Over her three years at Falvey Memorial Library, Abby Cengel became a familiar and welcoming presence for patrons at the service desk. She joined Access Services in 2018 as the Access and Collections Coordinator and helped “ensure access to the Library facility, coordinate borrowing of the Library collections, and manage resource sharing requests from patrons and other libraries.”
Recently Cengel accepted a position with Bucks County Free Library in the Yardley-Makefield branch as their new Assistant Library Manager, a professional librarian and leadership position. The entire Falvey staff and University community wishes her well in her new role.
Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Cengel earned a BA in History from Wittenberg University (Springfield, OH), and an MA in Museum Studies from Indiana University – Purdue University – Indianapolis (IUPUI). She began her online MLIS program in the fall of 2018 at Kent State University (Kent, OH).
During her three years at Falvey, Cengel made significant contributions to the Library including the introduction of LibCal, a system that allowed patrons to book study rooms online, which has since been used to manage curbside service and faculty browsing appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to her contributions to web team efforts, various Collections and Stewardship projects, and numerous virtual (and in-person) service desk shifts, Cengel implemented SubItUp, a cloud-based scheduling system for which she was honored with the 2020 Work Process Improvement Award (WPI). The system helped maintain and organize shifts for 50 Villanova students working at Falvey Library.
“No matter what we needed, or in what area of the department, Abby’s answer was always, without exception, ‘Sure. No problem,’” said Luisa Cywinski, Director of Access Services. “She was completely undaunted by challenges and seemed to thrive on projects, especially when she could take them from A to Z. On a personal note, she had an impressive collection of Funko Pops on her desk ranging from Harry Potter to Lord of the Rings. She loved to come up with activities for the student staff, including crafts, candy, and other fun things for the end of year department reception and for holiday celebrations. I will miss her positive energy, can-do attitude, and sense of humor.”
On behalf of Falvey Library, congratulations, Abby! We wish you all the best on your next professional adventure!