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VuFind Summit 2014 Welcomes Software Developers to Library, Oct. 13 & 14

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VuFind, an open source library search engine, is more powerful and user-friendly than the traditional online public access catalog (OPAC). Using VuFind, for example, Falvey’s catalog now enables users to perform just a single search to see not only books, media and articles but also Falvey-website items and books from other libraries—all on one page.

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David Lacy presents at VuFind ’13

The first VuFind 2.0 Summit occurred in Sept. 2010. It expanded to a VuStuff Conference in Oct. 2011. By Oct. 2012, VuFind had gained international recognition; this annual conference attracted librarians and technologists from Nepal, Portugal, Germany and Norway. The following year, this annual gathering of software developers featured several components, in addition to VuFind, and lasted a week. VuFind Summit 2014, the fifth annual VuFind conference, will take place for two days and focus exclusively on VuFind.

Presenters for this year’s conference come from the Murray Library at Messiah College, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, OCLC Developer Network and Falvey Memorial Library, to name a few. Falvey will host this event, and registration is required. Click here for registration information.

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Throwback Thursday: Over 100 Years of Football

We’re coming up on Fall Break and football is in the air. Did you know the first Villanova University football team was formed in 1894? Compared to 2014, 120 years later, the uniforms were simpler and protective gear was practically non-existent.

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Villanova Football Team, 1896 (Photo Courtesy of University Archives, housed in Falvey Memorial Library)

Take a look at the team now. And don’t forget that Fall Break is book-ended by two games, one at home and one away. (Click here for the schedule.)

NCAA Football: Villanova at Syracuse

Villanova Football Team, 2014 (Photo courtesy of vuhoops.com)

 

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Meet Kallie Stahl – New Graduate Assistant in Scholarly Outreach

Kallie StahlKallie Stahl recently joined the Scholarly Outreach team led by Darren Poley. She is a graduate assistant reporting to Regina (Gina) Duffy, library events and program coordinator, and Rebecca (Becky) Whidden, temporary library events coordinator. Stahl facilitates and assures the successful execution of the Library’s outreach activities.

A native of Toledo, Ohio, she graduated in 2013 from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, with a bachelor’s degree in communication and public relations. She is in the master’s program in the Department of Communication and anticipates graduating in May 2016. Stahl selected Villanova because its communication faculty members have very diverse academic interests. After graduating from Villanova she “plan[s] to teach communication at the collegiate level, possibly abroad.”

Regina (Gina) McFadden says, “I am happy to welcome Kallie to the Scholarly Outreach team this year as our new graduate assistant. Her positive energy and proactive nature will be a great asset to Falvey! I know she will shine in her role.”

Stahl says, “When I’m not studying/working, I’m (silently) cheering all of Cleveland’s professional sports teams on to victory.”

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Window Shopping: Augustine the Reader: Library Resources and Support for the Augustine & Culture Seminar Program

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“Augustine the Reader: Falvey Memorial Library Resources and Support for the Augustine & Culture Seminar Program” is the theme of the exhibit filling a display window between Falvey’s first floor and the Holy Grounds Café. Vertical rows of hexagonal mirrors flank the body of the exhibit. The mirrors refer to the theme, “Who am I?; this is the fundamental question of the Augustine & Culture Seminar (ACS), a two-semester seminar that all first-year students are required to take.

The first semester students read works from the greatest thinkers of the ancient, medieval and Renaissance worlds. Second semester students read works by writers from the Enlightenment to the present. Works by some of these writers are on display, including a volume of Augustine’s Confessions and one by Shakespeare, each held by an owl, traditionally a symbol of wisdom.

Librarian Rob LeBlanc, right, works with first year students Conor Quinn and Steve

Librarian Rob LeBlanc, right, works with first year students Conor Quinn and Steve Halek

Four text panels explain what ACS teaches students, present two passages from the Confessions and introduce Rob LeBlanc, the first-year experience librarian who works with the ACS students.

Chosen readings were selected by Gregory D. Hoskins, PhD, ACS program faculty mentor. Dr. Hoskins mentors students in studies of texts that cross disciplinary boundaries. The exhibit and its graphics were designed by Joanne Quinn, Falvey’s graphic designer.


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

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Don’t miss the Grand Opening of The CAVE this Thursday!

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On Thursday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m., join us for the grand opening of Villanova’s CAVE Facility in Falvey Memorial Library. The CAVE, an immersive virtual reality environment, is an interdisciplinary venture among investigators from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering and Falvey Memorial Library. The facility will provide Villanova’s faculty and students with many research and educational possibilities.

Next best thing to being in The Cave! Click on below link to view logo in action.

Next best thing to being in The Cave! Click on below link to view logo in action.

Click here to observe a sample effect of the CAVE in action. It is supported by a $1.67 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Light refreshments will be served and tours will run throughout the afternoon.

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Laura Matthews – New Scholarly Outreach Specialist

Laura MatthewsLaura Matthews recently joined the Scholarly Outreach team as a “library events and outreach specialist.” She reports to Regina (Gina) Duffy, Rebecca (Becky) Whidden while Duffy is on leave and Darren Poley, team leader. She is responsible for assisting in the scheduling and setting up for events held in the Library.

Matthews, a native of Wayne, graduated from Shippensburg University, where she received a BSBA degree in marketing and international studies. She also has a post-baccalaureate certificate in pre-speech language pathology from LaSalle University. Before coming to Falvey, Matthews worked at Elwyn SEEDS (Special Education for Early Development).

Her special interest is raising dogs for The Seeing Eye. Her current puppy is named Nova, “a complete coincidence,” she says. “I found out about The Seeing Eye at the Special Olympics here at Villanova about four years ago. After talking to other members of the club and meeting the pups, I attended my first club meeting and I was hooked! I raised my first pup a year later.”

“I am excited to be working at Villanova,” Matthews adds.

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Foto Friday: Author Wes Moore Book Signing

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Falvey Memorial Library was pleased to host a book signing for Wes Moore on Thursday, September 25 as part of the OneBook Villanova’s tenth year anniversary. Close to one hundred students and members of the community turned out for the occasion. Moore signed books for over an hour, with the line for those waiting to meet and greet the genial author snaking out past the elevator bank.

Posters of book covers for each of the OneBook Villanova selections since the program began in 2004 were hung in the windows surrounding the Speakers’ Corner. Moore signed the oversized cover of The Other Wes Moore, and took home his ‘Big Head‘ decoration reportedly to show it to his mother!


Photo by Alice Bampton.

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Meet Wes Moore, 2014 “One Book Villanova” Author in the library today at 4:30

1398353001099The One Book Villanova Program is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year!  In honor of this landmark occasion, the One Book Villanova committee  proudly announced the 2014-2015 book selection: The Other Wes Moore by author Wes Moore. WESMOREThe book follows the lives of two young men who are about the same age, live in the same city and who also share the same name. Despite their many striking similarities, the young men’s lives take very different paths: one Wes grows up to be a scholar, war veteran, White House aide and prominent business leader while the other Wes becomes a convicted criminal serving a life sentence for allegedly committing murder. The Other Wes Moore leads the reader to contemplate how these two people turned out so differently despite some of their remarkably similar circumstances growing up in poverty-stricken Baltimore.

Throughout the past ten years, the Villanova One Book selections have varied greatly in topic and theme and have led readers through many diverse cultural settings and landscapes.
Good Kings Bad Kings took us to Chicago and showed us the harsh realities of institutional life for adolescents with disabilities.
Little Princes
exposed the human trafficking issues that orphaned children face in Nepal.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
described for us what the Japanese Internment camps were like for families during WWII.
The Unforgiving Minute placed us in the shoes of a West Point educated soldier as he led his platoon through the savagery and uncertainty of combat in Afghanistan.
Rooftops of Tehran described life in Iran under its oppressive regime.
- In The Glass Castle, we learned what it was like for the author to grow up homeless with highly dysfunctional parents.
Left to Tell poignantly described one woman’s experience surviving the Rwandan genocide.
- In Blood Done Sign My Name, we witnessed the civil rights struggle in the American south.
- In The Kite Runner, our very first One Book selection in 2004-2005, we traveled to both Afghanistan and America and experienced the harsh Taliban takeover of the country and felt the hardships of immigration.
Each of these book selections has helped to strengthen the ties of the Villanova Community and has also forced us to confront the sometimes harsh realities of human nature. The One Book Villanova Committee hopes to continue this tradition with the tenth anniversary One Book Villanova selection, The Other Wes Moore.

ONE-BOOKSAll rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors received a copy of the 2014-2015 One Book Villanova selection in early May, and all incoming freshmen were mailed a copy of the book over the summer. In addition, the One Book Villanova Committee decided to change the format and timing of the program. The author’s visit will occur on Thursday, September 25, as part of the St. Thomas of Villanova weekend festivities. The entire Villanova Community is encouraged the read The Other Wes Moore in preparation for the author’s visit on September 25! Those students, staff and faculty who were not able to pick up a copy of the book in early May should visit the Office of Student Development (Room 214/217 Dougherty Hall), the Office for Multicultural Affairs (Room 102 Dougherty Hall), or Falvey Memorial Library anytime during normal business hours to receive a book. For students, the book is free of charge and for faculty and staff the cost is $6 per book.

Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore

Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore

The One Book Committee is also in the midst of planning a series of topical programs throughout the academic year in support of the 2014-2015 book selection and to promote the tenth anniversary of the program.

More information about the author’s visit and One Book Villanova tenth anniversary programming can be found on the One Book website.


News From Falvey Winter 2008 - Gina McFaddenArticle by Regina Duffy, writer for the Communication and Service Promotion team and library events and program coordinator for the Scholarly Outreach team.

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Pragya Singhvi, Graduate Assistant for the Technology Development Team

Pragya SinghviPragya Singhvi, a native of Jodhpur, India, is beginning her second year as a graduate assistant with the Technology Development team.

She graduated from the University of Rajasthan in 2004 with a bachelor of engineering degree, majoring in electronics and communication. Singhvi is enrolled in the master’s degree program in the Department of Computing Sciences, studying software engineering. She anticipates graduating in May 2015 and hopes to be a software architect.

Singhvi reports to David Lacy, Technology Development team leader. She assists team members with various software projects, such as enhancement and production support to the Catholic portal of Notre Dame University; maintaining Git repository for the Catholic portal; implementing the Aurelius Digital Scholarship Initiative project, “El Perú en sus tradiciones, en su historia, en su arte,”; and updating the building map on the Falvey Memorial Library website.

Her hobbies are playing tennis, basketball and volleyball. Singhvi’s special interest is playing with her three year old daughter.

She says, “It’s my pleasure to work with a great technical team that makes awesome software using the latest technologies. … I feel like I am working in a real technical industry. It’s a great place to work and learn.”

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Dig Deeper: Kevin Spacey at Villanova

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Parents Weekend offers an opportunity for the parents of students, new and seasoned, to visit Villanova’s campus. Parents Weekend 2014 will be held from Sept. 19-21. This year’s guest speaker for the Saturday evening program is the inimitable Kevin Spacey. Spacey, an Academy Award-winning actor, currently executively produces and stars in the hit Netflix original series House of Cards. He is perhaps most known for his breakout role in The Usual Suspects and his memorable characters in American Beauty and L.A. Confidential.

But Spacey’s involvement in the arts does not end at producing and acting—he also funds emerging artists through the Kevin Spacey Foundation; has his own production company, Trigger Street Productions; and since 2004, he has worked with The Old Vic Theatre Company in London as Artistic Director.

If you’d like to learn more about Spacey, or delve into his filmography here at Falvey Memorial Library, check out the resources compiled by Sarah Wingo, liaison librarian for English literature and theatre.

 


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Fun fact: Spacey’s Wiki page notes that his “first professional stage appearance was as a spear carrier in a New York Shakespeare Festival performance of Henry VI, part 1 in 1981.”

Falvey Memorial Library has two articles and two documentaries.

Here is the full list of films on VHS & DVD at Falvey.

And see how even Kevin Spacey pixelated can steal the show in an upcoming video game.

 


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