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A Golden Anniversary for Wonka’s Golden Tickets, and a Previously Unpublished Chapter to Read

A first edition of signed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is currently available from the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America for $25,000.

A first edition of signed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is currently available from the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America for $25,000.

As Charlie and the Chocolate Factory celebrates its golden anniversary this fall, news of an unpublished chapter from an early draft of Roald Dahl’s masterpiece emerges: “Roald Dahl draft spills Charlie and the Chocolate Factory secrets.”

It’s fun to imagine what could have been, but I doubt that the book would have been better even with the “vanilla fudge mountain” or additional golden tickets and ticket winners. What do you think?

Read the previously unpublished chapter in its entirety here.


Gerald info deskArticle by Gerald Dierkes, senior copy-editor for the Communication and Service Promotion team and a liaison to the Department of Theater.

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All about VUFind Infographic

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Infographic designed by Joanne Quinn with copy and invaluable assistance provided by Demian Katz and Darren Poley.

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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.

DAVELACY

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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Foto Friday: End of Summer

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End of Summer

An agitation of the air,

A perturbation of the light

Admonished me the unloved year

Would turn on its hinge that night.

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I stood in the disenchanted field

Amid the stubble and the stones,

Amazed, while a small worm lisped to me

The song of my marrow-bones.

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Blue poured into summer blue,

A hawk broke from his cloudless tower,

The roof of the silo blazed, and I knew

That part of my life was over.

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Already the iron door of the north

Clangs open: birds, leaves, snows

Order their populations forth,

And a cruel wind blows.

 Stanley Kunitz

Stanley Kunitz, “End of Summer” from The Collected Poems of Stanley Kunitz. Copyright © 1953 by Stanley Kunitz.  Reprinted by permission of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

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

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‘Cat in the Stacks: Meowdterms

CAT-STAXI’m Michelle Callaghan, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is our new column, “‘Cat in the Stacks.” I’m the ‘cat. Falvey Memorial Library is the stacks. I’ll be posting about living that scholarly life, from research to study habits to embracing your inner-geek, and how the library community might aid you in all of it.


So here we are – it’s midterm.

Sheldon Bag

We’re all like, where did the time go? And we’re all like, why is there so much studying and writing to do? Can I please just procrastinate and consume hundreds of kitten gifs?

If that’s what you want, that’s what you’ll get. I’ve never been known to turn down a request for kitten gifs.

Crush Cat

Observe: the kitten gif in its natural habitat. This kitten, like you, is being crushed by deadlines and projects. But notice how he slips free, and is shocked—nay, flabbergasted—when the mat rolls on by and he’s left unharmed. Like the rolling mat of doom, this week will pass. And if you work hard, so will you.

How, you ask? How can I survive this?

Make Plans cat gif

Strategy, of course. Plan your days, plan your hours. Hey, plan your half-hours. And if you can, squeeze in a mental health hour—even if you don’t get the full sixty minutes of relaxation, it’ll at least give you some wiggle room between studying, writing, eating, and hopefully…

Cat Sleep

Sleeping. Avoid the all-nighters with all your might. Twenty minutes of Reddit or Facebook here and there might seem like a fun distraction, but if the trade-off is a messed up sleep schedule, try to reconsider.

Take Care of Yourself gif

Because you have to take care of yourself. Remember mens sana in corpore sano? It’s more important now than ever. Groggy brains make groggy work. Frustration makes everything harder to accomplish. But if you get frustrated (and you probably will), don’t be frustrated that you’re frustrated. Be gentle with yourself, pause, and be hypnotized by Lil Bub.

Lil bub face

 


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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The Highlighter: Navigate EBSCO-Provided Databases Like a Pro

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Falvey subscribes to over 250 databases, and many of these are supplied through EBSCO, a database provider. This video shows how to navigate EBSCO-provided databases.  (Enable Closed Captioning for silent viewing):

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

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This Just In! It’s Midterm Mayhem as Villains Strike Campus!

Citizens of Villanova, take heed! A new team of super villains has been making headlines in New Village Daily, and just in time for midterms!  Their latest campaign, deemed Midterm Mayhem, could be catastrophic! With the aid of eyewitnesses, detectives and field reporters, we have been able to compile the following profiles.  If you happen upon any of these devious criminals, be cautious. They are dangerous and powerful!

 

Mystique  

MYSTIQUE TRMystique’s weapon of choice is mystery. When, exactly, is this paper due? Will there be a midterm exam? Will there be additional assignments waiting in my email the night before class? Is this Blackboard folder invisible? This Blackboard folder has got to be invisible; it’s nowhere to be found …

 

Professor Wut? and Sidekick Obscura

wut-wut tProfessor Wut? is particularly talented at saying many things while saying nothing at all. Obscura’s signature follow-up moves are dropping the names of long-dead philosophers and using archaic vocabulary. His infamous taunt—You don’t know this? How do you not know this?—leaves permanent injury to the ego.

 

Doctor Curve

CURVE tDoctor Curve’s ironic moniker is a testament to his particularly cruel weapon of psychological warfare: the refusal of the Curve. Even dastardlier, his method of attack is a one-two punch. His assessments never match his lessons! Detectives say that more than half of his questions are statistically proven unfair, but Public Safety has evidence that never in his career has Doctor Curve thrown out a question.

 

 

ivy-tPoison Ivy League

Reported to have menacingly bellowed, “You are not ivy league material. You will NEVER be ivy league material!” into a crowd of prospective high school students. One kid left crying.

 

 

Lord Tenurus

TENURUS tNobody remembers a time when Tenurus did not inhabit the Office at the Top of the Stairs, nor a time when Tenurus did not eschew department dress code. He seems harmless, according to witnesses, but beware the influence of his wisdom—Public Safety warns: Tenurus is far along in training his army of adjuncts for campus domination, and soon … the WORLD!

 

But fear not for your safety, oh citizens! The Library is here to help you slay the forces of evil! We have all the resources you need to fight the Midterm Mayhem and all the quiet study space you’ll need to train. We want YOU to call/chat/email our ranks of Library Liberators, and we’ll give you everything you need to succeed!


Warning compiled by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant for the Communication and Service Promotion team. This post is meant for humor purposes only. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead is purely coincidental. Void where prohibited. Some assembly required. Batteries not included. Contents may settle during shipment. Use only as directed. No other warranty expressed or implied. Do not read while operating a motor vehicle or heavy equipment. This is not an offer to sell securities. Apply only to affected area. May be too intense for some viewers. Freshest if eaten before date on carton. Subject to change without notice. Times approximate. Simulated picture. Please remain seated until the ride has come to a complete sto–
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Foto Friday: Mohawk

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

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Advice on Getting Published from Campus Journal Editors

1312.i017.007.S.m001.c10.education iconDo you want to improve the chances of getting your articles published? Are you looking for insight into the mysterious process of submission and review? This Thursday the editors of several journals produced on campus will speak about the publishing process and answer all of the questions you’ve been dying to ask. Sally Scholz, PhD, (Department of Philosophy, editor of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy); Seth Whidden, PhD, (Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, editor of Nineteenth-Century French Studies); and Professor John Paul Spiro, (Augustine and Culture Seminar, managing editor of Expositions: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities), will offer editors’ points of view on a wide range of topics including what to submit where, what to expect during the review process, when and how to interact with a journal’s editorial staff, and much more.

 

THREE BOOKS

The event will take place this Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in the Hypatia editorial suite, located on the first floor of Falvey Memorial Library, near the entrance to the Falvey West stacks. Please direct any questions to Dr. Sally Scholz at sally.scholz@villanova.edu.

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The Villanova CAVE—What’s in it for You?

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What’s in it for you? Find out! Come to the Falvey Hall lobby and Reading Room this Thursday, Oct. 2 for the grand opening of the Villanova CAVE.

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