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TBT: Micro-Machine for Magazines

Two Library patrons use a micro-machine to view archived magazines and periodicals.


In the ’60s, Falvey Memorial Library patrons used a “Micro-machine” to view archived magazines and periodicals. This Throwback Thursday (TBT) was featured in the 1960 Belle Air yearbook (page 43). To browse the entire yearbook, visit the Digital Library.

The Villanova University community can browse a selection of newspaper and magazine archives available digitally on the Library website.


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

 

 


 


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Nicole Daly Joins Research Services and Scholarly Engagement

Headshot of Nicole Daly, Social Science Librarian.

Nicole Daly, Social Science Librarian.


Nicole Daly joins Research Services and Scholarly Engagement as the Social Science Librarian. Research Services and Scholarly Engagement works to “support research, teaching, and learning at Villanova University; enabling the discovery of, access to, and stewardship of a vast array of scholarly resources.” You may have seen Daly at Falvey’s front desk; she joined the Library staff in 2021, working as the Service Desk Coordinator in Access Services.

Daly earned a BA in Psychology from Arcadia University, a MS in Psychology from Villanova University, and will complete her MLIS degree from San José State University this fall. She also earned an advanced certificate in Digital Assets with a focus in Data Analytics and Data Driven Decision Making from San José State University.

Daly’s first day as Social Science Librarian was Monday, July 11. She is liaison to the communication department, sociology and criminology department, and the College of Professional Studies. “Right now I’m working on collection development for those specific areas; anticipating their needs, making sure they are getting the resources they need from the Library,” said Daly. “When we get into the semester, I’ll be teaching information literacy courses, helping students to develop research skills. I’ll be creating subject guides so patrons can easily find resources, and I will be providing research assistance to those that may need help tracking down resources.”

Collaborating with the Villanova community is an essential part of Daly’s role. “All of it is very interconnected: As I build these relationships with students and faculty, I feel like those relationships will inform what is needed from the Library as far as collections.” Listening to various groups on campus will also assist Daly in ensuring Falvey’s collection reflects all voices. “Learning from the Villanova community, I will work to broaden Falvey’s collection; creating awareness and providing students with the information they need to expand their own knowledge and continue advocating for social change. Building an understanding of the current collection is essential moving forward; understanding if I need to provide context for specific content or edit material to reflect current language or provide content warnings. Thinking ahead but also addressing current material will be an important part of my role as liaison librarian.”

Transitioning from Service Desk Coordinator to Social Science Librarian, Daly feels her experience working in Access Services will help inform her new role. “In Access Services, we are the first to welcome Library patrons. Working with people and physically seeing and speaking with them, those experiences will inform how I approach my new role.” Working together with Falvey’s librarians, Daly was able to see what questions were frequently asked by community members when working at the front desk. She also worked in course reserves, assisting faculty and helping to send requests to Falvey’s librarians to see what items were needed for a particular course. “I’ve learned so much working in Access Services, specifically all of the different pieces (Interlibrary loan, course reserves, etc.) that people sometimes miss because they tend to be more behind the scenes. Having a vast knowledge of the innerworkings of an academic library is a valuable resource.”

A graduate of Villanova University, Daly wants students to know that Falvey librarians are here to help! “As someone who has gone to Villanova and lived that experience I remember thinking “Oh gosh, how do I conduct this research project?” She fondly remembers Falvey librarians coming to her undergraduate classes to provide helpful outreach. “We had wonderful librarians that came to our classes and gave very targeted help for specific projects. It was very enlightening, just showing us that they are available.” Acknowledging that the first year of college can be a challenge, Daly encourages students to reach out to her. “I can do so much more than just find a book. I can help students narrow down resources, determine which resources are valid, and find resources that may be unavailable at Falvey Memorial Library. I can help in so many different ways.”

If you happen to miss Daly at the many orientation fairs this fall, stop by the Library and say hello. She is also meeting students on Zoom. Daly’s office is located in the Learning Commons on the second floor of Falvey Memorial Library in room 225.

Telephone: 610-519-5207. 

Email: .

For more on Daly, check out her “Welcome to Falvey” blog here. Visit her webpage here.


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

 

 


 


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Falvey Memorial Library Service Hours: Summer 2022

Picture of the blue Falvey Memorial Library entrance sign with multiple red tulips surrounding the sign and library entrance.


Falvey Memorial Library Service Hours: Summer 2022

Villanova students, faculty, and staff may enter the Library building 24/7 with a valid Wildcard. Library services are available to the University community during posted service hours. Electronic collections (articles, e-books, and more!) are accessible through the Library’s website 24/7. For a full listing of service hours, visit our website. Have a relaxing and safe summer, Wildcats!

Saturday, May 7—Sunday, May 8

  • Service desk and book stacks closed.

May Intersession (effective Monday, May 9—Tuesday, May 31)

  • Monday—Thursday
    • Service desk: 9 a.m.—5 p.m. (book stacks: 9 a.m.— 4:30 p.m.)
  • Friday—Sunday
    • Service desk and book stacks closed.

Memorial Day—Monday, May 30

  • Service desk and book stacks closed.

Summer Sessions (effective Wednesday, June 1—Sunday, July 31)

  • Monday—Thursday
    • Service desk: 9 a.m.—7 p.m. (book stacks: 9 a.m.—6:30 p.m.)
  • Friday—Sunday
    • Service desk and book stacks closed.

Summer Exception Dates

  • Monday, June 20 (Juneteenth)
    • Service desk and book stacks closed.
  • Monday, July 4 (Independence Day)
    • Service desk and book stacks closed.

August Intersession (effective Monday, August 1—Sunday, August 14)

  • Monday—Thursday
    • Service desk: 9 a.m.—5 p.m. (book stacks: 9 a.m.—4:30 p.m.)
  • Friday—Sunday
    • Service desk and book stacks closed.

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. Her summer break reading recommendation is “Hello Molly” by Molly Shannon.


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Photo Friday: Read The Spring 2022 Edition of Mosaic

Image of the cover of the spring 2022 edition of Mosaic in front of the library building.


Check out the spring 2022 edition of Mosaic on the Library website! Read the full publication here.


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

 

 


 


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Photo Friday: Villanova Vibes

Photo of the St. Thomas of Villanova Church.

Photo by Laura Azar, Finance and Administration Specialist.


Because you can never have too many photos of the St. Thomas of Villanova Church. Have a great weekend, Wildcats! Photo courtesy of Laura Azar, Finance and Administration Specialist.


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


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TBT: Gregor Mendel, OSA

Photo of Gregor Mendel display on Falvey's first floor.

Photo courtesy of Shawn Proctor is Communication and Marketing Manager.


This week’s Throwback Thursday (TBT) celebrates the 200th birthday of Gregor Mendel, OSA, born July 20, 1822. Visit Falvey Memorial Library’s first floor to see the new exhibit “Of peas and bees: Bicentennial Exhibit” celebrating “the Father of Modern Genetics.” The exhibit was curated by Michael Foight, Director of Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement (DCDE), with text by Laura Bang, formerly of DCDE, and graphics by Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing.

For additional information on Gregor Mendel, check out Shawn Proctor’s blog here. Proctor is Communication and Marketing Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.


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

 

 


 


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Falvey Memorial Library: Portable Power Packs Now Available for Loan

Falvey Memorial Library recently added two portable power packs to the list of equipment items available for patron use. The power packs can be checked out at the service desk on the Library’s first floor for a three-hour loan. The packs are able to charge an item for up to two hours. Each pack has three USB ports and one USB-C port. Each pack also has one USB to USB-C cable and one USB-C to USB-C cable included.

“Access Services decided to add the power packs to our collection as part of a broader effort to revamp and expand the tech resources available to students at the service desk,” said Nicole Daly, Social Science Librarian, and former Access and Collections Coordinator.

“We wanted to make sure we were anticipating the needs of our students, and throughout the fall and spring semesters students were asking about charging stations. To meet that need we decided to add a selection of the most popular device chargers. We also added power banks so that students weren’t restricted to study spots near a power outlet. Adding these power banks offers students the ability to move around and find the perfect study spot, which is especially important during midterms and finals when study space is a hot commodity.”

Image of portable power pack.

Portable power pack.

In addition to power packs, Falvey Memorial Library maintains a variety of technology equipment for the use of our patrons, including laptops, calculators, headphones, and personal DVD players. Equipment is available for Villanova University students, faculty, and staff on a first-come, first-served basis. View a full listing of equipment loans and borrowing policies here. Courtesy patrons are also eligible to check out items on an hourly basis. For additional information on courtesy memberships and borrowing policies click here. Please visit the service desk on Falvey’s first floor to check out equipment.

Questions? Stop by the service desk Monday—Thursday; 9 a.m.—7 p.m. Email: circ@villanova.edu. Phone: 610-519-4270. 


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

 

 


 


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Resource Highlight: Citation Management Tool for LaTeX

By Alfred Fry

Above image from https://www.jabref.org/


JabRef is free, open-source citation management software for people who use LaTex instead of MSWord. LaTex is free, open-source software for typesetting documents in markup language primarily used by people who need to format mathematical formulas. So, LaTex users are probably in mathematics, statistics, or engineering. JabRef will create the citation in the LaTex document, according to the customized JabRef protocols.

Like Zotero and Mendeley, JabRef has a desktop version and a browser plugin. JabRef also allows you to search databases from within JabRef. Of particular interest to Falvey Library users are the ability to search Springer, MathSciNet, and arXiv, among others.

For more information use the links below:


Alfred Fry is Science and Engineering Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.


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Photo Friday: Villanova Students Donate More Than 500 Pounds of Books

Renee Boyd-Shaw and three students from the Center for Access, Success, and Achievement (CASA) sort through recycled books for CASA's Lending Library.

Renee Boyd-Shaw and three students from the Center for Access, Success, and Achievement (CASA) sort through recycled books for CASA’s Lending Library. Photo courtesy of Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager.


During the spring semester move-out in May, recycling bins were provided by the Villanova Recycling Office with plans for “collecting, sorting, and donating to local charities all usable items left behind by the students.”

In all, Villanova students donated over 500 pounds of books that were then delivered to Falvey Memorial Library on June 14.

Renee Boyd-Shaw and three students from the Center for Access, Success, and Achievement (CASA)—pictured above—sorted through the donations for CASA’s Lending Library. The small library of books and textbooks are accessible for CASA students to checkout for the semester.

According to the department’s website, “The Lending Library has proven to be a valuable resource to help defray the costs of instructional materials that students may need for class.” More than 80 percent of the recycled books were added to CASA’s Lending Library. The other 20 percent were added to Falvey Library’s collection or donated to Better World Books for resale.

Thank you to all the students who recycled their books for future Villanovans!


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

 

 


 


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TBT: How To Make Candy—Recipes for World Chocolate Day

Photo of the cover of a handbook by Frank Tousey published in 1891 entitled "How to Make Candy: A Complete Hand Book for Making All Kinds of Candy, Ice Cream Syrups, Essences, Etc. Etc."

Photo courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.


It’s World Chocolate Day! Searching for some delicious recipes? Look no further than this handbook by Frank Tousey published in 1891. How to Make Candy: A Complete Hand Book for Making All Kinds of Candy, Ice Cream Syrups, Essences, Etc. Etc. features some tasty chocolate dishes (beginning on page 10), including vanilla chocolate, chocolate drops with nonpareils, cinnamon chocolate, chocolate harlequin pistachios, and many more! Explore additional recipes in the Villanova University Digital Library.


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


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