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Falvey Brown Bag Lunch Series: Fall 2019

Please join us for the Falvey Brown Bag Lunch Series. Sessions will begin at 12:00 p.m. in Falvey’s room 205.

Text Analysis 101 (Tuesday, Sept. 24)

Analyzing textual data with computational tools can aid in both reading and interpretation, allowing us to discover patterns and trends across large volumes of text. Come learn more about text analysis and introductory software for text and data mining like AntConc and Voyant Tools. Session will be led by Librarian Erica Hayes.

Measures of Impact (Wednesday, Sept. 25)

Learn about impact factors, fake impact factors, other citation measures, and altmetrics. (Also offered Oct. 29). Session will be led by Librarians Deborah Bishov and Alfred Fry.

Affordable Materials Project @ Villanova University (Wednesday, Oct. 2)

Join us for a discussion about library supported (licensed books and articles, copyright “fair use”, course reserves and OER) and bookstore offered (early adoption, Follett Discover, course packs) mechanisms for keeping a check on the cost of course materials. Session will be led by Librarian Linda Hauck and Bernadette Mania, Villanova Bookstore Course Materials Manager. Preregistration required: https://bit.ly/2jZS1ae

You may also join this session remotely via Zoom: https://villanova.zoom.us/j/496692906

Capturing the Web: Introduction to Web Archiving (Thursday, Oct. 3)

Get a foundational view of web archiving and learn ways to leverage the Wayback Machine and other web preservation tools in your scholarship and teaching. Session will be led by Archivist Beaudry Allen.

Data Visualization with Tableau (Wednesday, Oct. 16, Griffin Room, 10:00 a.m.)

What makes a good data visualization? In this session, we will discuss how to tell a compelling story using effective visual elements. We will also provide a gentle introduction to using Tableau Desktop Public, a free software that allows individuals to publish interactive data visualizations on the web. Session will be led by Librarian Erica Hayes.

Open Educational Resources (Wednesday, Oct. 23) 

Open Educational Resources (OER) can reduce textbook costs for students and push publishers to reconsider their textbook publishing models. If you are not entirely satisfied with the textbook you are using and are interested in learning about options, this workshop is for you! Session will be led by Librarians Linda Hauck and Sarah Hughes. Preregistration required: https://bit.ly/2kyNg7O

You may also join this session remotely via Zoom: https://villanova.zoom.us/j/887238686

The 2020 Census (Wednesday, Oct. 23, Speakers’ Corner, 4:00 p.m.)

Expert panel with Camille Burge, Political Science; Judith Giesberg, History; Rory Kramer, Sociology and Criminology; and Stephen Strader, Geography and the Environment. Ahead of Census 2020, coming up this spring, faculty experts will provide context and insight into the history of the Census, its use in research and policy-making, and issues particular to this upcoming Census. Session will be led by Librarians Deborah Bishov and Merrill Stein.

Measures of Impact (Tuesday, Oct. 29)

Learn about impact factors, fake impact factors, other citation measures, and altmetrics. Session will be led by Librarians Deborah Bishov and Alfred Fry.

Storytelling and GIS (Wednesday, Oct. 30)

While maps have been around for centuries, the digital age has given them new meaning. GIS software offers users the potential to visualize, analyze, and tell spatial stories. Learn more about GIS and the many online mapping platforms out there, including Esri Story Maps, Social Explorer, and StoryMapJS. Session will be led by Librarians Deborah Bishov and Erica Hayes.

Chicago-Style Resource Formatting and Management: Best Practices and Recent Updates (Wednesday, Nov. 6)

Learn about changes proposed in the 17th edition, best practices and tools to manage sources, and how to navigate the content-rich CMOS online platform. Session will be led by Librarian Jutta Seibert.

Staying Alert: Tracking New Books and Publications in Your Field (Thursday, Nov. 7) 

Let your inbox be your watchdog and get notified of new publications on your interests or new citations of your work. Session will be led by Librarians Sarah Hughes and Susan Turkel.

Citation Wrangling (Tuesday, Nov. 12)

Serious research projects call for no-nonsense tools for taming citations. Learn how to use Zotero and Mendeley to save, organize and share references. Session will be led by Librarians Nik Fogle and Alfred Fry.

Introduction to Data Management (Wednesday, Nov. 13)

Learn about data management plans and best practices. Session will be led by Librarian Alfred Fry.


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


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Welcome To Falvey: Erica Hayes Joins Research Services and Scholarly Engagement

Erica Hayes recently joined Research Services and Scholarly Engagement (RSSE) as Digital Scholarship Librarian. RSSE 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.

Hayes earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Chapman University in Orange, CA; a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, specializing in poetics from California State University, Long Beach; and a Master of Library Science and Master of Information Science from Indiana University, Bloomington.

She is passionate about scholarship and was an Adjunct Professor teaching English Literature and Composition courses when a colleague’s spouse, who was a Digital Humanities Librarian, introduced her to the world of digital scholarship. Encompassing a variety of subjects, digital scholarship lies at the intersection between technology and research. She is excited to collaborate with Villanova faculty and students to help bring their research to life.

“Integrating digital tools into research methods can extend traditional methods of scholarship, sharing knowledge and pedagogy beyond the page,” she says.

While at IU Bloomington, Hayes worked on several projects including the Petrarchive Project, an open access “rich-text” digital edition of Francesco Petrarca’s songbook Rerum Vulgarium Fragmenta. “The project proposes a new digital way of visualizing, studying, and investigating Petrarch’s work by offering a more ‘authentic’ text as well as multiple indices and tools to access the diverse strata of the work’s composition and cultural contextualization.”

Exhibit: Bird by Bird
She also worked at the Lilly Library, IU Bloomington’s Rare Books and Special Collections Library, as the Web Development Assistant, managing digital collections, Omeka online exhibits, and their website. Collaborating with faculty, Hayes assisted in developing touchscreen exhibits for the library’s special collection exhibits: One of which accompanied the permanent exhibition of John James Audubon’s double elephant folio, Birds of America. “The touchscreen exhibit featured 50 plates of North American bird species from the collection and was created to make the volumes more accessible to library visitors. The touchscreen helped make the collection more interactive while offering an opportunity for patrons to learn more about Audubon and his life,” she explains.

Before starting at Falvey Memorial Library, Hayes completed a two-year fellowship at the NC State University Libraries working in the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center and the User Experience Department. She led a variety of Digital Scholarship workshops including storytelling with GIS, georeferencing historical maps, and text and data mining.

As the Project Manager on the Immersive Scholar Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant at the NC State University Libraries, Hayes also worked with a group of scholars to create large-scale visualizations and extensible models for the James B. Hunt Jr. Library’s visualization walls. She says, “managing the grant’s workflows, I worked closely with creative residents we hosted at the NC State University Libraries on developing open source visualization projects to be shared across institutions.”

Mapping African Coinage
In her free time, Hayes enjoys traveling, experiencing new cultures, and is looking forward to exploring Philadelphia. Currently, she is also collaborating with her friend, Dr. Kacie Wills, on a digital humanities project, entitled “Exploring the Collections of Sarah Sophia Banks,” which was recently awarded a research grant from the Keats-Shelley Association of America. Sarah Sophia Banks was the sister to Joseph Banks, President of the Royal Society and famed botanist on the Cook Voyages. “While her life has often been overshadowed by her brother, Sarah Sophia was an avid collector of coins, medals, and tokens from around the world. It was most unusual for a woman to study numismatics during the eighteenth century and some of her coins are incredibly rare.  For our project, we are mapping the African coins detailed in her coin catalogues that are housed at the British Museum and the Royal Mint,” she says. “Our GIS map features coins from her catalogues, which connects the coin’s location of authority to their places of issue in order to display these unique coins, tokens, and medals while showing how money was being distributed during the growing British Empire.”

As she works to build a digital scholarship program at Villanova, Hayes invites the campus community to reach out and set up an appointment with her: “I can help students incorporate digital tools into their scholarship and assist faculty with developing digital pedagogy assignments in the classroom.”

Hayes’ office is in the Learning Commons of Falvey Memorial Library, room 229. Email: erica.hayes@villanova.edu.


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


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What’s Missing From This Picture? Suggest a Title for the Library’s Collection

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This is not just any cart filled with books. These are the newest print titles that the Library has added to its collection of over a million print and electronic books.

Each was selected due to its ability to support the teaching, learning, and research needs of the entire Villanova University community, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. It is part of the Library’s effort to advance knowledge on campus, promote information discovery and access, encourage intellectual curiosity, and empower users by providing timely and critical information resources.

The Library understands the impact of evolving information technologies, changing scholarly communication practices, new forms of information seeking behaviors, and learning styles in a networked world.

The library also acknowledges the interdisciplinary nature of academic resources and firmly believe in free and open access to knowledge, freedom of expression, diversity, interculturality, and inclusion in all its collections. As such, it promotes open access educational resources, zero-cost classroom texts, and DRM free e-resources whenever possible when making collection building decisions.

Learn more about the Library’s process of developing its collection here: https://library.villanova.edu/collections/development/collection-development-statements

But we also rely on faculty and students to help guide the selection process.

If you discover a resource that should be added to the collection, the Library staff welcomes you to visit the website and suggest the purchase of a title. It may be just the thing students will need for their next groundbreaking research project!

 


 

headshot of Shawn ProctorShawn Proctor, MFA, is Communications and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library. He most recently read Dar Williams’ book What I Found in a Thousand Towns.


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Welcome to Falvey: Sarah Hughes Joins Research Services and Scholarly Engagement


Sarah Hughes recently joined Research Services and Scholarly Engagement as the Nursing and Life Sciences 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.

A native of New Jersey, Hughes has a passion for research, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Rutgers University and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the Pratt Institute. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Professional Communication from William Paterson University.

“I enjoyed spending time in the library as an undergrad and eventually discovered that I wanted to pursue a career that was both research oriented, but also personal, where I helped people,” she says.

Her interest in the field began when she enrolled in a medical librarianship course taught onsite at Weil Cornell Medicine in Manhattan. “I was in the same building that was being used by the doctors, residents, and nurses. It was exciting. I liked the idea that the research I was assisting the community in could be used for making advances in medicine,” Hughes says.

Furthering her knowledge of the profession, Hughes worked several internships in various hospitals and institutions, including the New York Academy of Medicine, the Manhattan VA Medical Center, and the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. The experience she gained helped make for a smooth transition from medical librarian to academic librarian.

Hughes is familiar with academic libraries due to her work with nursing students at Dominican College and teaching library instruction courses to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students at William Paterson University before transitioning to Falvey Memorial Library. Hughes knew Falvey Library was right for her when she saw that the scholarly librarian position focused exclusively on nursing and life sciences. “I have a deep respect for nurses. Working in the emergency department at Princeton, I was amazed by all of the tasks the nurses dealt with during their shifts.”

Hughes says she is excited to meet the students and faculty in the fall and encourages the Villanova community to reach out and set up an appointment. “I can assist nursing students with finding and using databases, utilizing citation management tools, and pointing them towards great evidence-based practice resources.” Faculty in the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing can also contact Hughes about research consultations. “Research is a big undertaking and takes a great amount of time—months, sometimes years. We’re exploring what tools the library can offer to help scholars in the sciences and other disciplines. Given that Villanova is R2: doctoral university, the stakes and the expectations are higher, and we need to support them.”

In her free time, Hughes enjoys going to see live music, watching foreign and documentary films, exploring new restaurants, traveling, and spending time outdoors kayaking. An avid tennis fan, she likes watching her favorite players Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

“My door is always open to students and faculty. The Fitzpatrick College of Nursing is very prestigious, so I’m thrilled to have a great group of students with which to work. There’s so many different avenues they can take once they finish their degree. I’m excited to help prepare students for their time at Villanova and beyond.”

Hughes’ office is located in the Learning Commons on the second floor of Falvey Memorial Library. Room 220. 610-519-8129. Email: sarah.hughes@villanova.edu. She will also be at Driscoll Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays this fall.


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


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The Curious ‘Cat: “What kind of shark?”

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Celebrating Shark Week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey Library staff,

“If you could be any species of shark, what would you be?”

1Mike Sgier, Access and Collections Coordinator: “Jaguar shark” [The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.]


3Chris Hallberg, Library Technology Developer: “The Greenland shark because they are the longest living vertebrate on the planet.”


4Sarah Wingo, Librarian for English Literature, Theatre, and Romance Languages and Literature: “I don’t know why, but the hammerhead shark is my favorite; they just look so cool.”


Darren Poley, Theology, Classics, and Humanities Librarian: “I would be a friendly brownbanded bamboo shark.”


Geoffrey Scholl, Library Technology Developer; Dave Uspal, Library Technology Developer: “A whale shark because they look more dangerous than they really are. They’re actually super chill.”

 



Kallie Stahl MA ’17  is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. (This blog is was originally published July 26, 2017, in a slightly altered form.)


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SAVE TIME THIS FINALS SEASON: TURN YOUR TEXTBOOK INTO AN AUDIOBOOK


Finals are rough, especially during the summer. With summer sessions ending next week, save some time during finals and turn your textbook into an audiobook. Listen while you’re at the gym, walking to class, or doing your laundry. There are a bunch of different ways to convert that book into an audiobook. Check out your options below:

  • Here’s what Goodreader says: If you have an iPhone and the latest version of iOS, there is a text to speech system built into it. Go to Settings –> General –> Accessibility –> Speech. Turn on Speak Screen.

This method will allow you to use any e-reading app you want, such as Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Barnes and Noble Nook, iBooks and hundreds of others.  All you have to do is swipe downwards from the top of the screen to initiate the playbook controls and your e-book will be narrated by Siri.

  • If you have an Android, click here for instructions.
  • Lifewire recommends turning your text to MP3s through simple conversion programs. Click here for instructions.

This finals season, work smarter, not harder! Falvey Library is here to help.


(This blog is was originally published November 28, 2018, in a slightly altered form.)


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“Did You Ever Read…?” — Falvey Library Invites New Resource Recommendations From Faculty and Students

Did you know that Falvey Memorial Library has more than one million books, periodicals, and other resources?
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Still, the collection at the Library is always a work-in-progress, adapting to meet the needs of the University’s faculty and students. If you review the Library’s holdings and find there is a useful book or resource missing from the collection, please be sure to submit a request so we can continue to evaluate and tweak our collection.

While checking out the website, we also recommend you browse our “trending” and “newly added.” There are a ton of great books just waiting for a great reader (like you)!


Shawn Proctor

Shawn Proctor, MFA, is communications and marketing program manager at Falvey Memorial Library.


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Last Modified: July 8, 2019