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‘Cat in the Stacks: Neither Stellar Nor Easter

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I’m William Repetto, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is the “‘Cat in the Stacks” column. I’m your ‘cat. I’ll be posting about college life, about learning and growing here at Villanova, and, of course, about the Falvey Library’s role.


You might notice that ‘Cat in the Stacks is coming to you slightly later than usual on this frigid and frozen Wednesday. While this ‘Cat sat inside watching the Nor’easter Stella drop inches and inches of precipitation, I also took the time to contemplate the landscape and scenes of community offered behind the façade of wet, heavy snow.

I first noticed that the whitewashed landscape offered me the chance to write new images onto the usually familiar sights. Parking spots became miniature mountains as snowplows worked away. It reminded me of writing this blog each week, turning the white screen of Microsoft Word into the story of my imagination.

View from a Falvey window

View from a Falvey window

I turned my attention next to the scenes of community that the storm allowed under turbulent circumstances. One woman dug her car out to rush to work, only to have a snow plow block her car back in. Two gentlemen working on freeing their car took a break to help her dig out once again.

Another guy, trying to free his small sedan, found that the ice was too much for the car to handle. Two other gentlemen and one’s girlfriend pushed the small car from behind to free it from its frozen prison.

These scenes and thoughts from Stella offer comfort in the face of a political world becoming increasingly chaotic and a semester rapidly picking up speed as it descends toward finals and term paper deadlines.

In the political realm, we young adults have been thrown into the descending chaos with little to choose from but two opposing sides. Stella offered a nice reminder, in its powdery covering, that we have the ability to inscribe the world with the meaning we envision. Standing up to the descending chaos seems to be the theme of the year; take note of the “Fearless Girl” statue below, and think about how others stood up to the chaos of the storm.

Photo by Mark Lennihan, courtesy of The Boston Globe.

Photo by Mark Lennihan, courtesy of The Boston Globe.

These last weeks of the semester might seem to wreak a similar havoc to a nor’easter. It’s important to remember that even though half of the semester’s grades might already be posted, the second half remains a blank sheet of paper on which you can write whatever accomplishments you envision.

The team here at the Falvey remains those friends who will help you if you feel snowed in by the pressures of the semester. Whether you need a team of subject librarians to get your project moving, or you need a subject guide to dig you out of that pile of books, we’ve got your back.


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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.

 


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Wi-Fi Upgrade in Falvey: Response to patron needs

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: March 15, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

 

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Just in time to welcome students back from Spring Break, UNIT completed a Wi-Fi upgrade in Falvey. Falvey’s upgrade is part of a multi-year, campus-wide project to provide faster connections to the University’s wireless data network (VUMobile). The upgrade not only provides faster connections, but also “[m]ore reliable, scaleable, and secure wireless infrastructure, providing increased coverage, capacity, and inter-operability of wireless computers, smartphones, gaming devices, and applications.” (UNIT website, “Wireless Upgrade Program”)

Falvey patrons and visitors, enjoy the new high speed wireless connections!

One of the new hubs for upgraded Wi-Fi

One of the new hubs for upgraded Wi-Fi

 

Computer, tablet, phone photograph from pixabay.com. Hub photo by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept.


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A Nor’easter Is Coming!

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: March 13, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News
Storm clouds gathering

Storm clouds gathering

A nor’easter is coming! We have been hearing or reading this prediction for several days, but exactly what is a nor’easter?

A nor’easter (sometimes called a northeaster) is a storm which forms at sea, within 100 miles of the Atlantic coast. It is named for the direction of the powerful winds that bring these storms ashore. Nor’easters are most common from September through April although they also occur at other times.

Nor’easters, with winds often reaching hurricane-force, make landfall from New England through the Mid-Atlantic regions. Unlike hurricanes which are named, nor’easters are not. These storms bring frigid temperatures (which we already have – do we really need more?), powerful winds, coastal flooding and blizzards. (NOAA’s current prediction is heavy snow with 6-12 inches accumulation; msn.com says “blizzard-watch”). Notable nor’easters include the Great Blizzard of 1888 and the “Perfect Storm” of 1991. What will the nor’easter of March 2017 bring? Can we hope for a snow day so soon after Spring Break?

Dig Deeper:

 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Cambridge Guide to the Weather (2000).  Ross Reynolds.

Weather:  How It Works and Why It Matters (2000). Arthur R. Upgren.

The Weather Sourcebook:  Your One-Stop Resource for Everything You Need to Feed Your Weather Habit (1994). Ronald L. Wagner.

For help with Science and Engineering resources, contact Alfred Fry, room 224, telephone 610-519-4283.

 

Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept.


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Introducing Amanda McCollom – Spring Semester Digital Library Intern

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: March 13, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

 

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Amanda McCollom of Wilmington, Delaware, is the spring semester Digital Library intern where she works with Michael Foight, Digital and Special Collections coordinator. McCollum has a bachelor’s degree in English with minors in Theology and Women and Gender Studies; she earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. She has a Master of Arts in Film and Media Studies from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, and is attending Drexel University’s College of Computing and Informatics, enrolled in the master’s program in Library and Information Science.

 

What made you decide to become a librarian? I love the combination of being pushed intellectually and helping people, whether it is locating an item for a patron or creating access through digital libraries. While in my first graduate program, I was fortunate to work at Emory University’s library digitizing audio tapes and, through that experience, I decided to pursue a career in libraries.

 

How do you see this internship benefiting your future career? I think it is invaluable to gain this kind of hands-on experience and I hope it will help me stand out to future employers. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to make sure this is the direction I want ot go in my future career.

 

Career plans/goals? I would love to work in an academic library that focuses on digital libraries and digital scholarship. My ideal position would be one that balances working with the public and utilizing technology to build digital collections.

 

What are your research interests? My academic research interests are in Film and Television Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies. I’ve always been interested in the way we can think about the female viewer’s identity and relationship to the screen.

 

What are you currently reading? I was very excited to be able to read for pleasure over winter break and I just finished Stephen King’s 11/22/63. I found the experience of reading it so be so immersive and after over a thousand pages, I still wasn’t ready for it to end.

 

Hobbies and/or special interests? I love to be creative whenever possible, whether it is through needlepoint, coloring or finding fun new fonts and patterns.

 

 

 


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Foto Friday: Enjoying the March snow

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: March 10, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News
View from the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room

View from the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room

 

View from a Falvey window

View from a Falvey window

We don’t usually have two Foto Friday blogs on the same day, but we are excited by this beautiful snow, something we have seen very little of so far this winter.

Photographs by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept.


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Foto Friday: Another Cat Celebrates Villanova’s Demisemiseptcentennial

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: March 10, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News
An office mascot celebrates Villanova's 175th Anniversary

An office mascot celebrates Villanova’s 175th Anniversary

 

Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept.


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The Curious ‘Cat: “Women who write.”

Curious 'Cat - imageCelebrating Women’s History Month, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanovans, “Who is your favorite female author?” 

Dee-Dee Pope, Access Services Specialist– “Jane Austen.”


Sarah Wingo, Liaison Librarian English & Theatre– “Virginia Woolf.”


Rob LeBlanc, First Year Experience/Humanities Librarian– “E. Annie Proulx, author of The Shipping News. Also, Gail Carriger, I enjoy The Parasol Protectorate series.”


Robin Bowles, Research Support Librarian– “Lois McMaster Bujold.”


Barbara Quintiliano, Instructional Service Librarian/Team Leader– “Andree Chedid. She is an exceptional poet, but I also enjoy her novels. One of my favorites is The Return to Beirut. Featuring two narratives, the novel is part childhood of the main character and the other story follows the efforts of two young women, one Muslim, one Christian, to bring an end to the hostilities.”


Jesse Flavin, Access Services Specialist/Interlibrary Loan– “Toni Morrison.”


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Kallie’s Chords: Wonder Women Playlist

March…what a wonderful month! Host to many events: the first day of spring (March 20), St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), March Madness (March 16); the season marks the beginning (hopefully) of warmer weather and longer days (Daylight Savings Time, March 12.) To celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, I’ve crafted a playlist featuring many female musicians, whose talents have shaped the music industry and redefined genres. These past and present voices continue to inspire fans and future performers. Follow the Spotify link below for an arrangement highlighting a unique mix of artists and a blend of cheery and calming tracks perfect for relaxing.

***Please note, seeing as there are so many talented female musicians, I’ve limited the list to some of my personal favorites (and those beloved by my co-workers.) I apologize if your favorite artist was not included in the playlist. SHE [insert musician here] is awesome!


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Don’t Miss This Exhibit: “175 Years of Commitment to Augustinian Ideals of Veritas, Unitas, Caritas”

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: March 7, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News
A copy of the 1793 survey. Lancaster Ave. is at the left.

A copy of the 1793 survey. Lancaster Ave. is at the left.

A small exhibit celebrating the University’s 175th Anniversary, two cases of fascinating artifacts from Villanova’s history, is on display in the President’s Lounge, Connelly Center, through March. Objects range from a framed 1793 survey of the property that would later be named Belle-Aire to the first issue of The Villanovan, November 1916, and more. Everything on exhibit is from the University Archives housed in Falvey Memorial Library.

In one case are two photographs, an 1898 photograph of the Dramatic Society and one from 1912 showing Villanova College Students and the Rev. Edward G. Dohan, OSA, President; a pennant; a Temple Stadium Program Button dated 1942; a program for a 1942 Villanova vs Temple football game; an opened 1966 Belle Air; and a freshman beanie.

The other case houses a framed photograph of the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, University President; a framed list of all of Villanova’s presidents; a photograph of the the Rev. John P. O’Dwyer, OSA, PhD, Villanova’s first president; the framed 1793 survey, “[l]ater to become known as Belle-Aire and the foundation of the Villanova University Campus;” an old spoon with a bent handle found near Alumni Hall in 1991; a large metal lock and key from the Rudolph mansion, “all that remains of the earliest college building;” the first issue of The Villanovan, November 1916; a brass holy water font from the 1887 church; a hand-colored photograph of the Belle-Aire mansion in 1899; and  the Annual Catalog of … Villanova College, Academic Year:  1870-1871, a bound book with the title page annotated by the Rev. Thomas C. Middleton, OSA, president 1876-1878.

Old spoon with O.S.A. on handle

Old spoon with O.S.A. on handle

 

Lock and key from Belle Air mansion

Lock and key from Belle Air mansion

 

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This select collection of memorabilia gives a tantalizing look at the University’s history and the treasures housed in the University Archives. Visit “Villanova College to University:  150 Years of Augustinian Tradition and Promise 1842 – 1992,” an online exhibit prepared for the University’s sesquicentennial, for a more comprehensive view of Villanova’s history. For information about the University Archives contact Michael Foight, Special Collections and Digital Library coordinator, 610-519-5185.

 

Survey image from online Sesquicentennial exhibit. Photographs from exhibit by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept.


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Dennis Lambert Retires

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: March 6, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

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Dennis Lambert, Collection Management coordinator, retired at the end of February 2017. A member of the Collections Directorate, he came to Villanova in May 1990, as Head, Collection Management, after serving at two research libraries in the Middle Atlantic region.  Lambert served under several library directors, Mary Ann Griffin, DA; James L. Mullins, PhD; Joseph Lucia and the current University Librarian, Millicent Gaskell. During his tenure at Falvey, Lambert has witnessed the profound change in collections from largely print to digital and dealt with budget constraints during this transition.

Lambert has been proactive in collection development and management, preservation, gifts management and minor book repairs. From 2006, he led the Resource Council, a library team charged with charting the course of collection building at Falvey. Lambert was also a member of the Business Academic Integration team and the Assessment team. For many years he was active in several sections of the American Library Association.

His contributions to the profession and to Falvey have been valuable and valued. We wish him success in all his future endeavors.

The centerpiece at Lambert's farewell party

The centerpiece at Lambert’s farewell party

 

Jee Davis, Associate University Librarian for Collections, congratulating Lambert

Jee Davis, Associate University Librarian for Collections, congratulating Lambert

 

Cutting the cake

Cutting the cake

 

Librarians enjoying the party

Librarians enjoying the party

 

Photographs by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept.


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