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A Ceremony, a Symposium and a Reception: Falvey Earns National Award

Librarians and staff, Villanova University faculty and the University president himself—the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 LAS—assembled in the library’s Speakers’ Corner on May 14 for the 9 a.m. presentation of the 2013 Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Award for Excellence to Falvey Memorial Library. The award ceremony kicked off a day-long, library-futures symposium, featuring lightning talks by 31 presenters, and concluding with an evening reception that included live music.

Joe Lucia, University Librarian and Steve Bell, ACRL President, show off the ACRL award.

Joe Lucia, University librarian and library director, and Steve Bell, ACRL president, show off the ACRL award.

Joe Lucia, University librarian and library director, welcomed attendees to “a celebration of Falvey [Memorial] Library and its staff.” He then reviewed criteria for the ACRL award and highlighted factors, such as our Learning Commons and our contribution to the University’s intellectual life, that caused Falvey to be chosen.

President of ACRL, Stephen Bell, presented the award to Father Donohue.

Under Joe Lucia’s leadership, Father Donohue remarked, the Library has become a place in which “students want to be [rather than feel that they] have to be,” adding that the “Library is central to what they do.” The Library, he continued, “is a place where [students not only] gain knowledge [but also] knowledge of themselves.” Father Donohue observed, “Falvey Memorial Library is at the center of campus, both physically and intellectually,” before thanking Lucia for his stewardship.

Pat Adams, representative of Yankee Book Peddler, Inc. (YBP), the award’s sponsor, presented Lucia with a check for $3,000.

Lucia acknowledged the contributions of library staff and support from the Villanova University community for helping Falvey achieve this award. He then began the Library Futures Symposium, a series of “lightning talks” of eight minutes or less. The presenters were as follows:

Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, Helen & William O’Toole Dean, VSB

Maghan Keita, PhD, professor of History and director of the Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies

Terry Nance, PhD, associate vice president, Multi-Cultural Affairs, Communication Department

A. Maria Toyoda, PhD, associate dean for Interdisciplinary Studies and Global Initiatives, associate professor of political science

Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, dean, graduate studies, professor, Department of History

David Barrett, PhD, professor, Department of Political Science

Aaron Bauer, PhD, professor, Gerald M. Lemole Endowed Chair in Integrative Biology

Catherine Kerrison, PhD, associate professor of history

Lauren Shohet, PhD, Luckow Family Professor, department of English

Sally Scholz, PhD, professor, department of philosophy

Ms. Laura Bang, Digital and Special Collections curatorial assistant, Falvey Memorial Library

Nancy Sharts-Hopko, PhD, RN, FAAN, director, doctoral program, professor, College of Nursing

Boots Cassell, PhD, professor, Department of Computing Sciences

Mr. Michael Foight, Special Collections and Digital Library coordinator, Falvey Memorial Library

Mr. II Luscri, director of the Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE Center), VSB

Al Ortega, PhD, associate vice president for Research and Graduate Programs, James R. Birle Professor of Energy Technology in the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Douglas Norton, PhD, associate professor and chair, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Nik Fogle, PhD, subject librarian for philosophy, Falvey Memorial Library

Professor Joseph Robertson, instructor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

Mr. Demian Katz, library technology development specialist, Falvey Memorial Library

Annika Thiem, PhD, Dr. theol. and assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy

Frank Klassner, PhD, associate professor, Department of Computing Sciences

Bill Fleischman, PhD, professor, Department of Computing Sciences

Tom Mogan, PhD, director of Student Development

Seth Whidden, PhD, associate professor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

Ed Goff, PhD, associate professor, Department of Philosophy

Heather Hicks, PhD, associate professor; director, Graduate Studies in English

Susan Mackey-Kallis, PhD, associate professor, Department of Communication

Ms. Jane Morris, instructor, director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships,

Andrea Welker, PhD, associate professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ms. Mary Beth Simmons, director of the Writing Center, VCLE

Marylu Hill, PhD, director, Villanova Center for Liberal Education, director, Graduate Program in Liberal Studies

Crystal Lucky, PhD, associate professor of English, director, Africana Studies Program

Mr. Darren Poley, University librarian and interim director of Falvey Memorial Library, concluded the symposium by sharing two themes that emerged from the presentations: collaboration and the value and importance of libraries.

Attendees then moved to the Falvey Hall (aka “Old Falvey”) reading room for the ACRL Award reception. In addition to Villanova University faculty and Villanova School of Law library staff, guests arrived from West Chester University, Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, Drexel University, Stockton College and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Family members of Falvey employees and two retired Falvey librarians also joined the celebration.

Joe Lucia and Jesse Flavin, members of Marc Fields and Bad Data, work on a number at the ACRL Gala.

Joe Lucia and Jesse Flavin, members of Marc Fields and Bad Data, work on a number at the ACRL Gala.

Villanova’s own librarian band, Marc Fields & Bad Data, featuring Joe Lucia (guitars, vocals) of Falvey Memorial Library, provided live music. Lucia was joined by the following band members:

Brian Camfield: MBA ’05, keyboards, sax

Luisa Cywinski: vocals, Falvey Memorial Library

Jesse Flavin: guitars, vocals, Falvey Memorial Library

Nik Fogle: vocals, guitar, Falvey Memorial Library

Clayton Garthwait: drums, vocals, West Chester University Libraries

Bill Greene: vocals, Falvey Memorial Library

Laura Hutelmyer: vocals, Falvey Memorial Library

Dave Lacy: banjo, Falvey Memorial Library

Rob LeBlanc: vocals, Hammered Dulcimer, Harmonica, Falvey Memorial Library

David Pinto: mandolin, drums/percussion, vocals, banjo, Stockton College

Dick Swain: squeezeboxes, vocals, acoustic guitar, West Chester University Libraries

Alexander Williams: bass, Falvey Memorial Library

Cathy Wilt: vocals, acoustic guitar, Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI)


The 14-member band performed two sets of music:

Set 1

“Off to Philadelphia”

“Annabelle Lee”

“Last Steam Engine”

“Librarian’s Alphabet”

“Our Town”

“Gulf Coast Highway”

“Coal Tattoo”

“Miles of Texas”

“Carrie Brown”

“Galway Girl”

“Learning Commons Shuffle”

Set 2

“Atlantic City”

“Cast a Shadow”

“Ring of Fire”

“Folsom Prison Blues”

“VuFind Blues”

“245 (MARC Tags Rule)”

“Monster Mash”

“Paint It Black”

“Wild Wild Life”

“(I’ve Been) Workin’ Too Hard”

After the band’s final set, Lucia revealed “I’ve always had a fantasy of holding a musical event in this room.”

Gerald Dierkes is an information services specialist for the Information and Research Assistance team, senior copyeditor for the Communication and Publications team, and a liaison to the Department of Theater.



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