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Eric Ulmer, First Student Employee of the Month for 2014


Eric Ulmer, a senior Computer Engineering major, is the first Falvey student employee of the month for 2014. Library assistant Barbara Haas says, “I know him from doing the Garey Hall run (Falvey’s remote storage space). If you need a job done properly and efficiently, just ask Eric to do it. He’s pleasant and can do anything you ask him to do – from computer issues, to circulation procedures, to shelving.” Eric has worked for Access Services for three years, reporting to Luisa Cywinski, Access Services team leader.

A native of Springfield, Pa., Eric enjoys reading; “I’m a big Stephen King junkie,” he says, and he likes to watch horror movies. Eric plays the French horn for the Villanova University orchestra. He also plays video games. Eric is enrolled in a five-year program in Computer Engineering; upon successfully completing the requirements, he will have earned both bachelor of science and a master of science degrees.

The University Staff Council (USC) of Falvey, led by Linda Hauck, business librarian, selects a student employee of the month based upon nominations from the department supervisors of student employees.


Continuum: Welcome 2014


As classes get back into full swing for the spring semester, I hope students continue to see their Library as a welcoming and inviting place to interact and explore intellectually. My concern is that, because they grew up in a digital world, students may not recognize that the Library is significant and also relevant to current learning and study needs.

A good contemporary academic library, such as Falvey, functions as a setting for group study, a collaborative environment for interacting around computers, a place to connect with complex digital resources while receiving instructional assistance from a librarian, and a venue for a broad mix of cultural and intellectual events, in addition to providing access to learning resources in print and digital forms. Falvey strives to provide students with a lively and diverse learning environment.

We know students come to study in Falvey and Falvey Hall, both individually and in groups, often using the group-study rooms, Reading Room and similar study spaces we have available. They come for quick access to email; if they don’t have their laptop with them, they borrow one of our laptops; and they use the wireless network to sit comfortably and read, write, browse the Web, or perform similar tasks. They come to Falvey to print documents (we have the busiest printers on campus!) and for assistance with class assignments. They come to access services on the second-floor Learning Commons: the Writing Center, the Math Learning Resource Center, Learning Support Services, Library Research Support.

Our mission is to provide a positive supportive experience from the start, so our users will see the Library as a place to come when they need assistance and support with academic and co-curricular pursuits. We very much see Falvey Memorial Library as essential to the Villanova experience.



Foto Friday: A work of art


Laura Hutelmyer is the photography coordinator for the Communication and Publications Team and Special Acquisitions Coordinator in Resource Management


Springing Forward Towards a Semester Full of Exciting Events!

SPRINGCALENDAR3As Leo Tolstoy wrote in his classic novel Anna Karenina, “Spring is the time of plans and projects.” This spring semester, Falvey Memorial Library’s Scholarly Outreach Team is bringing Tolstoy’s words to life by feverishly planning a bolstering schedule of events.

Students, faculty and staff can expect a plethora of workshops, lectures, open houses, meetings and even leisurely events to take place in Falvey almost every day of the school week! Some highlights include a book signing by Susan Nussbaum, author of this year’s One Book Villanova selection, Good Kings, Bad Kings; two Literary Festival talks, featuring authors David Gilbert and Adelle Waldman; our annual Black History talk; our three Scholarship@Villanova talks featuring Villanova faculty members James W. Wilson, PhD, C. Nataraj, PhD, and Lynne Hartnett, PhD; the annual Pope John Paul II Legacy Lecture featuring former Villanova professor D.C. Schindler, PhD; an Open Mic Poetry Reading; a celebration in honor of Earth Day;  and our 2014 Falvey Scholars Awards presentation and reception. Also, some of our regularly scheduled events include VSB peer-tutoring sessions in the Learning Commons every Tuesday and Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. and the Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club (VEEC) meetings on many Friday afternoons throughout the semester. Make sure to stop by the Library to participate in these events!

In addition to the events that the Library plans, Falvey also serves as a host site for events that are organized by other departments and groups from all across campus. Villanova faculty, staff and representatives from official student groups are able to request a space for their event or meeting by filling out the Events Request Form or by directly contacting Regina Duffy, library events and program coordinator. Event locations include the Speakers’ Corner, Learning Commons Rooms on the second floor (204 and 205) and the first-floor lounge.

Article by Regina Duffy, writer for the Communication & Service Promotion team and Library Events and Program coordinator.


Research Support Center Provides Additional Service for Students

Information specialists Gerald Dierkes and Donna Chadderton

Information specialists Gerald Dierkes and Donna Chadderton

A new service point is coming to The Learning Commons on Falvey Memorial Library’s second floor. Falvey’s Research Support Center, comprised of 12 dedicated librarians whose offices are on the library’s second floor, will soon have a new service desk. Information Services Specialists Donna Chadderton and Gerald Dierkes will be the primary team members staffing the desk and connecting students, faculty and staff with resources necessary to achieve their learning and research goals.  Screen Shot 2014-01-09 at 9.44.29 AM

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

Photograph by Alice Bampton; graphic by Gerald Dierkes.


Foto Friday: Nothing but the squirrels going on…

One of the best views from a library window, Corr Hall was built between 1912 and 1914,  and designed in the Gothic Revival style, complete with medieval chapel and castellated towers.

One of the best views from a library window, Corr Hall was built between 1912 and 1914, and designed in the Gothic Revival style, complete with medieval chapel and castellated towers.


Laura Bang, Ruth Martin and Early 20th C Scrapbook Featured in The Public Domain Review


The History of the Ordinary,” a story featuring Laura Bang, Digital and Special Collections curatorial assistant, and Ruth Martin, an intern in the Digital Library, was published Jan. 7 in The Public Domain Review. The article features a scrapbook created by the New York City Fire Department’s Company 62 in the early 1900s and currently housed in Special Collections. The scrapbook was digitized and is available online through the Digital Library. Michael Foight, Special Collections and Digital Library coordinator, says, “This is a nice publicity piece for us by one of the clearinghouses of new ‘cool’ stuff on the Internet … likely to generate much interest across the Internet …”

The Public Domain Review is an online, not-for-profit journal which features works in the public domain: that is, works no longer under copyright. The Journal, founded in 2011, is a project of the Open Knowledge Foundation, which was itself founded in 2004 in Cambridge, United Kingdom.


Foto Friday: January thaw?


Laura Hutelmyer is the photography coordinator for the Communication and Publications Team and Special Acquisitions Coordinator in Resource Management



Foto Christmas Eve: Lights


Photograph by Laura Hutelmyer



Don’t Let This Be You! Part Two: 24 Hour Study Rooms



There’s no reason to flee the campus or keep your roommate awake during a long cram session—Falvey Memorial Library offers plenty of quiet study space in the lead-up to finals, including the new 24 Hour Reading Room.

Script by Corey Waite Arnold, writer and intern on the Communication and Publications team. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.


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