Places and Faces: People in the News
David Lacy joined Falvey Memorial Library in September as Library Software Development Specialist. He will work on a variety of projects including the enhancement and extension of our Digital Library software, the library catalog, web applications, open source library management software, instructional resources and aspects of technological development as well. David has a master’s degree in instructional design and a “serious commitment to the values of academia.” Falvey welcomed David at a reception on September 29. Joe Lucia, Library Director, said, “He will be a real asset to us as we forge ahead with library technology innovation.”
Photograph by Alice Bampton
In October, Janis McKnight joined Falvey’s Academic Integration team as an Instructional Services intern. Janis will design and produce instructional materials, both print and online, and will assist the instruction librarians with other tasks. Janis will also work for Research Support, gaining experience responding to reference and research questions.Janis is in her second year of study in Florida State University’s online master’s program in Library and Information Science. In addition to her graduate studies and internship, Janis works as Building Technologist at Brandywood Elementary School, Wilmington (Del.). She conducts computer classes for students, maintains the school’s 144 computers and 33 printers, and facilitates classes for teachers using the educational software programs, Blackboard and Elluminate.Photograph by Natalie Tomasco
Jiuning Zhong, a 2008 graduate of East China Normal University, Shanghai, recently joined the Technology Development team as a graduate assistant. He works with Christopher Barr, Interface and Design Specialist, and David Lacy. Jiuning, who came to the United States in June, is a first year graduate student in Villanova’s computing science department. When asked about his impression of the University, Jiuning said, “People are very nice” and “The scenery is beautiful.”
Andrew Nagy, Technology Development Specialist, who came to Falvey in 2004, is leaving Villanova. While here, Andrew was instrumental in developing VuFind, an open source library portal which replaces the traditional Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC). In October, Andrew presented at the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) preconference sessions, during the annual meeting in Cincinnati. His presentation was part of an “Innovations in Next Generation Library Management Systems” session. Andrew, a Syracuse grad, noted that “Villanova has afforded me many opportunities, from a great education to many professional development opportunities and great successes in developing open source software for the library community. I will always have a little Wildcat in me, except on game day against Syracuse.”
Harry Coxe, who worked fourteen years at Falvey, retired in October. Harry initially worked as a part time library assistant. In 2000 he became the Federal Documents and State Depository Collection Technician, and later, with the library staff reorganization, a Resource Management Assistant in 2006. Margaret Duffy, Manager of Budget and Administration, said, “He was a gentle, quiet man and will be missed.”
Daniel Overfield, Business Librarian, subject liaison coordinator and interim Access and User Assistance team co-leader, will be leaving Falvey Memorial Library for a tenure track faculty position at the Cuyahoga Community College’s metro campus in Cleveland (Ohio). Dan said Falvey is “the best place he’s worked so far,” offering many opportunities both on and off campus, despite his first day in March 2005 when he discovered the University would have a delayed opening due to weather conditions. Dan, with Chris Barr, created Reference Radio, a ninety minute weekly program on 89.1, WXVU two years ago. Because students like independent music, Reference Radio initiates contact with students through an eclectic collection of music chosen by Dan and Chris, and then provides opportunities to learn about library services. Dan said that Reference Radio is “a lot of fun.” Since last winter Dan also coordinated game nights in Falvey, working with Darren Poley, Outreach Librarian. Dan’s involvement began when Library Director Joe Lucia asked Dan to attend a gaming conference.
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