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Art of Spring Break: The Highlighter: Let Villanova’s Art Inspire and Enrich You

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Art at Falvey Memorial Library can be as ephemeral as an image on a whiteboard, enduring as a masterpiece on canvas or interactive as virtual reality in a Cave. In deference to “Art of Spring” week on our blog, this week’s Highlighter will feature artwork on Villanova University’s campus.

An exciting exhibit opens this week at the Villanova University Art Gallery (Connelly Center). Other, permanent artworks, such as abstract sculptures and other secular statues, can also be found on campus. Most permanent art on campus, though, has a religious theme. St. Mary’s Hall, for instance, offers mosaics in its foyer, statues in its courtyard and stained glass windows and shrines in its chapel. St. Rita’s Chapel holds artwork, too, as do the Corr Hall Chapel and St. Thomas of Villanova Church.

As these webpages show, several of these artworks have been created by members of Villanova’s community. Take a moment to take in the art Villanova has to offer.


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Art of Spring Break: Mood Board with Dr. Amanda Norbutus

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Keeping in theme with the Art of Spring week, this week’s mood board features Amanda Norbutus, PhD, Mendel Science Post-Doctoral Fellow and a faculty member here at Villanova. Dr. Norbutus is involved with the conservation treatment of Pietro da Cortona’s “Triumph of David,”a large-scale oil on canvas that currently resides in “Old Falvey,” Falvey Memorial Library’s original wing.


AJN - MaastrichtAmanda Norbutus’ background has focused mainly on the surface analysis of art. She analyzed the materials and methods used in a Dutch genre painting as part of her master’s thesis research in analytical chemistry (M.S., Villanova University, 2008).  At the University of Delaware, Norbutus investigated the best practices of outdoor public mural production, protection, and preservation as part of her doctoral research; specifically, the assessment of commercially-available paints and protective coatings.  Her current research as a Mendel Science Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemistry involves protective coatings for modern art.  She is a lecturer in the science of art materials, art conservation, as well as criminalistics and forensics at Villanova University and an instructor for the NSF Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops & Communities of Scholars “Advanced Chemistry and Art” workshops.

(via Conserving a Giant: Resurrecting Pietro da Cortona’s “Triumph of David”)


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I am inspired by the natural beauty of the world and trying to understand how it all works.

If I could be any person for a day, I’d be Condoleezza Rice. She is a powerful woman, and I would love to help shape the world like she has been able to with her career. Plus, the travel!

If springtime were an art piece, it would be an Impressionist painting, perhaps a Renoir.

The most useful tool I used today is my cell phone. Although I really should give credit to the old fashioned ink pen for writing down data.

Today I’m feeling the color green. I’m anticipating spring.

I’m listening to I heart Radio, the Florida Georgia Line station.

One Summer Adventure I’m daydreaming about is boating on the Cheasapeake or the James River.

flordia georgia lineHappiness is good friends, loving family, an intriguing book, and having adventures.

Everyone should know how to sew and cook. I took a Buzzfeed quiz on how long I’d survive the zombie apocalypse. Let’s just say, I think those two reasons are why I “lasted” at least 6 months.

I am amazed by my students. They tackle challenges outside of their comfort zones, either with science material or mastering a new artistic technique, and they impress me every time.

Thank you, Dr. Norbutus!


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Nor’easter vs. Clipper: What’s the Difference Between These Dreaded Winter Storms?

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We hear these terms on weather reports, but do we really know what they mean? (I certainly didn’t although I remember friends arguing about which way nor’easters move.) Both are storms and both can impact our area. What are they and how do they differ?

A nor’easter (sometimes called a northeaster) forms at sea, within 100 miles of the Atlantic coast. It is named for the direction of the powerful winds that bring these storms ashore. Nor’easters are most common from September through April although they also occur at other times.

Nor’easters, with winds often reaching hurricane-force, make landfall from New England through the mid-Atlantic regions. Unlike hurricanes, nor’easters are not named. These storms bring frigid temperatures, powerful winds, coastal flooding and blizzards. Notable nor’easters include the Great Blizzard of 1888 and the “Perfect Storm” of 1991.

A clipper (more accurately an Alberta Clipper), however, forms inland as a low-pressure system in Alberta, Canada. These winter storms move southeast into the Canadian plains and the Great Lakes before eventually moving off shore into the Atlantic Ocean—sometimes as far south as the Baltimore/Washington area. Clippers bring quick bursts of snow (one to three inches, with more in the mountains), colder temperatures and gusty winds (35-45 mph). Clippers occur most often from December through February.

There we have it: both are primarily winter storms created by low-pressure systems, both occur most often in fall through spring, both bring wind and snow although in different degrees. However, their points of origin are quite different: the clipper develops inland and moves offshore; the nor’easter begins offshore and moves inland. Let’s hope we’ve seen the last of both of these this winter.

Dig Deeper

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Cambridge Guide to the Weather (2000). Ross Reynolds.
Weather: How It Works and Why It Matters (2000). Arthur R. Upgren.
The Weather Sourcebook: Your One-Stop Resource for Everything You Need to Feed Your Weather Habit (1994). Ronald L. Wagner.


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


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You are Invited to a Golden Anniversary Celebration to Honor Rev. Dennis J. Gallagher, OSA, PhD

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Falvey Memorial Library would like to cordially invite the Villanova Campus Community to a reception being held for Rev. Dennis J. Gallagher, OSA, PhD, in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination. Father Gallagher, the University’s Archivist since 1985, was ordained as an Augustinian priest in St. Thomas of Villanova Church on Jan. 30, 1965. Please join us for a light cocktail reception to give him your best wishes and to help us celebrate this landmark occasion. The reception will be held on Wednesday, March 18 in the President’s Lounge, Connelly Center, from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

To learn more about Father Gallagher’s current work as University Archivist, as well as his background and interests, please see Alice Bampton’s recent blog article, “A Golden Anniversary: Rev. Dennis J. Gallaher, OSA, PhD, Celebrates 50 Years as an Augustinian Priest.”

Please note that RSVPs are not required in order to attend the reception. Questions about this event can be directed to Gina Duffy, ext. 9-3872.


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The 8:30 | Things to know before you go (2/27)

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

SAVE THE DATE!

Scholarship@Villanova/Endowed Chair Lecture featuring Helene Moriarity, PhD, RN. Professor at the College of Nursing.  Dr. Moriarty is a nurse advocate for military veterans and their families who has targeted her scholarly work on the health needs of those who have served in the military.  Her lecture will focus on her research with interprofessional teams at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Tuesday, March 24 at 2:30 p.m. in room 204.


THE ISSUE OF NET NEUTRALITY
Thursday saw an important decision made in favor of net neutrality. Interested and concerned about net neutrality but not exactly sure you understand it? Check out this article from USA Today. A handy infographic is also provided.
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One more day of February’s face and then it’s Spring Break!

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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Look at that sea, girls–all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn’t enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds.” – Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery


HAVE A GREAT DAY, AND A SUPER FANTASTIC SPRING BREAK!

The 8:30 is also taking Spring Break off and will return on Monday, March 9. If you have ideas for inclusion in The 8:30 or to Library News in general, you’re invited to send them to joanne.quinn@villanova.edu.


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The 8:30 | Things to know before you go (2/26)

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

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

Graduate Student Resume Workshop. 4:00 p.m. -5:45 p.m. in room 205. Questions? Contact Jayme Nordin: jnordin@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


 ARE YOU AN ANDROID AUDIOPHILE?
Or a Google Play Music user? If so, good news! Google Play Music has increased its song capacity from 20,000 to 50,000 songs — more than double the original limit! Pysched doesn’t even begin to cover it (even if most of us wouldn’t even hit 10K). How would you fill your library?


I DON’T KNOW IF YOU KNEW THIS, BUT WE TWEET!

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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.” – Coningsby by Benjamin Disraeli 


HAVE A GREAT DAY!

If you have ideas for inclusion in The 8:30 or to Library News in general, you’re invited to send them to joanne.quinn@villanova.edu.


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The Curious ‘Cat: Which Web Browser(s) Provides Optimal Performance for Navigating Falvey’s Site?

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks six library professionals, “Which browser(s) would you recommend for Villanova students to use when accessing Falvey’s site?”

Robin Bowles, nursing/life science librarian

2014-01-15 11.08.18-4“I always recommend users go directly to http://library.villanova.edu or use the Library link on the University homepage. The Library tab within MyNova is fine for very basic library use. But if you are planning to access one of our databases or more complex tools, the MyNova frame around the page can sometimes interfere with the connection and cause problems. Coming to our website directly will keep your connection to us as direct and uncomplicated as possible.”


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

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“I think the above still applies to Mac users as well (you can get Firefox and Chrome for Mac; alternatively, you can get Safari for PC—though I don’t recommend this as Safari’s strengths and best features are its integration with Mac OS)

“The browser I would not recommend is Internet Explorer:

IE has the most security holes, to the point where the Department of Homeland Security has asked Americans not to use IE.

And it tends to interpret web page elements differently than other browsers.”


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

2014-01-16 12.16.23-1-2“I have a Mac at home and a PC at work, and I personally don’t find any major difference between the two, with browsers. As far as browsers go, as I said above, I use Chrome both at home and at work and if for any reason I’m having trouble with Chrome (very rare) I will use Firefox.  For me personally when it comes to choosing between Chrome and Firefox it is really about personal taste, both are good.”

 


Jutta Seibert, team leader – Academic Integration

2014-02-18 13.37.16-5“Most browsers will do the job, but students should be aware that any browser can fail if an application or website is not optimized for the browser. The fault in this case lies with the application or website and not the browser. Overall it is good to stick with popular browsers as they will run into fewer problems. Chrome and Firefox used to be equally popular, but Chrome is now without a doubt the leading browser in the U.S. (“Browser Statistics and Trends”).

“According to the same statistics Explorer and Opera are marginal and should be avoided overall.”


Rob LeBlanc—first-year experience/humanities librarian

2014-01-15 11.11.37-2-2“I would recommend Firefox or Chrome: we are developing more and more HTML5 and mobile based web interfaces, and both those browsers work very well with the newest version of our website interface, VuFind. As for Mac vs. PC, it shouldn’t make too much of a difference. I am a Mac user both at home and on my mobile devices and a PC person at work (by necessity), and I have no problem accessing Falvey Memorial Library resources on any of my devices.

“As for MyNova, we actively discourage users from accessing the library resources through MyNova; many of our links do not work through that interface and you are much better off accessing our search engine, catalog and databases directly through the library webpage at http://library.villanova.edu.”


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

2014-01-17 14.27.13-2“For accessing library resources, I often use Mozilla Firefox. My understanding is that the tech team recommends Firefox for the Library website. When a student comes to my office, I know that Firefox will have the library website open, and my more personal windows can stay minimized in Chrome. That differentiation helps.

“I always recommend that students stay away from Falvey’s site through MyNova, unless they are doing something simple, like checking hours.”

 


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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The 8:30 | Things to know before you go (2/25)

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

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

EXTENDED HOURS FOR MIDTERMS!
The library will be open until 3:00AM. Study party!


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


Don’t miss the Villanova Digital Library content round-up!

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GETTING READY FOR BRACKETOLOGY!
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Outreach intern Kallie is a profesh taper. You’ll never see cleaner blank spaces (sorry, T. Swift)! Hint: these March Madness Matchups might make your stomach growl. Look for the voting board by Falvey’s entrance right after Spring Break. Nom!


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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Every page of every book was a peep-hole into the realm of knowledge. His hunger fed upon what he read, and increased.” – Martin Eden by Jack London


HAVE A GREAT DAY!

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The Highlighter: How Do I Contact a Librarian?

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Need help citing sources, checking style guidelines or answering other questions before turning in that big paper? This video shows the many ways to contact a University librarian. How many ways are available? Watch the video to find out. (Enable Closed Captioning for silent viewing):

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


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The 8:30 | Things to know before you go (2/24)

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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


SAVE THE DATE!

Scholarship@Villanova/Endowed Chair Lecture featuring Helene Moriarity, PhD, RN. Professor at the College of Nursing.  Dr. Moriarty is a nurse advocate for military veterans and their families who has targeted her scholarly work on the health needs of those who have served in the military.  Her lecture will focus on her research with interprofessional teams at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Tuesday, March 24 at 2:30 p.m. in room 204.


REMEMBERING STEVE JOBS

imgresToday Steve Jobs would have celebrated his 60th birthday. Whether you’re a Mac or more of a PC, it’s hard to deny the influence of Apple’s forthright and visionary leader. An interesting read at any time, Jobs’ Stanford commencement speech from 2005 is especially poignant today. We especially love the tale of how the elective calligraphy class he took before at Reed College impacted the design of the original Macintosh. (BTW – did you know that original fonts on the Mac were named after Philadelphia Main Line towns? Or is that urban folklore? Hmm…sounds like a job for a librarian!) Click here for the full text of the address.


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QUOTE OF THE DAY

“You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz. “All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.” – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum


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