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The Curious ‘Cat: Oh Happy Day

It’s National Happiness Happens Day! The Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey Memorial Library staff, “What makes you happy?”

Chris Hallberg, Library Technology Developer: “Board games.”


Gina Duffy, Communication / Marketing Program Manager: “A Pica’s pizza and a good movie.”


Brian Warren, Library Technology Developer: “Hawaiian music.”


Luisa Cywinski, Director of Access Services: “My granddaughter.”


Rob LeBlanc, First Year Experience/Humanities Librarian: “Swimming in the ocean.”


Joanne Quinn, Director Communication / Marketing: “Relaxing on the beach as the sun sets.”

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Register for ORCID, Receive a Free Orchid

On September 13th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Falvey Library will give away free orchids as part of its ORCID identifier registration drive. Tracking an author’s academic publications can be difficult: multiple authors with the same names or initials, inconsistent formatting across platforms, tracking publication histories in an ever-changing online landscape. These issues are addressed by ORCID identifiers.

ORCID is an international not-for-profit organization made up of hundreds of partner universities and research organizations dedicated to providing scholars with a persistent online identification number that allows researchers, publishers, and funders to access an author’s entire professional portfolio in one central location.

Valuing transparency, trust, and continuity, ORCID identifiers are unique, persistent, and free. The ORCID identifier remains constant throughout a researcher’s professional career similar to a Social Security number. ORCID identifiers also tie in seamlessly with existing research verification systems and social platforms (e.g., ResearchID, LinkedIn, Scopus Author ID). Simply sign up for your unique ORCID identifier and populate your secure page with the information you wish to share (such as a personal biography, contact info, full publication listing, current and past employment info, and professional affiliations).

Come to room 205 in the Library to set up your identifier in less than ten minutes and pick up your FREE ORCHID (while supplies last). Librarians will be on hand to assist you with registration and to answer your questions.


Foto Friday: You’re One in a Melon

Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement at Falvey shared this sweet watercolor for #NationalWatermelonDay! Browse more artwork on Villanova University’s Digital Library.

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The Curious ‘Cat: Buggles, Benatar and Blondie

On this date in 1981, MTV made its initial broadcast. The Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey Memorial Library staff, “What was your favorite music video?” 

Dee-Dee Pope, Access & Collections Coordinator: “George Michael, Father Figure.”

Marianne Watson, Acquisitions/Licensing Librarian: “George Michael, Freedom and Madonna, Vogue.”

Jesse Flavin, Acquisitions/Electronic Resources Coordinator: “Peter Gabriel, Sledgehammer.”

Darren Poley, Associate Director of Research Services: “Devo, Whip It.”

Laura Hutelmyer, Acquisitions/Electronic Resources Coordinator: “Robert Palmer, Addicted To Love.”

Jackie Smith, Finance/ Administration Specialist: “ZZ Top, Sharp Dressed Man and Madness, Our House.”

David Burke, Metadata & Resource Management Librarian: “Peter Gabriel, Sledgehammer and any video by OK Go.”

Jeannine Ahern, Finance/Administration Specialist: “Robert Palmer, Addicted To Love and any of Madonna’s videos. And of course Thriller by Michael Jackson.” 

Rob LeBlanc, First Year Experience/Humanities Librarian: “Duran Duran, Rio and Peter Gabriel, Big Time.”


We Need Your Input: Help Us Improve the Library Website

A new website is coming for Falvey Library and we need interested members of the Villanova Community to help us finalize the design. We invite faculty, students, and staff of all colleges and departments to join us between August 6th and 16th for a series of short user investigation sessions. No prior experience with the library is necessary. Sessions are 30-45 minutes long and consist of some short tasks for you to try on the new site followed by refreshments and discussion with our design team.

If interested, please contact Robin.Bowles@Villanova.edu with your preferred date and if you would be available in the morning or afternoon.


Robin Bowles, Nursing and Life Sciences Librarian, Has Book Review Published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association


Robin Bowles, Nursing and Life Sciences Librarian, was published in the July 2018 volume of the Journal of the Medical Library Association. In her review, Bowles evaluated the book, Digital Rights Management: The Librarian’s Guide, edited by Catherine A. Lemmer and Carla P. Wale. The book, Bowles argues, is a great reference for librarians as “digital rights management (DRM) is an important and inseparable feature of electronic resources and an increasingly important facet of collection development and library services.” Encouraged by her colleagues at Falvey, Bowles has recently developed an interest in reviewing books in a professional capacity. “I have always enjoyed recommending books to friends and posting Amazon and GoodReads reviews, but my library colleagues, Janice Bially-Mattern and Darren Poley, encouraged me to try reviewing books as a professional activity,” says Bowles. “Books reviews are a fun way to read a book with purpose. I was familiar with the basics of DRM, yet I really wanted to get into the details and implications of it and I was thrilled to review the book for a publication I enjoy.”

Read Bowles’ full review here. Interested in learning more about DRM? Stop by Bowles’ office, located in Falvey’s Learning Commons, Room 220, (610) 519-8129.                                    Email: robin.bowles@villanova.edu.


Foto Friday: Just Mercy

This summer, Villanova’s One Book Committee announced that, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, had been chosen as the campus One Book selection for the 2018-2019 academic year. Copies of Just Mercy are now available to borrow at Falvey Memorial Library. Be sure to mark your calendars for Stevenson’s visit to campus on Friday, September 14th at 4:00 p.m. in the Villanova Room. A full list of One Book Villanova events are available here!


On Display Now: Timeless Treasures

Selections from the collection, Timeless Treasures are now on display on Falvey’s first floor! The exhibit, curated by Laura Bang, Digital and Special Collections Curatorial Assistant, features recent acquisitions obtained by Distinctive Collections. The exhibit features Irish publications, early 20th magazines and periodicals, circa 1910 rollerskating stereographs, campaign literature for Rosemary R. Cleary (female candidate running for town clerk), a circa 1893 leather palm thimble, 20th century travel ephemera and much more. Check out the photos below for a small preview of the collection:

Late 19th and 20th Century Popular Literature

The Game of Saturn: Decoding the Sola-Busca Tartocchi (Adams, Peter Mark.)

Scrapbook Compiled by Cartoonist and Journalist Fay King, 1916–1919

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The Curious ‘Cat: Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to Rob LeBlanc, First Year Experience/Humanities Librarian, and frequent Curious ‘Cat contributor. Celebrating Rob’s birthday, the ‘Cat asked Falvey Memorial Library staff, “When is your birthday and how did you celebrate your most recent special day?” 

Luisa Cywinski, Director of Access Services: “My birthday is June 13th. For my last birthday, my kids took me out to dinner at T.J.’s Everyday.”

Chris Hallberg, Library Technology Developer: “My birthday is April 6th. For my last birthday, I invited a bunch of friends over to play games they made in the ICE (Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship) Institute.”

Brian Warren, Library Technology Developer: “My birthday is March 26th and I ate a lot of Mexican cuisine at Lumbrada Cocina Mexicana.”

Jacqueline Smith, Finance/Administration Specialist: “My birthday is June 26th and I went to the Phillies vs. Nationals game in Washington, D.C. with my family. And the Phillies won!

Janice Bially Mattern, Data Services Librarian: “My birthday is May 12th. My kids and husband took me out to dinner over Mother’s Day weekend. I also went to my son’s soccer game.”

Darren Poley, Associate Director of Research Services: “My birthday is May 28th and my family took me out to eat at the Kopper Kettle.”

Sarah Wingo, English Literature, Theatre and Romance Languages Librarian: “My birthday is December 6th and I went out to dinner with my friends at Iron Hill in Ardmore.”

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Welcome to Falvey: Caroline Sipio Joins the Access Services Department

You’ve seen her cheerful smile at the service desk since September 2017, and earlier this year, Caroline Sipio accepted the position of access and collections coordinator. Sipio came to Falvey Memorial Library last year, working as a temporary employee in the Access Services Department. She assisted with resource sharing and stacks maintenance.

In her new role, she continues to assist with resource sharing, which includes helping process Interlibrary Loan and E-ZBorrow requests for patrons. Sipio also helps manage student workers who assist Access Services with these materials. You will also find her working at the service desk and in the stacks.

A native of Yardley, Pennsylvania, Sipio earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Saint Joseph’s University. “While I was there, I was able to explore my ardent interest in Fitzgerald and was inspired to continue studying literature in graduate school” Sipio says. She earned a Master of Arts degree in English from Boston College, where she worked as a teaching assistant, a writing fellow and employee at The Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. Library.

Her time at The Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. Library helped spark interest in working within an academic library:

“I worked with wonderful people while I was at that library, and received great guidance regarding the field of library work. That job brought me so much happiness and comfort, and is what steered me in the direction of pursuing professional work at a library after my studies. When I finished graduate school, I moved back to the Philadelphia area and eventually found my way here to Falvey! This position appealed to me because I admire the work that the Access Services Department does to help make information and resources readily available to patrons, and overall provide a great experience for those who come to use the library. As I continue to grow in the field, I hope to one day obtain my Master’s in Library Science, and become a literature subject librarian.”

In her free time, Sipio enjoys embracing creative pursuits including art, pottery, storytelling, and working on music with her twin sister. Hoping to get a book published one day, she enjoys writing and playing with her dachshunds, Sketch and Parke. She also brews a great cup of coffee. “I also collect elephants, celebrate Halloween all year round, and find solace in plants and nature—I’m very fond of cacti, succulents, and sunflowers” Sipio says. “I like to think that there’s nothing that cannot be fixed with some time outside, a good book and a cold glass of lemonade.”

Sipio’s office is located behind the Service Desk on Falvey’s first floor, (610) 519-4274. Email: caroline.sipio@villanova.edu.

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Last Modified: July 23, 2018