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Reading for Pleasure Over Winter Break? We Have Recommendations!

A special guest Highlighter by Gerald Dierkes


The Library offers numerous award-winning titles of contemporary and classic fiction.  Why not check out one of these staff favorites for your winter break?

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht.

Call Number: PS3615.B73 T54 2011

See a preview of this book in Google Preview.

 

 

Cold Comfort Farm by  Stella Gibbons, her classic tale, first published in 1932

Call Number: PR6013.I24 C6 2006

See a preview of this book in Google Preview.

 

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas

Call Number: PR6063.I785 T47 2010

Take a peek in this book in Google Preview.

 

 

A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Books by Charles Dickens (a new edition with an introduction by Margaret Atwood, illustrations by Arthur Rackham)

Call Number: PR4557 .A1 2009

 

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

PR6063.A438 W65 2009

Take a peek in Google Preview.

 

Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

PR6063.A438 B75 2012

Take a peek in this book in Google Preview.

 

In the Garden Of Beasts by Erik Larson

E748.D6 L37 2011

Take a peek inside using Google Preview.

 

This short video demonstrates one search strategy to help you find additional titles. If books have been checked out, you may be able to obtain those titles through interlibrary loan.

Also, please let us know in the “Comments” below what you recommend. Are there new fiction titles you would like us to order? Happy reading!


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The Highlighter: Primary or Secondary? Scholarly or Popular? Need answers?

  • Posted by: Gerald Dierkes
  • Posted Date: November 7, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

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Just one page on Falvey’s site helps you learn whether a library resource is scholarly or popular, primary or secondary. That one page shows you where to find help citing sources, help with your research, or help with your writing.

Falvey’s Tips & Guides


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Falvey Pilots First-of-its-Kind Drone-Delivery Service

  • Posted by: Gerald Dierkes
  • Posted Date: April 1, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News
St. Monica Hall resident Steve Halek received delivery of Katherine Ann Porter's classic Ship of Fools in under ten minutes

St. Monica Hall resident Steve Halek received delivery of Katherine Ann Porter’s classic Ship of Fools in under ten minutes

You may have heard that GoogleAmazon and even Dominos have explored the possibility of using drones to reduce their delivery times from days to hours, or hours to minutes. Falvey Memorial Library is proud to make it official: on Thursday, April 2, Falvey will begin using quad-copters to deliver books to students in their residence halls.

The Library has partnered with California-based 3DR, “North America’s largest personal drone company,” to implement a service in which a student living on campus may request drone delivery of a library book directly to his/her room. The stated delivery time is 20 minutes, but testing in St. Monica Hall over spring break demonstrated that students can expect delivery within 10 minutes.

How could this happen?

University alumnus Thomas Mullen, ’11 COE, ’13 MS, became a research-and-development engineer for 3DR upon graduating from Villanova. Mullen explains, “We [3DR] had been competing with DJI for the Amazon Prime Air contract, and we won the bid in November. Then the FAA comes out with these new regulations in December and puts everything on hold.” New FAA regulations prohibit the use of drones “for payment or commercial purposes.”

Mullen continues, “That’s when I thought of the Library; it’s non-profit, so the FAA rules would allow it [drone book delivery]. I worked at Falvey as a student, and I thought this program could set a precedent for other colleges. I wrote up a proposal and showed it to my boss. She liked the idea of 3DR being the first to capture this new college-library market.”

See the new IRIS+ models zooming down the hall. No, really - zoom in!

See the new IRIS+ models zooming down the hall. No, really – zoom in!

See the new IRIS+ models zooming down the hall. No, really – zoom in! 

“Our new IRIS+ model marks the next generation of quad-rotor helicopters” Mullen exults. “Its arms and landing gear are made of sturdy carbon fiber, giving it remarkable strength. Its strong yet lightweight frame, combined with its four tiger motors, give the IRIS+ a 3 lb. payload capacity. That translates to one large library book or two medium-sized ones. Also, its navigation system (uBlox GPS with integrated magnetometer) easily handles autonomous book delivery within a college campus.”

Students are warned to watch overhead for the book delivery drones, particularly on windy days or when anything by James Clavell is enroute

Students are warned to watch overhead for the book delivery drones, particularly on windy days or when anything by James Clavell is enroute

JesseJesse Flavin, Access Services specialist at Falvey, speculates, “As other college libraries implement drone delivery, I expect inter-library drones will be the next step. Students’ E-ZBorrow and ILL requests will simply bypass Falvey and be delivered directly from the lending library to the students’ rooms, further reducing the time between request and delivery.”

screen shotTo request drone delivery, students who live on campus may click the “Drone Delivery” button in Falvey’s catalog. As this screen shot shows, only circulating books are available through this service (Reference, Special Collections books, journals etc. must remain in the Library). Students who are not in their room when the drone arrives or who otherwise abuse this system will lose their drone-delivery privileges.

There will be no book-return service.

For additional information, please contact Falvey’s drone-delivery coordinator at april.fools@villanova.edu.

Gerald Dierkes is a service desk supervisor for Access Services.

 


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The Highlighter: Facts for Your FAQs

  • Posted by: Gerald Dierkes
  • Posted Date: January 24, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

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The following short videos show answers to FAQs about your Library:
The Catalog says the book is on the 2nd floor, but I don’t see shelves of books on 2. Where’s my book?

Can I really borrow books from Rosemont College’s library? How?

How many times can I renew my library book?

How can Falvey’s Interactive Library Map help me?

Where can I post announcements in Falvey?

How can I find the jobs available for Student Employees?

For additional “How to” videos, click the “Help” button on Falvey’s homepage.


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Need a Book or Article That’s Tough to Find? . . . Have It Delivered via E-ZBorrow or ILLiad!

  • Posted by: Gerald Dierkes
  • Posted Date: September 27, 2016
  • Filed Under: Library News

BOOKS—If the book you need is listed as “Unavailable” in Falvey‘s catalog or is not part of our collection, have it sent here from another library. Here’s how—

If you’ve searched our catalog, found the title, but it’s not available,
Click the E-ZBorrow link from within the item’s catalog record to request the book from another library.Blog post - E-ZBorrow 2If you’ve searched our catalog but have not found the title—
Click the E-ZBorrow link on Falvey’s homepage.

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Once you’ve logged in with your Villanova username and password, use the E-ZBorrow search engine to find and request the book(s) you need.

E-ZBorrow Policies

Only current Villanova University students, faculty or staff …..may use E-Z Borrow
Borrowing term = 6 weeks
Renewals = one time (for 6 additional weeks)

Here’s a full description of E-ZBorrow policies


If you’re seeking an uncommon book, it’s possible E-ZBorrow-member libraries may not have it. If you don’t find the title in E-ZBorrow, Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) may be able to get it for you.

Click the Interlibrary Loan link on Falvey’s homepage.Blog post - E-ZBorrow 9

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Once you’ve logged in with your Villanova username and password, click “book” in the menu on the left to connect to the “Book Request” form.

Please provide as many details—such as the book’s ISBN (International Standard Book Number), the date of publication, the edition—as possible. This information will help our staff to quickly and accurately process your request.

Interlibrary Loan Policies

Only current Villanova University students, faculty or staff …..may use ILLiad
Borrowing term = about 30 days
Renewals = either one week, two weeks or none
…..(depending on the lending library)


ARTICLES—If you need an article but it is not available through Falvey‘s website, have it sent to you from another library. Here’s how—

Click the Interlibrary Loan link on Falvey’s homepage.
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Once you’ve logged in with your Villanova username and password, click “article” in the menu on the left to connect to the “Article Request” form.

Please provide as many details—such as the title of the publication in which the article appears, that publication’s ISSN (International Standard Serial Number), the date of publication—as possible. This information will help our staff to quickly and accurately process your request.

………Here’s a full description of Interlibrary Loan policies


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The Highlighter: Don’t miss out! Check out Falvey’s blogs

  • Posted by: Gerald Dierkes
  • Posted Date: July 26, 2016
  • Filed Under: Library News

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Explore Falvey’s Many Blogs

Searching Falvey’s News Blog – a shortcut


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The Highlighter: Work smarter—Library catalog’s advanced features (pt. 2)

  • Posted by: Gerald Dierkes
  • Posted Date: July 12, 2016
  • Filed Under: Library News

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How can our catalog’s advanced features reduce your workload?

The Library Catalog, advanced features – Tags

The Library Catalog, advanced features – Comment


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The Highlighter: Work smarter—Library catalog’s advanced features

  • Posted by: Gerald Dierkes
  • Posted Date: July 5, 2016
  • Filed Under: Library News

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How can our catalog’s advanced features reduce your workload?

The Library Catalog, advanced features – Favorites

The Library Catalog, advanced features – Save Your Search

Virtual Book Bag

 


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The Highlighter: Know about these Shortcuts to Finding Books?

  • Posted by: Gerald Dierkes
  • Posted Date: June 28, 2016
  • Filed Under: Library News

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Need a book on Falvey’s second floor or at Rosemont College’s Library? Need to renew your library books? These short how-to videos will show you the way:

Finding books on Falvey’s 2nd floor

How many times can I renew a Falvey book?

Borrowing books from Rosemont College’s library


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The Highlighter: Use the Catalog’s Filters to Quickly Find Books, Videos or Journals

  • Posted by: Gerald Dierkes
  • Posted Date: June 21, 2016
  • Filed Under: Library News

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Use the catalog’s filters to quickly find every book, video or journal of a particular topic, genre or language. These videos show how to perform this advanced searching technique:

Use the Catalog’s Filters to Find Books

Use the Catalog’s Filters to Find Videos

Use the Catalog’s Filters to Find Journals

 


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