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The Curious ‘Cat: Taking Accelerated Courses? Tips to Help You Succeed

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks four library professionals: “What tips, suggestions, or advice do you have to offer for students taking accelerated courses this summer?”

Nik-Fogle crNik Fogle wants students to know that “the Library is here to provide them with whatever resources they need to succeed in their coursework. … the Library is a great place to turn for background readings, or resources that go into more depth than can sometimes be covered in class. If their coursework is research-intensive, our goal is to provide them with everything they’ll need for well-informed research projects and papers—from books and journal articles to news sources, original data, government documents, etc. And the Library is probably the quietest and most peaceful place to study, which really helps when you need to focus and get through a lot of material.”

AlfredFryAlfred Fry recommends the “Live Chat” feature on the Subject Guides pages (lower, right corner). He also encourages each student to “get sources for your project early.  Don’t wait until the weekend before a project is due.  Subject specialists don’t work on weekends and may take vacation.”

 

RS4522_FML164_LindaHauck_003_EDITLinda Hauck—“Research in summer classes is by necessity condensed and intense.  There just isn’t time to allow for serendipity to guide your research path. Find out if there is a course guide for your project, and if there isn’t make an appointment with a librarian.  Bring your research prompt to the meeting, so that the librarian can hone in on just what you need.”

FML164_BarbaraQuintiliano_011_EDITBarbara Quintiliano encourages students to reach out to the contact librarian for their subject area (From the “Subject Guides” page on Falvey’s site, click the subject name to find contact info. for the librarian who specializes in that subject). Barbara adds that “the Library has a wealth of specialized resources that are not available for free to the general public but that they can access as Villanova students.

“The subject librarians really want to be contacted so that they can help students save time. So, if students are looking for specialized information for their course work, they should not spend valuable time searching at random on Google but should contact their subject librarian right away.”


Be on the lookout! The Curious ‘Cat (Gerald Dierkes) and his trusty roving photog (Alice Bampton) may be stopping you next time you visit the library! ;-)


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Falvey staff welcomes Millicent Gaskell, University Librarian

Falvey Library staff welcomed our new library director, Millicent Gaskell, on Monday, June 1st during a morning reception. Staff members had fun getting to know Millicent and enjoying fellowship.

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Millicent (center) getting to know (l. to r.) Robin Bowles, Sarah Wingo, Melanie Wood and Darren Poley.

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Millicent chats with (l. to r.) Rev. Dennis J. Gallagher, OSA, Michael Foight and David Burke.

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Millicent talks with members of the Business and Administration team, Lorraine Holt and Jackie Smith.

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Demian Katz and Nik Fogle enjoying coffee and conversation.

 

Photos by Alice Bampton, Visual Specialist and Senior Writer, Communication and Service Promotion Team

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

 


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The Highlighter: Explore Falvey’s Many Blogs

 

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In addition to the Library News blog, Falvey publishes several subject-specific blogs on its site. This video shows how to access the library’s subject-specific blogs.  (Enable Closed Captioning for silent viewing):

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


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Reunion Weekend FAQs: Falvey Alumni Questions

WILDCAT QUESTION MARK2Other than where are the restrooms (through the lounge doors, to your left) and when is Holy Grounds open (a bit trickier during summer months – check their website), here are the questions most often asked by visiting alumni!


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Am I able to look at past issues of The Villanovan?

Yes! The collected issues of the Villanovan and the Villanova Monthly are available here. Issues are fully searchable from the Library Catalog and are in pdf format for easy reading, printing and downloading.

Search the fulltext in the Digital Library search box or in the library Search tab.  Selected content is available to the Villanova Community members from 1995-current in the Lexis-Nexis database.

Print copies of articles published since 1995 can be requested at the front desk.  When requesting an issue, please use the call number LD4834 .S75V (Garey Hall).

Falvey has an index, in excel format, to assist in finding specific articles published in the Villanovan from 1992 through 2006.


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Can I look at old Belle Air yearbooks?

Yes! These are not digitized, but the library does has paper format only of the yearbooks available for browsing during library hours. Check our home page for hours – which do often vary during this time of year.

Here is the following information on the title and holdings:

Title: Belle-air. Publisher: [Villanova, Pa. : Villanova College, 1922- . Call Number: LD4834 .S75

Available Volume  Holdings: 1922, 1924-1941, 1943-2004, 2006- to present. Ask at Circulation for the specific volume.


GRADPICTOAm I still entitled to use the library as an alumni?

Yes! VU alumni are eligible for a free courtesy membership that allows borrowing privileges and on-site access to most of our online databases. To apply, simply come to the Falvey circulation desk with a photo ID.  Check out the  ‘Alumni — Courtesy Membership’ and ‘Courtesy Member Borrowing’ pages for more information:

Villanova Alumni and Residents of Radnor or Lower Merion townships may apply annually for borrowing privileges and on site access to subscription databases. There is no membership fee for these privileges.

Villanova University Catalogs


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Are you on social media?

Heck yeah! We are on social media! Follow both the main library and the digital library on a wide selection of platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, GoodReads, Google+ and Pinterest! Or, get a great sampling of all of them on our new Rebelmouse account.

 


Thanks to Sue Ottignon, the Great Place to Start Librarian for her help on this post!


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Alumni Authors to Discuss Writing, Answer Questions

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Harvey, Hollinger and Burke

Alumni authors will discuss their published and/or performed intellectual pieces of work on Friday, June 5, in Falvey Memorial Library’s Speakers’ Corner at 10:00 a.m. This panel discussion features Judy Lee Burke ’75 CLAS, Michael Hollinger ’89 MA, and Sean P. Harvey ’00 CLAS. Attendees will gain insights into the writing process from inspiration to final edited draft to publication, as well as have opportunities to ask questions of the three alumni authors.

Judy Leeblackrock Burke ’75 CLAS will discuss her new suspense thriller, Blackrock. Burke’s novel takes readers on an exhilarating multi-country journey as undercover operative Laine Sullivan encounters jolting mysteries in her personal life as she performs her espionage work. Burke, who cites painting among her avocations, even painted the novel’s cover image.

Burke is also an Alumni Medal recipient. The Villanova University Alumni Association presents this award (now called “the St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal”) to alumni who have achieved a level of distinction within their chosen fields or professions and who have provided outstanding service to Villanova.

After receiving her undergraduate degree from Villanova University, Burke earned her master’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan. She subsequently entered the Curriculum Teaching Psychological Studies and Literacy doctoral program at the University of Michigan. She also attended Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York.

Learn more about Burke, her publications and the career she launched at Villanova by visiting her website.

 

under-the-skin-1Michael Hollinger ’89 MA earned his master’s degree in theater from Villanova and is now an associate professor in the University’s Department of Theatre. Professor Hollinger has authored several award-winning plays, many of which have been performed at Philadelphia’s Arden Theater Company, as well as by other professional theater companies across the country.

Professor Hollinger has an uncommon approach to writing plays: “Plays are music to me … characters are instruments, scenes are movements; tempo, rhythm and dynamics are critical; and melody and counterpoint are always set in relief by rests—beats, pauses, the spaces in between.” Baker, John M. (2007). “Intrigue and Delight: The Comedy of Michael Hollinger. In Comédie du Jour: A Festival of Plays by Michael Hollinger. Theatrical program published by Iowa Summer Rep, University of Iowa.

Learn more about Michael Hollinger, the plays he has authored, and his career in theater by visiting his website.

 

nativeSean P. Harvey ’00 CLAS graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in History from Villanova University in 2000; he earned his PhD in History from the College of William and Mary in 2009.

He has won awards for his teaching and his research, including yearlong fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His articles and reviews have appeared in the William and Mary Quarterly, Reviews in American History, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Humanities and Social Sciences Online (H-Net), and Journal of the Early Republic, where he is Co-Editor of Book Reviews.   Currently an assistant professor in the Department of History at Seton Hall University, he lives in New York City with his wife, Sarah Grunder, and his newborn son, James.

Harvard University Press published his first book, Native Tongues: Colonialism and Race from Encounter to the Reservation, in 2015.


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Alumni Authors’ Panel: Highlighting Literary Achievement

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Villanova University is pleased to welcome back alumni this weekend for the 2015 reunion! The reunion, which is celebrated on campus from Thursday, June 4th, through Sunday, June 7th, will feature a wide array of lively events, activities and workshops in honor of the return of our former wildcats to campus. Falvey Memorial Library will be the site of many of these events, including a panel discussion featuring three alumni authors who will discuss their personal experiences in the creation of one of their published and/or performed intellectual pieces of work. The panel discussion, which is free and open to the public, will take place Friday, June 5, at 10:00 a.m. in Falvey Memorial Library’s Speakers’ Corner.

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Harvey, Hollinger and Burke

Alumni panelists will include Sean P. Harvey ’00 CLAS on his book The Native Tongues: Colonialism and Race from Encounter to the Reservation; Judy Lee Burke ’75 CLAS on her book Blackrock; and playwright Michael Hollinger ’89 CLAS on Under the Skin. Each panelist will have the opportunity to talk about their individual creative process and the critical reception of their work. The panel will be moderated by Darren G. Poley, Scholarly Outreach team leader and theology librarian. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions at the event as well.

Sean P. Harvey will talk about his book, The Native Tongues: Colonialism and Race from Encounter to the Reservation, which discusses the complex history of the communication (or miscommunication) between white Europeans and Native American people in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Judy Lee Burke will discuss the creation of her book, Blackrock, which is a suspense thriller that follows a female protagonist as she re-embarks on her former career as an architectural designer and gets much more than she bargained for. Playwright Michael Hollinger will discuss Under the Skin, which takes us into the life of a dying man and details the difficult relationship that he with his daughter. Both Harvey and Burke’s books have been published; however, a printed version of Hollinger’s play is still in the process of being created. The play premiered at the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia in January, 2015. Join us as we delve deeper into learning about the writing and publishing process with our authors!

In addition to the panel, Falvey has also mounted a window display on the first floor to further highlight the accomplishments of our alumni authors. In the display, all three of the panelists have been featured along with approximately thirty other alumni authors whom Falvey would like to recognize for their literary achievements. It is our hope to include these and all of Villanova’s alumni authors into our Community Bibliography, which is an open citation repository that houses a list of the published works of the members of the Villanova University community. Any individual associated with Villanova who would like to be featured in our Community Bibliography project should contact communitybibliography@villanova.edu for more details.


Article by Regina Duffy, writer for the Communication & Service Promotion team and Library Events and Program manager. News From Falvey Winter 2008 - Gina McFadden

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The Best of The Highlighter: I’ve clicked “find it.” What do I do next?

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OK, Monday – Let’s Do This!

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If you’re coming to Falvey this summer, here’s all you need to know to get you through the week!


Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June. – Al Bernstein


This week’s hours:

Monday – Thursday, June 1 – 4: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday, June 5: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, June 6: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


This week’s events:

Thursday, June, 4:

Linked Open Data, Session 1: Introduction to RDF. Room 204. 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 

Friday June, 5:

A Russian Downton Abbey: A Countess, A Great Estate, and the Russian Revolution. Room 204, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Alumni Authors’ Panel Discussion. Speakers’ Corner. 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

VUAA Volunteer Seminar. Room 205. 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Bleeding Pixels: Violent Video Games and Real-World Violence. Room 205. 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Creating the Business Model for the Parish of the 21st Century. Room 204. 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

On the Move: Preparing for Villanova’s 2016 Reclassification and Re-ranking. Speakers’ Corner. 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

In Transition: Tony Chennault. Room 204. 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Why Orange Really is the New Black: A Look inside the American Prison System. Room 205. 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.


 

p&P keepsakeMovie News:

If you’re a Jane Austen fan, then you’ve probably seen all the various film adaptions of her novel Pride & Prejudice, but, have you seen the Pride & Prejudice Keepsake Edition? Just think, this gives you an excuse to watch the 1995 BBC version again! It has 4 never-before-seen special features! (I promise to return it before this blog goes live on 6/1.)

 


On beyond searching: Google I/O highlights

If you’re an Android and/or a Google user (and who isn’t!), you may be interested in highlights from the Google I/O Developer Summit that occurred Thursday in San Francisco. While no major product announcements were forthcoming, it’s clear that Google sees itself as much more than just a search engine and is becoming more about connectivity and enhanced devices. The two things we found most interesting were the Google Photo app, which provides free and unlimited storage for photos. Sure, it duplicates other services offered by Apple, Amazon and Microsoft among others, but when you take as many pictures as we do, more is more!

The other thing is that the Google attendees drank over 1,500 gallons of coffee while at the Summit! Gee, that’s almost as much as Falvey’s librarians can put away! :-)  photo BurningCoffee.gif
And depending on how long this link stays live, you may be able to still watch the Summit for yourself here.

 

 

 


John Nash

News of the tragic accidental death of Princeton University mathematician John Nash and his wife, Alicia marred Memorial Day weekend. The brilliant theorist and innovator overcame a lifetime of adversity and mental illness to win a Nobel Prize for game theories that contribute to fields beyond mathematics, such as economics and politics. Our librarians can help you find resources to explore aspects of Nash’s work more thoroughly, or borrow A Beautiful Mind, the Oscar-winning film about his life that made him a household name. (P.S. wear your seatbelt.)

 


You’ll be cooler in summer! Think of all the stuff you’ll learn… :-)

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I’ll finally see a summer breeze, blow away a winter storm.
And find out what happens to solid water when it gets warm!
And I can’t wait to see, what my buddies all think of me.
Just imagine how much cooler I’ll be in summer!



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‘Caturday: Welcoming Alumni Wildcats!

Looking back at the year 1951, the Alumni Reunion was filled with seriousness, decorum, and…pretzels? Do you know these gentlemen? Are they officers of the Villanova Alumni Association or the Editors of the Villanova Alumnus? Is that man peeking through from the back an early example of photobombing? They’re having fun, that’s for sure!

We look forward to seeing our Alumni Wildcats next week, from June 4 – 7 for Alumni Reunion Weekend!

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Images courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.

‘Caturday post by Luisa Cywinski, writer, Communication & Service Promotion team, and team leader, Access Services team.


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Millicent Gaskell Begins as Villanova University Librarian and Director of Falvey Memorial Library

Millicent Gaskell Appointed Villanova University Librarian and Director of Falvey Memorial Library

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University has announced the appointment of Millicent Gaskell as University Librarian and Director of the Falvey Memorial Library, effective May 29, 2015. This key appointment, the result of an extensive national search, will enable Villanova to build upon Falvey Memorial Library’s impressive legacy as a cornerstone of learning at the University.

Millicent GaskellMs. Gaskell comes to Villanova with broad experience in both higher education and the private sector. For the past 10 years, she held a number of leadership roles at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Most recently, Ms. Gaskell served as Department Head of Collections Strategy and Management, with oversight of collection development, analysis, acquisitions and metadata and had responsibility for MIT’s $10M collections budget and a 36-member staff. She was honored twice at MIT for outstanding communication and collaboration, as well as for innovation and creativity.

“We are pleased to welcome Millicent Gaskell to Villanova University and to this important position at Falvey Memorial Library,” said the Rev. Kail C. Ellis, OSA, PhD, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Ms. Gaskell brings to Villanova a thorough knowledge of current and future technological trends impacting library and information services, as well as extensive experience in implementing digital content management initiatives.”

Falvey Memorial Library plays a central role in ensuring the interdependence of teaching, research and scholarship at Villanova. As University Librarian and Director of Falvey Memorial Library, Ms. Gaskell will oversee a facility that supports research and scholarly activities for faculty and students. Its collections include 1.68 million items with 551,236 stack items, 35,297 electronic journals, and 3,596 print journals.  In addition, its digital library initiative assembles, presents and preserves digital collections that support the teaching and research of the campus and the global community of scholars. Gaskell will oversee a staff of 50 employees at Falvey Memorial Library, including the University Archivist and software development programmers.

“The academic library of the future should be creative and agile as pedagogy continues to evolve,” said Gaskell. “The academic library needs to ensure the long-term preservation of scholarship. We should lead not only in preserving collections, but also in improving the discoverability of these collections. Libraries must engage with faculty, students, and administrators to ensure that the community has the information resources, services, spaces, and tools required in a rapidly changing educational environment.”

Prior to her tenure at MIT, Ms. Gaskell served as Librarian, Senior Librarian and then Manager of Information Services during a 10-year career at QVC. Previously, as Environmental Information Specialist at the South Jersey Environmental Information Center, she built the only public environmental collection and research service in New Jersey.  Gaskell earlier served as Paralibrarian for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP. Gaskell earned a Master’s of Science in Information Science and Technology from Drexel University and a Bachelor’s of Arts in English and Comparative Literature from Ursinus College.

“Ms. Gaskell’s unique background and expertise will allow Villanova to not only build upon the Library’s national recognition by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Award for Excellence 2013, but also to successfully position the institution for the future,” Fr. Ellis added.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University’s six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.


Article written by Jonathan Gust, Director of Media Relations.

Contact:
Jonathan Gust
Director of Media Relations
Villanova University
(610) 519-5152
jonathan.gust@villanova.edu

 


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