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Foto Friday: Lancaster Avenue Construction

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: August 4, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

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Construction of the pedestrian bridge over Lancaster Avenue at Church Walk is well underway. This is part of the “Design Concept for Lancaster Avenue.” The bridge is expected to be completed in early 2018. For an architect’s view of the bridge see “A New Living Experience at Villanova University” and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

 

Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Dept.


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Librarian Barbara Quintiliano Is Retiring

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Barbara Quintiliano, Research and Instructional Design Librarian, retires on Aug. 4. She grew up in Upper Darby and graduated from Rosemont College with an A.B. degree in French with a minor in Italian. She has a MLS degree from Villanova. (The University once had a Library Science program; it closed in the early 1980s.) Quintiliano also has a master’s degree in French from West Chester University.

Quintiliano came to Falvey after working at a number of other libraries: St. Joseph’s University Library, Doylestown District Center Library, Mobil’s research library and Rider College’s (now Rider University) library. She came to Falvey in 1986 as an assistant reference librarian, but left at the end of the year just before giving birth to her first son. She returned to Falvey as a part-time assistant reference librarian in 1990 and held this position until 1998. From 1998 until 2002 she was a part-time assistant reference and information literacy librarian. Quintiliano became a full time reference (later research) and instructional design librarian in 2002, a position she continued to hold until retirement.

Jutta Seibert says, “Her overarching achievement has been in instructional services, a functional area that she cultivated from the ground up. Over the years she has fostered an ambitious program by challenging and  improving her colleagues’ information literacy instruction skills. Beyond the library walls, she has promoted the Library’s instructional mission in the colleges and various administrative units. Her outreach to the College of Nursing remains exemplary. Barbara embodies the University’s values through her outspoken and active support for social justice on and off campus. She will be a tough act to follow…”

In 2009 Quintiliano received the Facultas Award which honors Villanova’s “unsung heroes and heroines” who have been especially helpful to the University faculty. Joe Lucia, library director at the time, said,  “This is a well deserved honor for Barbara. She is one of our most able and committed professionals who is always eager to go the extra mile in her work. She is creative and enthusiastic in the work she does, most notably for the College of Nursing.” She is one of six Falvey staff who have received this award since 2004.

With Robert LeBlanc, First Year Experience and Humanities librarian, she wrote “Recycling C.[conversion]R.[revision]A.[authority]P.[property]: Reframing a Popular Research Mnemonic for Library Instruction” which was published in Pennsylvania Libraries, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2015. They presented their material at a VITAL (Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning) session in spring 2015.

She has a number of hobbies: reading (of course!), zumba, coordinating Amnesty International USA Group 342 (Chester County, Pa.), writing six-word memoirs (http://sixwordmemoirs.com/) and vegetarian cooking. Quintiliano is currently reading the Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, Se questo é un uomo (Survival at Auschwitz) by Primo Levi, The Killing Forest by Sara Blaedel and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Retirement will be busy. In addition to her various hobbies, she plans to spend more time at the gym, participate in projects with her Quaker Meeting (Birmingham Friends, West Chester), visit her sons in Eugene, Oregon, and Las Angeles, Cal., (as often as she wants and “as often as they will tolerate”), and “learn how to grow something – anything – in our garden.” And if all this is not enough, she will train to become an English tutor for non-native speakers with the Chester County Volunteer English Program.

Faculty, staff and students will miss Barbara Quintiliano – a dedicated professional, always cheerful and willing to help Falvey patrons find the information they need.

 

Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Dept.


We are committed to accuracy and will make appropriate corrections. We apologize for any errors and always welcome input about news coverage that warrants correction. Messages can be e-mailed to alice.bampton@villanova.edu or call (610)519-6997.

 

 


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Throwback Thursday: Will D Cat Visits Falvey

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: August 3, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News
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Will D. Cat taking a turn at staffing the circulation desk in 2015

 

Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Dept.


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The Curious ‘Cat: “Starstruck!”

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanovans, “Have you ever met/seen anyone famous?”

Mike Sgier, Access Services Specialist: “I met John Hodgman at the Trocadero Theatre in September. I actually drew a comic about him and Paul F. Tompkins discussing the closing of Little Pete’s. It was pretty surreal because I told him I was the artist of the comic and he was just as excited to meet me as I was to meet him.”


Darren Poley, Outreach Librarian/Program Team Leader: “I shook hands with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter in Atlanta, Georgia. They were at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change for an event to help deal with issues related to poverty. I saw Nancy Kerrigan at Sesame Place; we were both attending the park with our children. I also shook hands with Margaret Hamilton.”


Laura Hutelmyer, Electronic Resource & Special Acquisitions Coordinator:Brian Westbrook came to [Falvey’s] front desk while I was working. I also walked alongside Seth Meyers on a sidewalk in New York City.”


David Burke, Metadata & Resource Management Librarian: “I saw Teller [of Penn & Teller] in Center City [Philadelphia.] I also walked past M. Night Shyamalan and Ed Rendell.”


Michael Foight, Digital Library & Special Collections Coordinator: “I ate dinner with my grandfather and [then governor] Ronald Reagan. I also met Fred Rodgers and shared a meal with him at his house. I also met Frank Sinatra; he was a friend of my father.”


Jeannine Ahern, Finance/Administration Specialist: “I won a contest on campus and had breakfast with Jay Wright. I once saw Charles Barkley at Bed Bath & Beyond. I also shook hands with Billy Joel at his concert.”


MillicentMillicent Gaskell, University Librarian & Director of Falvey: “I met Matt Dillon in Santa Fe, New Mexico.”


Jackie Smith, Finance/Administration Specialist: “I saw Christopher Reeve outside a theatre in the city.”


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Happy National Coloring Book Day Featuring Our Own Sue Ottignon

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: August 2, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

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Today, August 2, is National Coloring Book Day. To celebrate this day, we interviewed Falvey’s own expert colorist, Sue Ottignon, Research Support Librarian for Languages & Literatures.  Ottignon has been coloring since she received a coloring book and a set of 36 Crayola colored pencils as a 2015 Christmas gift from her niece. She says, “I’ve always been artsy.” Before embarking on her new hobby, she had an art background in stitchery; she stitched in crewel embroidery (embroidery worked in wool threads) and in counted cross stitch embroidery.

Asked how do you work, she says she works with multiple books and multiple pages and never completes a picture in a single sitting. When starting a new project, she explains, “I look.  What colors do I want? I give it more thought and try to keep the image flowing and balanced. Sometimes I wait for it to generate an ‘aha moment.’  …  I can shade and darken with another color. I’ve improved in that I understand shading better. I had been using too much red.” Now she is leaning towards greens, blues, beiges and more geometrical designs.

Ottignon colors instead of watching television; she listens and colors a bit each evening and on weekends. “I color to the point that my thumb joint aches.” And she currently has several pieces underway that “I can’t seem to finish.” So far she has completed 40-50 sheets and has shared her work with others in the building. Four of her works are in the Director’s Office and I’m also the proud owner of one!

In early 2016, Joanne Quinn, Communication and Marketing director created “Colour Your World,” a window exhibit in Falvey. Villanova-themed coloring pages were available as part of the exhibit and Ottignon colored the Falvey Library page. She also colored “Comfort Magazine” covers with Laura Bang, Digital and Special Collections curatorial assistant.

Sue Ottignon's colored page of Falvey

Sue Ottignon’s colored page of Falvey

The Villanova-exclusive coloring pages from the “Colour Your World” exhibit are now available on line. So, if you are inspired to try your hand at this pastime, please download these pages and get out your colored pencils.

Villanova coloring pages available here:

St. Augustine

Coach Harry Perretta

Falvey Memorial Library

St. Thomas of Villanova

Jay Wright

V for Villanova, V for Victory

Will D Cat and the Oreo

A Studious Will D Cat and bonus Easter eggs


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National Night Out Day & National Girlfriends Day

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: August 1, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

Today is both National Night Out Day and National Girlfriends Day. Why not combine the two, get together with your girlfriend/s and have a backyard barbecue or attend one of the local events?

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National Night Out was created to promote police and community relationships and to enhance neighborhood camaraderie. Neighborhoods may hold block parties (fun!), parades, cookouts or other events with visits from local police and emergency personnel, all designed to make safer neighborhoods with positive relationships with local police.

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National Girlfriends Day celebrates both male-female relationships and female friendships. Its origin is uncertain, but it is increasingly celebrated. I’ll be getting together with female friends. How will you celebrate?

National Night Out image from google.com; National Girlfriends Day image from www.NationalDayCalendar.com.


We are committed to accuracy and will make appropriate corrections. We apologize for any errors and always welcome input about news coverage that warrants correction. Messages can be e-mailed to alice.bampton@villanova.edu or call (610)519-6997.

 

 


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Second Floor Update

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: August 1, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

During the summer there have been a number of things happening on the second floor. The first thing that happened was the moving of some furniture from the Learning Commons lobby at the second floor entrance to the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room to the third and fourth floors. A storage closet was built in the corner of that lobby and construction will soon begin on a meeting space.

New closet

New closet

The Mathematics Learning Resource Center moved from its original location (room 211) to a new room (204) just across the hall. Room 211 has been reconfigured and now contains several offices as well as a large open area; it is ready for its new tenants who will move in this month.

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Mathematics Learning Resource Center in new room

And for the benefit of students studying in the second floor lounge adjacent to the research support librarians, a number of new outlets are now available making this area an even better place to study.

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Photographs by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Dept.


We are committed to accuracy and will make appropriate corrections. We apologize for any errors and always welcome input about news coverage that warrants correction. Messages can be e-mailed to alice.bampton@villanova.edu or call (610)519-6997.

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A ‘Cat Abroad: The Abbey Theatre Summer Studio

  • Posted by: William Repetto
  • Posted Date: July 31, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

Few activities alter one’s psychic situation than world travel. There’s some kind of romance associated with packing one’s bags, hugging and kissing loved ones goodbye, and boarding a plane for somewhere, anywhere abroad. A few Villanova students, including me, had the opportunity this summer to do just that. Only, in addition to clothes and other necessities, we found our suitcases teeming with plays, school supplies, and books on the Irish dramatic canon.

We took part, of course, in the Abbey Theatre Program arranged by the Center for Irish Studies. The course itself took place over four weeks (six weeks, if you include all the preparatory work we had the pleasure of doing) and in two Irish cities. We lived in the dorms and studied in the classrooms of Trinity College Dublin; we lived and researched in the facilities of NUI Galway. Most surprising to all, however, we wrote, performed, produced and directed at the Abbey Theatre – the national theatre of Ireland.

Before the hurried bustle of the first couple weeks, we started with a couple, jet-lag curing trips to Malahide Castle and Glendalough. Malahide was the seat of the esteemed Talbot family, who owned the property for over 700 years. The property is also the home of a beautiful, sprawling garden and many ghost stories that the tour guides do not hesitate to share. Glendalough (pictured below) is a beautiful valley with two large lakes and was formerly the home of a 6th-century monastery (remnants of which remain today).

A photo of Glendalough! (The valley of two lakes.)

A photo of Glendalough! (The valley of two lakes.)

As we walked around Glendalough, and especially after we returned to our housing at Trinity, the class of both graduates and undergraduates really started to socialize and get to know one another. As it so turned out, the Abbey Theatre Program draws more than just students of English; we found students of theology, psychology, Spanish and even economics among the group.

A bonus photo of Glendalough because the place was so beautiful!

A bonus photo of Glendalough because the place was so beautiful!

On the morning of June 5 we began our intensive course in the Irish dramatic canon. For the following two weeks, we would assemble with our lovely classmates from UCD – Marc, Adele and Eppie – for a discussion on two or three pieces of 20th-century Irish drama. Some of my favorites were “By the Bog of Cats,” “Translations” and “Room.”

In the evenings, the group traveled around different theatres throughout Dublin to see some of the performances being put on concurrently. We saw “By the Bog of Cats,” “No’s Knife,” and – possibly everyone’s favorite – “Private Lives,” among others. Equally as interesting as the pieces themselves were the theatre spaces. “No’s Knife” wouldn’t make sense at any other venue than the main stage at the Abbey; The Teachers’ Club interestingly amplified the effect of “By the Bog of Cats,” and the Gate Theatre made possible the phenomenal set work of “Private Lives.”

You might have noticed that I’ve omitted an entire portion of our day – the afternoon! Our afternoons were the most exciting, and perhaps unexpected, part of the journey. We split up into three groups at the Abbey Theatre – the playwrights, the performers, and the production staff – and were told that we would be writing, performing, and directing a showcase on the Peacock Stage, one of two stages at the Abbey Theatre. Somehow over the course of two weeks, we went from playing a game of tag as an acting exercise to a full-ensemble showcase titled “I’m All Wounds.”

Abbey Theatre Summer Studio group photo,

Abbey Theatre Summer Studio group photo. (That’s me in the back, of course, bleached out by the light.)

If every story must really be divided up into exposition, climax, and resolution, the photo above from the reception after “I’m All Wounds” was the climax of the trip for me. To see a group of college students, who had just met weeks before, come together and celebrate the production of something so literary, so insightful, so much fun, has shaped my view on how and why we create artistic works. It would be a real challenge for me to think of a moment in my life when I was more proud about the outcome of a group project than this one.

That’s not to say, however, that the journey was over! The graduate students remained in Galway for another two weeks following our production and researched at the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive on the campus of NUI Galway. Galway was a very charming town with frequent street performers and a vibrant night life. We even met up with another group of Villanova students studying there! Not that we excellent graduate students shirked our archival responsibilities for even a moment, but I would recommend a trip out to the Aran Islands if you ever find yourself in Galway – Inis Mor is pictured below.

The, rather sheer, coastline of Inis Mor.

The rather sheer coastline of Inis Mor.

We also saw a production of “Juno and the Paycock” in Galway. It was a darling show, a darling show. The town itself also has beautiful sights, including the cathedral pictured below. We found ourselves walking past that cathedral frequently before parting ways.

A cathedral in Galway that we walked past most days during our time there!

A cathedral in Galway that we walked past most days during our time there!

In the weeks since the Abbey Summer Studio, I have reflected often on the benefits of the program, and have come to the conclusion that I will be feeling those benefits for years to come. There’s more to the trip than simply studying, producing, and viewing theatre; the trip involves looking to the beautiful country around you to find some inner-inspiration, something you’ve carried forever with you and something that you’ll notice all the more frequently after returning.


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Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant on the Communications and Marketing Team at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University. Photographs courtesy of William Repetto.

 


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Foto Friday: Mary Lee, Katharine and Hilton!

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Ocean City, New Jersey; photo courtesy of Kallie Stahl.

We’re not the only ones enjoying the Mid-Atlantic beaches this summer. In his article for “The Washington Post,” T. Rees Shapiro, shares that three great white sharks, Mary Lee, Katharine and Hilton, have once again been “pinged” in the waters off the East Coast. The sharks, who frequently visit the coast during the summer months, were previously tagged by OCEARCH, a non-profit organization providing research on great white sharks. You can track all the sharks OCEARCH has tagged on their Global Shark Tracker.


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Throwback Thursday: “Watson and the Shark”

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Image retrieved from ARTstor; courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington.

This week’s #tbt image, shared by Jutta Seibert, Director of Academic Integration, was painted by John Singleton Copley in 1778. The photograph of the painting was retrieved from Falvey’s image database, ARTstor. Explore the history surrounding “Watson and the Shark” and examine over 1.6 million images in the ARTstor Digital Library.


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