Falvey’s Digital Library employs dedicated and hardworking students like Rebecca Creehan and Vanvi Trieu who provide assistance and direction to its patrons. The University Digital Library initiative assembles, presents and preserves digital collections that support the teaching and research of the campus and the global community of scholars.
Rebecca Creehan, a first year student from Virginia, came to Villanova University because of the school’s outstanding nursing program and excellent NROTC unit.
Rebecca says she has always wanted to work in a library. She recalled, “I had no idea the Digital Library existed until I applied for jobs in the library and was called back for an interview in the Digital Library.” Students who work with the Digital Library may also work in Special Collections, as Rebecca discovered. She fell in love with the job as soon as she walked into Special Collections and was surrounded by all the rare books.
Rebecca most enjoys being able to help patrons. Some of her duties include scanning old books and other documents and transcribing handwritten manuscripts, records and correspondence to make them more legible for research purposes.
A member of NROTC, Rebecca hopes to gain experience in order to become a commissioned officer in the Naval Nurse Corps. She also has plans to attend graduate school and aspires to be a family nurse practitioner. She is a member of the Villanova Chapter of the Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP).
Rebecca has a passion for history and reading, when she is not studying or working, and also likes watching movies and hanging out with her friends. Her favorite books include Persuasion by Jane Austen and Seven Daughters and Seven Sons by Barbara Cohen and Bahija Lovejoy.
Vanvi Trieu is a sophomore civil and environmental engineering major from Philadelphia. He has been the scanning technician in the Digital Library since his freshman year. He first became interested in working at the library because he wanted a work study job that allowed him to “give back” to the students and other library patrons.
Vanvi is a member of the Rays of Sunshine, a Villanova Student Life community service group that reaches out to all kinds of communities with kindness and compassion and helps people through tutoring and mentoring. This student group also visits the elderly and disabled.
In his free time he enjoys paper crafts, jigsaw puzzles and video games. Though it is far from the world record, he is proud to say he can do a 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube in 1.25 minutes, which he considers a personal achievement. Vanvi, whose name means “refined, affable person” in Vietnamese, also enjoys reading and community service.
For further information regarding employment at Falvey Memorial Library, contact Mary Heyman at 610-519-4291 in the director’s office.
By Akua K. Adoo, Publications & Communication intern
Photographs by Alice Bampton
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