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Midterm Madness at the Learning Commons: Two Questions for the Director of Villanova’s Mathematical Learning Resource Center (MLRC), Melissa Ferreira

BLUE MADWhat do you wish students knew about your services?

The MLRC is mostly a walk-in service. Students do not need to make an appointment. They can come in any time we are open and should not have to wait long for help from a tutor. Students are also welcome to use the MLRC as a place to study independently, work with groups, or to use our computers to work on their math assignments.

Do you offer services/hours tailored to mid semesters?

The MLRC hours are the same during midterm week. We are open Monday through Thursday 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m..That is the busiest week of the semester for us, but we still make sure no one has to wait long for help. It would be a great idea to arrange to come in at the same time as other students from the same class, so a tutor can work with everyone together. It is beneficial to the students to work together because they learn more when they explain the material to someone else.


Math Center

In the midst of dreaded midterm exams, the role of Falvey’s Learning Commons is increasingly important. The Learning Commons, on the second floor of Falvey, houses the Writing Center, Room 210; the Math Learning Resource Center (MLRC), Room 211; Learning Support Services (LSS), Room 212; the offices of the research support librarians; and the office of Kimberley Bugg, team leader of Information and Research Assistance and Service Development.

Melissa Ferreira, Math Center Director

Melissa Ferreira, MLRC Director

Melissa Ferreira, MA, directs the Math Learning Resource Center. Mary Beth Simmons, MFA, is the Writing Center director. Nancy Mott, EdD, is the Learning Support Services Director. All are dedicated to helping Villanova students achieve their academic goals. A small non-circulating reference collection and several comfortable seating areas complete the Learning Commons.


Alice Bampton is an digital image specialist and senior writer on the Communication and Publications Team.

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Midterm Madness at the Learning Commons: Two Questions for Villanova Writing Center Director Mary Beth Simmons

BLUE MAD

What do you wish students knew about your services?

The Writing Center works with students at any stage of the writing process. We’ve got a team of 50 well-trained tutors to work with any writing project a student might have. We’ve been especially busy this semester, so we ask that students call at least a week in advance to schedule an appointment!

Do you offer services/hours tailored to mid-semesters?

We will offer extended hours one night during midterms. “Midnight Madness” has been going on for years now in the Writing Center and it’s great fun, actually. We have pizzas and snacks and lots of energetic tutors ready to help students during crunch time. “Midnight Madness” accepts walk-ins only. Last fall we saw over 60 students in four hours! This year, it will be Wednesday, Oct.9th from 7:30-11:30 p.m.


Mary Beth Simmons in Writing CenterIn the midst of the dreaded midterm exams, the role of Falvey’s Learning Commons is increasingly important. The Learning Commons, on the second floor of Falvey, houses the Writing Center, Room 210; the Math Learning Resource Center (MLRC), Room 211; Learning Support Services (LSS), Room 212; the offices of the research support librarians; and the office of Kimberley Bugg, team leader of Information and Research Assistance and Service Development.

MARY BETHMary Beth Simmons, MFA, is the Writing Center director. Melissa Ferreira, MA, directs the Math Learning Resource Center. Nancy Mott, EdD, is the Learning Support Services Director. All are dedicated to helping Villanova students achieve their academic goals. A small non-circulating reference collection and several comfortable seating areas complete the Learning Commons.


Alice Bampton is an digital image specialist and senior writer on the Communication and Publications Team.

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Midterm Madness at the Learning Commons: Two Questions for Research Librarian Kimberley Bugg

MIDTERM-MADNESS-RED-GIRLWhat do you wish students knew about your services?

Research support includes late night chat services from 9 p.m. until 11 p.m. Sunday – Thursday, and a research-support librarian is reachable by text at 610-816-6222.

Do you offer services/hours tailored to mid semesters?

We are offering  an APA citation workshop on Monday, October 7th from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Students can learn how to cite correctly or bring their APA reference pages for review, followed by a research study break with pizza until 8:30 p.m.


Kimberley Bugg, Team Leader, Information and Research Assistance

Kimberley Bugg, Team Leader, Information and Research Assistance

With the approach of the dreaded midterm exams, the role of Falvey’s Learning Commons is increasingly important. The Learning Commons, on the second floor of Falvey, houses the Writing Center, Room 210; the Math Learning Resource Center (MLRC), Room 211; Learning Support Services (LSS), Room 212; the offices of the research-support librarians.

You will also find the office of Kimberley Bugg, team leader of Information and Research Assistance and Service Development. Mary Beth Simmons, MFA, is the Writing Center director. Melissa Ferreira, MA, directs the Math Learning Resource Center. Nancy Mott, EdD, is the Learning Support Services Director. All are dedicated to helping Villanova students achieve their academic goals. A small non-circulating reference collection and several comfortable seating areas complete the Learning Commons.

 

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New Library Site Responds to 21st-Century Students and Their Mobile Devices

Students, both those familiar with Falvey’s website and those new to it, will appreciate the major upgrade to the site this month. The library’s Web Development team* designed the new site to be more modern and responsive “to the host of new screens and devices now widely available and used by our patrons,” according to David Uspal, senior web specialist for library services and scholarly applications.

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The Web Development team, Uspal explains, set three general design goals for this project:

Goal 1) To be “Tech Forward” (Utility)—This idea applies to the Library as changing our services to keep up with “the ever evolving lifestyles of our user.”

The team achieved this goal with web pages that will reformat themselves “to fit on your screen in a clean way, shifting elements around to maximize screen real estate on all sorts of devices, from desktops to tablets to phones.” Users can observe this capability on their computers by shrinking the window’s size. As it gets smaller, “the elements on the page dynamically adjust to fit the size” of the window.

Goal 2) To be “Fashion Forward” (Promotion)—Falvey’s web pages should stay current with modern design standards.

The team responded with a modern design, using “flat tiles, squared off edges, and bright colors vice drop shadows, rounded corners and buttons, and monotone colors.” This style choice “lends perfectly to the needs of a responsive design, making shifting elements on a page much easier.”

Goal 3) To be as consistent as possible with the pages published by the University as a whole, but without compromising our first two principles in doing so (Synergy)—It is “important to have our pages look and feel like a [Villanova] University page.”

Visitors to Falvey’s newly designed site will observe strong similarities to other University pages in layout and format, while retaining the library site’s color themes to aid in navigation.

Villanova students played an essential role in the new website’s design. Randomly selected student volunteers participated in usability testing, performing a number of tasks to explore the website’s functionality. Their testing and feedback informed the site designers’ work.

* Falvey’s Web Development team members include Laura Bang, Digital and Special Collections curatorial assistant; Robin Bowles, nursing/life science librarian; Kimberley Bugg, team leader, Information and Research Assistance and service development; Kristyna Carroll, research support librarian for business and social sciences; Christopher Hallberg, Library Technology Development specialist; Demian Katz, Library Technology Development specialist; David Lacy, team leader for the Web Technology and the Library Technology Development teams; Jutta Seibert team leader – Academic Integration; and David Uspal.

For this website project, Joanne Quinn, team leader and graphic designer for Falvey’s Communication and Service Promotion team provided the Web team some design specs and alternatives to work with. Robin Bowles sums up the team’s efforts: “We are always working towards making the site both more functional and more eye catching … the site is an ever evolving project, and we are working on even more improvements.”

 

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Surprising Answers to Six Questions for Rob LeBlanc: First-Year Experience/Humanities Librarian

Knowing how much time Rob LeBlanc, first-year experience/humanities librarian, devotes to Villanova University students during the school year, I (Gerald Dierkes) seized the chance to interview him before the fall semester began.

rob leblanc2cTGD – What’s new this year?

RL – Our newest and most exciting initiative this year is our “Personal Librarian” program. Based on feedback we’ve received from both faculty and students, we will be assigning a research librarian to each first-year student, and an introduction email will be sent out early in the semester. This personal librarian will be their first contact at Falvey Memorial Library and will be available to help them with first-year-student research projects or to direct them to the best subject librarian for their assignments.

The personal librarian will continue to help them until they declare their majors (usually in their sophomore year). After that, their subject liaison librarian will be their primary contact, but they can always get help from their personal librarian, or any reference librarian for that matter! We hope this program will help new students to better connect with Falvey and its resources, and take away some of the anxiety that comes with doing your first college-level research assignments. Besides that, it is always nice to see a friendly, helpful face when you are studying at the library!

GD – What are the challenges for first-year students who want to use the Library?

RL – The biggest challenge is fear: Many first-year students are overwhelmed by our huge book catalog and 200+ databases, but our primary job is to help them learn the basics of searching for books and accessing online academic articles. Another challenge is assumption: Students shouldn’t assume they know how to access everything because they used an online book catalog or a database like EBSCO in their former school. This is a big university and we have a huge number of resources. Luckily, we also have plenty of friendly reference librarians who would be happy to give them a personalized instruction on how to best use our resources!

GD – What resources does the Library offer to help first-year students overcome those challenges?

RL – Their personal librarian is a great first contact point; if we cannot help them personally with their topic, we can get them to a librarian who can. I am also here to assist them. As the first-year experience librarian, I am available to help them learn our system, locate books, articles, websites, etc. and learn the difference between a good scholarly resource and unacceptable one. Many first-year students may also meet me or another reference librarian through a library instruction class in one of their two ACS seminars. Finally, the great staff at our first-floor service desk can connect them with a reference librarian during business hours, or they can email/text a reference librarian from our website’s help page.

GD – What do you wish incoming students knew about you, about the Library?

RL – I’m a huge nerd; I love video games, zombie movies, comic books, gaming, etc. If you don’t want to talk about scholarship, any of those topics are in my wheelhouse. As for the Library, my colleagues and I love to help people; that is why all of us got into this field. If you have any fears/concerns/problems, we are here to help you. Don’t hesitate to ask because you want to avoid that finger-shushing, bun-wearing, ruler-wielding librarian; nobody fits that archetype at Falvey.

GD – What do you like best about being a librarian?

RL – I like to talk. It seems counter-intuitive based on what people assume about librarians, but I can’t be quiet. That is why I love to teach research instruction classes: it gives me an opportunity to impart information and jabber on at the same time.

GD – What do you like best about working with Villanova students?

RL – They are friendly and POLITE! I have worked at other schools, and nowhere are the students more polite and respectful than here at Villanova. It is a pleasure to talk to them, hear their interests and stories, and help them achieve the most they can academically. I have only been here about two years, and I already have a great, ongoing rapport with students I met as first-year students. I’m always there for them when they need academic help; we all are.

Gerald Dierkes is an information services specialist for the Information and Research Assistance team, senior copyeditor for the Communication and Publications team, and a liaison to the Department of Theater.

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One Million Plus

That’s how many people visited the Falvey home page in one year—1,295,841, a 77% increase over the previous year! There were 3,832,623 page views and 2,767,839 catalog page views. All Falvey web traffic, except to the Databases A-Z and course guides, increased dramatically, ranging between 44% and 116%. Traffic to the databases (99,134 visits) decreased by 19% and to the course guides (163,470 visits) by 5%. Nevertheless, these are still impressive numbers. – See more at: http://blog.library.villanova.edu/news/2013/09/09/one-million-plus/#sthash.ClmlZoYK.dpuf

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During the same period (May 2012-May 2013) Research Support librarians were busy answering questions and offering research workshops: 3,411 questions answered and 255 library research workshops held for 5,412 students. Villanova students preferred electronic contact with librarians. The most popular form of contact was through “Ask a Librarian: Live Chat”; it is available by clicking the labeled gray rectangle at the bottom of the Falvey home page. Fifty percent of students asked their research questions this way. Other ways that students contacted librarians were by walk-up (637 students), email (1,280 students), research appointments (407) and telephone (192 students).

Melanie Wood, Academic Integration technical specialist, provided the statistics for this blog.

Photograph of student Erin Sheerin at the turnstile by Alice Bampton.

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The Essentials: Top Ten Things to Know About Falvey

Photo Contest Your Eyes Tervo #2Heading to the Library? Here are a few things you need to know.

1. Bring your Villanova University Wildcard: to enter the Library; to check out books, DVDs, library laptops and reserve readings; to use a group study room; to print and much more.

2. The Falvey home page is your gateway to rich resources, collections, links to our social media accounts and services.

3. Check out the library catalog for print and web holdings: books, magazines, DVDs, audio books, new fiction, popular reading and more. The catalog links you to articles too!

4. Use the public computers for paper writing, research, email and other applications. Other services: wireless connectivity, printing, photocopying and scanning.

5. Need a late-night place to study? Try the after-hours 24/7 study lounge. When the Library is closed, enter by swiping your Wildcard at the exterior lounge door. Meet here during the day for coffee and special events.

6. Library materials have Library of Congress (LC) call numbers, not Dewey Decimal, so items are shelved alphabetically by the first letters of the call number, and then numerically (LA229.P34). There are two floors of circulating books above the main floor and three floors of circulating books in the Falvey West stacks.

7. Some current issues of magazines, newspapers and journals are available for browsing on the main floor. Many are online, so check Journal Finder or the library catalog. Print back issues are in a separate collection in Garey Hall. You can ask us to retrieve them or scan them by linking to Interlibrary Loan on our home page. This will take you to the ILLiad patron login screen where you can request electronic delivery of articles from the Falvey or Garey Hall collections.

8. Can’t find what you need? Use E-ZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan to borrow items not owned by Falvey — at no charge to you.

9. Need a good job? Falvey hires student employees in many departments, such as Events and Outreach, Access Services, the Digital Library and Resource Management. Call 610-519-4291.

10. Need help? Ask at the Information desk, call 610-519-4270, or use Live Chat. Need help with research? Ask a research consultation librarian, make an appointment, call 610-519-4273 or email your query.

Above all, do not hesitate to ask for assistance. We are here to connect you to the information you need, regardless of format or location. We are committed to your success!


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Library Hours & Changing Times

Old Falvey Lobby NewAfter a careful review of library use on Friday and Saturday nights and on Sunday mornings, and after adding new study spaces in Falvey Hall, we have decided to curtail the library hours.

Closing at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and opening at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Sundays won’t prevent students from finding study spaces.

With entrance count reports that show about 5 – 18 patrons entering the library per hour on Friday nights, Saturday nights, and Sunday mornings, we felt comfortable knowing we could easily accommodate students’ needs in the 24/7 study areas.

The renovation of the Falvey Hall lobby gives us an additional 44 seats. And you might already be familiar with the 24-hour lounge on Falvey Memorial Library’s first floor, which contains 74 seats. Both of those areas will be open 24/7. There are electrical outlets and wireless access points in both locations.

Students also have access to two full service computer labs on campus, in Mendel Hall and Tolentine Hall, which both offer printing services.

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Summer Session Library Access

With longer days … come shorter library hours? That’s correct. Based on entrance counts from previous summers that reflect very low use in the evening and on Sundays, and the increase in distance learning courses and electronic resources, the summer session library hours will be slightly shorter than previous years. Some of the benefits of this change include reducing our carbon footprint and realizing cost savings.

On weeknights, Monday – Thursday, the Library will close at 8 p.m., instead of 10 p.m. Saturday hours remain the same: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday hours (in July) will be reduced by two hours, opening from noon to 6 p.m. instead of noon to 8 p.m.

If you’re planning to visit the Library during our new hours, keep in mind that construction is taking place in front of the Library. It will not prevent you from accessing the building, but you might have to take a detour. The Summer 2013 Campus Access Map will guide you to us. Just follow the blue arrows from whichever parking lot you use or from the public transportation locations (SEPTA Regional Rail, SEPTA Norristown High Speed Line or SEPTA bus routes).

Memorial Day, May 27 – CLOSED

Summer Session I (May 29 – June 27, 2013):

Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. -  8 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. -  5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. -  4 p.m.

Summer Session II (June 28 – July 29, 2013):

Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. -  8 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. -  5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. -  4 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. -  6 p.m.

Independence Day, (Thursday) July 4, 2013 – CLOSED

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Late Night Studying and Stress Busters @ Falvey

BigBoy signIt’s been a long haul, and you’re almost there! To help you prep for exams and finish those papers, the Library is providing extended hours for the next two weeks, so you can hunker down and study in comfort. We will stay open until 3 a.m. most nights and until midnight on Saturday. And as always, the 24-hour lounge will be available too!

We’re also working with the Campus Activities Team (CAT) to provide a stress-buster event on Friday, May 3, from 3-6 p.m. Massages and snacks for everyone!

Mon. – Fri., April 29 – May 3 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Sat., May 4 9:00 a.m. – Midnight
Sun., May 5 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Mon. – Thur., May 6 – 9 8:00 a.m. -  3:00 a.m.
Fri., May 10 8:00 a.m. -  5:00 p.m.

Luisa Cywinski is the team leader of Access Services and editorial coordinator on the Communication & Publications team.

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Last Modified: April 30, 2013