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100 Seasons of Villanova Basketball Now Available in the Digital Library

By Rebecca Oviedo

This past year, in celebration of Villanova’s 100 seasons of men’s basketball, and in partnership with the Department of Athletics’ External Operations Unit, Falvey Memorial Library’s Distinctive Collections & Digital Engagement has added a significant contribution of basketball-related images and content to the Villanova Digital Library. The items from University Archives include nearly 400 photographs and negatives, and more than 60 additional items, such as media guides, schedules, tickets, and scorebooks.

Since 1920, Villanova Basketball has produced three NCAA national championships and a rich history of outstanding players and coaches. Search and view images of such iconic Wildcats and future NBA stars as Paul Arizin, Larry Hennessy, Bob Schafer, and George Raveling under coach Alex Severance; Wali Jones, Hubie White, Jim Washington, Bill Melchionni, Howard Porter, Chris Ford and Tom Ingelsby from the Jack Kraft era; and, of course, selected images from Rollie Massimino’s 1985 NCAA championship team. One of the most photographed: legendary longtime athletic trainer John “Jake” Nevin.

Negative, Basketball (Jake Nevin/ Trainer and Howard Porter), 1970.

The process to convert these analog materials to a digital environment involved many hands and multiple steps.

The work began last summer, with the help of Erik Sherwood, Laura Davis, and Jessica Leventry, three Penn State students participating in the Villanova Athletic Department summer internship program with Assistant Athletic Director/Marketing Jacob Whitten’s team. The students spent two weeks in University Archives transcribing data from University Negatives Collection envelopes housing the negatives and entering the information into a spreadsheet to be incorporated into University Archives and Digital Library databases. They recorded such metadata as box and folder numbers, names, dates, subject headings, and descriptions for each negative.

Laura Davis carefully examines a negative.

Villanova College Basketball Facts, 30th Season, 1949-1950.

In September of the fall semester, several undergraduate Collections & Stewardship Technicians began scanning the items using the library’s Indus Color Book Scanner and a recently added Epson 12000XL Photo Scanner. These students, trained in appropriate collections care and proper handling techniques for rare materials, included Bernadette Goratowski, Martin Han, Courtney Schultz, and Erin Warren. After scanning materials, the students performed several post-processing steps, including rotating, cropping, and tonal adjustment of the digital images. They logged and tracked their work in the same spreadsheet started by the summer interns. Images were then uploaded to a library server to await further description and metadata by Distinctive Collections staff.

Items were scanned through March 2020, when campus was closed due to the growing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, and sadly the remainder of Villanova’s 100th season of basketball was cancelled. As much of the world’s workforce transitioned online, I continued my work of describing and entering metadata, now from home, a task that surely could not have been completed had it not been for the careful work of our student employees and interns this past year.

Some images still require additional identification and description. I tried to identify players and add subject headings as best I could, and the media guides proved invaluable for this. If you can identify or date any images lacking this information, please email archives@villanova.edu. We have scanned selected images from the University Negatives Collection through 1974, and there are still several hundred images that have not yet been digitized. The collection spans the 1930s to 1985. If you have a favorite past player, let us know by email or in the comments below.


Rebecca Oviedo is Distinctive Collections Librarian Archivist at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 

 


 


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Memorial Map Celebrates Veterans’ Service, Sacrifice

By Shawn Proctor

 

 

This Memorial Day, Falvey and the Office of Veterans and Military Service Members at Villanova University wanted to share with our Villanova community a part of our project “The Voices of Villanova’s Veterans.” “Honoring the Fallen: An Interactive Memorial Map” displays the names of Villanova veterans killed in service, along with their branch of service, location, and year of death. For those veterans reported missing in action, we have mapped the nearest location of where they were last seen.

This project will honor the life and sacrifice of Villanova veterans who died while serving their country. Reflecting extensive research and collaboration, this interactive memorial map will memorialize and remember their service. This map allows users anywhere on the globe to access this map, and creates an access point for family members, the community, historians, and anyone else interested in learning about their legacy.

This Memorial Day—and every day—Villanova honors its veterans and pay tribute to their service and sacrifice by ensuring that they are never forgotten.

 


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Shawn Proctor, MFA, iis Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 

 


 

 


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Kick back with Falvey’s summer word search!

By Daniella Snyder

Hey Wildcats, looking for something fun to do today and over your long Memorial Day Weekend?

You can get all the summer vibes from Falvey’s summer word search. I recommend you print it, take it outside, and find all the words while sitting underneath the sun while drinking a glass of lemonade. (Hammock optional, but highly recommended!)

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Daniella Snyder HeadshotDaniella Snyder is a former graduate assistant at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 

 

 


 


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If you have books on loan and are worried about returning them, don’t stress.

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We recognize the University closure and travel restrictions will prevent many students and faculty from returning loaned books by their due dates.

Here is what you need to know:

  • The Library has stopped assessing overdue fines on Falvey materials.
  • Students who are moving out of the residence halls should leave their Library materials in their rooms for future collection by University staff.
  • Students who graduated in spring 2020 should request pre-paid return shipping labels for the books that need to be returned.
  • Otherwise, books checked out from the Falvey collection, Interlibrary Loan, or E-ZBorrow should be held by Library patrons until such time as the University returns to normal operations.
  • Physical materials from the Falvey collections, E-ZBorrow, Inter-library loan, as well as scanning from the Falvey collections, are not available.

Other questions?

Contact the Falvey Service Desk at circ@villanova.edu


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From the University Archives: Celebrate History of Villanova Theatre

By Beaudry Rae Allen

Dramatic Hall, circa 1890s

Dramatic Hall, circa 1890s

 

“…but be not afraid of greatness: Some are born great, others achieve greatness. And others have greatness thrust upon them.”—Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act 2 Scene 5

 

Distinctive Collections invites you with a backstage pass to celebrate 150 years of Villanova Theatre with the new digital exhibit “Be Not Afraid of Greatness: Celebrating the History of Villanova Theatre.”

Inspired by the prevalence of Shakespeare in the production history of the Theatre Department, the lines are meant to evoke the profound yet humble legacy of Villanova Theatre, from its earliest days to capturing the essence of what the department is all about: enriching the campus culture and striving for greatness one performance at a time.

Very few may know, but the first appearances of theatre on campus started in 1870, and with this exhibit the University Archives seeks to evoke a sense of celebration of Villanova’s rich history and achievements spanning 150 years.

Take a step inside and explore the many different eras of theatre groups on campus and moments that have helped shape what the graduate program is today.  The exhibit includes many programs and posters from early performances as well as photographs of students in rehearsals from the University Archives. In addition, the exhibit includes special photographs taken by Robert LeBlanc, First Year Experience Librarian, of theater students from fall 2019 and images of costumes on loan from the Villanova Theatre Department.

Rehearsals for Piper-Heidsieck '98, 1950

Rehearsals for Piper-Heidsieck ’98, 1950

Curated by Beaudry Rae Allen and Emma Poley ’21, Villanova Theatre Graduate Student, the digital exhibit is just a snapshot of the physical exhibit that opened March 12, 2020.

 

Poster of Turf and Tinsel Club production, circa 1940s

Poster of Turf and Tinsel Club production, circa 1940s

 

When the University reopens, the main physical exhibit will remain on display.

 


Beaudry Rae Allen is Preservation and Digital Archivist at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 

 


 


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OER Textbooks: Perfect for the Age of COVID-19

Shortly after COVID-19 forced the shift to all online instruction, the library fielded a number of urgent student requests for help accessing electronic versions of their textbooks.  Some students may not have taken their textbooks home, but many were without because they shared textbooks or relied on print reserves.  Sadly librarians couldn’t be of much help because commercial textbook publishers fiercely protect their revenue streams. They only license electronic versions of their textbooks to students, not to libraries for sharing.

A few students benefited from free access to textbooks offered by VitalSource and RedShelf, commercial digital content providers. But many titles aren’t included in these temporary offerings.  Students had to scramble to find the money to rent electronic textbooks.

As this unprecedented semester concludes and faculty reflect on course materials selections, it is a perfect occasion to consider alternatives to commercial textbooks. Open textbooks are available online for free in multiple formats, are accessible, and have Creative Commons licenses that enable use and remixing without requesting special permission.

OER Commons and Open Textbook Library are tools for finding OER listed on our database A-Z page and on our OER guide. OER Commons is a search tool for a curated list of learning objects that are openly licensed. It includes not only textbooks but assignments, lesson plans and simulations. Open Textbook Library is a discovery tool for textbooks in use at multiple colleges or universities or which have been published by recognized scholarly societies. Some of these textbooks are reviewed and come with instructor materials.

Finding alternatives to commercial textbooks can be time consuming. Enlist the aide of your liaison librarian or use the OER help form.  Tell us about your current textbook or describe your ideal, and we’ll supply you with OER options.

The Office of the Provost in partnership with the Affordable Materials Project (AMP) is happy to announce the Open Educational Resources (OER) Faculty Adoption Grant, which is designed to encourage faculty to select free, openly licensed textbooks as primary course materials. This pilot grant program will award up to five grants in the amount of $1,000 to faculty members who adopt an OER textbook as the primary learning material for a new or existing course that they expect to teach during 2020-21 academic year. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

 


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Linda Hauck, MLS, MBA, is Business Librarian for Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 

 


 


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Digital Launch of the 2020 Edition of CONCEPT: Villanova’s Interdisciplinary Journal of Graduate Studies

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Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) recently celebrated a digital launch of the 2020 edition of CONCEPT: Villanova University’s Interdisciplinary Journal of Graduate Studies. CONCEPT accepts papers from graduate students in the arts and sciences and aims to celebrate exceptional work that is interdisciplinary in nature. It is published in partnership with the Office of Graduate Studies and Falvey Memorial Library.

Typically, CLAS holds an annual CONCEPT publication release celebration and reception event in Falvey Memorial Library each spring; however, due to the impact of COVID-19 and the physical campus closure, the in-person launch of the journal was not possible this year. Instead, CLAS held a digital launch of CONCEPT in order to commemorate the many contributions of journal authors, student and faculty editors, and peer reviewers who put in a great amount of work to make CONCEPT possible. You can learn more about the digital launch efforts here.

This year’s edition of CONCEPT, which is the 43rd volume in the series, features papers covering a wide range of subjects including Communication, History, Psychology, English, Gender and Women’s Studies, Theatre, as well as Classical Studies. Please check out the CONCEPT website for full PDFs of the papers featured in the current issue.

We are proud to highlight the Library’s very own Daniella Snyder ’20 MA, Communication and Marketing Graduate Assistant, as a Graduate Student Editor for CONCEPT. We would also like to recognize Library staff member Dave Uspal for his technical support of the journal.

Falvey Memorial Library would like to congratulate all of the faculty, staff, and students involved in CONCEPT 2020!

 


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Regina Duffy is a Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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2020 Falvey Scholars: Lauren Garofalo and Samantha Sandler

 

Lauren Garofalo

Samantha Sandler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Falvey Memorial Library is honored to announce the 2020 Falvey Scholar award winners. Celebrating Villnaova’s Senior Week, we will be showcasing the research of seven seniors each day this week (May 11-16). An annual program, sponsored by Falvey Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships, the Falvey Scholars program recognizes outstanding undergraduate research at Villanova University. The winners of the Falvey Scholar award are selected from a pool of candidates generated by applications submitted by a senior Villanova University student or a group of students working on a senior project together with the recommendation of the advisor to the senior thesis or capstone project completed for academic credit.

While we are saddened to have canceled this year’s in-person awards ceremony, the health and safety of the community in response to the global outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is paramount. As we cannot gather on campus, the 2020 Falvey Scholars have generously prepared short video presentations on their scholarship. Learn more about Falvey Scholar award winners, Lauren Garofalo and Samantha Sandler, in the clip below, and stay tuned for an in-depth profile on Garofalo and Sandler in the coming weeks.

Falvey Scholars: Lauren Garofalo and Samantha Sandler

Project Title: “Evaluation of a Snake Jaw Robot to Teach Integrated Biology, Mathematics, and Engineering”

Mentor: Dr. Deeksha Seth


Gina's headshotKallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. Regina Duffy is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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2020 Falvey Scholars: Brett Schratz

Falvey Memorial Library is honored to announce the 2020 Falvey Scholar award winners. Celebrating Villanova’s Senior Week, we will be showcasing the research of seven seniors each day this week (May 11-16). An annual program, sponsored by the Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships, the Falvey Scholars program recognizes outstanding undergraduate research at Villanova University. The winners of the Falvey Scholar award are selected from a pool of candidates generated by applications submitted by a senior Villanova University student or a group of students working on a senior project together with the recommendation of the advisor to the senior thesis or capstone project completed for academic credit.

While we are saddened to have canceled this year’s in-person awards ceremony, the health and safety of the community in response to the global outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is paramount. As we cannot gather on campus, the 2020 Falvey Scholars have generously prepared short video presentations on their scholarship. Learn more about Falvey Scholar award winner, Brett Schratz, in the clip below, and stay tuned for an in-depth profile on Schratz in the coming weeks.

Falvey Scholar: Brett Schratz

Project Title: “Rawls on “The Hard Question” for LGBTQ Rights: Are Religious Exemptions Just?”

Mentor: Professor Sally Scholz, PhD


Gina's headshotKallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. Regina Duffy is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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Friday Outlook: Letters of Hope

Image of a US postal drop box with a hand drawn letter from a child thanking postal workers for their service.

Photo courtesy of Kallie Stahl.

Ardmore, PA—The temporary closure of the nature trail at Haverford College altered my established walking route. Initially gloomy about finding another course, I discovered that my new path has been a constant source of joy. From artwork, like the one pictured above, to signs encouraging passersby to “Have a good day,” I am filled with hope each time I take a stroll around the neighborhood.

What’s your personal #FridayOutlook? We want to see the view from where you are! Send it along to shawn.proctor@villanova.edu or message it (@villanovalibrary on Instagram and @FalveyLibrary on Twitter.)


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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