, Senior Librarian and then Manager of Information Services during a 10-year career at QVC. Previously, as Environmental Information Specialist at the South Jersey Environmental Information Center, she built the only public environmental collection and research service in New Jersey.  Gaskell earlier served as Paralibrarian for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP. Gaskell earned a Master’s of Science in Information Science and Technology from Drexel University and a Bachelor’s of Arts in English and Comparative Literature from Ursinus College.

“Ms. Gaskell’s unique background and expertise will allow Villanova to not only build upon the Library’s national recognition by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Award for Excellence 2013, but also to successfully position the institution for the future,” Fr. Ellis added.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University’s six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.


Article written by Jonathan Gust, Director of Media Relations.

Contact:
Jonathan Gust
Director of Media Relations
Villanova University
(610) 519-5152
jonathan.gust@villanova.edu

 


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