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Falvey Welcomes UNIT’s TechZone

Falvey welcomed University Information Technologies’ (UNIT) TechZone on Thursday, June 14, on the library’s first floor. Previously located in room 101 of Vasey Hall, UNIT is a “centralized IT team…dedicated to providing the university community with comprehensive IT services and solutions which includes providing and maintaining the university-wide computing infrastructure for academic and administrative use.”

Permanently closing the TechZone in Vasey Hall, UNIT will now support the university community from Falvey; a move that Luisa Cywinski, Director of Access Services, happily welcomes. “We’re thrilled to have UNIT in the Library,” she says. “With over 600,000 people using the library each year, it makes perfect sense to relocate the UNIT TechZone to a more centrally located building like Falvey. UNIT staff will continue to serve the overall computing needs of the Villanova community, and they will collaborate with Falvey staff to provide enhanced support for the printers and computers used by library patrons. It’s a win-win situation.”

Bilal Rahim, Client Technologies Analyst; UNIT – Technology Support Services, shares Cywinski’s excitement, “We are looking forward to helping our Villanova students, staff and faculty leverage technology at the new TechZone@Falvey.”

As UNIT shared on their Facebook page, the TechZone@Falvey will continue to provide the following services for students, faculty and staff: “WIFI connectivity (mobile, laptop, tablet…), IT-related support (myNova, O365, Email, Blackboard…), software support/hardware recommendations, virus and malware remediation, VPrint and mobile printing, lab support and charging technology, residential networking support and password assistance.”

Throughout the remainder of the summer, the TechZone@Falvey will remain open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information and additional assistance please visit UNIT online, by phone (610-519-7777) or Email. You can also find UNIT on Twitter and Facebook.


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The Curious ‘Cat: Paradise City

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey Memorial Library staff, “What are your vacation plans for the summer?” 

Laura Hutelmyer, Electronic Resource & Special Acquisitions Coordinator: “I’m going to Washington, D.C., to visit some museums.”

Jesse Flavin, Acquisitions/Electronic Resources Coordinator: “I’m going to New York, N.Y., to see Ólafur Arnalds, an Icelandic composer.”

Rob LeBlanc, First Year Experience/Humanities Librarian: “I just got back from vacation. I went to Santa Fe, N.M., and Silverton, C.O. I visited Durango, C.O., Mesa Verde National Park and Telluride, C.O.”

Sarah Wingo, Liaison Librarian for Literature & Theatre: “I’m visiting a beach in South Carolina with some friends. I’m also looking forward to some day trips around Philadelphia.”

Lorraine Holt, Finance/Administration Specialist: “I’m going to the Outer Banks in North Carolina.”

Demian Katz, Director of Library Technology: “I’m going on a road trip to Iowa in August.”

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Welcome to Falvey: Abigail Cengel Joins the Access Services Department

Abigail Cengel recently joined the Access Services Department as the Access and Collections Service Desk Coordinator. The Access Services Department “ensures access to the library facility, coordinates borrowing of the library collections and manages resource sharing requests from patrons and other libraries.”

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 will begin her online MLIS program in the fall of 2018 at Kent State University (Kent, OH). Before joining the Falvey staff, Cengel was working in technology support for a small software company in Philadelphia. “While the software company gave me some great customer service experience, I was eager to jump back into the library world to pursue my dream of becoming a librarian” said Cengel. When she came across the opportunity at Falvey, Cengel felt that the position “fit really well” with her “background and experience.”

In her free time, Cengel enjoys reading (she’s currently re-reading the Harry Potter series), crocheting, cycling, and Netflix binges! “I’m also a total history nerd,” said Cengel, “especially when it comes to the Middle Ages and Welsh history.”

Cengel’s office is located behind the Service Desk on Falvey’s first floor, (610) 519-6007. Email: abigail.cengel@villanova.edu.

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Foto Friday: Timeless Treasures

Selections from the collection, Timeless Treasures: Recent Acquisitions in Distinctive Collections, curated by Laura Bang, Digital and Special Collections Curatorial Assistant, are now on exhibit on Falvey’s first floor!


TBT: Old Falvey, New Patio

Throwback to Falvey’s second floor renovation on July 5, 2011. Construction led to the opening of the Learning Commons on Feb. 17, 2012. Photo by Alice Bampton.

A brief update on the Mendel Field transformation, the Old Falvey patio is ready for alterations.


The Curious ‘Cat: Mint To Be

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey Memorial Library staff, “What is your favorite ice cream shoppe?”

Tricia Kemp, Access Services Specialist II: “Tanner Brothers Dairy Farm in Warminster. I always get something fruity in a cup.”

Laura Hutelmyer, Electronic Resource & Special Acquisitions Coordinator: “The Dairy Queen. I get the vanilla ice cream in a cup.”

Mike Sgier, Access Services Specialist: “The ice cream stand outside my old Minneapolis apartment complex. I always got the soft serve twist in a cup.”

Dee-Dee Pope, Access Services Specialist: “The ice cream truck that frequents my neighborhood. I get a vanilla ice cream cone with sprinkles.”

Roberta Rosci, Resource Management Specialist: “Springer’s Homemade Ice Cream in Stone Harbor, NJ. I always get chocolate chip ice cream in a sugar cone.”

Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication & Marketing: “Downeast Ice Cream in Boothbay Harbor, ME. I get the butter pecan ice cream in a waffle cone.”


Sue Ottignon, Distinctive Collections Librarian/Archivist, Is Retiring

Susan Ottignon, Distinctive Collections Librarian/Archivist, retired in June, after 26 years of service to Falvey Memorial Library.

Ottignon grew up in Hackensack, N.J., and graduated from Rider University (formerly Rider College) with a BA in Spanish. She received her MS in Library Science from Drexel University and MA in History from Villanova University. Ottignon came to Falvey in 1992, working as a reference/research support librarian, helping students across all disciplines. As her responsibilities became more focused, Ottignon’s position shifted to research/liaison librarian to romance languages. Working with faculty in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Ottignon helped build the library’s collection to support curricular needs of the department. She was also responsible for assisting students speaking Japanese, Russian and Chinese; offering instruction courses to resources that aided their studies. Recognizing her outstanding work, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures nominated Ottignon for a Facultas Award, which she received in the spring of 2012.

Working as distinctive collections librarian/archivist, a position she held until retirement, Ottignon assisted in curating a number of exhibits, both digitally and physically, including “Wildcats Past and Present: Moments from the History of Sport at Villanova” and “Paving the Way: Villanovans on the Move.” She described, assigned and published numerous items for the Villanova University Digital Library, including the transcription of multiple letters in the Barry-Hayes Collection.

Some of Ottignon’s finest memories at the library were those she spent celebrating with her fellow co-workers at holiday parties and year-end picnics. In retirement, Ottignon will continue to volunteer at her local church and plans to offer her services to the Voorhees Animal Orphanage, working as cat cuddler. Contributing to numerous online transcription projects, Ottignon is currently working on transcribing the Pentagon Papers and tagging photos of Betty Ford honoring her centennial birthday for the “Citizen Archivist Mission” project with the National Archives. She is looking forward to reading countless books into the early morning hours – not having to worry about setting her alarm clock. From all of us at Falvey, best wishes in retirement, Sue!


Foto Friday: Above and Beyond

Congratulations to Michael Foight, Digital Library and Special Collections Coordinator, on receiving The Above and Beyond Award. Foight was nominated for his outstanding service and chosen by The University Staff Council Selection Team to receive this distinguished honor. The Above and Beyond Award recognizes “individuals and groups who go above and beyond the routine call of duty.” Foight will be recognized at an awards luncheon hosted by University President The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, in the upcoming weeks. Best wishes, Michael, on your exceptional achievement.

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#Throwback Thursday: Dated Dolls

Remember these? Cabbage Patch kids were all the hype as shown back in the 1985 yearbook tribute section.

Belle Air (1985)  pg. 30

Article by Rebecca Wenger, a current senior at Marple Newtown High School in Newtown Square, PA. Wenger is a volunteer for the Communication and Marketing Dept. at Falvey Memorial Library as part of her final senior project. This fall, she plans to attend The University of South Carolina in pursuit of a BS in Marketing.


The Curious ‘Cat: Captivating Courses

With summer courses beginning today, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey staff, “What was your favorite course?”

Caroline Sipio, Access & Collections Coordinator: “Fitzgerald and Hemingway at Saint Joseph’s University. I also enjoyed pottery there too.”

Dee-Dee Pope, Access Services Specialist: “Environmental Science at Rasmussen College.”

Mike Sgier, Access Services Specialist: “Yates and Joyce at Creighton University. We joking called the course, Yoyce.”

Laura Hutelmyer, Electronic Resource & Special Acquisitions Coordinator: “Shelley and Keats at West Chester University.”

Chris Hallberg, Library Technology Developer: “Algorithms at Villanova University and Human Form and Function at The College of New Jersey.”


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