FALVEY MEMORIAL LIBRARY

You are exploring: VU > Library > Blogs > Library News

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

EIGHT-THIRTY-GRAPHIC2

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!

content roundup dig lib small

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


GETTING READY FOR BRACKETOLOGY!
Bracket Kallie Smaller
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!


FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK
facebook logo
If you give our page a like on Facebook, you’ll be so in the know. Not only do we share links to all the goings-on of our blog, but we also post announcements and share very cool content from all around the internet!


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!

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.

 


Like

The Highlighter: How Do I Contact a Librarian?

HIGHLIGHTER-PRO

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.


Like

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

EIGHT-THIRTY-GRAPHIC2

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.


Follow Us

Follow us to find out what’s happening at Falvey!

social media icons

 

 


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


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.


Like

Mood Board: The Writing Center

Just in time for midterms, this week’s Mood Board features Eric Doyle, an esteemed worker at the Writing Center right here in Falvey.


plato

You talkin’ to me?

How many students do you help on an average day?

“Help” is maybe a strong word, but I average two or three forced-improvement sessions per day. Mostly I add to their work load by telling them that, no, “Plato is dumb” isn’t a good thesis statement. And those commas are atrocious.

What’s the busiest time of the semester for the WC?

The day before anything is due. For freshmen, the day on which it’s due.

If you could give one general, very broad piece of advice to the students who might be too shy to visit you guys, what would it be?

Middle age woman showing thumbs up

#1 fan!

The most frequent advice I give is to pretend that your professor isn’t your audience. When I write, I imagine my mother (an educated person, but not an expert in my subject) as the reader; if she couldn’t follow along, then I haven’t explained myself clearly enough.

What is your biggest writing-related pet peeve?

I have an irrational hatred of the word “towards.” I know it’s perfectly acceptable, but “toward” is just so much classier.

What’s the most entertaining piece of writing you’ve ever reviewed?

One particular woman brought a paper wherein she’d confused the words “explore” and “explode.” Her essay was essentially a Michael Bay film.

What’s your information routine?

Reddit on my phone while getting ready in the morning, then NPR and The Atlantic once I get to campus and check email.REDIT

Android or iOS? What are you favorite apps?

Android. I use Mint for keeping track of my finances, and Zombies, Run! is the greatest thing since the invention of running. ZombiesRun

What kind of writing did you review during your latest Writing Center shift?

I had an ACS paper on Aristotelian happiness and contemporary consumerism. It was pretty good, but the author and I worked together to make it better.


Article by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant on the Communication and Service Promotion team. She is currently pursuing her MA in English at Villanova University.


Like

The 8:30 | Things to know before you go (2/23)

EIGHT-THIRTY-GRAPHIC2

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

SAVE THE DATE!

Stay tuned for St. Patrick’s Day festivities! Watch this space for details on a film screening and lecture from Irish Studies during the week of St. Patrick’s Day in Falvey Memorial Library!


Poet Bruce Smith reads from his works in the Speakers' Corner.

Poet Bruce Smith reads from his works on Thursday night in the Speakers’ Corner. Photo by Laura Matthews


SHAMELESS SOCIAL MEDIA PLUG ☺
YouTube
images
Do you follow the Library on YouTube? We have a great array of Falvey-produced videos old and new that are instructional and entertaining. Newcomers to the channel are archival copies of Gerald Dierkes’ Highlighter videos, which debuted last semester, featuring helpful insider tips on getting the most out of the library’s resources. View and rewind to your heart’s content!


QUOTE OF THE DAY
“If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.” -Marty McFly, Back to the Future


OK, “CALVIN”, GO 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.


Like
1 People Like This Post

Cool Computer Changes

Have you noticed the small black boxes that replaced the traditional CPU’s in many areas of the library? These thin clients don’t have a hard drive and rely on the Villanova servers for all the “heavy lifting” that a CPU used to do. Users can save their work to a networked drive (usually the N drive), a flash drive or using cloud-based storage services like Dropbox, iCloud or Google Drive. Google gives you 15 gb; a larger cloud comes with a price tag.

Desktop WYSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other new service on campus is vDesktop. According to Henry Heincer and Jill Morrison, UNIT Support Services, “vDesktop is UNIT’s virtual desktop technology that provides access to a high performing virtual machine through a variety of devices.  vDesktop allows users to access Windows and various software applications via any computer with an internet connection.  The operating system, apps, and data are streamed directly from Villanova’s data center. ”

In addition to the standard Microsoft Office Suite, users can also access:

  • SPSS
  • Maple
  • Arc-GIS
  • Cyberduck
  • Fathom 2
  • Minitab 16
  • SigmaPlot 12.5
  • Wolfram Mathematica 9
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Microsoft Expression web 4
  • Endnote X5

Engineering students and faculty have access to a tailored version of vDesktop with specialized applications.

There is an FAQ page on the UNIT website that can answer all your questions about vDesktop.


Article by Luisa Cywinski, writer, Communication and Service Promotion Team, and team leader, Access Services Team.


Like

Student Employees Study Abroad

Two students who work on the Access Services team at Falvey Memorial Library agreed to tell us about their study abroad experiences last semester.

Last semester, Erin Johnson studied abroad in Galway, Ireland with fifteen other Villanova students. During her time at the National University of Ireland, Galway, she studied global economics and Irish history. Despite being hundreds of miles away from campus, Erin was still able to use Falvey’s online resources to help write a few papers!

Erin Johnson at the Cliffs of Moher.

Erin Johnson friends study abroad

(From left to right) Ginny Lee, Marielle Sauvigne, Erin Johnson, Emma Goetzman, and Laura McMahon at Kylemore Abbey.

Molly McGuinness studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark for 4 months. She participated in a neuroscience program and her class had the opportunity to travel to Munich, Germany for one week to tour labs and listen to researchers. In addition to traveling to Germany, Molly also traveled to eight other countries throughout the semester. This experience was her first time in Europe. She loved being able to see and learn so much about other places and cultures.

Molly McGuinness study abroad

Molly took a side trip to Sweden for some abseiling!

Molly McGuinness copenhagen

This was an everyday sight for Molly while she stayed in Copenhagen.


Article by Luisa Cywinski, writer, Communication and Service Promotion team, and team leader, Access Services.


Like

‘Caturday: Midterms in the Commons

It’s hard to believe that only three short years ago, almost to the day, the Learning Commons in Falvey was officially dedicated. University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS, presided over the event and recounted “the long process of inspiration that led to the Learning Commons project.”

Students heading into midterms can take advantage of librarians in the Research Center, homework help from Learning Support Services (LSS), a staffed lab environment in the Math Learning Resource Center (MLRC) and one-on-one writing tutorials in the Villanova Writing Center.

The Learning Commons is a great example of how ‘Cats came together to make amazing things happen for the “Greater Great!”

learning commons dedication fr. Peter

Father Donohue

 


Article by Luisa Cywinski, writer, Communication and Service Promotion Team, and team leader, Access Services Team.

Photograph by John Welsh, University Communication.


Like

Foto Friday: Warm Spot

Window1

A warm spot can be hard to find right now. Come to the library soon to claim yours.

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

 


Like

The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (2/20)

EIGHT-THIRTY-GRAPHIC2

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

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…


Office for Undergraduate Students Event: Law Workshop on Personal Statements. Personal Statement and Addendum Workshop featuring Cecilia Caldeira, J.D., Associate Director of Admissions, Pace University School of Law. Open to all. 12:00 p.m.- 1:15 p.m. in room 204. Questions? Contact: michael.j.pennington@villanova.edu

CBA Valecon Student Workshop. 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. in room 205. Questions? Contact: sharon.ballard@villanova.edu

Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club (VEEC) Regular Group Meeting. The VEEC is a social club, focused on recreation and relaxation. Participants gather once a week on (most) Fridays to play video games in a safe and fun environment. 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the first-floor lounge (Holy Grounds). Always accepting new members. Questions? Contact: laura.matthews@villanova.edu

Irish Studies: Galway Summer Study Abroad Information Session. 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. in room 204. Questions? Contact: joseph.lennon@villanova.edu


BEST MOVIE EVER SET IN A LIBRARY?

1208358_343224559213020_902474558_nYou know it’s The Breakfast Club, which turned (gulp!) thirty this month! Five total strangers, with nothing in common, meeting for the first time. A brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel and a recluse. …before the day was over, they broke the rules.

But we all know the best part of the movie was just how cool their school library was! Who didn’t covet that library with its multi-tiered Danish modern vibe and that banging sound system!!

Can you think of any other movies set in libraries? Let us know in the comment section!


SHAMELESS SOCIAL MEDIA PLUG ☺
pinterest-icon-vectorAre you a pinner? We are, too! Check out our Pinterest.

 

 

 


QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Cuddle up. Rain always stops. It always stops. It always does.”
Ellen Gilchrist, The Courts of Love: Stories  Gilchrist is an American novelist, short story writer, and poet. She won a National Book Award for her 1984 collection of short stories, Victory Over Japan and is celebrating her 80th birthday today.


SEVENTEEN DEGREES? NO PROBLEM!

Stay inside and send us ideas for inclusion in The 8:30 or to Library News!  You’re invited to send them to joanne.quinn@villanova.edu.


Like

« Previous PageNext Page »

 


Last Modified: February 20, 2015