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


Welcome Back Luncheon for Africana Studies. 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. in room 205. Questions? Contact: Joyce Harden

Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club. 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the first floor lounge. Questions? Contact: Laura Matthews


Scholarship@Villanova Lecture featuring Rodger Van AllenWednesday, November 4 at 3:00 p.m. in room 205. Dr. Van Allen will discuss “The Call to Holy Worldliness,” a fundamental theme in his teaching and research. This event is more than a Scholarship@Villanova lecture. It is a farewell to Dr. Van Allen and a celebration of his many decades of service here at Villanova. You will not want to miss this unique presentation. ACS approved!


Were you aware of that the supermarket cereal aisle gets stocked with CGI effects for Halloween? And by that, we mean Cereal-Generated Icky ones – like green milk and build-your-own-skeleton marshmallows. Most horrifying of all are the gaping jaws of death in every bowl of Halloween Krave. Eat them before bed and you’ll be sleeping with one eye open. Come to think of it, Halloween Krave just may be the perfect food for all-nighters. It’s limited edition, so stock up now!

By the way, if you’re a cereal AND info junkie (and you’ve already read everything on the back of the box,) Business librarian Linda Hauck has provided us with a link to the trade journal Progressive Grocer for discovering other quirky trends at the market!


Did you know—

…that for 55 years, Villanova offered a master’s degree in library science among its programs?
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world news prismNEW MEDIA NEWS

You may remember reading previous editions of The world news prism: digital, social and interactive and might be interested in the new 2015 eBook edition. Why? As the preface states, the “phenomenon of international news continues to evolve and change in many ways–mostly because of the ongoing digital revolution in communication media.” What was true of news delivery in 1999 has changed drastically. News travels faster than ever, millions more people are connected to the Internet and close to 5 billion people have mobile phones, many of which are smartphones. The authors also write that the dissemination of news has been “expanded (and complicated) by the increasing role of the so-called social media.”


Although the prolific pumpkin is found across the globe, its actual origin is Mexico. Because of its thick armor, the early pumpkin could survive the harshest of winters so, even in the face of other crop loss, ancient Mexicans still had pumpkins to eat after hard winters. To learn more about the origins and Mexican uses of calabaza, read the full article from BBC.


Image by Danielle Scott.


hg wellsHere’s a somewhat scary, somewhat sad story for the day before Halloween: this day in 1938, producer Orson Welles spooked the pants off the nation by broadcasting a radio drama adaptation of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. Apparently listeners tuned in a bit late because of a competing broadcast and missed the clarifying introduction. Chaos ensued, since an estimated million listeners took heed of what they assumed was an actual emergency broadcast of an alien invasion. The show was never meant as a prank, but imagine the terror! Luckily, multiple sources of information on the internet makes such confusion a little less common today… we hope?

“No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.” ― H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds


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